Blackhawk L3D RDS Holster Review

Blackhawk Preliminary Notes

Model: T-Series L3D (red dot sight)

Initial thoughts:

Fantastic Holster on par with all the other models I have examined. Solid construction. Master grip retention release. Solid lock up. Interchangeability with other T-Series bases and attachments.


Draw and Holstering:

We tried several different model Glock slides with the holster to determine how well the holster accepted modified Glocks. This is important to us as consumers because of the recent craze toward modifying one’s pistol and the growing modularity of the Glock platform.


We used 3 different designs:

Stock Gen3 Glock 17 – No problem holstering or drawing

Shadow Systems EDC Gen3 G19 – No problem holstering or drawing

Shadow Systems Combat Special Gen3 G19 – difficult to both draw and holster even with retention screw backed out all the way.


We determined that there are friction points on the inside of the holster that we are not sure serve a real purpose. They appear to fit into the area where the bevel or radius occurs on the top edges of the slide. The difference in taper or radius appears to be causing the difficulty.


Stock Glock 17 slide