We have yearly cycles of sales for certain products in our store, or we get asked about the same products every time there is a graduation from a Police Academy. There is a mad rush of people graduating that need all of the basics, they may not have their duty gear yet but they know they need an off duty holster which usually is one of the following, any Glock 9mm, Glock 45 or Sig 229 or Smith & Wesson M&P 9mm or 40 cal. Those seem to be the most common firearm holsters every year because that’s what most of their employers are issuing. “I just need a retention holster” or a “Level II” they say.
I’m all about letting the customer choose what they want, but if there is any hint of them being a Novice, I push them away from the Blackhawk Serpa Holsters, I personally think the Safariland ALS is a better starting point although the holsters are very heavy, One other holster we have considered stocking are the 5.11 Thumbdrive holsters. Using your thumb to release your firearm is a much safer approach than using your index finger. We also noticed this year that Elite Survival Systems is releasing a Thumbdrive holsters and we will do a thorough comparison between the two in the future. Definitely consider these 3 for Level II retention, Safariland ALS, Blackhawk Serpa, and the 5.11 Thumbdrive holsters. Bladetech worked with for their level II and it seems to be a very well accepted holster.