Active Retention in Blackhawk T-Series | Into the Fray - USCCA

If you are looking for a great balance between rapid deployment and active retention in an outside-the-waistband holster, take a look at the Blackhawk T-series!

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at

As an ex Federal LEO, I would caution your organization on recommending specific products. Especially retention holsters. I"m not against this holster, but perhaps you should include some specific training regimen on retention, including how to retain your firearm when a person is trying to take it from your holster. As I’m sure you are aware, there is specific training we received on weapon retention, which does not include a gadget that retains the weapon in the holster. What happens when a person simply rips the weapon off your belt? Nothing included in the video mentions that. The video simply mentions a plastic part that will keep the firearm from being withdrawn from the holster. The average LTC licensed person is not going to have this training, and may depend on the weapon staying the holster. And how about problems with the equipment NOT working properly? Any info or stats on that? I appreciate the equipment review, but I fear that some will take this as “golden” advice, and may purchase this without any external info regarding the actual usefulness of the equipment. Does it even work? Has anybody in your organization put it through the paces to make sure? I would certainly hate to see a weapon taken away from an LTC carrier, or worse yet, an LTC carrier not being able to retrieve their weapon when needed. This seems to me like a “wow, this is a great new product, let’s push it” type of announcement. Please ensure me I am mistaken!

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This sure seems familiar - is this a rerun Kevin ??

And please forgive me if this sounds like a crass statement, but is USCCA getting ANY benefit whatsoever for promoting this, or any other product? I know it appears from my email that I am looking for problems, but I assure you that is not the case. I would like to know if USCCA is remunerated in some manner for these types of posts. I would like to be assured this, and other reviews are completely unbiased. I just think that reviews should be completely unbiased, OR, the reviewer should state somewhere that they are being compensated in some way. Actually, it’s the law under federal regulations. IF, you just feel this is a great whiz-bang holster and want to get the word out, then I completely understand. Thanks in advance for your reply.

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Have they finally awakened at Blackhawk. I have been using a Safariland ALS, OWB holster with a thumb release for years and it is fantastic. I carry all the time and no one can tell, even my buddy that knows I am always carrying. The speed at which I can draw my weapon is better than any holster I have ever used concealed or on my duty belt. It is also very secure. One would have to work very hard to get it off your hip. While Blackhawk holsters are okay, they had lacked the nice OWB holster with a thumb release, and they were very limited on the weapons they were available for. And being left handed, it was even harder to find anything at all from Blackhawk. Safariland not only carried the holster for my Berreta PX4, .40, but in multiple finishes AND left handed too.![Safariland 6378 ALS

I have an outside the waistband holster it don’t have any retention besides the tensioning screw that came with it. Now I have a Glock 23 w/XH35 weapons light attached. I can’t find any holster with active retention that will accommodate that light. I conceal carry daily.

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Why does it seem that you are always selling something?

I have had a Blackhawk SERPA/paddle holster for a H&K Compact for years. This has the release for the trigger finger. Very light weight and durable. I bought a Bulldog, paddle, retention holster for my P365. Trigger finger release. Only cost $30-$35 and works great. I have been in a couple all day training classes without any issues, both gun and holster. last I checked with Blackhawk this new holster was in the $120 range. Blackhawk makes good products, but they do cost more.

I use a Safariland 578 7TS GLS. This has an active retention which is activated by the knuckle of your middle finger and does not add to the thickness of the holster.
This is a semi-fit holster that will accommodate several models and has adjustment screws to tune the fit in. I was a wary of it not being specific fit, however it was easy to dial in and continues to work after ~ a year of light to moderate use.
The actuation of the release is very intuitive, which is good and bad. I suspect it would be easy to defeat if someone identified that you were carrying and attempted a take your weapon.

Please try GlockStore. They have most all lights “covered” with their holsters!

Nope, we’re not compensated for reviews. If we partner with someone because we believe in their product, we’re very upfront about partnering with them.

We also don’t sell anyone your private information or email address. :slightly_smiling_face:

How that helps, @Timothy52!

