Gear: Safariland SLS 6280 Tactical Holster

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Safariland SLS 6280 Tactical Holster

Safariland
Category: Firearms, Tasers & Accessories
Subcategory: Holsters
Price: $64.95
Average Rating:
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Description:

The new Safariland SLS duty holster features a revolutionary rotating hood design that makes sure you are the only one who can pull your gun from its holster during a struggle. The hood can only be released by being simultaneously pushed down and rotated forward, it actually becomes more secure when upward force is applied

Member Reviews

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    ShadowWolf05, Wed, 25 Jul 2007 00:57:41 UTC.
    1st review

    The Department went to this holster last year when we switched from the S&W Model 65 .357 Revolver to the S&W M&P 40. Personally, I've found it easier to draw my weapon using this locking hood design rather than the old thumb-break style snap. The tactical finish appears to be holding up pretty well.

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    lawman07, Mon, 20 Aug 2007 00:30:10 UTC.

    My department went to this holster. I like it.

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    trmercer, Mon, 20 Aug 2007 08:59:15 UTC.

    This holster is ok. The retention strap gets pushed down by our vests every time my partners and I get into or out of the car.

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    pellethead, Tue, 21 Aug 2007 04:10:50 UTC.

    I love thsi holster. Easy to get use to.

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    ZECARIOCA2, Tue, 21 Aug 2007 15:04:18 UTC.

    I have that, and you can take the weapon out from behind and in front of you(easier), by doing a Karate type forward move with your hand and down between the body and holster (button) and then grabbing the weapon and pulling toward you. A Swat Lt. Officer from my ex-Dept showed me that. I was stunned, I have been using similar types for years....

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    Anonymous, Wed, 22 Aug 2007 21:56:59 UTC.

    like the holster just wish i could find it for my Springfield 9mm

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    jmccoy, Tue, 28 Aug 2007 18:39:32 UTC.

    great holster. quick draw and great retention

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    ColtRocker, Sun, 02 Sep 2007 02:40:00 UTC.

    I have had 3 different types of holster, this one is the best.

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    liablemtl, Sun, 02 Sep 2007 08:46:25 UTC.

    I just got this holster and I have to say: this thing is great! The newest version has a guard over the top of the hood that is designed to keep your vest (or fat roll, in some cases) from unlocking the hood. It's classified as a 2+ retention level now because addition of the guard; it helps protect the hood from being activated by someone attacking from the front. The SLS is easy to draw from once you get the motion down and becomes a very natural action. I like this a lot better than my Uncle Mikes Pro 3... I'll report back after the next range day.

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    Tx_LawMan, Fri, 07 Sep 2007 02:19:21 UTC.

    I have tried this holster out and I have to say WOW this is my next holster

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    jdp215, Sat, 15 Sep 2007 14:49:05 UTC.

    we use this holster at my department. I would say it is one of the better holsters I have used. It is not complex and makes for an easy draw.

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    dms812, Sat, 15 Sep 2007 14:53:34 UTC.

    I used this in the acadmey. I liked it.

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    CSL, Sun, 30 Sep 2007 04:14:47 UTC.

    It's really a level one, I don't care what they call it.

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    Anonymous, Wed, 10 Oct 2007 04:13:13 UTC.

    It's a pretty good functional holster.

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    wusmc1833, Wed, 10 Oct 2007 08:14:17 UTC.

    Nice tactical holster...able to draw on target pretty quick ..so far it's holding up pretty well, no problems with it yet.

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    TxLawMan33, Sun, 21 Oct 2007 21:47:11 UTC.

    Good holster, the straight draw takes some getting use to when your use to a triple three 070 holster.

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    Delta5, Mon, 22 Oct 2007 19:17:03 UTC.

    Good piece of gear.....I prefer it's big bro in the drop leg configureation.However,This is a brand name that does deliver on the goods and I thank them for putting out products that do what they say they can do under stress. 2 Big thumbs up.

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    vbpdaco, Mon, 22 Oct 2007 20:32:27 UTC.

    I like it. Its quick in a pich but its a little bulky.

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    Beef_stew, Tue, 23 Oct 2007 03:36:09 UTC.

    I have this holster in the drop leg style. Its easy for you to get your gun out, but yet still tough enough and rugged enough that a perop will have a hard time gettin your gun.

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    Two21, Tue, 23 Oct 2007 21:31:35 UTC.

    Used this holster when my department carried HK USP's. It's one of the best there is. I've ordered on for my Glock and can't wait for it to get here.

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    DarkJustice, Wed, 24 Oct 2007 04:04:27 UTC.

