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My Safariland ALS holster review.
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So for my new M&P 9 full size I bought a safariland 6378 ALS holster. I have a Blackhawk serpa for my Glock but I wanted to try something different. The 6378 I think is a good holster. It holds my pistol close to my body, around the same distance of the black hawk serpa. However the 6378 is bigger than the serpa up and down wise. It’s taking some time to get used to it. When I have this holster on, with the belt loop attachment (it comes with paddle too). It holds it pretty snug. I did instantly take notice that when I run up the stairs it does NOT bounce around. Something my glock does in the serpa, the whole thing bounces. I’m not sure why this is exactly. The release to unholster it is a bit different than the serpa, which I got used to right away. Get a good grip, and it’s out. I however am used to the serpa having the front of the holster cut lower so you can draw a bit sooner though.

Everything fits pretty well with it; my only complaint is a belt loop on my jeans is stopping me from putting it at the 3PM position. Which bugs me a lot since the M&P is bigger. On my shorts it’s not an issue but my jeans it is….I could use the paddle I am sure, and it will be ok. If I put the cant forward a little bit as well I think that would help. The paddle seems to be pretty solid as well. However I am not going to have someone rip it off of me to test it out. With the belt loop attachment there is a piece of plastic “blocking” the slot to go from 1.5 inch belt to 1.75…If that piece of plastic breaks (it’s thinnish) then it won’t fit my 1.5inch belt correctly. I am curious if their universal belt loop is like the serpa where you can push the stuff around to make it fit. That is my only real worry with the holster. When I sit my body doesn’t hit the release, which I was a bit worried about. With the retention, I can hold the holster upside down, hit the release and the gun stays in place.

I will update this post if anything happens with this holster.

If anyone is curious about getting this holster, I would say go for it. I paid a total of $51 for it. It was $39 online, and then shipping. I bought it from Atlantic Tactical. They shipped it the same day, and I got it a day later.

I did not want an IWB holster at all for this pistol because of it's size.



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To tighten the retention.

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This is the belt loop attachment that has the piece of plastic keeping it at 1.5
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Thanks for the review. I was looking into this holster too. Can you CC with it or is it strictly for OC?
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#3
Good writeup and review.

GB
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Philadelphia Patriot;20521 Wrote:Thanks for the review. I was looking into this holster too. Can you CC with it or is it strictly for OC?

From the CC point, I always just throw a tshirt over top of it, if it is warm out. You will be printing.


GreenBlood10;20523 Wrote:Good writeup and review.

GB

Thanks!!
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#5
Nice review.

I also have the same holster for my Sig P229 and I have a light bearing version for my Glock 17/TLR-1s combo. I like them better than the Blackhawk Serpa holster I wear on duty.

I like the holsters. Solid weapon to holster fit (even the light bearing version) and they hug the body tight.

I might look into ordering spacers for the belt loops, just to give me some extra room when I grip the weapon (or I might end up buying the duty holster belt loop instead, since these are range only holsters).

I would highly recommend these holsters for anyone interested.

Again, nice review.


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One thing I don't understand is how this holster isn't called a "level 2 retention" but my Serpa is. They both require the button/lever to release and thats it. Anyone know?
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#7
Cripes, I thought you were ignoring me, but quickly realized my question was posted in the other place.

Damn these alternate universe postings!
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The Unknown87;20615 Wrote:One thing I don't understand is how this holster isn't called a "level 2 retention" but my Serpa is. They both require the button/lever to release and thats it. Anyone know?

I was under the impression that the Serpa's had to have the button depressed and the weapon had to be pulled out at a particular angle thereby giving you level II retention. The Safariland just needs to have the button depressed.

I too had the issue with belt loops not lining up to get the weapon at 3. I found that if I stick the belt through one side of the holster then through the belt loop then through the other side of the holster I can adjust the holster to very close to 3 and to 3 on some jeans.
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The Unknown87;20615 Wrote:One thing I don't understand is how this holster isn't called a "level 2 retention" but my Serpa is. They both require the button/lever to release and thats it. Anyone know?

In addition to the release lever, the SERPA also has a tension devise as retention, making it level 2. I am not sure if this ALS has a tension devise or not...
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donotknowme;20640 Wrote:
The Unknown87;20615 Wrote:One thing I don't understand is how this holster isn't called a "level 2 retention" but my Serpa is. They both require the button/lever to release and thats it. Anyone know?

I was under the impression that the Serpa's had to have the button depressed and the weapon had to be pulled out at a particular angle thereby giving you level II retention.

No particular angle needed with my serpas. Just press the button and draw.

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