I have these holsters for my Glock, my Sig p226,and Springfield 1911's...The work quite well...however I found some "better" ones thru I-Tac defense...but I will still use the Blackhawks upon occcasion...
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My all time favorite holster. Adjustablity and belt/paddle option offer many combinations of carry. Covience and security of paddle in particular is better than any I've tried. Speed and retension of Serpa lock is outstanding, however the recommended draw stroke must be used for firearm safety. Concealability is typical for a paddle.
I have used this holster for CCW since I first aquired my permit. Prior, I used a GALCO Fletch Cconcealable holster. Sure, I prefer leather, but the thumb break kept delaying the combat grip I wanted. Additionally, if I was not wearing the exact right size belt, the holster would ride up with the sidearm as I pulled the weapon (inconsistently snagging). The SERPA is easily concealed on my frame (5'11", 180 lbs, 33" waist). It draws MUCH more consistently than the GALCO w/o snagging. The holster comes with a paddle & belt platform, but of which are fully adjustable for belt sizes and degree of cant. I also have the optional shoulder harness. The weapon can be holstered with only one hand. I like the audible click when it locks on the gun. The only drawbacks that I can see are it is not leather and it is rigid. With LEO use I imagine it may break. The advantage of leather.
I have used this holster for quite a bit (in paddle mode, with belt), and had no issues. It conceals just fine on my frame with a fairly substantial gun - a Springfield XDm 40, which is not exactly svelte. Durability seems ok so far - had no real issues with it, and the release mechanism is quick enough to be useful while still holding it well enough to be active.
I have never had an issue with this holster. As a matter of fact I have it for 3 different side arms that I have. Although it does stick out Blackhawk will tell you its not meant to be concealed. I have never had an issue with the hardware. I put a drop of lock tight on the screws every few months but other than that I have never had any real issues.
The Serpa should NOT be promoted as "concealment". It sticks out so far I might as well have a big sign that says GUN. The one of the belt hooks for the paddle is badly molded and cannot be used.
Well. I was surprised when my Serpa CQC broke. Yep, the retention hardware just decided to break. I fixed it. Gotta love Blackhawk. Now the paddle attachment snapped in half. As a cop I just can't put my life in the hands of that type of equipment.