I just got one to T&E and I'm curious what I should keep an eye out for.
FYI, already familiar with the ALS (have one myself), just curious what the shortcoming were on the blade-tech/5.11 thumb-drive.
Let me be very clear, G-Code puts out quality products.
Spring-opening bails have a failure point that is unavoidable: the spring and the faith requirment that the bail fully opened when the lever/pad was depressed.
Break a spring or has something wedged in the bail and you won't know the holster has failed you until you are trying to fight the pistol out of the holster.
I have had both happen to me.
The 6004 is not immune to having a stoppage, but you at least know it before trying to pull the gun, and there are less parts to break.
It is not a criticism of G-Code, but rather of the genre.
I prefer to wear my holsters on a belt, but in the occasion that I need to vest-mount the holster I have used an like the Safariland MOLLE lock, as well as simply zip-tying the holster into a cummerbund.
The SERPA is prohibited at my agency.
Before taking my first multi-day training class (EAG Pistol 2), I was told by many on this site that it was a piece of shit. I was a bit surprised by the tough love, but when people are trying to help you, you just shut up and listen, and I eventually did. I wasn't able to find an alternate at the time and took the class with the SERPA. I did get an offer of help from Rider79, who brought along extras, but I decided to try it anyways.
I didn't have problems with the gun getting locked in due to gravel because EAG's Pistol 2 didn't have us on the ground much.
However, I did experience what Surf has already mentioned much earlier, which is when aggressively trying to draw the pistol before disengaging the release, the trigger guard of the gun will grab/press into the retention tab connected to the release and prevent you from pushing the button down and the gun won't come out. Under stress, when you are yanking on the gun and trying to unsuccessfully push a button with the flat of your finger, it won't take much to curl that finger and push harder. Luckily, I didn't curl my finger and got through the class before some stupid shit happened. The warnings of all the M4C members were echoing in my head and I kept my finger F-ing straight as hell. I didn't want to be THAT GUY!
The thing is, I didn't realize exactly what was going on, until I broke the events down after I got home and started thinking about it, and actually recreated the problem consistently.
I saw a border patrol agent doing the same thing with his SERPA at a TigerSwan Pistol/Carbine class later on and told him what was going on. He decided that he was going holster shopping immediately after the class.
Last edited by uwe1; 06-17-11 at 00:35.
Another issue with the Serpa (when using it on the belt) is the weakness of the mounting system when doing weapon retention. I've seen several of the holsters tear away from the mount when a large amount of pressure was added to them. I wouldnt recommend their use for anything outside of simple range carry.
I've been looking into Safariland, is there a place where I can purchase just the holsters? All the models that fit the bill I can only find with drop leg platforms I don't need.