Blackhawk SERPA CQC w/Matte Finish for a 1911 Review


About two years ago I decided that I wanted to start to open carry. It was a multi purpose decision, since I am unable to carry at work I needed a holster that was easy to get on after work and I did not feel like having to get all tucked in in the car beside adding a few pounds made it a little uncomfortable to carry IWB. I also decided I wanted some retention if i was going to open carry. The Serpa seemed to fit the bill. It come with both a belt loop and paddle attachment, I use the paddle. With the clips they provide, the paddle can be a bit of a challenge to remove witch is a good thing except when its time to remove. After a few days you learn just how to twist to get it to slip off. It offers a cant adjustment for forward, neutral or rear. Now I carry a 1911 officer and the holster is not made for that specific model. Basically the frame, trigger housing and such is the same on al 1911’s so the officer slipped right in  and locked in place. The holster was just about an inch too long for the barrel so I took the handy saw and cut the end off to make it flush. This is a nice well made holster tbut I would like the pistol to fit a little tighter, when the weapon it locked into place it will rock forward and back a bit. Not terrible but gives it the ability to rub on the finish. As far as retention goes I like it. There have been some stories of people having accidental discharges while drawing from this holster. Personally I think they need more training in finger control since the design allows you to lay your index finger along the slide as it should be as you draw. Overall I have been satisfied.

Firearms Insider Reviews - 8 Key Points

Claim to Fame: Holds your pistol at your waist with retention

Target Market: Conceal carry, range and anyone needing a solid holster with retention.

FNBs: (Features & Benefits of this product)

• Passive retention detent adjustment screw and SERPA® Auto Lock™ release • Reinforces full master grip and superior draw technique • Immediate retention and audible click upon re-holster for security • Speed-cut design allows rapid draw, target acquisition, and re-holster while keeping eyes on target • Includes belt loop and paddle platform • Increase your holster’s versatility with the SERPA® Quick Disconnect System Kit (sold separately)

What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?:  Black, Coyote Tan, Foliage Green and Olive Drab.  Sportster model comes in Gunmetal grey only and the Carbon Fiber model in black only.

What others are saying?:  "An excellent EDC holster.  The only reason i give this holster 4 stars is because blackhawk doesent make a model to fit pistols equipped with the streamlight or surefire lights which is just dumb , otherwise these are excellent holsters and very simple to draw from yet very secure during high activity levels."  LA Police Gear

Price Point:

I need it now! Availability:  Readily available online at stores like LA Police Gear.

Our Rating: + Comfortable + Secure + Easy to operate

- Pistol fit is a little loose allows rubbing

Score: 8.0 Great80

BLACKHAWK! Sportster Standard CQC Holster for Glock Review



This holster was exactly what I needed for a 3 Gun event that snuck up on me unexpectedly.  I was able to find it at a local Walmart for $19.99, and after putting it through a competition I am very pleased with its simplicity and rigidity. It fit my custom Lone Wolf Distributors 'Timberwolf' Glock as well as my backup Glock 19.


The cut of the BLACKHAWK! Sportster Standard CQC holster comes right below the chamber of the barrel, making drawing and clearing the holster a split second faster than a holster that covered the whole slide.  This design also makes reholstering a breeze which also comes in handy in a multi-gun setting.

After putting this on a belt with all the pouches and other accessories for a competition, it fit right at home. I swapped the belt loop backing with the paddle hook option, as it followed the curve of my hip better and gave more support for me during stages where crawling, running, and climbing is involved. I'd like to think it helped my scores a little compared to running a drop-leg in the past, and it certainly made running easier which buys you time. For more casual use I will probably switch back to the belt loop, or just buy another holster and leave this on my comp-belt.

Firearms Insider Reviews - 8 Key Points

Claim to Fame: Holds your pistol at your waist with retention.

Target Market: Open Carry, Range Carry, and Competition Carry. Conceal Carry only if wearing outer layer of clothing.

FNBs (features & benefits of this product):

• Pressure adjustable detent system that allows the shooter to customize the amount of retention • Chassis cut just below chamber on slide, allowing for faster draw and target acquisition • Includes two options for mounting: belt loop and paddle hook

What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?:

  • Matte Black Only

What others are saying?: 

  •  "Great holster at an extremely affordable price!I used this holster during a tactical shotgun course, and it held my Glock in place with no issues at all. I would highly recommend."  LA Police Gear Review
  • "I am a civilian. The handgun training courses that I attend require a holster without trigger retention. This holster fills this requirement very well. With the adjustment screw, you can go from no pressure retention to very tight where the handgun will not fall out when holding the holster upside down. This is very useful for tactical courses where you might be required to drop to the ground and roll around during training." LA Police Gear Review

Price Point:

I need it now! Availability:  Readily available locally at certain Big Box stores (Walmart, Bi Mart) Local Gun Shops, or online at LaPolice Gear and Amazon.

Our Rating:

+ Cheapest, easiest to find option for myself for competiting in 3 Gun. + Fits my Lone Wolf Glock as well as Glock 19 and 23, 32, 36. + No locks or buttons necessary to draw like Serpa holster + Retention is good and adjustable + When included plastic hooks are installed to correct belt thickness using paddle holster, its super solid

- Entirely plastic, three screws used are pretty shallow - good idea to use a thread locker so they don't back out

Score: 7.070