As the oldest privately owned gun manufacturer in the world, the name Beretta has a special place in weapons history. So if you are looking for a Beretta 92FS holster, it is important that you go with one that’s worthy of your weapon.
The Blackhawk! SERPA Concealment Holster does seem to be a cut above the rest.
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Choosing a Beretta 92FS Holster
As a popular handgun, you are never short of options when looking for a Beretta 92FS holster. This can make settling on one a difficult endeavor. You could inadvertently pay top dollar for a mediocre product or spend very little yet end up with something that barely functions.
The following are some of the things I think you need to pay close attention to when deciding on a holster.
How well does it conceal the gun?
This all depends on whether you intend to use the holster in concealed carry situations or open carry. If you do not mind the gun being visible, you have a large pool of holsters to choose from. If, however, your goal is to make sure the gun is not that easily seen, you have to zero in on those that will make it harder for someone to tell when you are carrying.
Texture & Material
Is the holster’s exterior gentle to the skin? Do you feel uncomfortable when it comes into direct contact with your body or through a shirt? Your decision should not only hinge on the texture but also what the weather in your area is like and how frequently you intend to use the holster.
Leather holsters for instance do not hold out as well in hot and humid conditions as those made from carbon fiber. Continuous exposure to sweat can cause the leather backing to quickly wrinkle.
Other than the deterioration, the sweat can seep through the leather surface and come into contact with the gun thus making the weapon uncomfortable to hold.
Some holsters can barely hold together after just a couple of days of continuous use. The stitching soon starts falling apart. It won’t always be possible to tell beforehand that this will happen but there will sometimes be tell tale signs.
In an ideal world, you want to go with the lowest cost holster that is of the highest possible quality. The reality though is that pricing and quality often have an inverse relationship. It’s all about finding that sweet spot where the quality is tolerable for the amount you pay for it.
Brand reputation is important and often stands for a long history of reliability. However, good quality holsters are not always synonymous with big brand names. This is where you need to be particularly careful how much you pay for one.
If a major brand doesn’t seem to be that much better than lesser known brands, you have to reconsider paying more for the big brand holster. You could be spending extra just for the famous name.
Does it allow you to carry an extra magazine?
A mag pouch that allows you to carry more ammo is always welcome. That being said, the absence of a pouch will probably not be a deal breaker for most people except for persons who frequent the range, those in the military or working in armed private security.
In what environment do you intend to use the holster? How well does it attach? Can it easily be pulled off?
Is it for active military service, the shooting range or to carry your gun when on your property? Some holsters are only suitable for light use. As a general rule, the more dangerous the intended environment, the more rugged the holster should be.
Persons in law enforcement for instance need holsters that make it difficult for crime suspects to grab the officer’s handgun.
Is it versatile? Can it safely be used for other gun models other than the Beretta 92FS?
If you own multiple handguns, you would probably want to avoid buying a holster for each. Most holsters fit more than one type of gun. For best results, look for those that have your gun models in their compatibility list.
Does it have a way of adjusting how tightly the gun fits?
A holster should hold a gun tight enough that it cannot be grabbed by someone else and also that makes it comfortable to walk without causing that swinging motion.
However, the gun should also be loose enough for the owner to draw quickly. A very tight holster can also introduce scratches on the surface of the gun.
Reviews of the best Beretta 92FS Holsters
Below, I list the key strengths and weaknesses of some of the most popular Beretta 92FS holsters in the market today.
- Made from carbon fiber and therefore durable
- Fairly lightweight
- Has both belt loop and paddle attachment options
- Has a release button that makes it difficult for someone else to yank it off forcefull without the gun owner’s permission
- Can be used for numerous other handguns in addition to the Beretta 92FS
- Some gun models listed on the holster’s compatibility list do not have a clean, snug fit.
- Incorrect finger positioning while drawing the weapon may lead to negligent discharge
- Paddle attachment requires regular replacement
- Made from Neoprene (same material used in knee and back braces) which stretches to fit a wide range of handguns
- Gentle to the skin
- Wide range of carry options. It is ideally IWB but can also be carried OWB, appendix position, cross body, 5 o’clock position or over the shoulder
- Has a spare magazine pouch that can also serve as a wallet for your money, credit cards or keys.
- You don’t need a belt so can be worn with a wide range of clothing including sweat pants, loose fit jeans, gym shorts, skirts, dresses and yoga pants
- One of the best when it comes to conceal carry
- A button snap holds the gun in position and is easier to maneuver and quieter than velcro
- Small pistols set deep inside the holster and may not be secure or easy to draw
- Doesn’t hold a single magazine in position well. It fits tight only when there are at least 2 magazines
- Has a magazine pouch
- Less expensive than carbon fiber or leather holsters
- Can work with multiple gun models not just the Beretta 92FS
- Lacks a belt loop. The belt clip does not attach to the belt tightly enough. This can cause the handgun to wobble significantly.
- Velcro on magazine pouch wears out quickly
- Best suited for use on the shooting range or hunting trips. Not ideal as a carry holster.
- Relatively difficult to unholster the gun using one hand
- More pricey than similar material products
- Holster with pistol and magazine can be a little heavy on the hip
- Magazine pouch (the only Outbags USA nylon holster that comes with one)
- Adjustable thumb break makes it easier to quickly draw the handgun
- Has a belt loop that ensures a more secure and permanent attachment to the belt
- Doesn’t scratch the weapon’s finish
- Can work with multiple gun models not just the Beretta 92FS
- The holster’s seams start to unravel quickly and fall apart under heavy use
- Belt clip experiences significant wobbling with the gun in the holster. May eat into the holster body material and render it unusable
- Relatively difficult to unholster one-handed so not appropriate for use in circumstances where a quick draw may be required
- Best used on the range, hiking or as an ‘alternative’ holster when a better quality and more fitting holster is unavailable. Not ideal for carry.
As mentioned previously, your choice of a Beretta 92FS holster will depend on a number of factors. That being said, in a comparison of the 4 holsters discussed above, the Blackhawk! SERPA Concealment Holster is the clear winner in my view.
It’s suitability as a carry holster (unlike the Barsony and Outbags Holsters) already gives it an edge.
Add to that the tight gun fit that makes it much harder for someone to grab it off you and the resilient carbon fiber and you have a holster that you can rely on whatever the weather or time of year. The tension screw means it can be adjusted to fit a wide range of gun models.
When you are holstering, it produces a snap sound that confirms the gun is fixed in position. You now have a warning system that prevents you from inadvertently walking around with a loosely-fitted gun that can easily be grabbed and used against you.
The Blackhawk! will provide longer service than the rest. It’s initial purchase price is not inexpensive but when you take into consideration its durability, the Blackhawk! SERPA Concealment Holster is actually more affordable over the long term.