Is anyone out there using a Blackhawk Serpa Level III hoster for an M&P 45 with the thumb safety? I know Safariland has a couple of options but I would prefer the Blackhawk.
Didn't know they made one for the 45 with or without the safety...
9 and 40 yes, Clearwater Police issue S&W .40 M&P's and two of their Officers I shoot with weekly actually use them and love them.
Personally if your not LEO I wouldn't use a level 3 anything.
I carried the M&P 40 in a Serpa for a year and liked it well enough. I also like thumb brakes because they ensure a proper grip same as a finger brake, at least for myself.
The Level 3's tend to cause one to have to tug to release the weapon slowing down the draw which puts you even further behind the 8 ball when dealing with someone who has a weapon in their hand to begin with.,,
Then again, for carry I lean towards leather and IWB or a high ride belt slide...
Thanks for the feedback. I am LEO and accustomed to Level III. Just having a hard time finding a wide selection of holsters for the M&P 45 with the Thumb Safety. I am about to transition from a Glock 22 in Safariland 6360 ALS holster. You still carry the M&P 40? How has the gun worked out for you? .
not for a while now... Though it is a solid performer. It is actually a very solid platform, grip angle and shape lend to a very natural and comfortable piece of hardware. If you have larger fingers and they will allow it, you can file some out below the trigger guard at the front of the grip where they meet. This actually helps out for larger hands allowing faster controlled double and triple taps.
I like the grip swell at the center of the palm because it fills the hand in a natural manner allowing a better grip, it is also where the comfort comes from.
I bet you will find it an improvement over the feel of the Glock in time. Where the Glock is more squared front and back of the grip, the S&W curves at the corners...
Have you shot one yet?
oh and Point shooting with it will be instinctive within a matter of a few shots for sure..
I have shot the mid size with thumb safety and stock trigger. Felt great and has all of the attributes that you mentioned. I ordered the full size model with the S&W performance shop trigger job. When it comes in, I will install 10-8 performance rear tactical sight and front night sight as well as l the 10-8 performance base plates. Would love to have that baby in a Serpa but I am afraid they don't make them for the thumb safety models. I will upload a photo when it is all done. Stay safe.