December 13, 2017

Vol. 11  No. 51

News Letter

(Blackhawk Serpa Holster)

Staying Alive:  Firearms Training & Texas License To Carry

Michael J Arnold


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Blackhawk Serpa Holster

One of my first Kydex/carbon-fiber holsters was a Blackhawk Serpa.  Once satisfied that the design suited my needs, I began training (a lot) with the Serpa.  I never felt uncomfortable with the holster.  I had enough confidence in the Serpa that, over the years, I recommended the holster to many of my students.

Then came the complaints about accidental discharges, associated with drawing from the Serpa holster.  I dismissed the reports as operator error.  I maintained a position that anyone who had performed a reasonable number of hours practicing with the holster "shouldn't" have any hesitation about  using the equipment.  And, yes - I said "accidental" discharge - get over it.

I put Serpa warnings in the same bin with comments like, "Every time I hit my SIG P-320, right here, with a ball peen hammer, it fires accidentally."  After all, if the holsters were really dangerous, there would, surely, be many more product safety complaints.

Then, the real problem hit me in the face.  Embarrassingly, I had actually referenced an article by Karl Rehn, July 11, of this year.

Beyond the 1%
Karl Rehn

From Karl Rehn's article:  "Summarizing the Texas data: 93% of the 3.2 million adult gun owners in Texas likely do not train.  4% of them take the mandatory new permit course, at best 3% of them take some kind of NRA course, and only 1%, less than 30K, take any kind of post-CHL level course or shoot any kind of match, including all kinds of pistol, NRA high power, and all the shotgun sports.

Karl Rehn gave me the answer to why there were no more product complaints.  Since practically no one trains, practically no one experiences Serpa equipment failure.

I'm sure that of the only 1% of licensed shooters, who actually get additional training, only a puny number ever even draw their gun - AT ALL.

No training = No failures = No complaints.

So, do I believe I am guilty of promoting a dangerous product?  No!

I am guilty of failure to believe brother, Karl.  I'm guilty of not trusting my own experience with shooters, who are unwilling to put forth the necessary effort to train and practice to become safe, responsible shooters.

In short, Karl Rehn warned me, and as usual, he was right on target.

Should you use a Blackhawk Serpa Holster?  It's kind of like asking, "Should you drive an automobile?"  Answer to both questions, "Only if you plan to get enough training and practice to do so safely.

Train like your life depends on it.

(It could)

I recently ran across a video (below) wherein John Correia slams the Blackhawk Serpa holster.

I have viewed other of Correia's works, and have always considered him to be somewhat of a putz.

However, I feel that in an effort to maintain a little balance, I should let you hear the other side of the Serpa story.

Consider the information in the video.  Consider my comments, above.  Then, select your holster with a better understanding of how to STAY SAFE.

-- Michael

The Serpa Holster is Hot Garbage
John Correia


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