    I can't say for sure but this looks like the holster that I used, if I'm correct it has some type of locking system that protects your firearm from being snatched in a struggle. There were many opportunities for this officer to possibly be the victim of my own weapon but this holster and strong combat skills saved my life.

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    gb2950, Thu, 25 Oct 2007 04:33:08 UTC.

    I'm still trying to get use to it. I have had trouble pulling the weapon out of the holster. I have loosened the tension but well see.

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    kevw25, Tue, 30 Oct 2007 04:26:39 UTC.

    I got this today and it is really weird to get used to the action to draw, but after about 50 times I am starting to get the hang of it. I figure 50 more draws a day and by the time I graduate I should be pretty darn good. I like the extra action for the second step, could end up saving my life!

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    krissyjames, Wed, 07 Nov 2007 04:56:42 UTC.

    This is the holster that I have for my duty belt. This holster takes a little getting used to at first. I actually prefer the rotating type of hood than the other types that I have (snap, velcro).

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    apco25, Mon, 12 Nov 2007 00:13:19 UTC.

    Great Holster! Very popular with the NPS (although ours are cordovan safari-laminate leather) I have the tac light version with P226ST or P220ST as my duty weapon. I added the additional lock for the SLS hood which still keeps the draw fast and natural. I LOVE THIS HOLSTER.

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    bikekop, Tue, 13 Nov 2007 02:51:38 UTC.

    Have this holster in the tac light version and the regular version. They are both great and very tough and safe to wear. Great product.

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    nharvey2730, Thu, 15 Nov 2007 20:18:57 UTC.

    if you use a mounted light this it the holster you want. level 2 or buy a $7 button and turn it into a level 3. it's easy to use secure and looks good.

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    WhiteFeather, Mon, 19 Nov 2007 18:50:23 UTC.

    It gets the job done, well made and I can draw from it easy.

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    rideabike06, Thu, 22 Nov 2007 02:42:10 UTC.

    Big upgrade from the CQC I broke the first week. Takes some getting used to and scratches the hell out of my Beretta, but very secure and solid. Reholsters can be awkward.

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    cop12esu, Sat, 15 Dec 2007 22:55:38 UTC.

    I CARRY THIS HOLSTER ON DUTY AND ITS EASY TO USE AND IS EASY TO DRAW FROM.

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    epreo, Sat, 05 Jan 2008 03:13:05 UTC.

    I like the retention it provides as long as you kick down the extra 7 bucks for the sentry lock. Nice smooth draw

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    erichcb, Tue, 22 Jan 2008 00:55:09 UTC.

    great holster found it to be much better then the thumb break holsters out there

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    Enrique, Sun, 27 Jan 2008 01:45:43 UTC.

    Real good holster, we use them I have no problems or complaint about them.

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    hbg522, Tue, 29 Jan 2008 06:46:00 UTC.

    no complaints here. i like it.

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    wrangler, Mon, 04 Feb 2008 21:51:22 UTC.

    This is an exellent holster.Easy to make that 1.5 seconds.

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    C_Repine, Sat, 23 Feb 2008 13:34:17 UTC.

    Excellent holster I have several of these holsters for different weapons.

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    LlndFoxMan, Mon, 03 Mar 2008 17:19:51 UTC.

    This product is becoming more and more popular around here! i truely believe this one one of the Best!

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    tlwinkles379, Fri, 07 Mar 2008 06:29:25 UTC.

    My department carries this holster in BW finish. It is accessible but I don't like the retention.

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    10X, Mon, 31 Mar 2008 11:15:24 UTC.

    Easy to use.great retention.

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    JIMROC, Mon, 31 Mar 2008 19:37:12 UTC.

    great holster

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    joe_2224, Wed, 02 Apr 2008 17:42:47 UTC.

    I have chosen a very similar holster for our department to transition to when we receive our new Glock 22 & Glock 23 weapons. We will be equipping our Glocks with Streamlight TLR-1 lights for duty use. The holster we will be using is the ALS version of this holster which incorporates an additional level of security which makes the holster more snatch resistant and will not allow the gun to be removed simply by rotating the hood forward. The hood must be rolled forward and another minor natural action needs to be taken to allow the weapon to be removed from the holster.

    All in all I think it will be a very good system.

    Just my $.02

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    mike911, Tue, 22 Apr 2008 18:39:31 UTC.

    I love this holster. I use it on my nylon rig. Very secure and very durable. Awesome product. Keep up the good work Safariland.

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    Anonymous, Wed, 30 Apr 2008 19:17:43 UTC.

