Not usually important for civilians who carry guns, unless you open carry. This article over at is an insightful treatment of the topic.

When someone puts their hands on your gun during a contact, [a fight to the death] is exactly what you must be prepared for. I testified to the fact that a suspect who touches your gun during a street contact has already demonstrated his intent. Weapon retention and ground fighting tactics do not include a measure of politeness. You must consider any disarming attempt a life-or-death situation. If you honestly feel your weapon retention and/or ground fighting training adequately prepares you for such an encounter, great. But if you have any doubts about your skills or abilities to maintain control of your duty weapon during an attempted disarming, resolve them before you next hit the street.

Not everything is applicable to civilian carrying, but at the least good holster selection and at least some basic retention training are a must if a civilian chooses to carry openly.

5 thoughts on “Retention”

  1. This can easily happen to a concealed carry individual if the weapon becomes visible during a struggle. Good article.

  2. A certain infamous arfcom thread involving “blading at 45 degrees” while at Walmart comes to mind.

  3. And don’t forget your pistol lanyard when the zombies come. Will Smith’s dog in I Am Legend died b/c the protagonist failed to properly retain his weapons. The Brazilian chick even had her Glock on a lanyard, but the Army Col. didn’t have the wherewithall…

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