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Making Sense Of Duty Holsters And Retention Levels — Part 2

Editor's note: Part 1 is here  Safariland retained the retention levels when they purchased the Rogers Holster Company and its designs in 1985. Actually, Safariland didn't just keep the protocol; they expanded it, adding new criteria and new test requirements, which made it even more difficult to achieve a Level I or higher rating.   Growth One of the significant changes made by Safariland was to more carefully define and script the pull testing that [...]

By |January 2nd, 2024|

Making Sense Of Duty Holsters And Retention Levels — Part 1

By |November 7th, 2023|

I was comparing notes on new products with American Cop Editor Erick Gelhaus at the 2023 SHOT Show, and the conversation turned towards law enforcement duty holsters. Each of us had seen some promising leads, and we were eager to share what we had learned with each other.   Alas, [...]

Concealed Carry Holsters

By |June 6th, 2023|

Recently, a reader - Robert H - emailed requesting an article on concealed carry holsters for retired cops. Well, that fits nicely into my wheelhouse. Appropriate concealed carry holsters are not just a subject for off-duty cops, like nearly everything else here – it is a subject for all our [...]

CIRCLING BACK | Adjusting Holster Cant

By |January 16th, 2023|

Holsters are to handguns as slings are to rifles and shotguns. That is where you securely store the handgun when it's not in your hands. In my old department, 1911 pistols were common when I started as a patrol deputy in 1990. One popular holster was a muzzle-forward, open-top design [...]

Shoulder Holsters – Part 2

By |December 20th, 2022|

I have always loved shoulder rigs because they allowed me to carry large firearms and support gear comfortably and in a manner I can easily don and doff as needed. I have recently gone back to finding a good use for shoulder holsters. I spend a lot of time in [...]

Galco’s High Ready Chest Rig

By |November 15th, 2022|

I reached out to Galco a while back after seeing their new High Ready chest rig advertised on their website. Galco's Media and PR Manager, Mike Barham, responded swiftly and was good enough to send me samples to try out for two pistols: one to fit a Sig P227 and [...]

  • Alien Gear Holsters Rapid Force LVL2 Slim Holster

Alien Gear Holsters New Rapid Force LVL2 Slim Holster

By |October 20th, 2022|

Having a durable and reliable holster is crucial when it comes to carrying a firearm, but it’s even more important for law enforcement. For as long as they’ve been armed, suspects have attempted to disarm cops — sometimes successfully. The quality of retention is a life-saving matter. Enter Alien Gear [...]

Shoulder Holsters – Part 1

By |September 20th, 2022|

As a generation X founding member, I grew up on many of the classic cop shows, and more importantly, I was addicted to Miami Vice from the first episode. While we should not use TV and movies to select our gear, the fact is that Hollywood is very influential in [...]

BLACKHAWK Limited Ranger Green T-Series L2c Holster

By |August 26th, 2022|

Secure design and a compact fit make the Limited Ranger Green T-Series L2c the perfect OWB option. This duty-rated holster is thumb-activated that means you won’t have to change your draw stroke or sacrifice speed for security. The “speed cut” geometry design aids in rapid drawing and re-holstering, as well [...]

Alien Gear Rapid Force Duty Holster

By |April 19th, 2022|

Holsters. We all need them; well, at least we do if we carry handguns by choice or because of our career. This article will discuss a duty holster from a company more commonly known for its concealed carry holsters. This holster debuted at the 2020 SHOT Show, and there has [...]

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