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The Blackhawk! SERPA CQC Concealment holster features Level 2 retention. Passive retention is provided with the adjustable detent screw on the side for tightness, while the SERPA Auto Lock release on the side represents the active retention element.

Understanding Holster Retention

Holster retention is an important concept to grasp, whether you open or concealed carry. Here is a look at some general concepts on holster retention.

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Making the Case To Carry Concealed

Using deadly force to defend yourself is not a desirable event. But its necessity makes it a good one, which is why you should carry concealed.

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Holster Cant and Ride Considerations for Women

Women, many of whom are short-waisted, benefit from dropped and offset holsters because carrying the gun lower on the torso moves the grips of the gun out and away from the ribcage and positions the barrel of the gun below the hipbone.

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The Striker-Fired Pistol Challenge

A range test with three popular striker-fired pistols - Glock 17, Smith & Wesson M&P and Springfield XDm - reveals how this design became a winner.

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Fast Draw Vs. Good Ready, Part 2

In Part 1 on this topic, I suggested that keeping a good eye on your environment and getting your hand on the gun early — what I call the “Good Ready” — was preferable for armed citizens over trying to depend on a fast draw in a life-threatening situation. That raised a few hackles.