Welcome to the Community, @Michael349. We’re not selling anything here. It’s a product review. People ask Kevin’s opinion on a lot of products. Instead of just responding to one person at a time, we publish reviews for everyone to see.

The video is specific to the holster, and not addressing training issues. That being said, yes, there should be training for weapons retention, however, at any time, a paddle holster may be ripped from your side… with extreme effort, as most have retention capability that hold onto your belt or clothing.
Michalowski is not suggesting you run out and purchase the holster and immediately start using it without training or practice… nor is he actually suggesting you run out and purchase it, he is only giving a review. Most here know it is only a review, and the USCCA does not recommend anything unless it is good. Usually. There have been some items I did not particularly care for, but that was not the quality of the item, only my personal preference. Few would consider it ‘golden’ advice.

It states this is your first time here, so welcome.

And, based on a following comment, no, the USCCA does not get ‘kick backs’. They have stated that many times (of course, I am not privy to their financial records, so I must go with what they say)

It’s not my first time here. It’s my first time posting a reply. The issue of being paid has been addressed by an employee apparently, so I would like to thank her for that reply. My real issue with the post was a small plastic part that would prevent someone from obtaining your weapon. Paddle holsters included, my point was that retention training is the best way to avoid a situation. If someone was to “rip” a paddle holster off your person, then perhaps we shouldn’t be using paddle holsters. I know I don’t. Maybe the point is don’t use a paddle holser, or even better, put out a video on weapon retention, instead of depending on your equipment. It would be nice if the original poster would chime in, and not others who may or may not know what he was thinking when he made the video…

I’ve already tried them. I actually had to send my light in to them to get a passive retention holster made.

Respectfully Submitted
Sgt Stewart, Richard Anthony

United States Marine Corps Veteran

I removed your phone number and email address from the public comment, Richard. ~Dawn

The comments identified you as a first timer, so…
It seems you are reading far too much into everything. There is not an all inclusive training that lasts 20 or 40 hours each time we log on.
I use paddle holsters and have no problem with retention or drawing my firearm, I also have used should holsters, IWB, OWB, and cross draw, but I have been carrying both open and concealed for over 30 years.
There is nothing in the video that states you should only depend on your equipment, nor is there anything said by Machalowski that even suggests purchasing any item and simply ‘strapping it on’ and go out storming through the neighborhood without training and practice.

It was nothing more than a review. If you like the equipment and the review was helpful, do further research, and perhaps check it out in person, if it is for you, great, if not, great. If you do not like the equipment, great.

Just as with reviews of firearms, you may like some, you may dislike some.

Not sure what your point actually is, or what you are reading into the video. Have a great evening and Merry Christmas.

Great review Kevin, that looks like a very good holster, but as you know that my favorite is my Tommygunpack, that what has been working for me for some 30 plus years, hope you and yours have a Great New Years.

Been watching news video of recent terrible church shooting in TX. Two church goers killed, while bad guy killed by another church goer. I’m certainly not an expert, you are. But, it looked to me like seated church goer had to stand up and then took an inordinate amount of time to draw his concealed carry gun. He was shot and killed. Was it in a “kidney” holster? Anyway, my question is for someone who knows he’ll be in a seated position (car, church, theater, etc.) wouldn’t a shoulder holster or a cross draw be the best way to carry? Since, most of us are seated most of the time, holster selection has always been my concern. Thanks for any light you can shed on this.

Would this fit the Walther ppx 9mm?

I think that everyone is loosing sight of what the article was about. That being said, NO, there is nothing that replaces training and knowledge. A holster, whether it be shoulder, IWB, OWB, etc. is a matter of personal preference. I use an OWB and was well trained in weapons retention through the years and no one has ever been able to pull it off of me, and I had my buddy try who is 6’5" and 300 pounds of rock. They would need 4 hands and a tremendous amount of strength. (He lacks 2 extra hands). Research into the various holsters that fit your weapon is the best method, just like researching a weapon. You don’t just go out and buy something because it is easy and cheap. (I hope)