A friend offered me the chance to attend a 4 day defensive handgun course at the Front Sight Firearms Training Institute in Nevada, for free. After getting a new Springfield Armory XD .45ACP to take along, I realized I needed a holster for the XD. After spending some time looking at the plethora of holsters on the market, I opted for one from Blackhawk Products Group.
The Blackhawk CQC (Close Quarters Concealment) Serpa Level 2 holster is one of those "plastic things", as some folks call them. To be more exact, it is molded from a blend of carbon fiber and impact-modified nylon. A bit of hardware is tossed in to make it all works the way it was intended.
What drew my attention to this model was the modular design that provides the user with various carry options all in this one holster. In the above photo, the paddle is attached to the holster. If the user desires a standard belt configuration, the paddle is easily removed (just 3 screws) and the belt clip is installed.
The patented Serpa technology/active retention system greatly reduces the chance of your handgun finding its way out of the holster without you intending it to. (more on that later)
The only tool needed for configuring/adjusting the holster is a Phillips screwdriver. If you don't have a screw driver in your range bag, it's time to get one. Actually, there are a number of companies that make screwdriver assortments made just for guns (yes, the screws are a little different and you run a better chance of damaging the screw head when using your favorite screwdriver from Home Depot (I should mention that this mostly applies to straight slot screws).
The "back side" of the holster has three threaded inserts molded into the body of the holster. The belt and paddle portions of the holster are attached with three supplied screws.
In the above photo, the belt platform has been attached to the holster. Note that there are a variety of "hole sets" that can be used. This allows the user to tip the holster forward or backward to better suit the an individual's preference. As shown above, the holster is in the neutral (as I call it) position and so locates the holster perpendicular to the belt.
As you can see in this photo, a different "set" of holes were selected to provide a different cant on the holster. Experimenting with this a bit will allow you to find a suitable position for carrying. Changing it to a different position is just a couple of minutes and is easy to do as along as you have a screwdriver handy.
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