This unique holster allow you to forget old fashioned thumb breaks that slow your draw and complicate reholstering. The patented Serpa Technology lock engages the trigger guard as you holster the pistol and won't let go until you release it. The release is made using a normal drawing motion, with the trigger finger beside the holster body. All BlackHawk CQC Serpa Technology holsters come with both belt loop and paddle platforms.
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Submitted By: Michael R. On 01/15/2011
Even though listed as a Glock 20/21 holster, this review is when used with S&W M&P .45 (same model number on Blackhawk's website).
This is a well-made, extremely intuitive, relatively comfortable holsterâ€¦ however; even though the CQC is labeled 'conceal' I wouldnâ€™t necessarily consider it 'concealable'.
Considering the size of the pistol Iâ€™m using â€“ concealed carry isnâ€™t a consideration for meâ€¦ this holster is simply a method to quickly acquire my weapon if there is a crisis and a convenient method of carry at the range.
Everything you may have read throughout the Internet is trueâ€¦ it is easily adjustable for cant and belt width (when using belt mount or paddle version, explained below)â€¦ I like the versatility of having both options (belt/paddle) â€“ and even though when purchased I figured Iâ€™d primarily use belt, as it turns out I prefer paddle application better.
I tried various adjustments with the belt attachment, and although itâ€™s a relatively good fit and makes weapon presentation effortless â€“ I found that the paddle is actually more stable and made draw even more intuitive.
If you chose the paddle style, be sure to attach the little 'T' clips found in small zip lock bag stapled to reference/warranty card. I initially didnâ€™t realize they existed and figured the J hook in the center of the bottom of paddle was all that prevented holster from dislodging (basically catching on inside of pants)â€¦ and in fact itâ€™s pretty stable with just that one j hook â€“ but after multiple practice draws the position would slide forward slightly, requiring slight adjustment after a few drawsâ€¦ it wasnâ€™t until I came across a video review on the internet that I realized there are two additional j hooks that install to more center part of inside paddle (one front and one rear) â€“ these are 'T' shaped on the side that installs and 'j' hook on the inside towards your body â€“ they hook under belt and are adjustable for width. Once these were installed the holster was completely secure and as stable as belt worn.
The design is so well thought out, it makes weapon presentation completely natural â€“ when weapon is holstered, it is very secure (confirmed by a solid "click") - it definitely won't 'fall out' and would be very difficult (if not impossible) to tug out. The retention button requires very little effort and happens automatically when drawing from holster â€“ finger position naturally lands on the button/lever as pistol is slid up and out. The fit is spot on and there is no extended effort needed to draw weapon â€“ however, there is a screw to adjust the level of restraint if a tighter fit is desired. Itâ€™s actually fun and addicting to practice drawing from this holster.
I wonâ€™t comment on the pros and cons of this style retentionâ€¦ all holster styles have their applicationsâ€¦ for a retention of this type I highly recommend this holster.
As with every other purchase from Hinterland â€“ the pricing found here was as good if not better than most other sources (especially cheaper than my local retailers).
[5 of 5 Stars]