    I bought this as a duty holster and have found it to be a very good holster. It has forced me to get a proper grip. I like the thumb break protector, it keeps the hood from being released by my vest.

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    jstacey928, Sun, 04 May 2008 13:08:33 UTC.

    This is the first holster i have owned and i have no complaints. It was easy to adjust to and prvides good weapon retention and is more difficult to get open for an attacker. The one I have came without the extra hood cover but doesn't create any major problems other than is comes open on occasion due to my vest hitting it. Also this holster makes you get a good and proper grip when drawing your weapon.

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    AOrozco, Mon, 05 May 2008 00:04:48 UTC.

    Just got this holster with the tac-light (tlr-2) option and the sentry lock option for a Glock 22 and 21. I'm going to have to practice with this a bit since it is a different from my other Safariland holster. I have used Safariland holsters for about a year now and all I have to say is that they are GREAT! Can't wait to put this one to the test....Quals is on friday.

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    thp635, Mon, 05 May 2008 21:23:55 UTC.

    This is one awesome holster safety wise and is a snap to use.

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    CPD46, Sat, 10 May 2008 21:29:05 UTC.

    I thought this was great until our department was preacticing weapon retention at the range. If the assailant grabs the weapon from the front and you are holding everything down, guess what, the hood is opened. I also have the problem with the vest unlocking the hood too. I like the holseter but would like to see a better design for the hood. I still think the SLR of the Bianchi is the best, personally speaking.

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    Reiverman, Tue, 13 May 2008 18:45:31 UTC.

    This is a good holster. It is adaptable to concealed carry as well by just changing the belt connector or to a tactical holster as well. It can also have a hood cover attached or a locking lever to prevent inadverdant hood movement. Which can be a help in areas where extra security could be needed(It does take some real practice sessions to learn to use the lock the right way.). Just note though for concealed carry it does stick out more than a good concealment holster.

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    marinefit, Sun, 18 May 2008 00:51:42 UTC.

    Great design. Only the initiated would know how to release the hood. Takes a little bit to get used to, but it becomes intuitive after a while. Practice drawing your weapon and dry-firing a few hundred times, and it will quickly become your favorite.

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    Dutch101, Sun, 25 May 2008 23:11:49 UTC.

    Good holster

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    Anonymous, Sun, 25 May 2008 23:33:43 UTC.

    Good holster once you break it in.

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    dragon1900, Wed, 28 May 2008 18:23:04 UTC.

    this is an awsome holster. i use everyday on the job with my S & W 40 cal. M & P. i believe it is truly the most secured holster out there. its true that its really hard for anyone else to get your gun out of your holster. making it safer for you and keeping you from accidently droping your weapon out of your holster while on foot chase

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    Posse44, Mon, 02 Jun 2008 03:53:35 UTC.

    Best holster I have used. Straight draw, means natural draw for me. I use this with a Kimber TLE/RL II with light attached. I have suggested this to everyone that asks me locally, and they all say thank you after purchasing and using it.

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    cmh308, Sat, 14 Jun 2008 03:37:12 UTC.

    My department went to this holster for supervisors, I like it , this holster is very user friendly.
    Our officers will be issued this holster next for their Glocks.

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    Uspatriot11b, Tue, 17 Jun 2008 01:22:35 UTC.

    great holster I love it got one on my belt and on a thigh rig good smooth holster

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    retcop104, Sun, 06 Jul 2008 22:48:32 UTC.

    i use this product, seem to work well for me.

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    djcrash215, Mon, 04 Aug 2008 04:10:45 UTC.

    The holster is ok but the thumb release doesn't work well for me.

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    jcsd2407, Sun, 14 Sep 2008 10:19:29 UTC.

    I like this holster. Concerns were brought to me over the "ease" of being disarmed while using it, however for less than $10 the holster can be modified with the Sentry to make it an easily disguised Level 3 retention. It takes practice to get used to but I find it very comfortable when it comes to grip purchase and draw stroke.

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    BILLN, Sun, 28 Sep 2008 15:03:19 UTC.

    WE USE IT AS STANDARD ISSUE WITH OUR DEPT. (CARRYING GLOCK .40), NOT THAT POPULAR AS IT TENDS TO SLOW THE TIME TO DEPLOY WEAPON, BUT THAT'S A TRAINING ISSUE, WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN MY CHOICE AS ISSUE HOLSTER, BUT PRIOR CHIEF WORKED A DEAL WITH LOCAL DISTRIBUTOR WHEN HOLSTER FIRST BECAME AVAILABLE.

