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Idea for Blackhawk and Serpa

Discussion in 'Handguns: Accessories, Holsters, and Optics' started by Deaf Smith, Aug 7, 2016.

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  1. Deaf Smith

    Deaf Smith Member

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    Say Blackhawk,

    How about making a Serpa that has a LOCK on the holster to keep someone from accessing it?

    No, not to use while carrying, but to act as a safe at home for when kids are around and you want to 'lock' the gun up.

    Just take the holster off, lock the latch, and pick the gun up. When putting the holster on, unlock it!

    And for other holster makers, just add a strap across the top that can be locked when not in use. As long as the trigger guard is covered it would act as a lock to keep people from using it.

    Just a thought as we have grand kids A-coming soon and been thinking about what I'd need to make the place kid safe!

    Deaf
     
  2. Old Fuff

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    You have a good idea, but we now have so-called "secure holsters" used by law enforcement officers that open carry, and sometimes get into a physical tussle with some obnoxious person.

    They usually work by having an internal catch/lock that secures the trigger guard, which is covered. The idea is to prevent gun snatching, but would work well for what you have in mind.
     
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    The DeSantis one listed above, to my knowledge has only caused three AD's (and I'll call it an AD, due to the ridiculous circumstances they are under) for Federal Flight Deck Officers (armed pilots). Not one of the Federal Governments better ideas.

    -Jenrick
     
  5. GRIZ22

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    If that DeSantis holster floats your boat just take any leather holster, drill a hole through where the trigger guard is, and find a suitable padlock.

    I've been carrying a gun for over 40 years. Locking a gun in a holster makes no sense to me.
     
  6. Old Fuff

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    Two reasons - and of course they're could be more.

    1. Open carrying in crowded condition where an attempted snatch is possible or even probable. This is a situation uniformed law enforcement officers sometimes face.

    2. As in this thread - where someone wants to secure a handgun from children but still have it available.
     
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    Seems like more trouble than it is worth. When you can pick up a Honeywell safe for $40, I wouldn't want the bulk of a decent lock on my holster, or to have to worry if I unlocked it before I left the house.
     
  8. Telekinesis

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    This is Retention, not Locking.
    Normal retention holsters like Safariland SLS and ALS, as well as the Blackhawk Serpa holsters already do this. This is completely different from locking a gun in a holster as the gun is immediately available for the user should they need it. Locking the gun in a holster to the point where it needs a key or combination to get the weapon out is pointless (and dangerous) for carry. If you're carrying a gun for protection it needs to be immediately available. We argue against carrying without a round in the chamber for the same reasons.

    OP: what are you after? Are you looking for something that requires a "secret handshake" type process to get the gun out, or are you looking for a complete lock up of the gun?

    If you're looking for the former, get a retention holster. I prefer the Safariland SLS/ALS. The combination of both the hood and lever provide a bit more protection than just one or the other and it is unlikely (though not foolproof) that a very young child would be able to remove the gun from the holster. If you're looking to completely lock up the gun, you're better served putting it in a quick access safe.
     
  9. Old Fuff

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    I chose to use the first poster's descriptive word locked, rather then drifting off on "locking vs. retention.

    In any case it is clear to me that he wants a holster he can carry his handgun in, and when done take it off and secure the gun so that a child (likely a young one) can't get it out. As subsequent posts have shown, that not a nut that's too difficult to crack.

    Retention holsters are what they are because they lock or otherwise secure the gun in the holster until the user does something deliberate to release it.

    I hope this clears up any misunderstanding.
     
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