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Serpa Holsters Are Terrible And If You Disagree You Are Wrong

Serpa Holsters Are Terrible And If You Disagree You Are Wrong

We at Redleg Tactical are a salty bunch, there is no denying that. Redleg Tactical is comprised of veterans and industry professionals who have the superpower of spotting a used car salesman 10 miles out in heavy fog. If you have seen our Facebook page, you know very well that we commonly delight in making fun of gimmicks, absurdities and people who defend those absurd gimmicks. Mostly, our humor is merely for laughs but every once in a while we get serious. Pointed. For example, when I say that Serpa Holsters are utterly terrible, I am being absolutely serious. 

My role at Redleg Tactical is teacher/instructor. While I love to use humor in the classroom (especially during what-not-to-do videos) I am not being humorous here. In this post I am going to show you why you should never own (or perhaps throw out) your Serpa holster.

  • First, let's do a simple experiment. Take your dominant hand's index finger (trigger finger) and hold it up straight in front of your face, like you are pointing at the ceiling. Next, roll your finger as if you were pulling the trigger on your favorite firearm. Watch how your finger bends at the joints. You'll notice that the proximal interphalangeal joint (the joint just above your hand's knuckle) is what pivots. 
  • Now, let's do the same experiment, only this time roll your finger as if you were pressing the Serpa Holster's retention release.
  • Finally, let's repeat both, but do it as if you just been surprised by someone scaring you. Imagine that someone jumped out from under a desk and nearly made you jump out of your skin. Try to quickly complete both motions as quickly as you possible can, but in between repetitions try to straighten your trigger finger out all the way, as fast as you can. 

    Your observation of your finger pressing the trigger should look identically to the first few motions of pressing the release of a Serpa holster. That is the main problem. You are making the same dexterous motion to both release the pistol from the holster and fire the pistol. Under duress (life flashing before your eyes) what do you think is most likely to happen? Will your finger magically cease the motion of engaging the serpa release and stretch out fully along the side of the pistol frame? Or will your finger continue on to the trigger well before your muzzle is on the target?

    I'll give you a hint. You'll never get your index finger straightened out if you're going with any sort of speed. It isn't possible. That's why when the idiot Fudd over at Guns & Ammo TV attempted to demonstrate that Serpa holsters are "Perfectly Safe" a couple years ago, he failed miserably and made a meme out of himself.  

    Nevermind the biological tendency to continue the release-button press onto the trigger; why would you want ANYTHING, mechanism or not, inside the trigger guard? For the past several years I have thought that Serpa holsters are utterly stupid because of the many inherent design flaws that are exclusive to these dangerous holsters. 

    Sure, I get it. You might say, well Redleg Tactical makes holsters so they're just crapping on the competition.

    Yeah, sure...

    That's why Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) and Homeland Security banned Serpa holsters.

    That's why Los Angeles Police Department banned Serpa holsters.

    That's why The National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service banned them.

    That's why International Defensive Pistol Association banned them from their competitions.

    That's why Larry Vickers banned them from his training courses.

    That's why Travis Haley banned them from his training courses. 

    That's why FPF Training banned them from their training courses.

    That's why Canada's National Range Officer Institute banned them.

    That's why said that Serpa's Suck.

    That's why John Correia said that Serpa Holsters are Hot Garbage

    That's why said never to use them. 

    That's why there are internet threads devoted to banning them.

    That's why TTAG said Serpa's should be discontinued... in 2011.

    That's why Clint Smith ripped one off a student's side and curb stomped it.

    The Worst Instructor on Earth says "There's nothing wrong with Serpa style holsters." 


    Guys, look... its okay... whatever! If you have a Serpa you can just "walk it off."  


     I have never heard of another holster that was suspect in so many negligent discharges. Go to YouTube and search Serpa discharge!


    No, seriously, it is okay... holstering your Serpa won't negligently discharge your firearm! That's "actuality a trigger finger discipline problem."




    Hey, it "works for you," right? Enjoy your holy "church" leg.

    Okay. Here is the bottom line.

    You won't see thousands of meme about Safariland Holsters, Black Rhino Concealment holsters, We the Gimmicks holsters... Hell, leather holsters are hardly made fun of as bad, but nobody makes fun of a holster quite as often as Serpa. If you have a Serpa you have probably fallen into the salesmen/marketing trap. It happens! But if after reading all this and seeing that it isn't just a singular opinion, you continue to use a Serpa amongst the thousands of safer options, I automatically know you're an idiot.

    and... my favorite:

    The Worst Day of Your Life

    The Worst Day of Your Life

    In our Introduction to Concealed Carry course, we use the February 22nd, 2018 surveillance video of Tyrone Lee robbing the Forest Acres liquor store in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In the surveillance video we learn a lot of lessons. 

