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#1
Ok I'm not trying to start a firestorm on our brand spanking-shining-new forum, but why all the hate for SERPAs? I talked to a couple of people that didn't like them because you had to press the button and slide the gun out, which could feasibly lead to pressing the trigger and ND... but is that it? I happen to prefer them at work where I bend over a lot and find IWB uncomfortable. I CC here with a loose fitting shirt over it, and happen to think it's the best option I've come across.

Am I missing something??
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silkworm;14687 Wrote:Ok I'm not trying to start a firestorm on our brand spanking-shining-new forum, but why all the hate for SERPAs? I talked to a couple of people that didn't like them because you had to press the button and slide the gun out, which could feasibly lead to pressing the trigger and ND... but is that it? I happen to prefer them at work where I bend over a lot and find IWB uncomfortable. I CC here with a loose fitting shirt over it, and happen to think it's the best option I've come across.

Am I missing something??

There's probably a lot of reasons why they have so much hate. There's also probably a lot of reasons why they have a lot of fans. It's like any well known product. The more exposure it gets the more hate/love it will have. Reasons for hat I've heard are; historical likelihood of being involved in a ND; extra step/manipulation required to retrieve one's own firearm; manufactured out of plastic instead of leather; retention mechanism may create false sense of security.
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#3
I try not to "hate" inanimate objects, number 1, because I feel that brings me down to the level of antis that "hate" guns..., irrationally.

That said, I used to OC in a SERPA, and I even successfully deployed a firearm from one, in a defensive situation.

I like SERPAs, but I stopped using them because of the legitimate concern of the mechanism becoming jammed with dirt or debris. Now, I'm not a commando, or a ninja, so I don't go around getting dirt and shit in my gear, but I've seen enough demonstrations of jammed SERPAs to give me cause for concern. Is it likely my SERPA would ever jam? No, but it isn't something I'm willing to risk my life on.

I dismiss the argument used against SERPAs that involves people shooting themselves or where your finger rests after releasing the firearm. The statistics do not support that argument.

At the end of the day... to each their own. It really isn't a big deal and I don't understand the consternation some show towards those that choose to use the SERPA.

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silkworm;14687 Wrote:Ok I'm not trying to start a firestorm on our brand spanking-shining-new forum, but why all the hate for SERPAs? I talked to a couple of people that didn't like them because you had to press the button and slide the gun out, which could feasibly lead to pressing the trigger and ND... but is that it? I happen to prefer them at work where I bend over a lot and find IWB uncomfortable. I CC here with a loose fitting shirt over it, and happen to think it's the best option I've come across.

Am I missing something??
Because people shoot themselves when using Serpa's?

Some of them on camera.

Because the button can easily get jammed when you need it most? Or break?

Give me a leather holster whenever possible. I have a few kydex type holsters, but it's only cause that's all that was offered. Given the choice, i vastly prefer leather.
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#5
I rotate three holsters. One is leather pancake holster. Another is the Serpa and the third is a Bianchi M12 military holster with the thumb break. I use the Serpa the least. It sticks out farther than the other two and the M12 comes off the belt easier than the Serpas paddle.
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#6
What do you guys recommend for open carry in terms of holsters? I would preferably like something like a "duty holster" but for a 1.5" belt.
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Philadelphia Patriot;14732 Wrote:What do you guys recommend for open carry in terms of holsters? I would preferably like something like a "duty holster" but for a 1.5" belt.

DeSantes Speed Scabbard or DeSantes Mini Scabbard for smaller firearms.
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#8
Any Galco (or similar quality) leather belt slide holster with a thumb break should be fine for OC.

@PP: You just got a Beltman belt didn't you? Smile
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#9
Here is the leather holster I use. Quality is up there and it's snug enough that the gun doesn't move around but not so tight it's difficult to unholster it.

http://www.jbpholsters.com/servlet/the-7...TER/Detail
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Valorius;14745 Wrote:Any Galco (or similar quality) leather belt slide holster with a thumb break should be fine for OC.

@PP: You just got a Beltman belt didn't you? Smile

Not yet, it is on my to do list, along with picking up some new ammo (Speer 155 grain .40 Gold Dots) and a new owb holster. I'm trying to decide if I want to go with a brown or black rig.

Edit: Warpt, I really like that holster a lot. Also I think I am leaning more towards black since my boots are black anyways. A brown holster and belt with black boots might not seem right.
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