The 709 is a great gun in every way EXCEPT it eats holsters. I like non-leather holsters. I have had 3 holsters of varous types and they have all been eaten by my 709 when drawing the weapon. The slide lock-back catch sticks out a bit and is a sharp edge and the edge catches the material and snags until the holster is messed up (torn). I don't like leather in an IWB holster as they are hot on my skin. I bought an Uncle Mikes #12 IWB holster at Academy and it slide lock-back catch doesn't seem to snag so hopefully this will fix the problem. Having to duck tape your holster is kind of red neck even for a red neck. Anybody face this issue and if so what did you do?