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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

 

BLACKHAWK! Hellstorm Special Operations Goggles

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What can I say about the BLACKHAWK! Hellstorm Special Operations Goggles except that they are amazing.  BLACKHAWK! quality and durability shine through once again on these goggles.  Pair all that with the budget friendly price point and you have a winning product all around.  I have put these goggles through their riggers both on the job and off.  In February of 2014, the north-east was hit with a big snow storm.  I wore these goggles snow blowing thinking that the combination of my body heat and moisture would surely fog them up.  I was wrong.  Blackhawk's upper/lower ventilation along with the anti-fog lenses worked exactly as designed and I had perfect vision the entire time.  My only complaint about the goggles is a minor one.  As you can see in the pic below, the head strap is a bit wide.  Depending on how you position the strap around you head, the strap can feel a bit odd around your ears area.

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Claim to Fame: High quality and durability.Blackhawk googles 2

Target Market: Military, LE Officers and the tactically prepared.

FNB's:  (Features and Benefits of this product)

  • Upper/lower ventilation
  • Anti-fog impregnated acetate inner lens
  • Micro-cellular foam for comfort
  • Lean design won't interfere with helmets/headgear
  • Dual-pane lens for max anti-fog protection
  • Meets world wide safety standards (ANSI Z80.3, AS 1067 and EN 1836
  • 99.9% UVA, UVB and infrared protection
  • Shatterproof polycarbonate outer lens
  • Constructed of durable, flexible, soft urethane

What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?:  Black is the only color choice for the goggles, but the lenses are offered in different colors.  BLACKHAWK!

What others are saying?:  Blackhawk googles 3

Price point:

I need it now! Availability: Readily available online at stores like Optics Planet, Amazon and or Blackhawk.

Our Rating:

+  Anti-fog lenses +  Upper/lower ventilation +  Soft micro-cellular foam is comfy

-  Head strap is wide, just felt a bit odd around the ear area

Score: 9.0 Amazing90

Jared prefers Simon Peter Sport Company for all his FFL needs.

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BLACKHAWK! Omega Vest Cross Draw/Pistol Mag

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The BLACKHAWK! Omega Vest Cross Draw/Pistol Mag is an outstanding product.  Besides Blackhawk's legendary attention to quality and durability, is the ability of the user to custom fit this vest to their needs.  From the shoulders to the girth, you can adjust this vest just the way you see fit.  As you can see in the picture above, you have 4 pistol mag holders all adjustable to the size of your mags.  There 3 above the attached holster and 1 on the holster.  You can't really see in the picture, but in each one I had a Glock 19 magazine.  The holster itself is nothing too fancy, but has an adjustable back-strap with a clip to hold your pistol in place.  Also attached to the vest are 3 rifle magazine holders.  Each of these holders are also adjustable and will secure the mags with ease.  I read a review that these magazine holders were designed to hold 2 each, but I really don't see how that is possible.  I attempted to put 2 mags in each holder and it was a tight squeeze to say the least.  Above the rifle magazine holders is a catch all pouch with Velcro on the outside for patches.  Use this pouch to hold keys, cell phone, compass, etc..  As you can see, I dressed mine up with a Velcro flag patch.  D rings and padded shoulders work great.  I wore this vest and shot 100 rounds of 12 gauge shotgun with no bruising at all.  Inside the vest are 2 zippered pockets, 2 open top pockets and 1 large pocket on the back to hold a bladder bag.  My only complaint about this vest lies in the fact that the MOLLE webbing is only located on the back.

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Claim to Fame: High quality and durability.

Target Market: Military, LE Officers and the tactically prepared.Blackhawk vest 2

FNB's:  (Features and Benefits of this product)

  • Exterior MOLLE webbing
  • 2 large interior zippered pouches
  • Interior pocket for Blackhawk Hydration System
  • Heavy-duty nylon mesh for maximum breathability
  • Adjustable for length and girth for a custom fit
  • #10 YKK zippers and side-release buckles
  • Belt loops secure vest to any web belt
  • Cross-draw holster secured by an adjustable side-release buckle
  • 4 pistol magazine pouches with adjustable flaps for tall or short mags
  • 3 rifle magazine pouches
  • 1 horizontal accessory pouch
  • Padded HawkTek Sniper Shoulder for a fully ambidextrous vest

What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?:  This vest is available in black, coyote tan and olive drab.

What others are saying?:  Blackhawk vest 3

Price point:

I need it now! Availability: Readily available online at stores like Optics Planet, Amazon and or Blackhawk.

Our Rating:

+ Extremely durable + Fully adjustable for a custom fit + Budget friendly + Pistol magazine pouches are adjustable + Nylon mesh is breathable + Big zippered interior pockets + Blackhawk Hydration pocket

- MOLLE Webbing on backside only

Score: 9.0 Amazing90

Jared prefers Simon Peter Sport Company for all his FFL needs.

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Blackhawk Sportster Shotgun Case

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In a market that is flooded with so many different shotgun case makers, it can get a bit overwhelming when trying to choose one that will (a) protect your shotgun and (b) last you a long time.  For me, the Blackhawk Sportster Shotgun Case met those 2 requirements.  The foam and fabric inside the case is both plush and soft which is a home-run when protecting the finish of your shotgun.  The exterior of the case is made of abrasion and mildew resistant 600 denier polyester which is paired with heavy-duty YKK zippers.  The combination of the 2 makes an exterior that is durable and built to last you long time. Last but not least, I love how the case opens completely flat.  This makes a great surface for you to clean your shotgun on at the end of the day.

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Claim to Fame: A convenient and extremely durable case to protect and carry your shotgun.

