Blackhawk Epoch Level 3 Light Bearing Duty Holster at the 2013 SHOT Show

The Epoch has finally arrived (almost)! Due at the end of February, the first BlackHawk Level III Holster to fit weapons with lights other than the Xiphos Light, will be out. It will arrived first for the Glock 17/22/31, then the Glock 21, which will also fit the Smith & Wesson M&P Series weapons (look for this fit to come out in March). It will work almost the same as their current Level III Holster, but with no forefinger release along the side of the holster…leaving the thumb release only, which was surprisingly natural and easy from the very first time I unholstered the BlackHawk Grey Training Gun with a SureFire X300 light mounted on the rail. The hood purposefully stays forward to prevent accidental re-engaging when it may matter most, giving in only when the thumb release is depressed upon reholster. It also still secures the weapon with the all too comforting audible “click” upon holstering, so you can continue the task at hand, knowing that your weapon is secure until you can engage the hood lock.

Blackhawk Epoch Level 3 Duty Holster

Blackhawk Epoch Level 3 Light Bearing Duty Holster

Building on our track record of reliable holster performance, the new Epoch (pronounced “EPuhk”) Holster delivers three levels of weapon retention for our highest level of security. The patent-pending retention system engages the pistol’s ejection port when holstered and won’t let go until you release it. As an added safety measure, the Pivot Guard opens by thumb activation and is designed so it won’t close accidentally, locking you out of the holster. This unique design accommodates the most popular under-barrel lights on the market today, giving you all the versatility you’ve come to expect from BLACKHAWK!.
Reinforcing learned skills by focusing on proper grip is a signature of BLACKHAWK! holster design. The placement of the Epoch Auto Lock release and outboard index finger indent reinforce a full master grip by allowing the shooter to draw the firearm with the index finger and thumb in proper alignment.

Blackhawk Epoch Features:

  • Constructed of proprietary polymer carbon-fiber blend
  • Passive retention detent screw
  • Epoch™ Auto Lock thumb release (patent pending)
  • Thumb-activated Pivot Guard and Ejection-Port Lock
  • Fits popular lights (TLR-1, TLR-2, X300 and X400)
  • Reinforces full master grip
  • No snaps or hoods to accidentally open
  • Includes Jacket Slot Duty Belt Loop
  • Mid-Ride Duty Belt Loop and High-Ride Duty Belt Loop also available
  • Fits all BLACKHAWK!® injection-molded platforms.

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