November 29, 2020

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In Depth Tactical Solutions

Titan Retention – Versatile Solution for Weapon and Gear Retention

4 min read

The 2-sided hook-and-loop front attachment point can be sandwiched between accessory pouches and the cummerbund of equipment like this plate carrier.

Sometimes,  a sling just doesn’t cut it for carrying a long gun or other equipment in a dynamic environment.  Slings are great for situations where a rifle needs to be kept at the ready, but a slung rifle still requires attention to keep it pointing in a safe direction and out of the way of other activities where both hands are needed.  Enter Titan Retention. Designed to attach to PALS/MOLLE webbing or hook-and-loop, Titan Retention makes strong, ratchet-adjustable, quick-releasable straps that can be used to secure equipment to plate carriers, chest rigs, and other PALS/MOLLE-equipped gear.

Description & Features:

Titan Retention straps come in Black, OD Green, FDE Tan, Desert Digital, or Multicam, in 1.5″ or 2″ widths, with the option of hook-and-loop or MOLLE front attachment points. The front attachment point is connected to the rest of the retention strap via a metal buckle, which allows the strap to be quickly released.

 

The straps are equipped with a robust ratchet system that enables equipment to be snugged-up tight.

 

Attachment points and other stress areas incorporate woven reinforcement panels.

 

The 2-sided hook-and-loop front attachment point can be sandwiched between accessory pouches and the cummerbund of equipment like this plate carrier.

 

The rear attachment points hook securely to PALS/MOLLE webbing by sliding through the loops, and overlapping.

 

Uses

Although the main apparent application of this item seems to be for attaching rifles and other equipment like bolt cutters or breaching tools to plate carriers, with everything coming PALS/MOLLE equipped these days, there are a number of alternative applications that need to be considered – which is particularly important for me because my environment typically doesn’t necessitate wearing a plate carrier. I do like a light-weight chest rig while taking or teaching carbine and rifle classes, and sometimes it’s handy to get the rifle out of the way while setting up targets or barricades.

With this setup, I get to maintain a fairly light-weight load-out with the ability to stow my rifle out of the way or carry other equipment I may want to bring to the range: tripods, shooting mat, med packs, or spotting scope for example.

I was originally interested in the Titan Retention system as a way to attach a carbine or PDW to a pack while hiking in the backcountry.  I was hoping is would provide a solution that would keep a carbine out of the way, but still enable rapid access.  The rear attachment point works fine on most packs with PALS webbing, but attaching the front to one of the shoulder straps proved challenging.  I have been able to make it work by attaching it to the PALS straps on the side of the pack, which does work, although reaching the buckle is a little difficult.   One thing I would like to see is a horizontal front attachment option that could attach to a shoulder strap.

 

There are plenty of military applications for the Titan Retention system, such as attaching grenade launchers or med packs to MOLLE seat-backs.  Speaking of MOLLE seat-backs, which are also popular in the civil realm, this definitely has some applications there for securing awkward items that you don’t want bouncing around the back seat.  With a little creativity and imagination, and the benefit of PALS/MOLLE being on almost everything these days, one could find all kinds of applications for these.

RATINGS:

Versatility: 4.5/5 – this can be used on anything with PALS/MOLLE but I would like to see some addition attachment options for other applications.  I’m sure one could improvise a lot on their own though.

User-Friendly: 5/5 – if you’re using it correctly,  it is very easy to use.  If you find yourself struggling with attaching it to the PALS webbing,  make sure you’re doing it as shown in the pic above.

Quality: 5/5 – no doubt about it, these things are well made with name-brand components and attention to the details.  Materials and workmanship are guaranteed for the life of the product.

Durability: 5/5 – in addition to the overall quality, these are also made to put up with hard use.

Value: 5/5 – At a price point around $150, these aren’t “cheap,” but considering the materials and workmanship, you do get what you pay for.  Titan Retention does offer military and law enforcement discounts.

TOTAL:  98% Excellent Product

This is a product that you don’t need to have a specific application for, at the fundamental level it’s a belt, what could be simpler? – just a really strong one.  It can be used as a weapon retention system, or for non-weapon gear.  It can be used on a pack, a plate carrier, seat-back MOLLE… anything equipped with PALS webbing, and with a little creativity, maybe more.  It’s length-adjustable, and the ratchet system can cinch it down plenty tight.  In addition to its law enforcement and military uses, I  can see this finding a use in camping, hunting, and shooting in the citizen realm as well.

I received this product as a courtesy from the manufacturer via Spotter Up so I could test it and give my honest feedback. I am not bound by any written, verbal, or implied contract to give this product a good review. All opinions are my own and are based off my personal experience with the product.

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