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Review: Blackhawk! Omnivore Holster

Black and brown Blackhawk! Omnivore holsters

When asked to test the Omnivore holster, I did not know what I was getting into. I am not a big fan of one size fits all holsters. I had to erase all that I knew about holsters. This isn’t that type of holster at all. Instead, the Omnivore is a modern, well thought out holster.

Blackhawk! Omnivore holster with Glock 19x
Blackhawk’s Omnivore was tested with several handguns.

Blackhawk! enjoys an excellent reputation. After all, the Blackhawk! Serpa is a tremendous holster that my son, Captain Matthew Campbell, carried on deployment for many months. The same team is giving us the Omnivore.

The Omnivore is a great holster for someone like me who tests a lot of handguns and needs a secure range holster. However, it is more than all that as well. The design is very interesting. It will accommodate dozens of handgun designs. The holster cost about $60, very reasonable for a holster intended to work well with many self-loading handguns. The concept is well thought out and works well in practice.

The Omnivore demands a handgun with a Picatinny accessory rail. This rail is standardized in modern production handguns. These rails were first used on rifles and now are universal in the many polymer frame, striker-fired handguns and aluminum frame handguns such as the SIG P226R and the Beretta 92A.

Black and brown Blackhawk! Omnivore holsters
The Blackhawk! Omnivore is available in several variations.

As for the Omnivore, there are several variations available. One demands that the handgun must not have a light or laser in place. The handgun must have the Blackhawk! rail attachment device attached. The others lock to the handgun when it is mounted with a Streamlight TLR 1 or TLR 2, or the Surefire X300 / X 300 U A lights.

When the handgun with the light attached is inserted in the holster the combat light locks into place. No part of the handgun itself is used to retain the handgun in the holster. Since there is no contact with the handgun, there is little chance of finish wear on the handgun itself. Blackhawk! calls the design free floating.

The release latch is positive in operation and operates in a natural fashion. The release latch may be adjusted for height. I tried the Omnivore with a good selection of handguns including the Glock 19X, Glock 17 Generation 5, Hudson H9, and others. The Omnivore is secure—as demonstrated by jumping up and down a few times with the handgun and light in place. It is a fast holster as well, with a natural draw and a rapidly operating release.

Blackhawk! Omnivore holster black
The Omnivore is a rugged design certain to give good service.

Looking over the Omnivore, we find a relatively affordable holster with good features. Due to its hollow construction, there is no material needed to touch the handgun. The company has considerable experience with the well respected Serpa holster, which means that the Omnivore has a good lineage. The holster is good to have on hand for home defense or area defense for those that carry a handgun at all times. I am increasingly seeing farmers and ranchers using modern 9mm handguns instead of revolvers. This holster is ideal for this use, as well as being a good choice for security companies, armored car companies, and others that may approve several handguns.

I do not think many, if any, shooters will deploy a 9mm handgun and a combat light and attempt to marry them together in a fight. However, it is a different story when the handgun and light are married together and worn in a quality holster. The Omnivore provides that option. The Omnivore isn’t a concealed carry holster, it is too large, but it is a credible duty holster.

I have had the greatest respect for the Serpa line and find the Omnivore an interesting option. I like the holster, it is good to have, but it isn’t a concealed carry holster in my opinion. It is more of a field holster or for those who carry the handgun in uniform. It is another good option from Blackhawk!

Have you used the Serpa holster? How does the Omnivore compare as a duty holster? Share your opinions in the comment section.

[bob]

About the Author:

Bob Campbell

Bob Campbell’s primary qualification is a lifelong love of firearms, writing, and scholarship. He holds a degree in Criminal Justice but is an autodidact in matters important to his readers. Campbell considers unarmed skills the first line of defense and the handgun the last resort. (He gets it honest- his uncle Jerry Campbell is in the Boxer’s Hall of Fame.)

Campbell has authored well over 6,000 articles columns and reviews and fourteen books for major publishers including Gun Digest, Skyhorse and Paladin Press. Campbell served as a peace officer and security professional and has made hundreds of arrests and been injured on the job more than once.

He has written curriculum on the university level, served as a lead missionary, and is desperately in love with Joyce. He is training his grandchildren not to be snowflakes. At an age when many are thinking of retirement, Bob is working a 60-hour week and awaits being taken up in a whirlwind many years in the future.


Published in
Black Belt Magazine
Combat Handguns
Handloader
Rifle Magazine
Handguns
Gun Digest
Gun World
Tactical World
SWAT Magazine
American Gunsmith
Gun Tests Magazine
Women and Guns
The Journal Voice of American Law Enforcement
Police Magazine
Law Enforcement Technology
The Firearms Instructor
Tactical World
Concealed Carry Magazine
Concealed Carry Handguns



Books published

Holsters for Combat and Concealed Carry
The 1911 Automatic Pistol
The Handgun in Personal Defense
The Illustrated Guide to Handgun Skills
The Hunter and the Hunted
The Gun Digest Book of Personal Defense
The Gun Digest Book of the 1911
The Gun Digest Book of the 1911 second edition
Dealing with the Great Ammunition Shortage
Commando Gunsmithing
The Ultimate Book of Gunfighting
Preppers Guide to Rifles
Preppers Guide to Shotguns
The Accurate Handgun
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Comments (7)

  1. You stated that it works with the Glock 19X and the Hudson H9, is that with or without a light attached. I have both pistols and I’ve been looking for a holster for the Hudson that won’t scratch the finish. Which model holster did the Hudson H9 fit in? Thank you.

  2. Who wouldn’t love a holster that can fit 150 different types of pistols, eh!? Of course, I had to find the two that will NOT fit, in which I was disappointed. The two are the HK Tactical 45 USP with a threaded barrell and a TLR-2HL attached, and the FNH 5.7 with a threaded barrell and a TLR-2HL attached as well.
    That being said, I have nothing but love for Blackhawk and their line of gear (except the Sherpa – not to crazy about that one).
    Kudo’s to Blackhawk!!
    I’ll keep waiting for that Omnivore that will fit over 152 types of pistols.
    Best regards to all!

  3. Bob,
    Do you think Omnivore would work on a Glock 19 MOS with Vortex Venom optic and a Streamlight TLR1-HL?

    This a intended for OWB carry and not tactical, more like range.

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