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    mOOSEmAGIC, Thu, 02 Oct 2008 19:46:08 UTC.

    Truely unimpressed. My personnal preference has always been thumb-break. the swivel-hood is awkward, and not condusive to hand positioning. this is standard issue for U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Working in a sea environment Im finding it very difficult to keep the rust off the metal workings of the swivel on the thumb side.

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    Einherjar, Tue, 28 Oct 2008 14:48:22 UTC.

    Department issue. So much better than our previous holster. Rotating hood is very easy with a little practice. The finish has sttod up well.

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    brown531, Thu, 06 Nov 2008 05:05:00 UTC.

    no-one ever got this weapon out of my holster though one prerp on PCP did rip it off my belt and that was with 7 of us on him.

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    chucky, Wed, 12 Nov 2008 07:53:24 UTC.

    It was a horrible holster for me..was not very reliable

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    joe57209, Sun, 16 Nov 2008 00:47:28 UTC.

    A Great Holster. I have used it for over 6 years now and the hardest part to get used to is the retention hood. That did not take as long as I thought.

    Overall great!

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    B4UGO, Sat, 27 Dec 2008 16:42:13 UTC.

    I love the holster in so far as my duties are concerned. I like the safety of the rotating hood and tensioned trigger guard retainer. But, nothing beats the safety of practicing use of the holster and weapons retention.

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    mkcop, Fri, 02 Jan 2009 11:13:40 UTC.

    I have been through several different holsters in my time and this one by far, hands down, is the best, in my opinion. Easy to adjust to, quick draw, secure with an excellent fit, nothing to maintain as far as leather fading or getting scuffed. It is light weight and works like a holster should. I love it and highly reccomend it.

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    JGreene113, Mon, 12 Jan 2009 00:52:12 UTC.

    This is my duty holster, it serves its purpose. Fast draw, good retention and dosent scuff your weapon.

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    moosemike34, Sun, 25 Jan 2009 21:55:04 UTC.

    Awesome Holster! Had a 1.67 second draw from the Interview Stance with this holster. As you all know in this line of work, you might not get any more time than that to save your life or someone elses. God speed to all, and watch your six!

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    LRWard921, Wed, 11 Feb 2009 00:42:05 UTC.

    I've had alot of different hosters but this is my favorite

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    littlesimo31, Fri, 27 Mar 2009 14:36:49 UTC.

    Great Holster

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    carrw, Sat, 04 Apr 2009 06:41:25 UTC.

    Very good holster. I know several Officers that have been saved because the bad guy couldn't get the gun in a fight! Would suggest adding the hood over the thumb release.

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    ROCKY4, Wed, 22 Apr 2009 06:38:21 UTC.

    I have used this holster for 3 years and I love it. I like everyone else have had many different holsters but this one has been by far my favorite. The durability is unbelievable. I have been in many scuffles with this holster, even had it grabed at and I have no complaints. Other holsters I have had get torn when hitting the ground in a scuffle but this one takes a beating and keeps going. I invested in the sentry lock for mine and for $7 its well worth it. Over all I would suggest this holster to anyone from rookie to vetran. My fello officers and myself trust our lives with it everyday.

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    RoyLally, Wed, 22 Apr 2009 22:35:55 UTC.

    Great holster

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    jbellvpd, Sat, 25 Apr 2009 15:19:26 UTC.

    good holster, but the hood system does wear out after time.

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    ChemicalOfficer, Tue, 28 Apr 2009 21:13:32 UTC.

    Just taking part in the testing of 4 potential new holsters for our state police. This is the first I'm testing right now, and I like it. Works good and easy. Can't make any statements concerning longer use...

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    patrolman_kcso, Wed, 06 May 2009 17:59:47 UTC.

    MOST OF THE OTHER OFFICERS I WORK WITH USED THIS HOLSTER AND I WAS USING A BLACK HAWK AND LOVED IT. WELL I GOT INTO A FIGHT WITH MULITPLE SUBJECTS AND ALMOST HAD MY FIREARM TAKEN OUT OF THE BLACK HAWK. SO I WENT OUT AND BROUGHT THIS ONE LAST WEEK. WELL I WORE IT ABOUT 3 DAYS AT HOME TO PRACTICE THE DRAW AND I TELL YOU THAT IT WAS SO EASY TO LEARN, TONIGHT WILL BE MY FIRST NIGHT ON DUTY WITH IT. I LOVE THE LIGHT OPTION THAT YOU CAN GET TOO.

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    Anonymous, Fri, 08 May 2009 06:10:50 UTC.

