Safariland recently announced the company developed a new addition to its line of GLS Pro-Fit holsters. The new rig, called the model 571, is designed as a micro paddle design for several of the most popular compact pistols being used for concealed carry:
- Glock 43
- Springfield XD-S (all calibers)
- Smith & Wesson Shield (all calibers)
The new Safariland rig is similar in design and function to the prior GLS Pro-Fit holsters, but is slimmer and smaller to eliminate the extra bulk of the larger holsters.
Like the existing GLS Pro-Fit designs, the new model 571 is an open top holster that has an internal retention device. This secures the handgun in the holster. The retention device is released when the gun is gripped and the middle finger activates a lever.
I have one of the full size GLS Pro-Fit holsters and have found it works very well both at retaining the gun and releasing it when drawing. As you obtain a proper firing grip to draw the gun, the middle finger naturally bumps the release lever. The rig does not require a significant amount of training to learn to release the gun. I found the process to be very natural.
Safariland uses a blend of DuPont materials to make the shell of this holster. The blend is called SafariSeven and has the benefit of being very durable without damaging your gun’s finish. These rigs will have a plain black finish and have a MSRP of $50.