Target Market: Shotgun shooters of all levels.  Blackhawk Sportster Shotgun Case 3

FNB's:  (Features and Benefits of this product)

  • Exterior MOLLE webbing on one side
  • Fits shotguns up to 52" in length
  • Interior has extra soft fabric to protect firearm finish
  • Heavy-duty YKK zippers
  • Abrasion and mildew resistant 600 denier polyester

What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?:  Black is the only color option that this bag is offered in.

What others are saying?:  All 3 reviews on Amazon all said the same thing ...."Excellent" - 5 out of 5 stars

Price point:

I need it now! Availability: Readily available online at stores like Optics Planet, Amazon and or Blackhawk.

Our Rating:

+ Extremely durable + Budget friendly + Can open up flat (great for end of day cleaning) + Closed-end foam is great at protecting  your firearms finish

- No strap included for shoulder carry

 

Score: 9.0 Amazing90

Jared prefers Simon Peter Sport Company for all his FFL needs.

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Blackhawk Sportster Rifle Case

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Claim to Fame: A convenient and extremely durable case to protect and carry your AR.

Target Market: AR shooters of all levels.  rifle case 2

FNB's:  (Features and Benefits of this product)

  • 5 exterior magazine holders
  • 1 large exterior pocket
  • Full-opening for shooting mat configuration
  • Heavy-duty YKK zippers
  • Abrasion and mildew resistant 1000 denier nylon

What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?:  Black is the only color option that this bag is offered in.

What others are saying?:

Price point:

  • MSRP =  $43.99 - 46.99 (based upon size)
  • Retail =  $25.99 - 39.99  (based upon size)

I need it now! Availability: Readily available online at stores like Optics Planet, Amazon and or Blackhawk.

Our Rating:

+ Extremely durable + Magazine pockets easily and securely hold 30rd mags + Can open up into a shooting mat + Closed-end foam is great at protection your firearm

- Made in Vietnam - No inner storage

 

Score: 9.0 Amazing90

Jared prefers Simon Peter Sport Company for all his FFL needs.

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Blackhawk Sportster Deluxe Pistol Range Bag

Blackhawk RangeNot every trip to the range requires you to carry every thing under the sun.  Some times you just need a convenient way to carry around your essentials.  However its not always about convenience, you also need durability and protection.  That was exactly what I was looking for when I had first purchased this range bag.  The 600 denier polyester is extremely durable.  I'm not sure if it's Blackhawk Range bag 2waterproof, but I've never had any issues when it was carried through the rain.  On each outer side of the bag are zippered pockets which contain the removable gun rugs.  The gun rugs are envelope in shape and offer great protection to your firearm.  Also to mention about the outer pockets, the zippers are interlocking so you can lock up your firearms for safer traveling.  The center compartment of the range bag contains 2 Velcro dividers.  Here is where you can get creative and personalize your inner compartment for your hearing/eye protection, ammo, mags, etc..  My only negative to the center compartment is the lack of ability to lock up this section.  Not that this bag leaves my side unattended, but it still would of been nice like the outer pockets.

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Claim to Fame: A convenient and extremely durable bag to transport your handguns to the range.

Target Market: Pistol range goers.  Blackhawk Range bag 3

FNB's:  (Features and Benefits of this product)

  • 2 interior slash pockets
  • 2 flannel lined rugs
  • Interior pocket has a dual-slider opening
  • MOLLE webbing on exterior
  • 600 denier polyester with thick PVC laminate
  • Dual-density foam incorporates open-cell foam next to gun for protection and closed-cell foam on the outside to protect against impact

What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?:  Black is the only color option that this bag is offered in.

What others are saying?: Blackhawk does it right !  Overall: 4.8/5 stars.

Price point:

  • MSRP = No longer sold on Blackhawk's website
  • Retail = $ 21.49
  • Retail = $ 25.39

I need it now! Availability: Readily available online at stores like Optics Planet and or Amazon.

Our Rating:

+ Dual-density foam firearm protection + 600 denier polyester + Quality + Durability + Inexpensive + Locking zippered firearm compartments

- Interior dividers are flimsy

Score: 9.0 Amazing90

Jared prefers Simon Peter Sport Company for all his FFL needs.

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Blackhawk Hellstorm S.O.L.A.G. Gloves

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Blackhawk Hellstorm S.O.L.A.G. Gloves ( Special Operations Light Assault Gloves ), as the name implies, these gloves were designed for whatever you can throw at them.  I have put my set through the ringer and they still look and perform as good as the day I got them.  If you read through some of the reviews, you will find that people often complain about the sizing (finger length).  If you are truly interested in picking up a pair of these gloves, do yourself a favor and go to Blackhawks website and check out the sizing chart. I did just that and made sure that I was buying the right size the first time around.  Should you have a thick hand, you can adjust the straps on the wrist and top of the glove to loosen or tighten them up.

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Claim to Fame: An all purpose tactical glove.photo 2

Target Market: Military, police, hunters and shooters.

FNBs:  (Features and Benefits of this product)

  • Quick drying synthetic material
  • Provides secure grip on wet surfaces
  • Dual back-of-hand and wrist adjustments for fitting
  • Nylon loop for easy donning and or attachment to a carabiners

 What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?  Blackhawk offers these gloves in a variety of options.  You can order these with Kevlar, Nomex, in a half-finger and or black/khaki colors.

What others are saying? "Great glove for a great price."

Price point:

I need it now! Availability: Readily available online at stores like Optics Planet, Amazon and or Blackhawk.

Our Rating:

+ Multiple options to choose from + Easy adjusting for a perfect fit + Quick drying material + Good hand grip on wet items.

- The material for the bump guards seems to be an open cell, so they can become sponge like in heavy rain. - Made in China

Score: 8.585

Jared prefers Simon Peter Sport Company for all his FFL needs.

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