    Experience is the best teacher, I believe, but the good news is that it does not have to be your experience. 

    Here is the news story:

    After you've seen it all, take a look at John Correia's Active Self Protection commentary. He does a great job of explaining what could have been better and what could have been worse. 

    Oh, and here's an update that may make you chuckle: 

    Real-Life Threats Are Never What We Imagine They'll Be.

    Real-Life Threats Are Never What We Imagine They'll Be.

    According to the FBI, in 2016 there were 1.25 million violent crimes committed. That year the average person in the United States stood a 1 in 258 chance of being a victim of violent crime. If we use that same average over the course of a lifetime (80 years), the average person stands a 1 in 3 chance of being a victim of a violent crime. Yes, those numbers fluctuate, violent crime as a whole has been on the decline, and location among other factors plays a massive role in the odds of you being a victim. Don't get caught up in the numbers... The numbers in this article only serve as a means of illustrating the point that we are unable pinpoint the type of violent criminal that might attack us. There are simply too many violent persons out there to suppose a particular one will be the threat you face. So, forget about what the attacker will look like, what weapon they will have, what their motivation will be, and any other mental mold you may have subconsciously made.

    You see those 1,250,000 violent criminals (in 2016 alone) are not the same. I will speculate that the only thing that is common among these 1.25 million violent criminals is that none of them would call you up and politely RSVP the date, and time, and method by which they will attempt to end your life.

    We must dispel any foolish presuppositions and be prepared to encounter a wide variety of life-ending evil. Perhaps we have allowed our incorrect presuppositions to influence our gear, our training, and our mindset. I witnessed this recently when a writer mentioned only carrying his handgun off-body and furthermore never carrying with a round in the chamber! Interestingly, those methods aren't uncommon. Lot's of people do it apparently, but, it is foolish. You see, those persons are not accounting for any limitations. They've told themselves "I'll have time to run to my car" or "I'll have time to rack the slide" "I'll have time to..." In multiple cases people have died thinking those same thoughts (See the Tueller Drill for more information). Think about it! If your survival depends only a few mere advantages, any disadvantage is utterly ridiculous.  

    Preparation for the unknown starts with the Hierarchy of Threat Management. Avoid, Evade, Counter. Dave Spaulding for educate me on this and I encourage you to read his book. Vigilance, I would argue, is half of the battle.

    Let's say we've been unsuccessful at avoiding and evading and now it is time to counter. How do we do that in the real world? How do we do that in the real world with our handgun? That's where Redleg Tactical's firearms training begins!

    Before we go knee deep in training you need to consciously forget what you think you know about these threats. They aren't like us. They don't have remorse like us. They are capable of violence that would make us vomit. That is treat we should be preparing for. That is the threat our training must be designed for or else we are just making ourselves ignorantly comfortable, lost in a sea of negligent presuppositions. 

    I'll leave you with this video. It is graphic. It is real life and unfortunately this suspect loses his life. In this video Richmond Virginia PD officer deploys a taser on an encroaching threat with zero effect. Any normal human (not under the influence of this zombie-drug) would have been instantaneously incapacitated. The suspect wasn't. Be prepared. Understand your limitations not only of your gear and proficiency but the limitations of your knowledge. There is evil in this world that might attempt to end your life and it probably isn't what you imagine it to be. I know this officer didn't wake up and think that a naked man might attempt to kill him that day.

    Self Defense Law

    Self Defense Law

    Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer. I am not your lawyer. The information below is for your education and entertainment and is not legal advice! 

    I teach our Introduction to Concealed Carry course roughly two to three times each month. During the classroom portion we go over the laws concerning deadly force. When can we use deadly force? To what extent can we use it and so on. While I briefly cover all of the pertinent information to Colorado's Concealed Handgun Permit holder, that is a subject which you could spend years on.

    Andrew Branca has done just that. He is an interesting fellow and quite literally "wrote the book" on The Law of Self Defense. His podcast is an interesting one as well, I would highly suggest you go read/listen to his work.

    Massad Ayoob has also written an incredible amount on the law side of things. I would recommend you read his book: Deadly Force

     Oh!!! And don’t forget the “Elmer Fudd” myths!!! Kathy Jackson does an excellent job dispelling those absurdities on her blog Cornered Cat

    That said, what do you think about this video? Let me know in the comments.