My holster cup runneth over. Recently I was able to run through Safariland’s QLS holster system and now I get a crack at their 537 Open-top concealment Belt Slide holster for the Glock 17/22. Being a belt slide holster, it offers a bit more of a low profile than the QLS system I tested earlier. Here’s my first take.
The holster has a fairly rigid frame, but is covered with a softer synthetic leather. This has been very comfortable during extended wear so far and isn’t marring the finish on my gun at all. The rigidity of the frame is the cause of the only complaint so far: you really have to cinch your belt tight to get the “ear flaps” of the holster where your belt loops through to bend and conform to your body. This is less of a complaint and more of a point of note to remember when you’re donning your concealed carry gear for the day. Once the holster is on and in use, it is extremely comfortable. The synthetic leather covering ensures there isn’t any rubbing or chafing on my side. The 537 hugs tight to my body and is better at avoiding “printing” than my assortment of kydex paddle mounted holsters.
I really like the GLS (grip locking system) as a method of firearm retention. The GLS is disabled using your middle finger. When you go to draw your firearm, your finger is kept slightly out of position by the lock release lever. A firm and instinctive flex of the hand lets your handgun loose to continue on its way. Unlike many thumb-break holsters, the GLS hasn’t prompted an inconsistent draw, nor has it increased my draw times. I am someone who has had a handgun fall out of a very snug belt loop holster before. Through that experience, I have been made a firm believer that a holster should have some degree of active retention. However, I don’t want Ft. Knox on my hip: I still need the ability to access my defensive tool in a hurry. Much like the ALS (auto-lock system) on the 7377-TS holster I reviewed, the GLS deftly runs the fine line between retention and speed.
So far, the first two weeks (or so) with this holster have been very positive. At $56, this seems to be a very good option for CCW. I’m going to keep working the 537 over through daily carry, dry fire training and live fire range sessions. I’ll post an update down the road.
is an Alaskan Expatriate living in Oregon with his beloved family. Growing up on commercial fishing vessels, he found his next adventure with the 2nd Bn, 75th Ranger Regt. After 5 tours to Afghanistan and Iraq, he roamed about the west coast becoming a commercial diver, rated helicopter pilot instructor (CFII) and personal trainer before becoming a staff writer with Loadoutroom.com
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