As per a discussion I am having with a particular custom leather holster maker, here are a couple of attributes of a certain model I am inquiring about: (1) The holster gets its retention from the belt. (2) The holster is designed to be soft and carry the gun, and when the gun is drawn, it is suppose to flatten so you don't have to remove the holster when the gun is out. Now for my opinion... It is my personal preference to have a leather holster that offers good retention (the handgun "snaps" into place) whether or not the holster is on the belt or off. Also, for the purposes of fast and easy holstering, I like for the mouth of the holster to be rigid such that it does not close when the gun is drawn. On this last matter, I guess (?) a holster that flattens might come in handy if you were shedding a top layer of clothing, thereby precluding concealment of the gun (you'd just remove and stow the gun, but leave the holster in place). So, it is easy to see that my preferences are the exact opposite of this particular holster's qualities. I'm curious to know what y'all think...what side of these two issues do you fall on? I am just tyring to find out if I am missing some information that might be useful and practical for me.