Holster for IDPA


January 27, 2011, 03:24 PM
I contacted a local IDPA this morning and I'm planning to shoot their next match. I think I have everything I need, but I'm a little concerned that my holster may be out of spec. I want to use a Blackhawk Serpa with a G17 or G22. Anyone know if this holster is within the IDPA rules?

Also, do you have to go conceled carry? (wear a jacket?)

Any additional info that you think I should know before going would be great.


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January 27, 2011, 03:39 PM
The SERPA should be just fine, at least to start with.

Yes, you will need to conceal almost all the time in IDPA; some stage descriptions have you start unconcealed but they are in the minority.

Some clubs will have "concealment optional" at their local IDPA shoots during the summer since it can get hot, but that is technically outside of the rules, not to mention not applicable at this time of the year anyway.


January 27, 2011, 03:59 PM
Thank you Sir.

Jim Watson
January 27, 2011, 06:12 PM
There are lots of Serpas in IDPA.
Practice dryfire at home, I saw a guy give himself a serious wedgie when he could not hit the button before yanking on the gun.
Also practice drawing from under concealment dryfire. This is not something to learn with a loaded gun.

I suggest going to
and looking under the IDPA tab for New Shooter Information and New Shooter Briefing.
They are clearer and simpler than the rule book.

January 27, 2011, 07:39 PM
The SERPA is legal for IDPA; IDPA HQ sent out a notice to clubs that it was. You will need to wear a concealment garment such as a vest or jacket over your gun and magazine holders.

Hk Dan
January 28, 2011, 04:40 AM
Yep, it's legal, but you might want to look at the CQC. That's the Serpa without the button.

January 28, 2011, 10:42 AM
Good info. I didn't even think about drawing from concealment positions. I'm going to focus on accuracy and just let the clock stop wherever. I'll probably try to talk to the range operators prior to shooting and let them know I'm green and that I'm more focused on learning than competing.

I'm sure you guys will give me crap for this, but I don't have a CCP. I know I'm fine as far as the law is concerned (private property), but not sure about IDPA rules; I guess that's a good question for the local operator.

January 28, 2011, 10:46 AM
You don't need any kind of concealed carry permits to shoot IDPA.

A lot of people shoot it, or start shooting it to get practice with their daily carry setup (I was one of them), but that is just one of many motivations if you were to poll everybody there.

January 28, 2011, 02:34 PM
Definitely take a look at the rulebook before you go.

Being new is fine, but being new and 100% unsure of what to do isn't good for anyone.

January 28, 2011, 02:37 PM
Take a look, but don't sweat it. Just go to the match, tell them you are a newbie, and they will move you down in the shooting order. Watch what other people do, and then do the same thing, at your own pace. A lot of the finer points of the rules, you will learn one "mistake" at a time.

January 29, 2011, 12:57 PM
While the serpa is IDPA legal I know of at least one trainer who will not allow them in any of his classes. The problem seems to be centered around pushing the button and drawing. Some feel that the trigger can be pressed too easily while executing the draw after pushing the button.

If you can look at the match survey that is done at the Nationals you will be better served as to which holster to invest in. This is for the 2009 Nationals, if someone has a solid link to the 2010 Nationals I would appreciate that but I don't have access to that for a link right now. http://www.idpa.com/tj.asp?ID=252 I shoot out of a Comp-tac which were the number one holster for the most using them at Nationals in 2009. Blade Tech came in second. I would suggest one of those holsters.

January 30, 2011, 03:16 PM
Another cheap option that I like and use is the Glock Sport/Combat holster. It cost me $10 at my LGS.

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