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Old September 23, 2008, 10:43 AM   #1
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Safariland ALS holster

Our deparment has started issueing Safariland ALS holsters for our S+W Md 64's. Any experiance with this holster?
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Old September 23, 2008, 12:23 PM   #2
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I carry and SLS on duty and an ALS paddle off duty. As far as the preformance with my G22 and my M&P 9C, I love them both. It holds the gun very secure I don't have to worry about it coming out unless I want it to. and the draw is a natural grip, I don't have to worry about adjusting my grip ect... Hope this helps.
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Old September 23, 2008, 01:00 PM   #3
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The ALS line is good to go. Which model is being provided?
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Old September 23, 2008, 09:58 PM   #4
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I'm not really sure. When you holster the gun you have to roll the hood up the move a latch forward to lock it. When you draw you have to move that lock back and the hood forward.

As far as a weapon for transports and in hospitals I like the system. Take away is a real hazard there. These are being issued for transports only right now, our perimeters are still using the thumb breaks. That's not an issue because they are alone.

For our regular transport officers I can see it. They will be using it every day and can maintain the muscle memory to use the system effectively. For those officers sent on an emergency transport I have a little issue. Seldom will they use the system so they will not be able to maintain muscle memory. Once a year training is not enough.
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Old September 24, 2008, 01:11 PM   #5
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I prefer the SLS/ALS combo holsters; what you described. The learning curve isn't steep and the concerns you cite have not cropped up throughout the industry, compared to say, difficulties with other level III retention mechanisms.
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