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Saturday Night SERPA Talk

It’s been beaten to death all across the webbernetz and I’ve purposely avoided the issue for some time now.

I’m here to say it: SERPA holsters are dangerous.

Ive owned one, and used it extensively in competition and training over several months. On more than one occasion I’ve attempted to draw the pistol, and I’ve been unsuccessful on the first try. This results in me pushing the pistol down in the holster, and pushing the release button even harder and jerking the pistol out of the holster.

Thankfully this never resulted in me shooting myself in the leg, or an accidental discharge, but if we’re being honest, it did result in me touching the trigger when I didn’t intend to on more than one occasion.

I ended up ditching the SERPA holster after several months of use in favor of a Safariland ALS holster for retention, and a Comp-Tac belt holsters for competition after a friend had a negligent discharge using his SERPA at an IDPA match.

Many people will tell you that the SERPA holster issues are just a “training issue” but I tend to believe that any holster design, where I have to train myself not to shoot myself in the femoral artery is just a bad design, and not a training issue.

If you want a retention holster, look no further than the Safariland ALS models, especially their new injection molded designs that are very inexpensive. These designs are natural to disengage the holster, and you don’t have to train yourself not to shoot yourself.

About Lucas

Editor/Head Honcho at Triangle Tactical. Lucas is a life long shooter and outdoorsman, avid concealed carrier and competitive shooter, and a lover of pork fat.

One comment

  1. I don’t have any experience with SERPA (although, like all of us, I’ve read the negative blogosphere stuff), but I have used a Comp-Tac CTAC (IWB) for both CCW and IDPA (Master CDP/SSP) and am a huge fan of that holster. (Pro-tip: lining the body-side of the holster with moleskin makes for a very ugly, but far more comfortable, CTAC.)

    –Andrew, @LawSelfDefense

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