Review: Hands-on with the Blackhawk Omnivore holster
I like when Im wrong. Being wrong means Im pleasantly surprised, and thats always nice. One mantra I used to repeat ad nauseum was that universal holsters suck. Oftentimes they do, especially when made from soft nylon and designed to be baggy to fit whatever you shove into it. These crappy, loose-fitting holsters are downright dangerous and a quick way to ensure Ive judged you harshly. Nowadays, when I say universal holsters suck, I have to add an addendum, like except for the Phalanx Defense model, the Phlster Floodlight, and maybe the Blackhawk Omnivore. Today, I intend to find out if the Omnivore from Blackhawk can join my list of exceptions as an exceptional universal holster. Well, quasi-universal.
Like the Phalanx Defense and the Phlster Floodlight, the Blackhawk Omnivore doesnt fit everything that goes rooty tooty. In fact, its built for automatic handguns with Picatinny accessory rails in the full-sized to compact categories. Your Glock 19s, your s, etc., will work without issue. No pocket pistols, no wheel guns, and no antiques without Picatinny rails. What caused me some slight anxiety was the price point. In the gun world, ‘you get what you pay for’ is most certainly true. As such, the sub-$50 price point had me concerned. That’s quite cheap for a level 2 retention, light-bearing holster.
Sitting inside a big box of sea animal-killing plastic sits your Blackhawk Omnivore. Included with the holster are a paddle or belt loop attachment, a thumb extension, and instructions on how to set the whole thing up. The Omnivore is big and blocky with a chunky design. Its most certainly not for concealed carry. It’s seven inches long from the thumb lever to the bottom of the holster, 5 inches wide, and two inches thick when measured from the two furthest points. It’s made from a modern polymer design with no detectable flex in the design. It’s rigid and very much like a duty holster.
The Omnivore comes in three different models. There are two light-bearing models and a standard model. The light-bearing models vary between a model compatible with the Streamlight TLR-1 / TLR-2 and the Surefire XU series of lights. The third model is not light-bearing, and instead provides a little brick that attaches to a Picatinny rail which interacts with the Omnivores retention system.
Speaking of the retention, we have a level 2 device thats defeated by a thumb-driven lever. The idea is simple and allows the thumb to disable the retention device as you draw your weapon naturally. Blackhawk includes a longer thumb release to accommodate hand and gun sizes. This extends the length of the device and makes it easier to engage with.
Blackhawks previous and deeply flawed Serpa series left behind a ton of attachments for various uses. As such, the user can easily attach the Omnivore to various platforms. This includes thigh rigs, MOLLE mounts, and many others.
How we tested the Blackhawk Omnivore holster
I have a Wilder Tactical battle belt, and it seemed to be the perfect platform to mount the Omnivore, too. I attached the holster easily enough and then set forth in testing a variety of handguns with the Streamlight TLR-1 mounted to it. Glocks, an XD, an S&W M&P, an FN FNS, a Beretta M9A3, a Walther P99, and a railed , all fit without issue. My CZ P09 fit, but it was a tight fit to be clear. Other than the P09, everything fit with ease.
There are a few factors that are paramount to good holster selection. First is safety. Is the trigger completely covered? Will anything collapse on the reholster? With the Omnivore’s modern polymer design collapsing isn’t an issue and the holster is full enclosed. Next, I test my access to the gun.
As always, I started with dry fire. I did simple draws that were relatively slow and mild as I became accustomed to unlocking the retention device and drawing the weapon. I did so over and over until I felt comfortable getting the gun into action somewhat rapidly. With my large hands, I didn’t see the need for the extended thumb lever. I could press the retention device without issue and the thumb-driven retention requires only a firm press. It’s not difficult to defeat by any means.
From dry fire, I moved to live fire because live fire is so much more fun than dry fire. Again, I started a little slower for safetys sake and ensured I was properly prepared to draw my pistol and engage safely. Unlike the SERPA series, the thumb drive cannot lead to an accidental discharge. Even so, its wise to jog before you sprint.
Once the draw became mechanical, I added speed and found a few flaws. If I went a little too fast, the gun would fail to draw. I couldnt diagnose if it was me or the holster at the range, so I slowed the accelerator a hair as I pressed the button and drew the weapon.
Next, I began practicing drawing from a multitude of weird angles. Only optimists plan to draw with their dominant hand from the standing position. I sat down, kneeled, laid on my back and on my stomach, and practiced drawing in each position. Sitting was the only issue, and that was only an issue with armrests. With the off-hand, I did a Dragoon-style draw that is a little difficult but entirely possible. The big fear was my ability to access the retention device at a multitude of angles. Yet, it proved big and broad enough to be easy to access in whatever contortionist-like position I found myself in.
Finally, I utilized an empty gun and tried to pry, pivot, and make the retention device fail. I tugged, yanked, and shook the thing, and it never failed. The gun remained holstered. I then drug the holster across the ground facedown. I drug it through my driveway which offered it plenty of exposure to sand, rocks and other fun stuff.
This was the final access test and I wanted to see if common debris could render the device incapable of being pressed and trapping the firearm. After several drags, and the gleeful help of a 3-year old with handfuls of sand the Omnivore accepted and released my firearm. Admittedly the action is a little gritty and I’ll need to PM the holster to prevent future issues.
What we like about the Blackhawk Omnivore holster
First and foremost, the Omnivore is completely safe. The handling doesnt encourage unsafe retention devices, and the trigger is completely covered. The holster doesnt collapse like nylon or cheap leather, either. Safety is the first and most important part of a holster.
