Uncle found the bit on Tactical Response’s website on why the don’t allow SERPA holsters in their class. The gist of TR’s “no-SERPA” policy is that under stress people will tend to punch the SERPA button with the tip of their index finger instead of pressing it with the inside of their finger as it’s intended to be used. I had this same discussion with Kathy Jackson from the Cornered Cat a few weeks ago – I’ve used the SERPA holster in competition before and have done quite a few presentations from the holster (not as many as Todd Jarrett though) and I’ve never had an issue. She maintained that under even higher levels of stress such as a force-on-force class, the muscle control would break down and I’d end up punching the button. At the very beginning of this video (highlighting one of the most fun things I’ve ever done with a gun) I actually don’t hit the SERPA button hard enough; and if you watch closely I do actually “punch” the button a little bit as evidenced by the slight bend in my index finger. Now, that video is over 2 years old, and I’ve gotten a lot better at shooting guns since then so I’d be interested to see how I react under stress now while using the SERPA. I haven’t used one in competition for a while, because I switched to faster, retention free holsters for IDPA and USPSA competition.
I think some sort of objective test is in order, don’t you?