New Flashlight Accessory

Ever since Raven Concealment Systems discontinued their flashlight pocket clip back in 20XX, there’s been a bit of a gap in the market.

The only real options if you wanted a finger ring  were either some cobbled-together DIY solution, or the Thyrm Switchback.

Now for duty carry, or instances where concealment isn’t a high priority, the Switchback is a perfectly functional product. I have my own qualms with it, but that’s primarily due to its form not being optimally suited for my particular use case.

The newly released Retention Ring is a solution to those for whom this is a challenge.

Designed by Daniel Easterday of 11 Minute Defense, the Retention Ring consists of a neoprene ring secured to a length of piece of type 1 paracord with dual-wall adhesive heat shrink tubing.

This handy little pull-ring can be attached to a variety of small handhelds, and allows for the use of that hand while still retaining the tool.

When paired with the Thyrm Low Profile clip, the Retention Ring gives you all the same functionality of the old RCS clip and at roughly the same cost ($17.99 for the clip + $9 for the Ring)

Personally I like the closed-ended variant the most, since it’s the easiest to attach (and I’m not great at knots). I’ve found it works great on both my Cloud Defense MCH and my Surefire Stiletto Pro.

Whether being carried clipped to a pocket, or more discreetly on something like a Pocket Shield the Ring allows for positive retrieval and retention.

Full Disclosure: Daniel sent me these for T&E. I have since purchased a couple additional rings, as I see the value of them and think it’s a quality product.

Up to now I haven’t done any destructive testing on them, but most of my light usage tends not to be in extreme or austere conditions.

The Retention Ring is available for purchase at

Daniel Easterday, creator of the Retention Ring, has a background that includes product development, assembly, prototyping, and Logistics.  Daniel is also a firearms instructor in the Chicago suburbs, and he used his varied experience to turn what originally started as a niche solution to add an O Ring to his own flashlight into a product line that has multiple uses across a wide variety of industries.

The Suited Shootist
Alex Sansone took his first formal pistol class in 2009, and has since accumulated almost 500 total hours of open enrollment training from many of the nation's top instructors including Massad Ayoob, Craig Douglas, Tom Givens, Gabe White, Cecil Burch, Chuck Haggard, Darryl Bolke, and many others. Spending his professional life in the corporate world, Alex quickly realized incongruities between "best practices" in the defensive world, and the practical realities of his professional and social limitations. "I've never carried a gun professionally. I'm just a yuppie suburbanite that happens to live an armed lifestyle. Having worked in the corporate arena for the last decade, I've discovered that a lot of the "requirements" and norms of gun carriers at large aren't necessarily compatible with that professional environment. I also have a pretty diverse social background, having grown up in the Northeast, and there are many people in my life that are either gun-agnostic or uncomfortable with the idea of private gun ownership. This has afforded me not only insights into how we are perceived by different subcultures, but how to manage and interact with people that may not share your point of view without coming across as combative or antisocial. This is why my focus is the overlooked social aspects of the armed lifestyle."