Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Stuff I Like: Safariland 6378 ALS Holster

I've used many holsters over the years. Some were comfortable and durable while others were not. Let's face it, when it comes to concealed carry, if your holster isn't comfortable you aren't going to wear it. And leaving your gun at home does you no good if you need it.

For the past couple of years, I've been using the 6378 ALS paddle holster from Safariland. The "ALS" stands for Automatic Locking System. The gun is locked into the holster at the ejection port. The holster is gun-specific and made from a durable polycarbonate material. The paddle is wide and very comfortable. The holster rides close to the body with a slight forward cant.

Safariland 6378 ALS Holster
As I mentioned, the holster utilizes active retention at the ejection port. Releasing the gun requires only a simple depression of a button on the left side of the holster. The button is located right where your thumb falls during the draw. It is virtually impossible to miss the button. The draw is straight up and very natural. I prefer this release to some of the variations on other holsters. With a bit of practice, drawing from this holster is almost effortless. 

ALS release button

Reholstering is a breeze since there is no thumb strap to get in the way. I've never been a fan of thumb straps as retention on defensive holsters. With the ALS, you can rest assured the gun will stay put until you need it. The interior is suede-lined to protect your gun's finish.

Safariland 6378 ALS Holster

I use my holster primarily for carrying my Glock 27, but my full size 22 fits nicely, too, with just a short section of the barrel sticking out the end. The holster is lightweight, comfortable, durable, and it's IDPA-approved. The 6378 is available at many online retailers. I've seen it priced between $40-$50. A little shopping might save you a few Washington's. And for those who don't like paddle holsters, there is a belt slide version called the 6377.

And just to be clear, I have no relationship or association with Safariland.

1 comment:

Dennis said...

Nice write up Brian....looks and sounds like a nice holster (thumbs up)