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Old July 13th, 2008, 19:27   #1
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BlackHawk Serpa Holster Replica (Huang's)

Just a quick review on the Replica BlackHawk Serpa Holster that Huang sells.

** Note: This review is based on the BlackHawk Serpa Drop-Leg holster and a Stock TM P226r pistol. **


Background
I recently purchased the Blackhawk Serpa Drop-Leg holster from Huang, having gotten tired of using a guarder universal drop leg rig made from cordura.

The 'universal' cordura holster never quite fit right, would often catch the slide as I pushed the gun in, would sometimes push the mag release while I walked/ran, and sometimes my gun would simply fall out if I was squatting down.

Having never owned, or seen a genuine BlackHawk Serpa, I can't comment on how the replica matches visually, but the it is very well made and clean.


Purchase/First Impressions
As the genuine version BH Serpa retails for about $125 + Shipping + Customs (If purchased from the US), I decided to go with Huang's replica @ $75CDN shipped.

As always, dealing with Huang was easy, and my order arrived within a few days. (Shipped from China on the 6th, and arrived on the 10th.) The replica Huang sells has been described as being made from the same materials as the genuine version, right down to the belt clips.

On first inspection, it seems to be of great quality, and looks sexy as hell. The holster came with 2 picatinny rail mag/flashlight attachment points, as well as a belt clip platform if ever you wanted to run it as a belt draw system.

The holster itself attaches to the drop leg rig using 4 screws (No Directional Adjustment) or the belt clip by 3 screws (Very Directionally adjustable)

I wear cadpat most of the time, I figure I'll add a couple coats of OD paint. Krylon works wonders.


Fit
This holster fits my TM Sig P226r Perfectly. It slides in easily and locks great. There is a tension screw to adjust the space/grip around the trigger guard, which I loosened off a bit for what seemed to be the best locking ability. The gun locks in great, and doesn't rattle around at all.

Drawing the gun is simple as hell. Depress the release lever, and draw. No more tabs, straps or velcro releases.


Field testing
Took the holster to a game hosted by team BlackBear at Wasaga Paintball today. And now I really love this holster. I didn't have to worry about dropping my pistol, or accidentally hitting the mag release. The platform molds great to my thigh, and I was able to draw the gun quickly when I needed it.


Rating
Overall, I'd say this holster is amazing. And, at nearly half the price of the real one Huang's got yet another awesome product for us. The only drawback that I've come across is the fact that it only comes in black. Simple enough to paint up the holster and platform, but you're still stuck with black straps. I may end up pulling the straps off my now useless cordura holster to use though.

The Good:
- Perfectly fits my TM Sig P226r
- Quick & simple to draw/holster
- Seems great quality
- Includes belt clip

The not so good:
- Only comes in Black (Currently)
- Only comes in Right Handed Version (Currently)
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Old July 14th, 2008, 21:08   #2
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Old September 28th, 2008, 15:59   #3
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I purchased one of Huang's Serpa Holster/Leg Platforms for the USP Compact.

k2x5, your review is bang-on. However, I would like to add a small note about durability. Do not go prone and roll onto these Serpa clones. Results may vary, but my experience at the RAAT Season Ender shows what may happen. Brand new, first game.

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Old September 28th, 2008, 18:26   #4
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Oh wow.

I tested the quality of my real blackhawk one... I stood on it on one foot... with my entire weight on it.. and I'm not a tiny guy (205 pounds) needless to say my real Blackhawk serpa is still fine...
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Old September 28th, 2008, 18:48   #5
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I have stood on my SERPA (real one) with one foot and boots on, no damage at all.
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Old September 28th, 2008, 19:12   #6
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I have done a review on the actual serpa one

I still use this holster to this day, and never have I had an issue with it

http://www.airsoftcanada.com/showthread.php?t=36026

great holster, although that replica seems wayyyyy too weak
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Old September 28th, 2008, 19:27   #7
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I purchased one of Huang's Serpa Holster/Leg Platforms for the USP Compact.

k2x5, your review is bang-on. However, I would like to add a small note about durability. Do not go prone and roll onto these Serpa clones. Results may vary, but my experience at the RAAT Season Ender shows what may happen. Brand new, first game.

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/i...s/DSC00743.jpg
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At least they're cheap. Buy a new one!

I've had a real one for a Sig and I currently have a clone one for a my Hicapa, and yes there's a quality difference but it doesn't matter to me. Works about the same for me.
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At least they're cheap. Buy a new one!

I've had a real one for a Sig and I currently have a clone one for a my Hicapa, and yes there's a quality difference but it doesn't matter to me. Works about the same for me.
Until it breaks and You have to buy a new one -- which at the current price you could have just bought a good one in the first place.

C'mon.. these things aren't that expensive... You can get 'em for about 50 bucks shipped if you look in the right place... IMO there isn't any need for the big fancy 1337 operator leg rig... but that's just my opinion.
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$50 gets you the holster, not the platform as well. Even when I was in the U.S. at very large BH dealers, they were in excess of $100 U.S., and they wouldn't ship to Canada, I bought what I needed and stuffed my booty in my suitcase.
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Old September 29th, 2008, 01:00   #11
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You can always buy the hoslter for 40.45 $ shipped in canada and buy the CQC Strike / molle Speed Clip platform for 24.98$ shipped.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Blackhawk-SPORTS...QQcmdZViewItem


http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...2BSI%26otn%3D4

Still it will be full Blackhawk product for less than a copy.

Or you can mix thoses peices if you really want the leg platform you buy it from Ebaybanned and get the real holster for you GBB.

You will be under the 100$ mark.
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Those don't work well with the molle platform. Mine bent way too much. I installed the platform on the Huang blast belt instead.

I think Amos was getting just replacing the broken holster part, and keeping the clone SERPA drop-leg platform. But it's made of the same crappy plastic as the holster. Beowulfe showed it to me after it happened, and I was surprised to see how porous the plastic is. It looks almost like Bakelite, but really isn't.
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Old September 29th, 2008, 01:26   #13
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Just to clarify. The Serpa holster is not made of the same materail as real ones. The sarfariland 6004 holsters however is made of the same material as real ones. So for 6004 holster, you can step on it, crush it and roll over on it.
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Those don't work well with the molle platform. Mine bent way too much. I installed the platform on the Huang blast belt instead.
Do you mean strike plates don't work well with MOLLE? That's what they're designed for. I have one attached to my vest with a strike plate and it works great.
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Do you mean strike plates don't work well with MOLLE? That's what they're designed for. I have one attached to my vest with a strike plate and it works great.
They work fine on MOLLE, just not your standard MOLLE drop-leg platform. The flatform bends around your leg, and that puts a hell-of-alot of strain on that adapter. The smaller your leg, the worse it would be I suspect. My legs aren't small by any means, and I noticed it.
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