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News Nightmares: Why Active Retention Is Worth Considering

Jul 11, 2018 2:24:11 PM / by Savannah Ashworth

Three nightmare scenarios for gun owners have played themselves out in the news over the past few weeks.  All of them could have been prevented with one small change in carry gear.

1. Dancing FBI Agent

By now, everyone has heard about the dancing FBI agent who dropped his gun while doing a backflip on the dance floor.  The gun discharged, resulting in injury to a bystander and charges against the agent.


2. The Ikea Couch

Not long after that, a man lost his gun in an IKEA couch, which was found by a child.


3.  Veteran Killed

In the saddest of the three stories, a Navy veteran dropped his weapon while trying to break up a fight outside a bar.  The gun did not discharge, but when he picked up the weapon off the ground, police on scene were forced to assume he was a threat, and shot him.


One thing could have prevented each of these situations: an "active retention" holster.  Many holsters like Kydex rely on "passive" retention of the pressure along the sides of the firearm to hold it in place.  Active retention holsters require some form of disengagement to draw.  There are several designs for such holsters.  Here's a video comparison of a basic Kydex material and two active retention holsters that we sell here at Defense In Depth.



If you think active retention holsters might be good for you, stop in and see us!

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Savannah Ashworth

Written by Savannah Ashworth