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
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
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
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
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,
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.