General Holster and Weapons Accessories Questions

Can the SERPA light bearing holsters be used without the light?
How much space will a spacer kit add?
How wide a belt will the leather holsters accommodate?
I don't see my weapon listed in the weapons list. How can I find out if there is a holster for my weapon?
Is the Special Operations holster available in black for a right-handed draw?
Is there a difference between the Serpa CQC holsters and the Blackhawk Sportster holster?
Is there any Blackhawk SERPA holster that will fit a weapon with a square trigger guard?
What is the difference between a double stack mag carrier and a single stack mag carrier?
What is the difference between Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 holster retention?
What is the difference between the Blackhawk CQC holsters and the Level 2 Duty or Tactical Holster?
What pouches will fit on the Blackhawk Tactical SERPA thigh rig holster?
When will Blackhawk make a Serpa holster for my weapon?
Which hand should I choose with the cross draw holster?
Which pouches will fit on the Blackhawk STRIKE Drop Leg Holster?
Will the CQC concealment magazine carrier hold a double stack .45 magazine?
Will the Serpa CQC Holster fit on a Duty Belt (with a high-ride mounting plate)?

Can the SERPA light bearing holsters be used without the light?

No, the light bearing holsters must be used with the Xiphos NT light in order for the SERPA retention mechanism to function.

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How much space will a spacer kit add?

The spacer kit will add approximately 1/4" per spacer.

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How wide a belt will the leather holsters accommodate?

The following leather holsters will accommodate a belt up to 1 ¾ inches in width:

Detachable Belt Slide

Inside the Pants Leather Concealment

Angle Adjustable Paddle Leather Concealment

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I don't see my weapon listed in the weapons list. How can I find out if there is a holster for my weapon?

What’s listed in the dropdowns is what we currently have in stock. If you are certain that there is a particular holster made for your weapon, we encourage you to check back.

If you are not sure whether there is a holster available for your weapon or if you would like additional information about finding a holster for your weapon, please contact either the weapon manufacturer or the holster manufacturer.

Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee holster fit. We strongly encourage our customers to do their own research to ensure they are able to get the holster that satisfies their needs and fits their weapon securely.

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Is the Special Operations holster available in black for a right-handed draw?

No, it has been discontinued.

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Is there a difference between the Serpa CQC holsters and the Blackhawk Sportster holster?

While both holsters offer the signature Blackhawk Serpa retention, there are a few minor differences that are important to know about.

The attachments

All of the Blackhawk Serpa CQC holsters come with both a paddle attachment and a belt loop attachment. The Blackhawk Sportster holster only comes with a paddle attachment.

The composition

The Blackhawk Sportster holster is made from a plastic polymer, rather than the military-grade Carbon Fiber material used for the Blackhawk Serpa CQC, so it's not quite as heavy duty as the Serpa CQC.

The color

The Blackhawk Serpa CQC holster is available in either a Matte (non-reflective) or Carbon Fiber finish. The Blackhawk Sportster holster only comes in gun-metal gray.

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Is there any Blackhawk SERPA holster that will fit a weapon with a square trigger guard?

No. The Blackhawk SERPA holsters will only work with weapons featuring a round trigger guard.

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What is the difference between a double stack mag carrier and a single stack mag carrier?

In a single stack magazine, the cartridges will be stacked one on top of the other within the magazine.

In a double stack magazine, the cartridges will be arranged in a staggered, zigzag fashion within the magazine.

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What is the difference between Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 holster retention?

The difference between the 3 types has to do with whether or not the weapon is "locked" into the holster and if so how many points need to be pressed to release the weapon from the holster.

Level 1

The weapon is held within the holster by friction only. There are no buttons to press to release the weapon. While this is a secure holster and can certainly be used safely, it offers the least resistance for someone trying to take your weapon from your holster.

The Standard CQC holsters are an example of Level 1 retention:

Standard CQC Holster with Matte (non-reflective black) Finish

Standard CQC Holster with Carbon Fiber Finish

Level 2

A SERPA retention button can be found on the side of the holster facing away from your body. This level of retention makes it more difficult for an assailant to remove your weapon from your holster.

When the weapon is put into the holster, you will hear or feel a click letting you know that the weapon is secured within the holster. The release is designed to work perfectly with an "indexed" draw. When you want to remove your weapon from the holster, wrap the palm of your hand around the grip of the weapon and point your index finger along the barrel of the weapon. As you draw, press your index finger, and your weapon will release with ease.

The SERPA CQC holsters are an example of Level 2 retention:

Serpa CQC Holster with Matte (non-reflective black) Finish

Serpa CQC Holster with Carbon Fiber Finish

Level 3

The Level 3 retention features a retention button on the outside of the holster (the side facing away from your body) and a retention lever on the inside of the holster (the side facing towards your body). This design is the most difficult for an assailant to take your weapon from your holster.

When the weapon is put into the holster, you will hear or feel a click letting you know that the weapon is secured within the holster. The release is designed to work perfectly with an "indexed" draw. When you want to remove your weapon from the holster, place your thumb on the inside lever, wrap your palm around the grip of the weapon, and point your index finger along the barrel of the weapon. As you draw, press your thumb and index finger towards each other, and your weapon will come free with ease.

Below are links to several duty holsters that are an example of Level 3 retention:

Level 3 SERPA Auto-Lock Duty Holster

Level 3 Serpa Holster / Light Combo

(note - this holster includes a Blackhawk Xiphos light)

Level 3 Serpa Light-Bearing Holster

(note - this holster ONLY works with the Blackhawk Xiphos Light, which can be purchased separately)

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What is the difference between the Blackhawk CQC holsters and the Level 2 Duty or Tactical Holster?

Besides the mount (duty belt loop and tactical platform), the Level 2 Duty and Tactical holsters come with a full shroud that runs the entire length of the weapon on the front of the holster. The CQC holster's shroud stops at the chamber. In addition, the CQC holsters are designed for concealed carry, whereas the Level 2 Duty or Tactical Holster is not.

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What pouches will fit on the Blackhawk Tactical SERPA thigh rig holster?

Any of the law enforcement duty pouches or the Blackhawk Tactical Mag Pouch. Any pouch that features holes in the back of the pouch can be attached.

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When will Blackhawk make a Serpa holster for my weapon?

If you have a newer weapon, it may take several years for there to be enough demand to create a new holster. Depending on how unique your weapon is, there may be a Blackhawk Serpa holster already on the market that will work – please contact Blackhawk directly if you need a recommendation.

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Which hand should I choose with the cross draw holster?

For the cross draw holsters, choose the hand you will use to draw. You do not need to compensate for the cross draw.

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Which pouches will fit on the Blackhawk STRIKE Drop Leg Holster?

Any of the STRIKE Pouches.

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Will the CQC concealment magazine carrier hold a double stack .45 magazine?

No, it will only hold a 9mm or a .40 cal. However, Blackhawk does makes two duty pouches that will hold a double-stack .45 magazine:

BlackHawk Double Mag Case Glock 10mm/.45

BlackHawk Double Mag Pouch - Staggered Column (Glock 21)

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Will the Serpa CQC Holster fit on a Duty Belt (with a high-ride mounting plate)?

Yes, but you also need the Serpa Quick Disconnect Kit to make this work. Please note that adding the Serpa Quick Disconnect kit will add about ½ inch to the width.

A better option may be to consider a duty holster, which will also offer Serpa retention qualities.

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