At the NRA Annual Meetings 2019 held in Indianapolis, Indiana this past weekend Blackhawk! introduced a new holster that will benefit civilians and law enforcement alike by requiring less finger and hand manipulations to release it with the T-Series Holster. One thing that slows everyone down in their ability to draw a firearm in self-defense is the number of steps it takes to present your weapon; thus, the longer it takes to get rounds on target. The Blackhawk! T-Series looks to improve that by utilizing the “Master Grip Principle” to the fullest.
First off, what is the Master Grip Principle? The idea of the Master Grip Principle is that someone wielding a firearm should simply be able to reach for their firearm, grasp it, and in that simply motion be able to remove that firearm from its holster and present the weapon. All of this should be accomplished in a smooth, uncomplicated fashion. A motion that can be intuitively done with no extra unnecessary steps. The NEW Blackhawk! T-Series Holster accomplishes the idea of the Master Grip Principle perfectly.
Something else that law enforcement place great value on in a holster are levels of retention. Moreover, layers of retention that ensure their weapon is truly secure and cannot be easily removed or taken away from them in the event of a struggle for their handgun. Many holster companies define their “levels” through buttons, procedures, or manipulations that need to occur in order to release a weapon. This is not the best way to define levels of retention. Instead, Blawkhawk! defines their levels of retention through the amount of safety locking mechanisms. In the NEW T-Series Holster you can purchase it with either Level 2 or full Level 3 retention:
- Level 1: Friction
- Level 2: Trigger Guard Lock Mechanism
- Level 3: Guard-over-Rear-of-Slide Mechanism
The beauty of the T-Series of holsters for users, whether that be law enforcement or civilians, is only one action needs to occur to draw your firearm whether it is Level 2 or Level 3: grab your gun and squeeze the thumb break. The thumb break on the left-hand side (for a right-handed holster) disengages the guard over the rear of the slide and the trigger guard lock mechanism simultaneously. So if the need should arise, you can present your weapon in one swift movement. No need for multiple manipulations with your hand.
This type of draw should be intuitive for nearly anyone that has handled a firearm and drawn from a holster. It is a natural shooting grip and perfectly follows the Master Grip Principle. Some of the other features surrounding the T-Series Holster are as follows as presented by Blackhawk!:
- Thumb-Activated Retention follows Master Grip Principle
- Low-Friction Internal Material for Smooth & Effortless Draw
- Sound-Dampening Lining for Stealth Drawing & Holstering
- Durable Material provides Protection w/ Sleek Design for Minimal Bulk
- Available in Level 2 or Level 3 Configuration
The T-Series holster, similar to others offered by Blackhawk!, has multiple phillips screws on the back of the holster allowing the user to tip or cant it if so desired. It also has a feature built into the holster that if someone attempted to steal your weapon while it is holstered they cannot. If someone attempts to simply rip a firearm out of this holster the 3 levels of safety mechanism will hold it in. If someone savagely attempts to rip the firearm out and after failing they begin to hit the thumb break, the firearm will not come out.
In order for a firearm to be removed from the T-Series holster, the firearm must be in its resting position when the thumb break is hit, or a fractional amount of pressure must be pressing downward. If someone attempts to pull first in a struggle and after-the-fact hit the thumb break, the firearm will not come out. This protective measure was specifically put in place for law enforcement if any dumb people attempt to take their firearms.
At the moment the pricing for the T-Series holster is set at $129.95 for the Level 2 and $149.95 for the Level 3. The firearm make and models it will currently fit are Glock 17/19/22/23/34/35 which should come as no surprise. In the coming months and years Blackhawk! will surely expand that out to a plethora of different makes and models of firearms.
For those of our readers who are in the field of law enforcement, security, or use a similar style Level 2 or 3 holster on a daily basis, what do you think? Does the Blackhawk! T-Series holster check all the appropriate boxes where you would entertain buying one? Let us know your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.