An increasing number of people have alleged that the BLACKHAWK! SERPA holsters are inherently unsafe due to the design that places a retention release lever along the side of the holster. Since July of 2011, many people have used Tex Grebner’s YouTube video as “proof” of their assertions.
I believe the SERPA is a perfectly safe holster. The holster, like any tool, requires the user to read the instructions and/or receive training to make safe use of it. We don’t hand a chainsaw to an untrained teen and then blame Poulan when he is at the hospital having things sewn back on.
For what it is worth, I have received classroom and live-fire training with the SERPA from the good folks at BLACKHAWK! at their facilities in Norfolk.
Also, it should be noted that Tex Grebner plainly states that he does not blame the SERPA holster for his accidental shooting. I’m glad that Tex survived his incident, and that he is man enough to post the video online. His experience is an excellent lesson that others can learn from. It is unfortunate that there are many internet trolls that have given him grief over the whole thing.