Recoil - - Contents - BY DAVE MER­RILL

We Dig in (and Dremel) a Blackhawk! Omnivore

Sev­eral years ago, Blackhawk (Blackhawk!) re­leased the Omnivore uni­ver­sal hol­ster. Quite frankly, we weren’t huge fans of the non-light bear­ing hol­ster, be­cause it in­volved adding parts to pis­tol rails for the lock­ing mech­a­nism. The light­bear­ing Blackhawk Omnivore is an­other story en­tirely.

Blackhawk of­fers two dif­fer­ent ver­sions of the light-bear­ing Omnivore — one that ac­com­mo­dates a Stream­light TLR-1/2, and one that ac­cepts a SureFire X300/X300U. If you’re into InForce, In­sight, Virid­ian, or NC Star it isn’t for you. For this quick over­view, we chose the SureFire model.

This is a Level 2 re­ten­tion hol­ster — be­fore you ask, you dis­en­gage the lock­ing mech­a­nism with your dom­i­nant thumb, not your trig­ger finger as with the Serpa. Not even Chris Cerino can shoot him­self with this one. Well, prob­a­bly not. You can cus­tom­ize the height of the thumb lock with one of the two in­cluded spac­ers to fit your body and mount­ing po­si­tion.

Flip­ping the hol­ster over we see the stan­dard Blackhawk three-hole pat­tern. Don’t be mis­taken that these will line up with Sa­far­i­land mounts; they won’t. As with most hol­sters though, a lit­tle bit of

Dremel love on a Sa­far­i­land QLS lock al­lowed the Omnivore to clip right in. G-Code also makes adapter plates

for many other plat­forms if you’re the meek type.

If you don’t want to go through all of that, the Blackhawk Omnivore ships with both a pad­dle and belt at­tach­ments, with sev­eral holes to al­low for cant if de­sired. Chang­ing the belt-slide width is done with a se­cure and clever mech­a­nism that dou­ble locks into place.

Blackhawk claims that more than 150 pis­tols will fit into the Omnivore out of the box, and while we don’t have 150 pis­tols, nearly ev­ery­thing we own that ac­cepts an X300U fit into the hol­ster due to its generous size, in­clud­ing those with slide-mounted op­tics — with some mod­i­fi­ca­tions, we got them all to fit.

There’s an aw­ful lot of space inside this hol­ster, and it sports a large sight chan­nel. The bot­tom of the hol­ster is open, but not en­tirely. You may have to break out that Dremel if you have a par­tic­u­larly long or com­pen­sated gun. Struc­turally, this makes lit­tle dif­fer­ence.

One neg­a­tive of the SureFire X300 and X300U-A Omnivore is that it isn’t com­pat­i­ble with the newer X300U-B be­cause its thumb­screw mount adds more width than the hol­ster can take. With that said, many light-spe­cific hol­sters suf­fer from the same prob­lem. Fur­ther­more, there’s a grippy rub­ber tex­ture added to the out­side of the hol­ster; far as we can tell it’s meant to col­lect dust and pet hair, though that’s just an aes­thetic is­sue.

Hit­ting the thumb lock dur­ing the draw is fast and smooth. When re­hol­ster­ing, since this Omnivore locks onto the light it­self, some ac­cus­tomed to non-light

bear­ing hol­sters may have to prac­tice lead­ing with the weapon light it­self.

As far as get­ting the Omnivore to work with all pis­tols and si­lencers to boot? You guessed it: Dremel magic. Since the lock­ing mech­a­nism is all about the light, we sim­ply cut off the en­tire top of the hol­ster. Ac­tive lock­ing hood rat race hol­ster? Don’t mind if we do! This mod­i­fi­ca­tion also makes the Omnivore more flex­i­ble, which means it be­came pos­si­ble to rip/twist the pis­tol out of the hol­ster.

So, we made a chan­nel for a zip-tie to in­crease rigid­ity — we did say this was a hood rat race hol­ster.

Ul­ti­mately, we found the light­bear­ing Omnivore to be the best hol­ster Blackhawk has made to date. Time will tell if it holds up over time, and please, Blackhawk, re­lease a pro­fes­sional ver­sion of our Hoodrat Race Hol­ster.

The full kit comes with all the parts and pieces you need to cus­tom­ize. The front sight chan­nel is generous.

Oh. Look. It fits a Glock 19. Of course.

Once we cut it like a third-world sur­geon, sup­pressed pis­tols were no prob­lem. The tiny S&W EZ locks in place, and is like throw­ing a hot­dog down a hall­way.

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