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Buyer's Guide: Serpa Holster

Serpa Holster - How To Pick The Right One For You

Serpa Holster has been around for quite some time. It has a reputation as being the easiest way to carry a handgun. Many users report that the gun can be easily accessed without having to remove the gun from its holster. The problem is that there is a "fall back" or an "unseen trigger" which causes the gun to fire when the gun holster does not feel right. In this article I will show how easy it is to eliminate this problem in the future.

The first question that comes to mind is whether or not the firearm can be accessed when the holsters hands are above the "active retention" position. The argument is that with the trigger finger now promotes your finger to unintentionally engage the active trigger. For every student that raised this argument, had they done a simple test to assure that there was no "unseen trigger" they would have quickly put a SIRT (specifically designed by Smith & Wesson) pistol in a serpa holster and let them demonstrate the problem. I have been privileged to work with many students of this nature and have found that in 99% of cases it is the "unseen trigger" that causes the gun to fire when the holster does not feel right.

The second most common complaint is the "click and lock" concept. Some of the best serpa holsters feature what is called a "click and lock" assembly. These assemblies do not require a removable thumb turn to engage the latch. Once the latch is engaged, the next step is to rotate the wrist so that it is perpendicular to the carrying handle. Once the wrist is in this position the gun can be placed in the Sirt (or Serpa) holster with the safety on.

The second most common complaint is a negligent discharge. A negligent discharge occurs when a person discharges a firearm in a manner that causes injury or death to another individual. If you are having problems with your Serpa holster and are noticing an undesirable habit of discharging a firearm while the holster is in your hand, you need to get in touch with a personal injury lawyer. There are typically very specific laws in place in New York relating to negligence discharge. The bottom line is that if your attorney can prove that the defendant knew that their actions (or inactions) caused harm or death to another person, you may recover damages from them.

Another frequently mentioned safety concern revolves around the lack of a thumb break on the Serpa holster itself. The problem stems from the fact that the trigger guard is not a traditional thumb break, but a safety concern has been raised over the years that the trigger guard does not close tightly on the receiver end of the gun. Since this safety concern cannot always be addressed by simply placing a SIRT (serrated edge} block on the buttock, it is recommended that you leave the safety concern to the professionals.

The third safety concern involves the inability to operate your firearm in an emergency situation. Specifically, if your Serpa Holster is not equipped with a back up paddle, in the event that you accidentally release the paddle while you are still in the holster the firearm will not be immediately returned to its holster or fired. This means that if you must draw and fire your firearm during an emergency the person you have drawn and fired will not necessarily be saved. In the worst case scenario (if you were to fire a shot in defense of yourself) you could face serious injury or even death.

The final safety concern relates to the "thumb break" issue mentioned earlier. This safety concern is not specifically related to the paddle itself; however, many users have reported that they have a difficult time with operating the paddle when they have their hands full and are preparing to draw their firearm. When you take your finger off the trigger while your hand is still on the butt of the gun you can cause serious damage to the slide or frame of your gun. If your finger slips off the trigger you run the risk of the slide or frame of your gun jamming or locking up. The potential for serious damage or injury to you or your family by reason of improper operation of your firearm cannot be overlooked. You should always use your thumb as much as possible while preparing to draw and fire your gun.

As you can see, there are several issues to consider with using a Serpa Holster as opposed to a traditional paddle handgun holster. While there are a few small differences between the two devices, such as not being able to easily take your fingertips off of the rails of the gun while preparing to fire or drawing the gun, there are several more very important safety concerns that you really need to look at before you decide to use a Serpa Holster. Remember, these accessories are only recommended for people who are capable of operating and wearing them properly.