A Simple Way to Retain Your Weapon

by July 22, 2010 07/22/10

Have you ever needed the ability to retain your weapon when climbing, running, sitting in a vehicle, handling a prisoner, fast roping or even breaching?

The fact is that there’s always a reason to sling your primary weapon out of the way to not only free up your hands, but to prevent your weapon from moving back around and getting in the way.

Enter the 215 Gear Multi-Mission Weapon’s Retention. The MMWR provides a low-profile, simply designed retention that virtually disappears on your gear and is ready to use when you need it.

Better Retention

215 Gear Multi-Mission Weapon's Retention 01If you’re familiar with most common retention systems, they’re worn on the belt, are extremely bulky, and rely on a hook-like system or snap to retain. These common systems can get caught on all sorts of things when either left open or closed, and also rely on the use of a belt.

The MMWR uses a simple design to secure your weapon with wrap-around shock cord that drops out of the way when left open and maintains a low footprint when secured. Through the use of a small aluminum fitting for the rear attachment, the system attaches to a single channel of PALS Webbing.

215 Gear Multi-Mission Weapon's Retention 05An update to the MMWR is the use of an ITW Nexus QASM (Quick Attach Surface Mount) Buckle for the front attachment point. Previously the MMWR used a 1″ ITW Nexus Repair Buckle. While good, it required the use of two hands to secure it in most situations. One hand to grasp the female buckle and one to insert the male end.

With the use of the QASM all you need to do is grab the strap, slide your hand up to the male buckle and slam it home. As securing your weapon quickly isn’t as important as getting it into the fight, a simple visual check while inserting the buckle is all you need. Like anything, it becomes easier over time to know your equipment and exactly where to reach to secure it without looking.

Moving and Sitting

215 Gear Multi-Mission Weapon's Retention 06Not depending on a belt mounted solution for weapons retention allows true flexibility under movement or while seated. Since your weapon isn’t attached to your waist with the MMWR, it moves freely under the shock cord.

While seated, the weapon simply moves further down and out of the way. This is great when driving, as the business end of your weapon slides down into the space between the door and the seat. Of course this may not be the way you want to roll. You may want your weapon positioned in a way to allow faster access and not under any retention.

Details

215 Gear Multi-Mission Weapon's Retention 07As mentioned previously, the Multi-Mission Weapon’s Retention uses a small aluminum fitting for the rear attachment, which has a small screw-lock design that fits in a single channel of PALS Webbing. The front attachment is via the ITW QASM, which is a fantastic use of one of the newer ITW buckles.

The female portion of the QASM has two split bars that allow it to be slipped onto 1″ PALS Webbing, taking up two columns in a single row (two channels).

Constructed with 1″ tubular nylon and shock cord secured with a triple bartack at each end, the overall relaxed length of the MMWR is around 15 1/2″ and fully extended it can reach as far as 24″ in length.

The US made MMWR is available in Khaki or Black and features a lifetime warranty, check it out at 215gear.com


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jon
jon

this is why i hate one points and use a three point. you just throw it behind you and you are hands free and the weapon is secure.

sojuz
sojuz

Good product; looks like it's great for what it's made for; simple and efficient.

By the way, what t-shirt are you wearing? it has velcro pockets?

sojuz
sojuz

Good product; looks like it's great for what it's made for; simple and efficient. By the way, what t-shirt are you wearing? it has velcro pockets?

JCG
JCG

This is great. We used to make a similar DIY version of this in Iraq. Never crossed my mind to get a real company to make one. Now that I think about it, a lot of guys I saw had various versions of things they'd rigged to do the same basic function. Good review.

Chris DuBois
Chris DuBois

This looks like a great product, but I couldn't help notice your T-shirt. Yeah, I know, stay focused, blah, blah...

What kind of shirt is that?

Chris DuBois
Chris DuBois

This looks like a great product, but I couldn't help notice your T-shirt. Yeah, I know, stay focused, blah, blah... What kind of shirt is that?

Jesse
Jesse

Good product for military personal especially Medics and Corpsmen with Rifles. It sucks to work on a patient adjust your rifle 60 times in the process.

GuyKeefer
GuyKeefer

A great update for weapons retention items. I was never a real big fan of the "holster" type ones so I never really used them. I preferred to just sling my weapon, but as you said, it can get in the way of climbing, doing things with your hands, and other important activities. It would nice to have some sort of pressure relief buckle like the grim-loc carabiners where if there is enough force on the buckle it will release. That would ensure you're not going to get caught up if something works it's way between you and the QASM. I wonder what other cool stuff this thing could be used for...

Brent M. Piatti
Brent M. Piatti

Thanks for the review ITS, the product looks nice and user friendly. I think this would be a great addition for a single-point sling, but in the video there was the use of a 2-point sling. If I were using a 2-point sling and wanted that level of retention I would use (and do on my M4 in the States) the V-Tac 2-point sling. http://www.vikingtactics.com/prod_sling_VTAC-MK1-a.html

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