Ever thought about buying a Blackhawk SERPA Holster? Might want to rethink that decision, at least once you see what’s wrong with it.
The Blackhawk SERPA Holster is presenting so many problems there are multiple gun training organizations that refuse to use it and forbid any of their trainees from bringing them into class.
It’s so bad that Bearing Arms, has dubbed the Blackhawk SERPA Holster has dubbed it “one of the worst holster designs currently manufactured.”
So, what’s wrong with this holster?
Afterall, it’s been in use for several years without too many people complaining, or that’s what we’ve been led to believe.
Take the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) and their previous use of the Blackhawk SERPA Holster. For a number of years they’ve used the holsters in their training programs.
Here’s what Locked and Loaded writes:
While using the holster, the Training Center observed how the user’s hand naturally interacted with the gun and its placement in the Blackhawk! SERPA holster.
According to Bearing Arms, the Center discovered that the shooter’s trigger fingers became dangerously close to the trigger when lifting it out of the holster. This occurred in approximately 25% of the shooter’s draw strokes.
Furthermore, the Center calculated that a whopping 13 percent of the attempted draw strokes with the Blackhawk! SERPA holster began out of sequence.
These disturbing observances have caused the FLETC to steer clear of the holster for any and all future training sessions.
The truth is, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center isn’t the only armed organization to rethink using the Blackhawk SERPA either. Other federal departments including the National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service have told their armed members that they cannot use the SERPA either.
The risk with the SERPA producing an ND is so high that the International Defensive Pistol Association has also banned these specific holsters from use in competitions.
In fact, it’s so dangerous that the well-known and prestigious Gunsite Academy along with a host of other certified schools and as well as a number of ranges across the U.S. have restricted the use of Blackhawk! SERPA holsters.
Gunsite did make one provision for anyone who refused to leave their SERPA behind. If they wanted to use it in their classes and/or take it to the range the owner was required to disable the holster’s locking mechanism be disabled.
Now here’s what’s interesting, and even more problematic about the SERPA.
Although negligent discharge is a primary concern for the ban on these holsters, this isn’t the only cause of the uproar. Another concern is the Blackhawk! SERPA’s locking mechanism.
According to Bearing Arms, there has been a multitude of instances where the mechanism becomes jammed and refuses to become unstuck. This is often after coming into contact with dirt or mud.
Another mounting concern is the ease at which a gun can become ripped free from the holster. This appears to be a significant design failure and is one that could easily lead to incredibly damaging consequences.
The bottom line here?
Be very aware of the pros and cons of the holster you plan on purchasing, it’s important to know if the holster is actually safe.
The Blackhawk SERPA holster doesn’t seem to have any redeeming qualities that’d outweigh the obvious danger this holster presents to users.
If that many organizations are unwilling to use this holster it says a lot about the design and why you shouldn’t get one.