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Blackhawk SERPA reliability... a little test was in order

Discussion in 'Handguns: Holsters and Accessories' started by sturmgewehr, Dec 27, 2010.

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  1. sturmgewehr

    sturmgewehr Member

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    I've owned SERPA holsters for years. I have about 5 of them in inventory for various handguns I own. I've used them on the range for much of that time, not so much for concealed carry as I'm not a fan of retention systems for CCW holsters, opting for open tops instead.

    But in my years with the SERPA I've never had a failure of the lock. But others post reports of SERPA failures at various shooting events and even on deployment. Since I don't routinely roll around on the ground with my SERPAs, I figured I would take it upon myself to see just how easy/hard it might be to cause the SERPA to fail.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htigDRr7tdM

    Questions and comments are welcome.
     
  2. lonegunman

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    I had one and it failed on me doing very little rolling around or crawling in the dirt. One day it suddenly became a permanent retention holster. Once the gun clicked into place you darn near had to cut the thing out.

    I'm sure 99% of the people have no problems 99% of the time, I just hate the idea of getting myself killed because my gun was welded into the holster. Sadly, I forgot to video myself so people will believe me.
     
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    I'd say this is MAJOR issue considering the type of holster the SERPA is and its intended uses.

    Sturm....any response from Blackhawk on this?
     
  4. ultradoc

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    I have had one for a couple of years. No problems but I just use mine for IDPA shoots. Informative vid. Thanks for posting.
     
  5. mcdonl

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    Thanks for the video. I look forward to the Safari Land video.
     
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