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 High Ride Belt Loop Holster Clip from MFT

Mission First Tactical (MFT), a manufacturer of high-quality rifle/carbine accessories and holsters made in the USA, has introduced the High Ride Adjustable holster belt loop attachment. This new addition is ideal for those looking to carry their firearms for everyday use. There are no current images of this product, just filler graphics.

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DeSantis Releases the Persuader IWB Holster for Glock Pistols

Introducing the #213 Persuader, Desantis Gunhide’s ultimate inside-the-waistband (IWB) holster designed to meet the demanding needs of law enforcement agencies, armed forces, and competition shooters. While DeSantis normally deals with leather holsters, this premium thermoformed polymer holster is a new option from DeSantis that allows for maximum customization for greater concealment and comfort. With its sleek carbon fiber finish and adjustable and modular features, the Persuader offers shooters a wide range of adaptability in a fairly affordable package.

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N8 Tactical Unveils the Compact Mini Xecutive IWB Holster

N8 Tactical by CrossBreed Holsters is pleased to announce the expansion of its Xecutive IWB holster line with the introduction of the new Mini Xecutive. This latest addition brings all the customizable features and comfortable performance of the Xecutive holster but is specifically designed to accommodate micro compact single stack 9mm pistols like the SIG Sauer P938, P238, Kimber Micro 9, Ruger LCP, and Smith & Wesson’s Bodyguard.

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Safariland Announces Optic-Ready RDSO 6000 Series Holsters

Safariland has been one of the most notable holster brands for many years. Their duty holsters are prolific, as well as many of their other options for alternate styles of carry, like concealed EDC. Their quick attachment mechanisms are also wildly popular, such as the QLS (Quick Locking System) fork and receiver plates, which have been adopted by some other brands and are utilized by shooters for numerous uses, from military to competition and more. This Florida-based manufacturer has now announced the addition of two new holster models to their catalog, embracing the proliferation of red dot-equipped pistols. Check out the press release below for details about Safariland’s new optic-ready 6390RDSO and 6354RDSO holster models.

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Safariland Holsters: GLOCK 26 Gen 5 ALS Concealment

Just like there is no one perfect gun to use as a concealed carry weapon (CCW), there is no one perfect holster for concealed carry. Variables include, but certainly aren’t limited to, body shape, type of clothing, size of the gun, training levels, retention type, and most importantly, the mission. Let’s face it, if you are a C-Suite level executive and you are walking into the office with a drop leg holster, you either work for an awesome company or you live in Detroit. Similarly, an inside the waistband (IWB) holster probably isn’t the best choice for a uniformed officer. Let’s take a look at Safariland holsters, retention levels, locking mechanisms, carry styles, and how I picked an ALS concealment holster for my new Gen 5 GLOCK 26.

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Concealed Carry Corner: Top 3 Tips To Easily Carry

Welcome back to another edition of Concealed Carry Corner. Last week, we talked about perception versus reality when it comes to carrying a concealed firearm. If you happened to miss that article, be sure to check it out by clicking the link here. This week, I want to address a few questions I’ve gotten over the last few weeks since summer is coming. People have asked what are some tips to carry easier during the summer months and what kind of gear should they buy to help them out. While buying things can help somewhat, the bigger issue is people carrying too many items and trying to do too much with too little space. Let’s take a closer look at the top 3 tips to easily carry.

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CrossBreed Holsters Introduces Its New Confidant Magazine Carrier

CrossBreed Holsters is excited to introduce its new CCW and everyday carry-focused Confidant Magazine Carrier. This new magazine carrier features a self-adjusting multi-fit design that maintains a balance of compatibility with compact and micro-compact handguns, as well as larger handguns like the Glock 17 and SIG Sauer P320 double-stack pistols.

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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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Wheelgun Wednesday: Red Dot Compatible Holsters From Speed Beez

Thanks for joining us for another TFB Wheelgun Wednesday, where we cover all topics that revolve around revolvers. Somehow, we seemed to have missed the advent of red dot compatible holsters from Speed Beez, until I stumbled upon Resputin’s Reddit thread, from which he gave us permission to use his photo you see above. Attaching red dot optics to pistols and revolvers isn’t exactly new, but finding holsters for revolvers equipped as such will still yield few results. What’s more, is that Speed Beez even has an option to cover the large red dot optics typically seen on Smith & Wesson’s TRR8 and R8 revolvers, while other options are geared towards the standard and micro-sized red dots.

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DeSantis Gunhide Adapts the #N38 Nemesis for Pistols with Optics

The Nemesis holster has seen a fair amount of service as part of my old daily carry routine and today DeSantis Gunhide announced its latest adaptation now capable of hosting micro-compact pistols with optics. The #N38 Nemesis holster is great for those who like to carry in a jacket pocket but are worried about it slipping around and moving from its original position.

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[SHOT 2023] Safariland Announces the New SafariVault Duty Holster

A couple of months back before SHOT Show 2023 was even a worry in my head I was invited out to Georgia where Safariland hosted a great event at Bill Rogers’ shooting school. This was fitting since Bill Rogers is essentially the father of the modern duty holster and while we were there, we were able to get a firsthand look at the new SafariVault holster, now being officially announced here at SHOT 2023. This new holster represents over a year’s worth of work by Safariland and is a super robust, super secure, and modular weapon retention system.

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TFB Behind The Gun Podcast #53: Spencer with HUSH Holsters

Last week we had the opportunity to break the story on an innovative new holster specifically specialized to work with virtually any handgun/suppressor combo as long as it has a TLR1 weapon light attached to it. I was able to get the owner of HUSH Holsters and designer of the HUSH, Spencer, on the podcast to talk about his design, his driving motive behind producing the new holster, and some of his thoughts on what materials and design choices he made to make it work for him and other people who like to shoot suppressed handguns at the range.

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Meet the HUSH Holster (Holster Universal Suppressed Handgun)

Shotting suppressed handguns can be pretty fun but there are not really a lot of holster options out there on the market for accommodating one so you can carry it around like the elite operator that you are, until now. Hush Holsters is proud to finally introduce their new HUSH Holster (Holster Universal Suppressed Handgun). This new suppressor-ready holster allows virtually any handgun equipped with a suppressor and a Streamlight TLR1 weapon light to be holstered safely and conveniently with a simple locking mechanism that keeps things safe on the range but also makes it easy to draw your suppressed handgun quickly and efficiently.

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TFB Behind The Gun Podcast #51: Dave with the Safariland Group

Safariland is one of the most well-known and respected names in the firearms industry, mainly because of its reputation for producing high-quality American-made duty holsters. With a heavy emphasis and focus on safety, Safariland also produces IWB holsters, armor systems, quality hearing protection and communications equipment, and even delves into firearms cleaning and maintenance products with Break Free CLP being one of the more well-known brands housed under the Safariland Group name. In today’s episode, I’ve brought on Dave from the Safariland Group to give us a more detailed look at what Safariland does, and how they’ve helped define what is and what is not a safe holster design.

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