Okay I just bought a new Blackhawk Serpa holster today after a few friends recommending it. My first impression a week ago wasn’t much, but after taking it for round 2 today at the store I loved it and immediately was 100% for it. I’ll go over a list of some things about it
Comfort - It comes in a belt and paddle style for the holster. I chose paddle and it hooks on great! It locks in, holds well, and only moves when you make it move. It is fully adjustable for the belt width, and you can adjust the cant of it too.
Comfort: Serpa Lock - Its a little weird having to subcategorize the Serpa lock/latch. The only reason I am doing this is because it’s a key focus on the Blackhawk Serpa. If you place your finger along the holster like any gun carrying citizen has been shown or seen, you’ll be fine. Lay it flush with the holster, and pull. Don’t bend your finger, just keep it flush, apply minor pressure with the tip of your index finger and glide out. It’s that simple. No comfort issues whatsoever.
Style - I am a leather person. With that being said, I love this. It fully covers the barrel, it’s got a black or carbon-fiber look to it, and it is small. Check check and Check. It’s got style.
Quality - some people call Blackhawk gear cheap, but to my personal sight and understanding, it’s exactly what a person should want. Not cheap plastic, not extra-hardened were there is no play in the paddle. The actual holster itself is hard plastic with no give. Whoever calls Blackhawk products “crappily made” are leather-only fans or have some vendetta against Blackhawk.
Performance - Now to the only debatable part as far as I am concerned. The Blackhawk Serpa is sold as a law enforcement/military holster. Which I think is stupid. It is a great holster… For average joes. It isn’t meant to be dragged in the sand all day or kept in the freezing snow for 2 hours in ice. It’s meant to be a carry holster for normal people or law enforcement with a good, practical locking system. Any malfunctions due to freezing locks or sand/rock blocking in the Serpa latch is due from excessive exposure to the elements. I can understand being upset (especially in a life or death situation with an issue like that) but for a normal use for a guy like me (going out to eat, grocery store, etc.) I don’t see it malfunctioning to any extent. I am sorry for any blackhawk haters but your reasoning is a little extreme. Continue “stress testing” your glocks in the swamp and I’ll use my holster in the city and county.
Final Conclusion - If you’re looking for “THE BEST” holster on earth, keep looking. This isn’t for you military-grade perfectionist. If you’re a normal guy who takes your firearm with you on your daily route though, you’ll be in safe hands with the Serpa holster by Blackhawk. Follow holster guidelines and you’ll be set!