Update: After 14 months, the paddle broke while I was jogging from my truck to my house. My reservations about Blackhawk are confirmed in my mind, as I did not abuse this holster at all, yet the paddle broke and left my sidearm "flappin' in the wind." To be fair, Blackhawk replaced the paddle under warranty, but I wasn't impressed with the tone of the customer service representative. If you look at the picture of the paddle by itself, the paddle broke just below the point where "horseshoe" portion attaches to the top supporting bar. I do not believe that I would recommend this holster for folks doing "real work." If you're in the sandbox, or think you'll be wrestling bad guys to the ground, I'd recommend you investigate other brands as I don't consider the CQC paddle to be dependable. Pics will follow as soon as I find my stupid camera. Caveat Emptor. Original Post ------------------------- Some background. In my quest for a quality OC holster for my USP, I looked at products from Bianchi, Blackhawk, Comp-Tac, and Safariland. My requirements were: 1. Some form of active retention. I wanted an OC holster, and I'm not going to pretend that my SA is 100%. The retention system had to be instinctive. I didn't want do have to do any "tricks" to draw my weapon. 3. It had to look good to me. Leather was preferred, but not required. 4. It needed to give me a warm fuzzy that my firearm was relatively secure from Billy Badguy. I chose the CQC with the Serpa retention system because it's damn easy to use, is a flexible platform, and the audible "click" when I holster my sidearm makes me get all tingly inside. I chose the carbon fiber version because it looks damn good, and some day I may want to get a matching Honda Civic with a carbon fiber hood and massive spoiler. Due to a very busy schedule, I bought it online from OpticsPlanet.com. I've purchased from them before, and they've always given me great service and prices. Fast forward three days, and I get my new toy. As a favor to our 56Kers, I've kept the images small. Click on the thumbnail for a larger picture. 1. Simply a photo of the package it came in so you can recognize it in the store 2. This is the the outside of the CQC showing the release and the snazzy carbon fiber. Just to the right of the release, you can see the tensioning screw. Adjust to your liking. 3. This is the CQC belt attachment. You can loosen the screws to adjust the cant to your preferred configuration. The loops are a little large, which I assume are made to fit some of the thicker LEO and .mil duty belts. 4. I tried to take a photo of the interior of the CQC to show you the Serpa locking mechanism. The Serpa is a little fuzzy, but you can make it out. The audible click let's you know your sidearm is secure and one of my favorite things about this holster. 5. If you prefer a paddle, the CQC includes it. Just like the belt attachment, you can adjust the cant to make it more comfortable for you. 6. Here's my USPc in the CQC. As you can see, it's a medium-high-ride holster. This can be a problem for those of us who balk at spending $70 for a gun belt. My el-cheapo belt works, but you'll want a quality gun belt if you're going to use the belt attachment instead of the paddle. 7. Same photo, but with flash to highlight the carbon fiber inlay. The Serpa retention system is easily learned, and with a bit of practice, you should be able to draw nearly as quickly as a non-retention holster. While innovative and easy to use, the Serpa system but is not without some potential drawbacks. If you're a super trooper, or a HSLD .mil type, there is the potential for dirt, rocks, and other junk to get in and bind the release mechanism. I have no intention getting into a wrasslin' match with a potential bad guy, but it's something of which the potential buyer should be aware, and moreso for those who work in harsh environments or wrestle with bad guys in gravel parking lots. Another potential drawback is the very thing that makes the Serpa so easy to use. While drawing, the user puts his/her trigger finger on the release mechanism to draw the firearm. If the user continues to apply pressure while drawing, when the firearm clears the CQC, the user's trigger find could slip inside the trigger guard and actuate the trigger, thus permanently increasing the users' 40 yard dash times. Those with short booger hooks and "safe action" firearms are the users most likely to experience this. If you use a mechanical safety, have fingers longer than an Oompa Loompa, or you have a H&K USP SA/DA with a four million pound trigger, this is probably not going to be a problem for you. If you carry a Glock, M&P, or XD, it's something to take into consideration. Like all BlackHawk products, I don't recommend it for those who plan on taking extended trips to dry places courtesy of Uncle Sam. For us mere mortals, the CQC is a great choice for an OC holster with active retention... provided your fingers are longer than an Oompa Loompas or you use a mechanical safety.