Access is almost perfect. I ran into a little issue Ill explain below. However, I could access the gun in multiple positions and with my off-hand without much difficulty. A little training and practice would smooth out the edges for sure.
Who doesnt love one device that can do a multitude of functions? The Omnivore can carry almost every gun I have without issue. Sure, it wont work with six guns or pocket pistols, but thats fine with me. It holds those guns without issue and keeps things secure and locked in place. The retention does as advertised and provides consistent retention against most external forces.
The ability to interface with already established mount platforms is quite nice. I prefer the belt loop model, but being able to attach the holster to various points is nice. On top of that, the Omnivore works with modern handgun accouterments. The Omnivore accommodates red dot sights and most compensators.
If you are the handy type, you can also modify the Omnivore to work with the Safariland QLS systems for mounting even more holster mounts. This isnt a factory option but should be noted.
Finally, who doesnt love a holster that functions with a variety of handguns, a variety of modern accessories, as well as established platforms at a great price point? For less than $50, the Omnivore is a very affordable holster option. I also think its great that the Ghosts in Ghost Recon Breakpoint use the Omnivore on their character models. It just makes me smile.
What we dont like about the Blackhawk Omnivore holster
Remember the issue we had at the range? Well, I couldnt diagnose it at the range, but once I got indoors, I could experiment a bit more and I figured out the issue pretty quickly. As you push down on the button with your thumb, your hand will be naturally pressed upwards in the opposite direction. This natural upward motion will slightly begin the draw of your firearm.
This is where the pistol snags when drawn. If the upper motion begins before the button is fully depressed, the gun will not draw, and youre stuck pulling at the gun and pushing at the button, and nothing will happen. To remedy the situation, you have to press the gun down and then draw again. There is no slack that allows the gun to be drawn when even a slight upward draw begins.
With a slow, consistent draw, this isnt an issue. When you start adding speed, you increase your chance of not doing it just perfectly. Lets be perfectly clear: This only happened once in hundreds of draws. Its not a huge problem, but it must be mentioned and explained.
With most guns, this isnt a problem. With bigger guns or small hands, the length has increased, and this makes it even harder to push the button perfectly.
The Blackhawk Omnivore is a great little holster, especially when you consider the price point. I think its one of the best budget holsters on the market. The real downside is that its almost like a holster without a home. Its not appropriate for duty and too big for concealed carry. Its a great little holster for hunting or hiking, but its tough to find a dedicated use beyond that and casual range use.
FAQs about the Blackhawk Omnivore holster
More questions? Heres Task & Purposes additional brief.
Q: How much does the Blackhawk Omnivore holster cost?
A: $ on Amazon.
Q: Will the (blank) gun work?
A: Well, thats tough to say. Id go to Blackhawks website for a complete list of compatible firearms.
Q: Will this holster work with Olight, Modlite, or whoever else makes a handgun light?
A: No, it is very specific to the TLR-1/2 and Surefire XU.
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Travis Pike is a former Marine machine gunner who served with 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines for five years. He deployed in to Afghanistan and again in with the 22nd MEU(SOC) during a record-setting 11 months at sea. He’s trained with the Romanian Army, the Spanish Marines, the Emirate Marines, and the Afghan National Army. He plays in the great outdoors of Northwest Florida and enjoys good beer, sharp knives, and long walks in the woods.
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I just picked up a used Blackhawk serpa tactical holster (the thigh one) for $45 for my A3. It's bulky but it's what I am used to using and the price was right.
I love SERPA holsters and do have one of the drop leg ones you're talking about that will fit the M9/M9A1/M9A3, but man I wish Blackhawk would either just release a normal SERPA holster (Sportster type/Concealment type/whatever) that can be worn directly on the hip AND will fit a railed Beretta 92 such as the M9A1, M9A3, and Vertec. Or if they don't want to do that, than they could just update their current Beretta M9/92FS SERPAs and redesign them with additional space so both railed and non-railed Beretta 92s can fit.
I find it frustrating that currently aside from the drop leg SERPAs like the one you have, there are no Blackhawk SERPAs for railed 92s reason being, although I don't really have much need for the rail itself, there are features found on those guns that I really would like to have that just are not available on non-railed M9s/92s (better checkering, Vertec grip, mag well bevels, etc.)
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- Question: Will this fit railed M9s?
Answer: No. If you have a railed Beretta M9, 92FS or 96 cal with rails this holster will not work for you.
- Question: Will this fit a m9 heavy weight ?
Answer: I fitted my beretta f
- Question: Will the beretta m9a3 with rail fit ?
Answer: No, any under-barrel rail must be removed.
- Question: Does this easily transition from MOLLE body armor use to belt use? I plan on putting it on my chest during mission but on the hip at the FOB.
Answer: you'd better buy the round attachement, complementary and cheap, because once you anchor this to your vests, it's difficult to transition on the belt!!!
- Question: will it fit a glock 17?
Answer: Never tried to fit a Glock 17 in it, don't know either way. Designed for Beretta 92/M9
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Great holster overall. Highly adjustable with the MOLLE system. Does not protect the weapon’s safety (weapon clicks off safe when bumped).
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Awesome holster easy to use and has a secure lock in for my M9. I’ve been in the military 20 years and this is a great holster. Highly recommended, would buy again.
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Another Blackhawk! holster for carrier mounting. As with all other products, you can easily swap carrying styles to fit your needs. Paddle from Shield setup to the Beretta Strike platform swap shown.
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