    This holster is put together well and the hood design certainly allows for effective retention and ease on the draw. That said if not fitted correctly to the belt and drawn on a slight angle the retention kicks in and it's impossible to get out. I've seen officers whose belt has shifted slightly from sitting in a vehicle struggle to draw their weapon when needed. This of cause can be negated by adjusting and fitting your kit properly. The use of an overt vest also tends to knock the hood forward leaving your weapon free to bounce out (I have seen this happen) when chasing someone down. Overall I like the holster and recommend it's use, but officers do need to by made aware of its shortfalls.

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    Prestidge, Mon, 08 Jun 2009 00:16:35 UTC.

    Great product overall! Easy/ natural motion to gain access weapon. Not clumsy or awkward like some designs (won't mention any names).

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    wgpd225, Fri, 19 Jun 2009 01:08:19 UTC.

    easy out, quickly back in when things go to hands on and locked away and hard to defeat.

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    JHenson508, Tue, 07 Jul 2009 03:34:54 UTC.

    like the locking hood the weapon is easy in and quick out very easy to use

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    MUFFINMANSNIPERHAWK, Thu, 09 Jul 2009 17:08:48 UTC.

    I changed from a bianchi holster to this one. It was shown to me by a former SWAT officer from Buckeye Police Dept. He showed me the advantages of having this holster and the safety that went with it. I tell everyone to get this one.

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    TxCowboyLawMan, Mon, 13 Jul 2009 05:24:40 UTC.

    I use this holster and I absolutely love it! Would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for great performance and affordability!

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    Texlawman, Mon, 17 Aug 2009 01:23:36 UTC.

    I use this holster,I find it well made and sturdy. My weapon fits very well and secure.
    I recommend this holster to any officer! The price was within my budget.

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    rechatham, Tue, 25 Aug 2009 01:50:14 UTC.

    I was issued this holster from my department. I soon found out that there was absolutely no retention. I would not tell anyone to use this holster despite some of the high marks it received from other LEO. If you have this holster make sure you check the hood when you get out of your car because mine often rolls forward when I get out.

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    DDemlong, Wed, 16 Sep 2009 19:14:37 UTC.

    It does offcer retention, however I constantly find the hood accidently being pushed down by my vest when I sit. Its not a very secure feeling when you get out of your car and walk up to a suspect and the hood is down without your knoweledge.

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    catm131, Sun, 01 Nov 2009 05:43:02 UTC.

    i love this holster. i have the 6005 drop leg version. i has great retention and is very comfortable to wear. as far as the review from earlier, if you buy a newer model i has a hood that covers the rotating hood so only the wearer can manipulate it. a great holster.

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    b_eustice, Fri, 29 Jan 2010 07:02:18 UTC.

    retention is what it should be. holds up after years of use and abuse. i have the tac-light version of this holster, and i still smoke most other officers on a draw at the range. couldn't ask for better, but you could buy more expensive...

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    bpeals, Tue, 09 Feb 2010 16:24:45 UTC.

    AFTER TRYING THIS HOLSTER IN CLASS, IT WILL BE MY NEXT DUTY HOLSTER. I FOUND NO FAULTS IN IT, BUT ONLY TIME WILL TELL.

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    sidewinder2100, Tue, 30 Mar 2010 23:53:58 UTC.

    I just bought one of these and was practicing drawing my XD. It's a little different from the Uncle Mike's I had for my old Glock, but I like it so far. Guess I'll see how it will do in the field.

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    E2103, Fri, 09 Jul 2010 05:23:10 UTC.

    This is the best holster! A lot better than a thumbsnap holster. It's very light and durable. I can access my firearm very fast. I bought a sentry lock/hood guard combination and now my holster is a level 3. With this accessories on, my draw is still fast and my firearm is much more safer from a takeaway.

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    PM12, Tue, 13 Jul 2010 21:37:58 UTC.

    ridiculously good equipment. rugged, durable, dependable. easy draw, very secure...need i go on? possibly the very best duty holster on the market.

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    popostevo417, Sat, 14 Aug 2010 08:03:56 UTC.

    Our Office went to these holsters last year. Very well made holster fo LEO. It is light weight, so it doesn't add to your hip

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    dfreeman454, Sun, 15 Aug 2010 09:06:17 UTC.

    This is the holster we use (USAF Security Forces) although typically we use the drop down version, some use the conversion kit to make it a hip holster. I tried this for a few weeks, found it light, strong, but a little un-comfortable on my hip. I switched to an Uncle Mikes hip holster. MUCH BETTER

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