Two months ago, I did an article on the T-series level 2 retention holster from Blackhawk. The exact model was the L2D non-light bearing holster. I was extremely pleased with the design and felt it met all their claims as well as some additional requirements I look for in a holster from a combatives perspective. At the end of the video and article, I finished up by stating that I would really like to get ahold of the level 3 design in a light bearing configuration. Blackhawk not only agreed and sent me one but also included their latest design the L2C model which is a compact version of the L2D I originally reviewed. This article will focus on my experience with these two designs.
Similarities and Differences:
In an effort to not rehash everything I covered in the first article on the L2D I will just say that all 3 designs (L2D, L2C and L3D) are of the same quality, design and configuration for the most part. All feature the quiet draw composite material, all are extremely sturdy, and all feature the “master grip” release for the retention mechanism. The differences between them are subtle but essential in my opinion for distinguishing their particular areas of operation.
L2C – Compact Level 2
The L2C model comes with two features that were unique to this model. The first is the mount. There are two mounts that are included with this model. The Quick Dual Release mount or QDR as Blackhawk refers to it, is a mount that clamps down on the belt and can easily be removed by depressing two tabs on the side. If you are familiar with the Tech-Loc system from Bladetech, this system is very similar. The second mount option that is included is the Belt Loop mount.
This is actually a pretty slick mount. It has been designed with a cant in the front that forces the grip of the weapon closer to the body. This, in conjunction with the fact that it allows the pistol to sit a little closer to the body, actually gives the pistol the ability to be concealed in a 3 to 4 o-clock position outside the waistband. This is pretty interesting because this means that the L2C would be the first concealed holster that I am aware of that meets duty standards. Depending on the build of the person, t-shirts are probably not going to be an ideal cover garment but I threw on my complete setup for protection work and it worked out great. Both mounts are designed to allow the pistol to sit up higher on the body. Essentially the ejection port sits about level with the top of the belt. This contrasts with the L2D and L3D models which have a slight drop offset which I mentioned in my first article.
Because of the higher positioning I found it a little tight for me to utilize with a plate carrier type body armor. However, with soft armor it worked out just fine. This actually makes sense to me since I would characterize the L2C with QDR mount as a design to be utilized by uniformed officer’s vs tactical team members and the L2C with belt mount as an ideal setup for executive protection or professionals where an open front cover garment would be worn. The higher position also puts the pistol in an ideal position to be defended with the forearm and elbow in holstered retention type scenarios. This is a technique that is taught in a lot of circles and I feel is still valid.