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Safariland’s QLS and MLS mounting systems improve upon the MOLLE platform to make gear attachment easier and more flexible.

June 01, 2009  |  by - Also by this author


Today's law enforcement officers carry more gear on their belt than ever before. Not only are all of these items heavy, the holsters they're held in are difficult to move when necessary. That's why Safariland has developed two simple locking systems that allow you to add or remove various holsters on your duty belt or MOLLE loops without rearranging other items in the process.

Safariland's MOLLE Locking System (MLS) was developed for the military. It allows holsters and accessories to be attached to any belt or MOLLE loop-equipped apparel using two locking forks. To remove, you simply squeeze the two forks together and pull.

Staff at Safariland recognized that law enforcement could also benefit from such a system, and came up with the Quick Locking System (QLS). According to the company, the QLS "is designed for a duty officer to be able to slide the QLS fork onto the duty belt. The duty plate is designed specifically for the Universal Belt Loop (UBL) and will satisfy a Level I Retention pull test."

Safariland's MLS is more suited to the military, says Tom Campbell, national technical specialist for Safariland and Bianchi Duty Gear. "Because it was made to meet military requirements, the MLS system must break away when it meets a certain amount of resistance to prevent military personnel from becoming entangled if the system catches on something."

But gun grabs are generally more of a concern for law enforcement than becoming tangled. "The QLS is what I usually recommend for law enforcement because it's more secure," says Campbell.

Because of the fork and duty plate used to attach items with the QLS, it's easy for an officer to remove a holster with the weapon still inside, which can be useful in many duty situations. For example, many agencies can't afford TASERs for their entire department. With the QLS, the TASER in its holster can be attached to an officer's belt loop at the beginning of her shift, and then she can remove and hand over the entire unit to the officer starting the next shift. It allows officers to easily share.

A similar principle can facilitate transferring custody of arrestees at jails and holding facilities. An officer can leave his duty weapon in his holster and easily remove both from his belt to be secured until he is ready to leave and reclaim them. "This avoids problems of safety. If the weapon never leaves the holster, it's safer," says Campbell.

For undercover and off-duty officers, the MLS or QLS can also be used for mounting holsters and accessories beneath a dashboard inside a vehicle or on a bedside table at home. Campbell says the same functionality applies to tactical teams. "SWAT can use the systems to affix firearms to the inside walls of a tactical vehicle so they can jump in and they're ready to go."

Safariland's versatile MLS and QLS will work with any Safariland duty, tactical, or concealment holster that features a standard three-hole bolt pattern. Both are available for department testing and evaluation and are currently being sold in black, flat dark earth brown, foliage green, and OD green.

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