Ok everyone. I own several Blackhawk SERPA holsters and I use them I also practice with them very regularly, as anyone should with their carry holster(s) no matter what they are made of, kydex or leather, level 1 or level 2 or level 3 security. If you don't practice with your gear, you are going to screw up something and you may end up injured.
Now, for some time I have been hearing this BS that the SERPA is in some way "unsafe" and I have heard several people on this very site repeat this nonsense. It has been my experience that folks who repeat this disinformation about the SERPA tend to be folks who 1. Don't own one themselves and are just repeating something that they read or "heard" for some "expert" or 2. Own one and have never taken the time to train properly with the holster and just decided it was too hard to learn it because it has one extra motion involved in drawing the gun.
As I have said on other threads, I have, unfortunately, had to draw for real twice this year. (Never had to before but this year, twice. Go figure) Both times were from a SERPA and both times were very stressful. I had no AN/ND and was able to draw fast enough that in one case, a witness was amazed. I have trained consistently with my SERPA holsters and I have every confidence in them and my abilities.
I have attached several photos that show the proper draw sequence from a SERPA and what is REQUIRED to be done incorrectly to even make an ND possible when drawing from a SERPA. Hopefully this will put some of this nonsense about the SERPA design being dangerous to bed. But I doubt it.
1. Grip the gun in preparation to draw.
2. With practice, the trigger finger naturally lands on the release button of the holster
3. The trigger finger depresses the release button
4. The draw stroke is begun while pressing the release button
5. As the gun is pulled up and out of the holster, you can see that my trigger finger has not moved down toward the trigger
6. With the draw nearly complete, you can see that my trigger finger is up on the frame, above and away from the trigger where it should be.