A Quick Review: Safariland 7371 7TS ALS Paddle Holster

When it comes to concealed carry, finding the right holster is like searching for the perfect pair of jeans. It needs to fit just right, offer comfort throughout the day, and, most importantly, keep everything securely in place. Recently, I got to test the Safariland 7371 7TS ALS Concealment Paddle Holster (try to say that three times fast) for my Smith & Wesson Shield and found myself more than a little impressed. It might even be my new OWB carry go-to.

Construction

First, the name might sound like a mouthful, but once you get past the alphanumeric jumble, you’ll realize this holster means business. As someone who’s gone through my fair share of holsters, the 7371 instantly caught my attention with its futuristic design and promises of top-notch functionality.

The Safariland 7371 7TS ALS Concealment Paddle Holster may be my new go-to for OWB concealed carry thanks to the secure ALS retention system, high-quality construction, and slim profile. [Photo: David Workman]
Let’s start with the material. The 7TS is made from a proprietary blend of nylon and fiberglass, creating an impressively durable and surprisingly lightweight holster. Gone are the days of feeling like you’re lugging around a brick on your hip. The matte finish adds a touch of sophistication, and the texture provides a secure grip without scratching or damaging the firearm.

Functionality

Now, onto the ALS (Automatic Locking System), which is an uncommon accessory on civilian OWB holsters. Picture this: you holster your firearm, and with a satisfying click, the ALS engages automatically, securing your weapon in place. The retention is superb, providing peace of mind whether you’re strolling through the city or bending down to tie your shoe. Safariland is known for their outstanding retention systems, so this doesn’t surprise me.

The ALS retention system operates off a simple thumb switch that rocks back as you draw the gun, releasing it from the holster as part of the natural draw stroke. [Photo: David Workman]
Drawing the weapon is just as seamless. A simple, natural swipe of your thumb disengages the ALS mechanism, allowing for a smooth and quick draw. It’s a subtle yet ingenious feature that adds extra efficiency to your concealed carry routine. No more fumbling with complicated retention systems – just a straightforward, intuitive draw. After several practice draws, it became second nature to the point that I forgot I was thumbing the release at all.

Comfort

Comfort is a make-or-break factor for any holster, and the 7371 doesn’t disappoint. The paddle design distributes the weight evenly, preventing any annoying pressure points or hot spots. I’ve worn this holster for extended periods, and it’s surprising how forgettable it becomes. It hugs your body without digging in, making it ideal for everyday carry.

The adjustable paddle makes cant angle adjustment simple and secure. Just loosen the screws, pivot the paddle, and tighten them back up. [Photo: David Workman]
Adjustability is another key feature that sets the 7371 apart from the competition. The cant is adjustable, accommodating different carry preferences. It’s the kind of holster that adapts to you, not vice versa. It also snugs up to the body nicely, reducing the odds of printing under a jacket.

Final Thoughts

Now, let’s address the elephant in the room – the price. For good reason, the 7371 7TS ALS Concealment Paddle Holster falls into the mid to high price range: $70-84, depending on some options. That’s a very reasonable price for this level of quality.

The Safariland 7371 7TS ALS Concealment Paddle Holster combines durability, comfort, and innovation, making it a standout in a sea of holsters.

David Workman is an avid gun guy, a contributing writer to several major gun publications, and the author of Absolute Authority. A logophile since way back, Workman is a quickdraw punslinger and NRA RSO and Certified Pistol Instructor. He helps train new shooters on basic handgun skills and CCW requirements and is a strong advocate for training as much as practicable. "Real-world shootouts don't happen at a box range."

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