- Type: Handgun Holster
- Producer: BlackHawk Industries
- Website: www.blackhawk.com
- Material: Varies, various types of carbon fiber & injection methods
- Pricing: $58.99 Level II (shown right) & around $120 for some thigh rig models.
- Options: Comes with paddle and belt attachment. Some models include a law enforcement style break. Thigh rigs and holsters for pistols with lights are also available.
- Testing Configuration(s): Right handed Level II model for the Sig Sauer P226 (photo shown on left). Right handed Level II model for the Glock 19.
The level II Serpa is a unique and advanced holster/retention system. We ran the Serpa through a series of tests to determine its effectiveness and durability. The standard level II holster comes with a belt attachment, and paddle holster attachment that adjust with a Phillips head screwdriver.
The retention mechanism is what makes this holster completely different from the others. With the push of your index finger, you release and draw the weapon in a quick and smooth motion. An adjustment screw located just below the locking mechanism allows for you to adjust the release tension. The other obvious plus to the system is that your index finger automatically sets just above the trigger.
Water and sand didn’t have much of an effect on the retention mechanism, however mud did. The holster was immediately operational again after pouring some water into it.
We also noticed a small issue for the thinner guys drawing under stress. If their belts weren’t fastened tight, pulling the pistol out of the holster took a split second longer than usual. Obviously a split second means everything in some tactical situations.
Currently the Serpa comes in other variations that include thigh rigs, concealed carry, and a level 3 holster designed for Law Enforcement Officers. Blackhawk also carries a Serpa for pistols that have lights mounted underneath.
After reviewing this product, it is clear that the future of holsters is here.
Product Pros and Cons
Available for over 27 different pistols (the thigh rigs are currently limited however), and each model is available for lefties or righties.
Quick draw, and when pulled from holster, your index finger is automatically set above the trigger.
The "Carbon fiber finish" on the level II holster is basically just a cool looking sticker wrapped around the plastic.
Everything pretty much relies on the latch.