Holster retention systems and sloppy research

You carry a quality gun, right. One you can bet your life on? What about the rest of your gear? Can you bet your life on it, too?

tacticalprofessor

A few people drink from the fountain of knowledge but most only gargle.

Gun Digest recently published an online article about holster retention systems. The article begins by referencing Safariland’s retention holster rating system as being the standard. Unfortunately, the author, Corey Graff, should have done a little research and contacted Safariland about their retention rating system before writing about it.

That system, devised by Bill Rogers, the inventor of the modern security holster, has nothing to do with the number of mechanisms that the holster has. Corey’s interpretation is a common misconception in the industry. Safariland’s system is based on a series of hands-on performance tests in which the holster is physically attacked and tested. The holster must pass, in sequential order, each test to achieve a given level of rating. A holster can have several mechanisms on it and still not achieve any rating at all…

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One comment on “Holster retention systems and sloppy research

  1. Shilah says:

    I read this to my husband over breakfast & we both agreed, the “real” explanation is indeed very different from what we had heard about the levels of holsters. We’ll have to re-assess our gear now, I think. Thanks, Deputy!

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