Now available from Blackhawk! is the company’s new Omnivore, a duty holster that, due to its innovative method of retaining the firearm, is compatible with more than 150 different styles of semi-automatic handguns—essentially anything with an accessory rail. The Omnivore manages this versatility through the use of the company’s proprietary Rail Attachment Device (RAD), a small polymer accessory that mounts to any handgun with at least one slot of Picatinny rail along its dustcover.
The Omnivore features Level 2 retention, utilizing both a passive retention screw and the Auto Lock active retention system. Most retention holsters are gun-specific, as they secure the pistol by means of locking directly onto the firearm’s trigger guard, the contours of which can vary greatly from gun to gun. The Omnivore differs in that its Auto Lock feature achieves retention by making contact instead with the RAD. Combined with an injection molded polymer shell that is wide enough to accommodate nearly all semi-automatic handgun frames, the result is a holster that is compatible with nearly any gun capable of mounting a RAD.
Simply install the device onto the handgun’s accessory rail using the two provided screws. Inserting a RAD-mounted firearm into the Omnivore will cause the Auto Lock system to automatically secure it. To draw a holstered gun, push straight down on the Omnivore’s retention button—located for convenient use by the shooter’s thumb—and pull the handgun free of the holster.
In addition to the non-light-bearing model, Blackhawk! is also introducing two Omnivore variants for use with firearms with weapon-mounted light systems. Instead of using the RAD for retention, these versions lock directly onto the light’s housing. One of the new models is compatible with the Streamlight TLR, while the other is built around the SureFire X300. All three variants should be available in the coming weeks.
The Omnivore ships with two RADs, and additional two-packs of the devices are available for purchase from Blackhawk! The holster also ships with both a paddle mount and a belt loop mount, and the length of the system’s retention button can customized through the installation of two included replaceable button inserts. Available for both right- and left-handed users. Price: $59.