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Blackhawk SERPA holsters...any good?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Manedwolf, Jan 29, 2006.

  1. Manedwolf

    Manedwolf member

    No, no, not for reasons of "tacticool", but because open-carry is legal in this state, to have as a SHTF "it's a good idea to wear openly right now" holster. :D

    Here's their claim:

    BlackHawk! CQC Holster with SERPA TECHNOLOGY This unique holster design allows you to forget old-fashioned thumb breaks that slow your draw and complicate re-holstering. The patented SERPA lock engages the trigger guard as you holster the pistol and won’t let go until you release it. The release is made using your normal drawing motion, with the trigger finger beside the holster body. As your trigger finger naturally comes to rest on the SERPA lock’s release mechanism, simply push the mechanism as you draw the weapon and it releases the gun for a smooth, fast draw.

    Any good or bad experience with these? I take all marketing claims with a grain of salt.
  2. autospike

    autospike Well-Known Member

    I'd get something else.

    Clicky Here

    You may have to register to read the report. But it's worth it before you spend money on it.
  3. Rob1035

    Rob1035 Well-Known Member

    I really like mine for range duty. It sticks out a bit too far to comfortably conceal, but the locking mechanism is both fast and secure for me, so I like it. I've seen people who think that pressing on the release button will inevitably cause a ND, but I havent seen that happen yet (I bet thats whats in the link posted above)....YMMV
  4. PressCheck

    PressCheck Well-Known Member

    I carry my Glock 21 in the Serpa holster everyday. With a very short learning curve, I'm just as fast as I am with my SideArmor Kydex OTWB, and I'm pretty fast.
  5. autospike

    autospike Well-Known Member

    Two problems reported in that link.

    One has to do with an ND.

    The other is that some debris got lodged in the release mechanism and the gun could not be drawn.
  6. 45R

    45R Well-Known Member

    I have this holster for my Glock. The same report of the ND and debris sticking in the holster have been posted on 5-6 different forums. (Sigforum, AR-15.com, THR, etc.)

    Before I start I want to say that I respectfully disagree with Mr. Gomez on the ND issue and I would go as far as to say that it was probably caused by USER error. Holstering and unholster a weapon using the Serpa is the same as any holster, you leave your finger OFF the trigger and index on the side of the frame until you are ready to shoot. Was Mr. Gomez present during these ND's or was this hear-say from another individual. I've used this holster for range and competition classes and I would have to say that the concerns of debris locking up the holster are valid.
  7. BsChoy

    BsChoy Well-Known Member

    Good holsters but, you need to buy the attachment they make for a closer fit to the body...I got rid of mine too quickly cuz it stuck out to far before I found that attachment...
  8. fastbolt

    fastbolt Well-Known Member

    I bought one for range duties, but it was the 'plain' one, without the locking device.

    After having examined one with the locking device bought by another of our guys, I just didn't care for the index finger operated button. (Of course, I never cared for the clamshell revolver holsters, either.)

    I thought it was interesting that the dealer selling it to me casually mentioned that they'd heard of the backplate breaking from some customers, but had heard that when their customers called the company they'd sent them a new, 'improved' backplate ... and that I might just want to call and ask for one right away.
  9. Rob1035

    Rob1035 Well-Known Member

    I'm with 45R, the ND thing is user error (hence negligent versus accidental), and the dirt/debris problem, well, I haven't experienced it in my range use, *shrug*

    MHO of course

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