Thumb Release Holster Part

NOTE: This product is only compatible with the ShapeShift Modular Holster System.

  • Reliable Level II Retention
  • Fast, Smooth Draw
  • Easy to Install

Most thumb releases are difficult to use, can cause inconsistencies in your draw, and compromise your personal safety. It’s important for you to feel confident with your draw at all times, and if the situation ever calls for it, you should have the ability to draw your firearm at a moment’s notice.

Every carrier deserves a consistent, reliable draw and the peace of mind that comes with it.

The new and improved ShapeShift Thumb Release provides your holster with Level II Retention and has been thoroughly tested by our engineers to provide you with a smooth, secure draw.

This user-friendly thumb release can be attached to your ShapeShift holster in a few simple steps. Once installed, your firearm will audibly click into place when holstered. To operate this thumb release, simply place your hand in the drawing position and depress the button with your thumb in order to release your firearm from the holster.

Our American-made products are extensively tested to ensure they will last you a lifetime. To ensure your complete satisfaction with this ShapeShift holster accessory, we've included a 30-Day Test Drive. Return any time, for any reason, within that period. Our top-quality products are also backed by a Forever Warranty. If anything breaks on your thumb release holster part, we’ll repair or replace it for free.

Equip yourself with the ShapeShift Thumb Release to feel confident and prepared every time you carry.

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3.25 / 5 (Based on 4 Reviews)

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Not a fan Review by DERRIL
Love the holster this mounts to, don't care for this thumb release at all. This will function fine if you're not carrying for personal defense, so like mounting a fire arm to the underside of a desk or mounted in a car as driver defense where you could have the extra time to properly depress the release.

The lever has too much wiggle and play and binds up easily. If you have to draw rapidly in a high stress situation from your person, the chances of you fumbling with the release are high. A far better solution would be a pull release in which the action is perpendicular to the current axis (ie: the lever pulls towards the base of the grip of the pistol). This is how my duty holster releases and it is far more reliable. (Posted on 1/19/2019)
Thumb Release feels cheap and flimsy Review by Nick
Ordered the Thumb Release with an AG Shoulder Holster. The thumb release feels like a cheap and flimsy plastic. It extends beyond the holster's material quite a bit (both standard and large releases) and feels pretty flimsy. When it does work, it also gets caught behind the holster and snags a bit. Definitely needs some improvement before I consider it again so I'll be sending it back. The Shoulder Holster is fantastic though! (Posted on 1/2/2019)
Significant Upgrade to the original thumb release Review by Neil
My major complaint with the original OWB shapeshift was the thumb release. If you pressed perfectly over the shaft of the release, the release would function. However, any pressure placed on the overhang resulted in the guard sticking/
binding and being unable to draw (lubricating did not help). This made it dangerous to carry in any situation where you might be required to quickly draw. The revised thumb release improves upon the problem, However, it still has issues. On the new thumb release, last 1/3" of the overhang causes issues if you do not press STRAIGHT DOWN (pressing straight down is unlikely if you are carrying the OWB with any forward tilt). Instead of releasing the gun, pressing here will cause the thumb release to bend forward instead of sliding down, and the gun will NOT release). Make sure to tighten the screw down TIGHT while pulling back on the body of the thumb release. It helps keep the unit from sliding forward, which causes the issues. Having stated the negatives, I do want to say that this is a welcome improvement. AlienGear - the ultimate fix for this is a third raised dot to hold the top of the thumb release in place against the forward force exerted when the thumb presses the overhang. Place a small hole in the inner shell directly above the inner mechanism for the third dot. Also, increase the width of the hole around the inner mechanism to prevent it from binding when it DOES slide forward. Having said that, I'm sure there will be iterations down the line, but this is a SIGNIFICANT improvement over the original. (Posted on 6/15/2018)
Better...but not great. Review by Red
Since receiving and installing the updated thumb release i have put a few hundred draw cycles through it. I can say it is most definitely an upgrade over the original. The spring is softer, the button is bigger and the whole unit is about a quarter inch longer. Drawing your firearm is much easier than it was with the original thumb release and feels more natural. I do like it better.
Now for some cons. The new release has more play in it. It wiggles forwards, backwards a lot; enough that it can bind up and make it so it can't be pushed. It just doesn't feel sturdy like the original.
Personally I would like the thumb release to be a little longer yet but beggars can't be choosers. Take this all with a grain of salt.

P.S. Thanks Alien Gear for actually listening and giving us this option.

(Posted on 6/10/2018)

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