Safariland Introduces Concealed Carry Holster Offerings for the Smith & Wesson M&P Shield

Safariland®, a brand of The Safariland Group, today introduced a variety of new gun fits for the popular concealed carry holsters accommodating the Smith & Wesson M&P Shield. Safariland Models 18 Inside Waistband, 27 Inside Pants, 578 GLS Pro-Fit, 7176/7376 7TS ALS and 5198 Open Top concealment holsters will be on display at The Safariland Group booth #2142 at the NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits, April 27-30 in Atlanta.

“We’re committed to engineering holsters that reflect market needs,” said James Dawson, category director, Safariland Duty Gear. “By combining additional fits, premium comfort, low- profiles and secure retention, these holsters offer concealed carry users a wider range of options for carrying their small firearms.”

Several types of holster models are available for these compact guns: inside waistband (IWB), outside waistband (OWB) and those with Safariland’s internal retention features including the GLSTM (Grip Lock System) and the ALS®, (Automatic Locking System).

Safariland’s retention technologies are ideal for those who want an extra measure of security in their concealed carry holsters. The GLS, or Grip Lock system, features an ergonomically placed lever on the top of the holster that is released by the middle finger as the user takes a firing grip on the handgun, resulting in an easy and natural draw. Upon re-holstering the gun easily clicks into place and is secured. The ALS, or Automatic Locking System, also features a lever at the top of the holster, whereby upon the draw the thumb sweeps back the cam lever, releasing the firearm in a standard, straight up draw. Upon re-holstering the audible click lets the user know the gun is secure.

Additionally, Models 578 and 7TS series holsters feature Safariland’s proprietary technology SafariSevenTM, a nylon blend that is non-abrasive to a firearm’s finish, while maintaining high heat and low cold tolerances of below 50°F and above 300°F. Models 7371 and 7376 are equipped with a small paddle on the back, making it more compact. All are available in Black. Available now.

Model Description

  • 18 IWB, Open-top Design, SafariLaminate, SafariSuede, $54.00
  • 27 IWB, J-shaped belt hook, SafariLaminate, $52.00
  • 578 OWB, GLS Pro-Fit, Paddle and Belt loop, SafariSeven, $55.00
  • 7371 OWB, ALS, SafariSeven, $56.00
  • 7376 OWB Hi-ride Belt Loop, ALS, SafariSeven, $56.00
  • 5198 OWB, Paddle or Belt loop, Detent, SafariLaminate, $39.00

About Safariland

Established in 1964, Safariland® has earned worldwide renown and a leadership position in the industry for its technologically advanced holsters and other gear to the law enforcement, military, concealment and competitive sporting markets. Safariland holsters, belts and accessories provide users with high-quality tools to perform their jobs safely and effectively. Safariland is credited for developing the first Level III RetentionTM holster for the uniformed duty market. With a reputation for INNOVATION NOT IMITATION®, the Safariland brand continues its position as the worldwide leader in retention holsters. Safariland is a part of The Safariland Group family of brands. For more information, visit

About The Safariland Group

The Safariland Group is a leading global provider of a broad range of safety and survivability products designed for the public safety, military, professional and outdoor markets. The Safariland Group offers a number of recognized brand names in these markets including Safariland®, Med- Eng®, ABA®, Second Chance®, VIEVU®, Mustang Survival®, Bianchi®, Break Free®, Protech® Tactical, Defense Technology®, Hatch®, Monadnock®, Identicator® and NIK®. The Safariland Group’s mission, “Together, We Save Lives”, is inherent in the lifesaving and protective products it delivers. The Safariland Group is headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. The Safariland Group is a trade name of Safariland, LLC.

For more information about The Safariland Group and these products, please visit

All views and opinions expressed here are all mine and do not represent those of my employers or sponsors. Links throughout this website may be affiliate links. For more info, read my disclaimer and disclosure page. Be safe & have fun! – JulieG