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Old 01-01-2014, 09:16 PM
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Question Need Input On Blackhawk! CQC SERPA

I'm in the process of getting a job as an armed security guard, & one of the requirements from the security company I'm applying for is I need a level 2 or 3 holster for my gun. When I Googled level 2 & 3 holsters, this Blackhawk! CQC SERPA paddle/belt holster seems to be the only level 2 or 3 that keeps popping up everywhere, but it says it's for concealed carry. I understand how the holster works, but can you use this for open carry? The paddle thing is new to me but it also comes with a belt attachment. It looks like either way it could be used for open carry, but confused because any company selling it says it's for CCW. The only holster I have is a cheap-o Galco IWB my wife got for me from Cabella's with no trigger guard lock, thumb break, or any other fancy stuff & the security company said it was unacceptable.

Is there anyone from law enforcement on the .Org that uses this CQC for open carry? Or does anyone know of a company that makes an open carry level 2 or 3 waist holster? Any info that can be given is greatly appreciated, as I'm running out of time to select a holster. I also apologize if this thread was supposed to be in the CCW section.

Here is a pic of the Blackhawk! CQC SERPA with weapon holstered & with paddle mount attachment:
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SERPA holsters are good. They can be used universally. What is your firearm and what uniform-type will you be wearing? It's all about your comfort and ability. You may have to go to a shop to try out a few different combinations.
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SERPA holsters are good. They can be used universally. What is your firearm and what uniform-type will you be wearing? It's all about your comfort and ability. You may have to go to a shop to try out a few different combinations.
Firearm is a Beretta 92 M9 & uniform is traditional officer-style white button up with khaki material black pants with boots.
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Ah okay that's a decent firearm of choice. The M9/92FS is WIDELY used and although a smaller caliber and a little outdated, is still an all around great weapon.

In reference to your uniform, a little is played upon whether you will be wearing a gun belt or not. With just a regular belt, I would advise the SERPA (or a closely related holster of your choosing). If you're wearing a gun belt, I'd advise of something comparable to this (Safariland 6304 ALS Tactical Holster - STX FDE Brown, Right Hand 6304-2192-551 FREE S&H 6304-2192-551. Safariland Holsters.) or (Safariland ALS Level III w/ Ride UBL - STX Basket Weave, Right 6360-6832-481 FREE S&H 6360-6832-481. Safariland Model 6360 Holsters, Safariland Model 6360 Belt Holsters, Safariland Belt Holsters.). I have both for when I have to wear different variations of a uniform. They've lasted me 8 years without any issues.

Again, they're like choosing shoes. You just have to find which one(s) will be comfortable and useful to you There are so many options, you really have to go hands on.
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Ah okay that's a decent firearm of choice. The M9/92FS is WIDELY used and although a smaller caliber and a little outdated, is still an all around great weapon.

In reference to your uniform, a little is played upon whether you will be wearing a gun belt or not. With just a regular belt, I would advise the SERPA (or a closely related holster of your choosing). If you're wearing a gun belt, I'd advise of something comparable to this (Safariland 6304 ALS Tactical Holster - STX FDE Brown, Right Hand 6304-2192-551 FREE S&H 6304-2192-551. Safariland Holsters.) or (Safariland ALS Level III w/ Ride UBL - STX Basket Weave, Right 6360-6832-481 FREE S&H 6360-6832-481. Safariland Model 6360 Holsters, Safariland Model 6360 Belt Holsters, Safariland Belt Holsters.). I have both for when I have to wear different variations of a uniform. They've lasted me 8 years without any issues.

Again, they're like choosing shoes. You just have to find which one(s) will be comfortable and useful to you There are so many options, you really have to go hands on.
Cabella's carry the Safariland belt holsters. I don't know why I never checked those out. I'll do research on all of these items & I've gotta get information on what I'll be using in regards to a gun belt from the security company. I appreciate you going through the trouble of getting me the info, AG! Once again, you're input has been more than helpful.
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Ah okay that's a decent firearm of choice. The M9/92FS is WIDELY used and although a smaller caliber and a little outdated, is still an all around great weapon.

In reference to your uniform, a little is played upon whether you will be wearing a gun belt or not. With just a regular belt, I would advise the SERPA (or a closely related holster of your choosing). If you're wearing a gun belt, I'd advise of something comparable to this (Safariland 6304 ALS Tactical Holster - STX FDE Brown, Right Hand 6304-2192-551 FREE S&H 6304-2192-551. Safariland Holsters.) or (Safariland ALS Level III w/ Ride UBL - STX Basket Weave, Right 6360-6832-481 FREE S&H 6360-6832-481. Safariland Model 6360 Holsters, Safariland Model 6360 Belt Holsters, Safariland Belt Holsters.). I have both for when I have to wear different variations of a uniform. They've lasted me 8 years without any issues.

Again, they're like choosing shoes. You just have to find which one(s) will be comfortable and useful to you There are so many options, you really have to go hands on.
Cabella's carry the Safariland belt holsters. I don't know why I never checked those out. I'll do research on all of these items & I've gotta get information on what I'll be using in regards to a gun belt from the security company. I appreciate you going through the trouble of getting me the info, AG! Once again, you're input has been more than helpful.
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Yessir! No problem there. If you need anything else, feel free to shoot me a PM. It's my entire life aside from the 7.3 (oh and I think I have a family in there somewhere ), so ask me anything if you have any questions.
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I love my serpa drop leg! I also found another brand while I was overseas that I like I will have to get the name for it when I am home. It is a hip holster and works just like a serpa.

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I have been in the firearms industry for a long time as well as doing training, classes and shooting matches every month.

I have personally witnessed 3 SERPAS lock up the gun in holster due to fouling in the release mechanism. Also, the way it mounts to the belt slide is very weak and can be snapped off if rotated.

My recommendation is Safariland. Get an ALS or SLS system in whatever belt mounted configuration works for what you need.

I like the 6280.
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I have been in the firearms industry for a long time as well as doing training, classes and shooting matches every month.

I have personally witnessed 3 SERPAS lock up the gun in holster due to fouling in the release mechanism. Also, the way it mounts to the belt slide is very weak and can be snapped off if rotated.

My recommendation is Safariland. Get an ALS or SLS system in whatever belt mounted configuration works for what you need.

I like the 6280.
I'll check them out. This is probably a stupid question, but I have to ask the obvious- are the ALS & SLSs Level 2 or 3? I'm going to look them up now. Thanks, man.
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