This is a discussion on do you like blackhawk serpa holsters? within the Defensive Carry Holsters & Carry Options forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Serpa was my first "concealment" holster I ever purchased (not knowing any better).Carrying in a Serpa is only slightly less obvious than putting a 20lb ...
Serpa was my first "concealment" holster I ever purchased (not knowing any better).Carrying in a Serpa is only slightly less obvious than putting a 20lb turkey under your shirt.
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I love my serpa holsters, I deployed to Afghanistan (drop leg) with one and cc in the winter with one (paddle). Never had any of the problems that are being brought up here.
Last edited by Harvester; January 25th, 2013 at 11:41 AM. Reason: Because I can!!
Try calling the Milwaukee Police & Fire Academy & ask for a range officer. I don't know if they'd transfer you but still worth a try. There's no police Recruit class going on now so they may be willing to talk. I met a few of them at the graduation & all seemed to know a lot about guns & tactical shooting which was expected of course.
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I like them for a narrow range of uses. It's not a good CCW holster because it sticks out too far. I like it for range/tactical purposes, but even then, if you have one for a gun that has some weight to it, because it sticks out so far, you feel imbalanced and heavy to that side. It doesn't have the same feel as running a pancake holster. I have one for my Sig 226 and it makes the gun feel like a boat anchor on my side. In a pancake, its good to go. I think it would probably do ok on a duty belt, but certainly not for the smaller, trouser-style belts.
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Ok yeh I definately believe if there not going to take the time to train them on this safety and proper use before they issue these holsters out whether to LEO type or in training for just whoever..Then thats not a good Idea..
If you look on my other post I think Who else uses a Blackhawk Serpa CQC holster,someone listed an alternative whch looks good to check into and its got a different locking mechanism..
Also there pros and cons for every thing, or every holster out there..
As of having it OC is quicker accessible then having it in waistband...Or having it open carry ur more prone to someone taking it..
But lets say u carry in the front or behind you,someone could either shove you up against the wall face forward or backward or tackle you and the gun you need is underneath you where you cant access it,and its tucked tightly in ur waistband to to even make it harder...
So and as far of debris go...Dust is noT going to lock the mechanism..Just make sure to keep it clean and it should never get to that point..
Also If you believe maybe where you live you might be in a situation where ur gonna get tackled/fall into snow or it snows alot or theres alot of dirt and rocks maybe look into a more all-around holster..
Good choice, many include both a paddle and belt option. They are a common choice with LEO's in our area. Pricing is often much less than a leather rig, and better retention to boot.
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I think it is essential for open carry. It is difficult to conceal and if your concealed I think the locking mechanism a little less important.
I do like mine.
I have the BlackHawk CQC standard holster with carbon fiber finish. This is the model without the SERPA retention. I like this holster and have carried for a few years but recently wanted an added level of security. I was on the verge of ordering the SERPA model until I started seeing all of the agencies and instructors prohibiting their use. After a little research I discovered the Safariland 6378 ALS holster which included both a paddle and belt attachment. The Safariland received some good reviews, provided the enhanced level of security and was in the same price range so I placed the order. I was very impressed with the quality of construction and ease of operation. I've only used the paddle attachment so far and it is very comfortable. I believe the Safariland ALS is a good option for those unable to use the Blackhawk SERPA model.
I have 2 of them.I like the paddle..Not sure how someone shoots theirself using one,but,everyone is a little different
There's better systems out there, like the G-Code XST holsters.
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For me, a thumb break holster makes more sense. Your thumb is naturally driven into the unlocking mechanism on your draw. Since there's other options out there, I'll never use a SERPA.
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I don't like them either.
They are cheap, made of plastic, not formed to the gun. They have a button that you have to push with your trigger finger. They can jam to the point you can't get your pistol out. In general - not my thing. I got one for free with a Sig 226 I bought in 2004 or 2005 - used it with the paddle once or twice at the range. They are no good for concealing at all....
I hope so. I just ordered one. Just for carrying my HD at home. Wrong state for CC at this time.