Safariland ALS vs BLACKHAWK! Serpa

I recently had a friend show me their Safariland Automatic Locking System (ALS®) holster, and in playing around with it, I decided I really liked the retention release. So I picked up a Safariland 6378 ALS holster to compare to my BLACKHAWK!® CQC® Serpa® holster.
I normally use the Serpa holster for Outside the Waistband (OWB) carry, and have used them for many training, etc. So that is what I’m most familiar with. I really like them, but the release on the ALS is something that I really like.


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A quick review on the BLACKHAWK! CQB/Riggers belt; the belt, so far, has been amazing! I’ve used it through multiple trainings and through various shooting activities and it’s worked flawlessly.

It was noted on various websites that the sizes run small, but if you are truly a size 33″ or smaller waist, the small belt will probably work for you without any issues. I ordered the normal size, for up to 41″ waists, and it’s a little bit big. It wraps over a little far and gets in the way of my holster so I have to fold it under the belt loop. If you take a look at the video review, you can see what I’m talking about with this.

Bottom line, this is a great belt. If you are in the market for a new shooting belt, it’s definitely a great choice.

Here are the basic specs:

  • 1.75″ webbing
  • 7,000-lb. tensile strength (solid colors) or 5,000-lb. tensile strength (MultiCam┬«)
  • Hook & loop secures running end

Check out the video review below for more details! Thanks!