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Blackhawk Holsters

Discussion in 'GATE Self-Defense Forum' started by CDR_Glock, May 21, 2010.

  1. CDR_Glock


    Apr 1, 2010

    I am a big fan of your work and I salute you for your accomplishments.

    I have both your books on Concealed Carry and Combat Handguns. You mention a little bit about the Serpa holster in your book.I have read about accidental discharges and the releases not functioning. I practice daily drawing the gun and reholstering and I personally cannot figure out how the accidental firing is occuring. I carry with this holster when wearing a jacket or long untucked shirt. What is your opinion about the safety of this holster? Aside from the thickness, I personally see no major flaw or disadvantage. If there are alternatives to this type of retention (Safariland ALS) what do you recommend? What are the pitfalls?
  2. Mas Ayoob

    Mas Ayoob KoolAidAntidote Moderator

    Nov 6, 2005
    I know a lot of folks who love the SERPA, and I have a couple of them in the suitcase on my current teaching tour myself. Many of my students have used them. No prob.

    The accidents seem to have stemmed from folks rushing the draw and using the tip of their trigger finger so they could get into the trigger sooner, and doing the latter prematurely. Keep the trigger finger straight and flat until you're coming into the target with immediate intention to fire, and you'll be OK. In other words, activate the release with the FINGERPRINT part of the trigger finger, not the finger TIP.

    Other SERPA problems have been rectified. After we discovered it could be torn off the belt in weapon retention training, Blackhawk reinforced that part of its structure. After it was learned that if you were rolling on the ground a tiny pebble could get into the release mechanism and jam it closed, Blackhawk tweaked that part of the design too, and Chuck Buis at Blackhawk assures me that it is squared away now.

    The Blackhawk SERPA and the Safariland ALS are both good holsters, and I for one have owned and used both. Choosing between them, two factors stand out. First, determine which of them rides most comfortably and concealably for YOU. Second, habituation may help decide which is the most natural release mechanism for you. If you are accustomed to a thumb-break or the roller mechanism used on Safariland police security holsters, the ALS will have its release mechanism closer to where your thumb is already habituated to reach on the draw. If you are used to working from an open top holster, you may find that the location of the SERPA's trigger finger release is more natural for you.

    Best of luck,

  3. CDR_Glock


    Apr 1, 2010
    I bought a Serpa recently so the paddle must be the"reworked" version.

    I alternate between the Serpa and a Galco Summer Comfort depending upon what I wear. The Serpa is so much faster to draw that I am starting to dress around that holster system rather than vice versa. Thanks, Mas!