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6280 SLS Hooded Level II Duty Holster
An essential peice of police equipment, the Safariland 6280 Holster provides police officers and others who carry handguns in tactical situations the optimum combination of safety and performance. This version of the Safariland SLS System duty holster features the patented rotating hood and tensioning device for increased weapon retention,...

Aug 21, 2011 : Rob Pincus
Rob Pincus reviews the Safariland 6280 duty holster and talks about the importance of training with the holster when using it for duty. The 6280 holster features the patented rotating hood and tensioning device for weapon retention. The Safariland holsters provide law enforcement officers and others who carry handguns in tactical situations the optimum combination of safety and weapon readiness. Alexander Ng: Hatch D1 Patrol Police Supply Bag Review
Safariland 6280 Duty Holster Review
Rob Pincus here for CopsPlus and SWAT magazine. Today I'm going to talk about the Safariland Dual Retention STX Holster. Now Safariland is well known for quality holsters that a lot of people are issued to use on duty and a lot of people choose to use for their own personal defense or their off-duty carry as well. This particular holster is a mid-ride duty holster, dual retention, with what really a lot of people associate with Safariland. That's the rolling hood feature for retention. Now the first level of retention is just going to be that the gun isn't going to drop out of the holster.

It's not just simply a pancake loose nylon foam padding kind of holster that if you turn it upside down the gun's going to fall right out of. We know that this holster already gets a good hold of the gun, but this holster is one that I just got. I've been shooting out of it today a little bit. Haven't done a lot of reps with it. As you know, any holster is going to need to loosen up, so to speak. Whether it's a leather holster or a kydex holster, you're going to wear in the finer points and allow that gun to go in and out faster and smoother.

This particular holster is actually great in that it's lined with suede. It's nice on the gun, it's quiet, it's all those comfort things we like about a holster, a high-quality holster, especially those of us who maybe came up on leather holsters and are used to the way that feels going in and out and the idea of the leather being what's up against the gun. This suede material is really nice in that way. It allows us to also reholster very securely. We know once we click into the gun that this holster has a good hold on the gun.

The gun's not going to pop out. The gun's not going to come out. If I were to need to throw this in here, chase somebody, maybe wrestling with somebody, I get this gun back in there. I get jumped on at this point, that gun's not going to just fall out. If I want that dual retention I need to make sure that this hood gets rolled back up. Now if you're like me and you run a range and you have a lot of guys with these types of holsters, because they are very popular in the law enforcement community, you know that there's always that one guy that wants to leave the hood down.

Well, unless you're walking around on patrol with the hood down, you shouldn't have the hood down on the range. Quite frankly, you shouldn't be walking around on patrol with the hood down. There's a reason it's there. It needs to be up. That's the reason for a dual retention holster. If you don't want a dual retention holster, don't get one with a hood. The worst case scenario is maybe your department allows you to do that. Then one day you get of the car, that gets bumped up, you get out on patrol, you get startled, you go to grab your gun, and you end up in this situation. This is the situation you don't want to be in not having practiced to release that hood as part of your presentation, as part of your drawstroke.

Let me talk about these hoods in general. We're going to take a close look at the way they work. What's nice about the hood is that it involves an intuitive motion that's required to get a good grip on your gun prior to drawing it from the holster anyway. If you think back to the '80s when most of us were using like thumb brake holsters, at that time the movement that was required was to come out from the gun with your thumb or to think that your hands might be at your side and your hand was going to come up to the gun and roll over the back of the gun to push inward on that thumb brake. Well, that's not a movement that's necessary.

While it's a movement that's very congruent with starting at your side, we know that in a worst case scenario you're going to be startled. Your hands are going to come up and then go back down to the gun. Of course, we know in a law enforcement scenario if we happen to be gesturing to somebody, giving them commands, giving them instructions, maybe in some kind of a non-violent posture or controlling someone, maybe we push somebody off, our hands are going to be coming from up here. Coming out and back in isn't a natural movement. Coming straight down onto the top of this hood button, this little shelf that's on the hood, straight down onto that is intuitive. That is natural. A+ for Safariland on that one.

The next move isn't as intuitive, but it still works. It's one that's ergonomic, one that you can learn to do pretty easily. That's to come down and push forward on the hood. That puts your thumb high, flagged high where we want it. When the gun comes out of the holster, we want that thumb high, either on top of the safety if we have a frame mounted safety, or up high out of the way ... Room for our second hand to come in and then our thumbs are layered as we complete our extension. We don't have our thumbs crossed in any way. The high thumb is actually a positive. While the roll itself isn't necessarily natural to just grab the gun in coming out, the high thumb is exactly what we want.

We come down, we push forward, and then we come up out of the holster. Again, this is a new holster. It's a little bit sticky. Not a problem. That'll break in with use, with wear. We want to practice. Certainly with anything like this, this complex mechanical skill, we're going to want to get enough practice to break this holster in before we go out on duty or carry this kind of holster for self-defense. I give the Safariland STX Dual Retention Holster an A for being ergonomic and an A for being high quality.

If you don't practice with it, you're going to hate it. You're going to think it's cumbersome. You're going to think it's too much. You're going to think it's too hard. You're going to think it's too slow. That, quite frankly, could get you killed out on the street. If you use any type of retention holster, make sure you practice with it. Practice with it often. Get out to the range, do your practice. Read SWAT magazine and don't forget to look for the Safariland STX Holster at CopsPlus.


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