Understanding Safariland's (Simple) Retention Leveling System

I recently had the opportunity to attend a special event put on by the Safariland Group down in Florida. Just about an hour or so north of Orlando in the middle of nowhere lies Deep Woods Ranch – the home of form Navy SEAL Rich Graham’s training facility Full Spectrum Warrior. Full Spectrum Warrior is a firearms training and consulting outfit that offers both public and private classes throughout the year with course topics ranging from leadership courses, to land navigation and even precision rifle and reconnaissance courses. Safariland’s main goal in bringing us out to the FSW facility was to provide a clear understanding of their retention levels, how they work, and what those extra levels of retention can provide the wearer in terms of both personal and firearm security. Today my aim is to pass along that understanding in the hopes that it’ll clear up some of the recent confusion surrounding the “retention leveling system” that many holster companies have started to adopt for their own active retention holsters. In the next article, we’ll talk about why these retention systems are important.

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New Safariland Exclusive Kryptek Highlander Holster Pattern Available

The 6000 series of retention holsters from Safariland is usually the go-to holster for those looking for a solid outside-the-waistband holster that’s not for concealed carry. The 6000 series has tons of variations for specific handgun, light, and optic combinations, but also has a pretty wide variety of standard and exclusive camo patterns available. Safariland just announced the latest addition to the lineup, the new Kryptek Highlander camo pattern for the 3654RDS, 6304RDS, and 6354RDSO ALS holsters.

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The New Easy-to-Conceal OWB Solis Holster from Safariland

Safariland is probably most well known for catering almost exclusively to the Law Enforcement and Military market. However, it’s become clear in recent times that Safariland is taking an increased interest in providing everyday customers with products more suited to their lifestyle with firearms. That’s why Safariland is excited to announce their newest OWB holster – the easy-to-conceal Solis. I’ve had one of these little rigs for the last month or so and what’s great about the Solis is that it provides a lot of versatility for a customer who may only have the money for one holster, but wants to use it for everything ranging from ECD to possibly even competition shooting. The holster comes with a paddle-style attachment for your waist and belt, but in these photos, you’ll see I’ve adapted it for use on a battle belt for some recent range trips.

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The New Retro M81 Woodland Camo Holster from Safariland

M81 Woodland camouflage is almost universally loved by most people within the firearms industry and for good reason – the camouflage was used extensively for over 30 years and used to be the easiest type of surplus camouflage you could get from stores. So for those of you who still rock those M81 Woodland BDUs when you’re training, Safariland has just announced the addition of their new exclusive M81 Woodland Camo holster available for most of today’s modern compact and full-size handguns.

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