Black Hawk! Omnivore holster system

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Soldier Systems Daily is reporting on a new product from Black Hawk! that was introduced at Modern Day Marine, their Omnivore Holster system. Essentially the holster is designed to solve the problem of versatility that so many holster manufacturers have tried to tackle over the years. That is that usually an individual gun owner, police department, or military doesn’t own or issue out exactly one type of handgun, but has to accommodate for a variety of handguns of different sizes and dimensions over the course of several years. With each handgun comes a new holster, and often a handgun owner will have an entire bucket of holsters.

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The Omnivore uses a picatinny mounted adaptor that locks into the side of the holster called the Rail Attachment Device (each holster comes with two of these). Really it almost isn’t a holster as much as it is a protector for the handgun while holstered. It doesn’t cause any wear and tear because there isn’t any friction or any part of the handgun that is touching the holster apart from the picatinny adaptor. Drawing the handgun involves a three position thumb toggle on the left side. Currently Black Hawk! cites 150 models that the the holster can fit.

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What about weapon mounted lights? There are two other versions of the Omnivore that use the weapon mounted light itself to retain the handgun in the holster, one specifically for Surefire X300Us and the other for Streamlight TLR 1/2s. Price for each holster is $59.99.

There is a very similar system out there from a company called Bad Company Tactical that uses a pincatinny mounted device in a sort of handgun protector. They even took it a step further, eliminating the entire protector by using a simple trigger guard protector. The biggest difference between these two products that I see is that Bad Company Tactical makes the metal retention system out of 4140 steel thus brings a retail price to almost three times that of the Black Hawk! version. This isn’t a case of which came first because Bad Company Tactical has been around for several years with this product.MG_7718



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  • Anonymoose

    And now we one holster that will work with every light on the market…and so the struggle continues…

    • noob

      That would be the Bad Company Tactical thing that grabs onto the steel tab. You can see the rail for your light in the photo

  • ABeiruty

    Wait and see. I never feared shooting my self when using SERPA holsters. I have a hogue holster with similar thumb release. That thing would stab you like no other when seated in your car. If you drive a lot, it would be a pain in the waist.

  • Bill

    WooHoo! More plastic crap! And universal fit, which means it wont fit anything really well.

    Seriously kids, we need to budget in the cost of holsters into the purchase a gun. I’d rather spend more money on something that was purpose built, for something as critical as a launching pad and retention home for a fighting gun.

    • Harry’s Holsters

      The Light Bearing holsters may work alright but I’m skeptical of the non light bearing model. A couple companies including safariland are making “universal” Holsters. The probably work fine for the guy wanting to go to the range periodically but for carry, training or duty use I can’t see them working well considering the differences in gun frames.

      Big difference between P07 , M&P, PPQ and Glock trigger guards.

      • Sunshine_Shooter

        They don’t retain off the trigger guards. They retain off the mounting block you attach to your pic rail up front. It’s not a universal fit, it is made to exactly fit the pic rail mounting block. The “universal” part is your pic rail.

        Do you people (Bill included) just not read the articles?

        • DIR911911 .

          but the rest of the gun comes in many sizes and shapes meaning the shell around the gun will have to be large enough to fit the LARGEST gun that might be used. desert eagles are available with a picatinny rail and so is a walther p380. do you think these are both going to fit well in this holster?

          • Sunshine_Shooter

            The trigger guard doesn’t matter, there’s no retention off of it. This holster works differently than normal holsters. The holster grabs the pic rail mounting block, the rest of the ‘holster’ is plastic shielding around the gun and doesn’t have to even contact the gun. So in response to your question, the DEagle probably won’t fit, the P380 probably would.

        • Harry’s Holsters

          I read the article. My understanding is there is on pic mounting rail block that fits multiple rails. Retention wouldn’t be my worry.

          These are my potential issues:

          Does it cover the entire trigger guard across all compatible guns?
          Does it clearance at the undercut of the trigger guard across all compatible guns? Don’t want to tear up your middle finger when doing a lot of reps.
          Does it not interfere with the magazine releases across all compatible guns?

      • flyingburgers

        The Safariland universal models retain perfectly fine for carry, at least in my experience. The trigger guard piece is the same as their gun-specific models. My complaint is that the multiple fitments make it contact a gun at rather small points, and despite their claims about SafariSeven, it wore off the finish along those points.

        • Robocop

          The never 7 finish does cause wear, but I’ve had a 7ts since they cam out and have carried a 6 series holster on duty for almost 5 years. In my experience while it does cause holster wear it causes it slightly slower if both holsters are perfectly clean. It is a cleaner draw and only wears on the contact points, which are much smaller than the older holsters. That said, a little bit of dirt and water in a 6 series vs the 7ts is a night and day difference. For the average joe heading to an indoor range or whatever I don’t think there are any advantages. For those that carry for work or competition, especially where it gets dusty, humid, etc, then it’s a solid investment IMHO.

