Blackhawk is here, and apparently they’ve heard about my issues with their holsters. So much so that they tried (rather unsuccessfully) for a good 15 minutes to try and convince me that the SERPA holsters are perfectly safe… if you’ve trained properly, that is. They’re going to give it another shot next month down in San Antonio with some range time and a wide open mind on my part, but until then RF and I think we’ve got this thing figured out, and have a simple fix that could solve the whole issue…
The main problem with the holster is people trying to push directly on the button instead of indexing along the slide naturally and applying force. That’s what leads to the finger slipping into the trigger guard and causing a ND.
RF had never picked up a SERPA before and found himself doing exactly that: pushing down on the release with his right hand’s fingertip. The culprit for that motion: the small bump below the release button.
According to the Mr. Buis the plastic enclosure surrounding the button was designed to allow a seatbelt to slide over the button instead of catching underneath. According to Farago, the enclosure “box” was a subconscious signal NOT to lay his finger flat along the release.
RF said Blackhawk should lose the ridge at the end of the button (on top of which he’s supposed to lay his finger).
That’s when I chimed in with my idea: lengthen the button. In my opinion the curled finger stems from trying to push directly on the rather small button. Especially with my gigantic fingers, it seems like everything before that first distal joint is completely off the button and forces me to push harder to compensate.
If I was able to put my entire finger on the button I wouldn’t push nearly as hard. And Farago would lay his normal-sized finger flat.
At this suggestion the Blackhawk guy paused, looked at the holster, played with it for a second, and said that no one had ever suggested that before and he would look into it with the engineering guys.
I think we’ve got a winner with that idea, but we’ll see if the powers that be agree.