        • Harry’s Holsters

          What guns have you put in it and is there proper clearance for the trigger guard undercut?

          • flyingburgers

            I stuck a Shield and a G26 in a Subcompact 578. I’m not sure what you mean by clearance for the undercut, perhaps you can explain more?

          • Harry’s Holsters

            The area where your middle finger knuckle contacts the trigger guard.

          • flyingburgers

            The GLS lever is designed to block your finger from contacting that area, so you naturally release the gun when you try to grip it. For both the universal and fitted model on the Shield, the lever is stopped by the grip before it touches the trigger guard, but the gun releases at maybe 1/2 of the travel before that point.

          • Harry’s Holsters

            I’m not tracking? Unless you can get your middle finger close to the undercut It’s very difficult to get a good firing grip from the holster.

          • flyingburgers

            The point is that when you try to get the grip, your middle finger presses against the GLS lever and the holster releases. As you pull and it clears the lever, you apply forward force and then your finger reaches the correct position. This is similar to the ALS and this Omnivore where the release blocks where your thumb should go.

      • DanGoodShot

        Not to mention the VP9. I got mine before there where any holsters made specifically for it and nothing fit it well at all. I ended up buying some kydex, commandeering my wife’s old exercise mat and an old toaster oven to make one myself. Came out like crap but at the time it worked better than everything else I tried… so, uhh Harry… I’ll be hitting you up soon!

  • TechnoTriticale

    If someone is buying a rail gun, odds are they already have other plans for what goes on the rail.

    Is BH actually thinking that people will buy a rail gun just so they can use this holster system?

    • Borat

      Gotta make room for that rail mounted bayonet.

    • Sunshine_Shooter

      95% of every gun sold that isn’t a revolver has a rail on the front, so no. No one is buying a railed gun specifically for this holster, but most people own multiple guns that come with rails from the factory.

      • Dakota Raduenz

        This.

        I had a light (cheap one) for a bit, but I didn’t choose my P226R, it was gifted. And I certainly didn’t buy a P-07 for the rail. Nor my SD9.

        But yeah, the TCP doesn’t have a rail, so you hit 1 for 4 in my handgun owning history.

  • Spencerhut

    The Safariland GLS Pro-Fit seem to be a better design. We’ve sold a number of them and I use them myself since they fit a wide variety of guns and require no widget be placed on the gun. The draw stroke on the GLS is completely natural since the lock is disabled by gripping your gun like you normally would. The come in different lengths from sup-compact on up.

    The ability to retain a light equipped gun seems to be the strong suite of this Blackhawk holster. I’ll have to try one.
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    • Steve C

      I’ve got one handgun and one holster, and I am glad Safariland made the GLS 578, because no one makes a ready use holster for my pistol. I have a Taurus PT845, and before you tell me what a piece of junk it is, I will tell you that it was what I could afford when I bought it, and mine works great/shoots great and it is quite accurate with a 5 lb double action trigger pull and it hits point of aim at 50 feet as long as I do my part. But back to the holster, the GLS holds my PT845 very securely with no slop or rattling and it lets go when I want to draw the weapon. I know, a lot of people are thinking I should have bought a striker pistol because that is what is in vogue but my old hammer fired, DA/SA .45 ACP Taurus does just fine for me.

      I will check this new blackhawk omnivore holster for times when my PT845 wears it’s laser sight. Considerint the Omnivore is about the same price as the GLS Safariland holster, I can afford to have two holsters instead of having to pay through the nose for a custom made holster that does the same job, and still have less invested that I would for the custom job. The best part is both of my holsters will fit a number of different pistols – you can’t say that about every holster.

  • Marvinator

    What in the Phillips head screw is this?? And if that widget is lost, will the holster still holster? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ac5f8af77480b47e9a6e45019c9710f77de9856a6dec143cc8f9bec6f57239db.jpg

    • Sunshine_Shooter

      No, the holster would not still holster, since the only point of retention on the gun would lost. Probably not an issue since the widget would not need to be taken off the gun (unless being moved between pistols) and if Blackhawk has 2 brain cells to rub together they would offer them for individual sale on their website.

      But otherwise, yeah.

  • Roy G Bunting

    I like a holster around loaded Glocks, even when they are in a safe or locked drawer. Being a paddle holster, I could grab it, latch it onto my belt and draw as needed. I prefer to have a TLR1 on my Glock so the locking mechanism is taken care of, the price is reasonable too.

    All I want to know is will it accommodate an RMR style sight?

  • RetroG

    The one handgun I own with a rail on it already has a Crimson Trace laser unit on the rail, so this is no better for me than a kydex holster made for my particular gun. I suppose if I had a bunch of railed guns with nothing on the rails or all the same lights of the two listed it might be useful.