Has anybody used the Blackhawk Omnivore holster? I normally wouldn't buy anything holster related from Blackhawk,  but as FNX-45 owners know, retention type holsters are few and far between. I have seen the usual options from bladetech and I think it was KT mech, but they are a bit pricy. Currently using a Safariland GLS holster, but I'm not really a fan of the GLS release location, so hence my tentative interest in the Omnivore. I do really like the look of the release button on this holster. Any good experiences or reports of problems? Thanks. 

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As I understand it, the Omnivore requires you mount a little block to the pistol's rail.  This would obviously negate using any other holster or other rail mounted accessory in the meantime. 

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Very true. So I went and bought the holster and had to exchange the first one I bought because it was too tight even with the retention screw loosened way out. The second holster was mjch better. I like it so far, with what limited experience I have  with it, only time will tell on the quality. I attribute the lemon to my luck, as the first Safariland ALS holster I bought for my 1911 had the same problem but was way worse. It was so tight I almost couldn't get the gun back out of the holster. Murphy truly hates me. But pleased to say the Omnivore fits the FNX-45. 

weaver1032 posted:

As I understand it, the Omnivore requires you mount a little block to the pistol's rail.  This would obviously negate using any other holster or other rail mounted accessory in the meantime. 

Yes, there is a little piece that attaches to the rail, and with that piece, they say 90% of railed guns will all fit the same holster.  There is also a version for weapon mounted lights, that again, will fit any gun wearing the light.  I see this as a game changer if it works as advertised.

 

Safariland created their whole QLS system for exactly the same reason.  Being able to put different holsters onto the same belt-rig, or thigh platform or whatever so you can use the same set up with different guns, OR to move the same holster to different mounts.  But you still need to buy the holster body and QLS pieces.  

 

The omnivore holsters are under $50, and the adapters are $15 for a two-pack from what I've see.

 

I have never been a fan of Blackhawk holsters and I've never BOUGHT a serpa holster (I was given one, which I sold).  I'm hoping to get my hands on an omnivore in the next month or so.

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As an update, I've been using the Streamlight compatible version off and on for a little while now. I like the versatility. As long as different guns have the same light, you can swap to different shooting platforms without even touching your belt. The release is a bit finicky. Any upward pressure on the firearm prior to fully depressing the release button can prevent the weapon from being released. Blackhawk states this is a safety feature, but really requires you to pay attention to how you initially draw the pistol. If you find yourself in this predicament during your draw, pushing the pistol back down along with the release button will then disengage the retention device and the pistol will come free.

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I meant to contribute something about the Omnivore ages ago. Here's something I posted on another forum today...

I bought one last summer (2017). No real complaints (for a general use holster) and it's a very flexible & useful design for the money. One holster for lots of guns.

It's as fast as any other Level II holster; your gun hand thumb naturally falls to the retention safety release. It's an entirely polymer holster (except for metal hardware like screws). As water proof as any other plastic hard shell holster. The textured accent surfaces are actually softer rubberized panels that help to protect the holster body, dampen noise from bumping into things, and frankly, just make the holster look good.

Pros:

Fits a lot of railed guns w/ lights that you'd otherwise spend $100-$150 to have a custom holster made for. If the maker even offers a LBH for your particular model. Mine has already accepted railed 1911s, Beretta 92s, CZs, HKs, Glocks, & S&W Gen 3s and M&Ps. The price of the holster was worth it just to get a light bearing retention holster for a CZ SP-01... a gun which is a b itch to find a light bearing OWB holster for.

The molded thermoplastic holster body is built like a rock. Again, similar to Safariland duty retention holster bodies in terms of thickness and stiffness. I think you could hit with a sledge hammer and not damage it. Or lay down a bike and skid it across asphalt.

Retention is pretty good for a non-duty OWB holster. Friction Fit plus vertically depressed spring loaded Thumb Release Pad. Pad height can be adjusted for individual thumb reach by means of 3 included screw-on pad extensions. Kind of like a basic Safariland ALS (or GLS) style of release. Grasp gun, thumb depresses pad (straight down) and draw gun. Re-holster and gun automatically snaps into retention locked position.

Adjustable cant. Adjustable thumb release height. Both paddle & belt loop fixtures included... nice touches.

Gun comes out fast and goes back in the same way. The holster locks on the light (or mounted rail adapter if you buy the non-light bearing version of the holster). Not the gun. The gun isn't really touching the holster body. This allows for acceptance of a huge variety of railed handguns. It also protects your gun's finish at wear points typically rubbed by other Kydex holster designs.

Cons:

It's a big holster; similar in size to Safariland Duty Retention Holsters (6004, 6280, etc.). Concealable only under a jacket or other major cover garment. This is for OWB carry or for mounting to vehicle interiors. Not for CCW by slender or smaller persons wearing tight fitting clothing.

IMHO, the Phillips Head mounting screws are NOT enough for LEO duty belt street use. I'm fairly confident I could rip this holster off of a gunbelt in a disarming fight. It's a sturdy holster, but not even in the same street grappling league as Safariland Chicago Screw attachment hardware. The Omnivore's screws are held by metal sleeve inserts embedded in not a lot of plastic. In other words, the holster body is not bombproof attached to the mounting device (belt loop, paddle, etc.). If you're not a street patrol officer or worried about going hands on at street interview distances... probably not an issue.

You have to choose one of three styles when ordering. Fit for Surefire 300/300U series, Streamlight TLR-1/2 series, or no light at all. The no-light holster will accept virtually any railed gun. The other two options allow for only use of the specifically chosen brand of light. Guns will not lock into the light bearing holsters without a light mounted... and it has to be the right light for that holster model. Surefire 300s or Streamlight TLRs... not both. Not really a con when you consider being able to carry a plethora of gun models that all use the same light... or no light at all (if you buy the non-light bearing holster model).

Because the holster locks physically onto the light (or accessory rail adapter for the non-light model), there's no way to adjust holster body friction retention. No retention screw adjustment is possible or included. Really, you could call this a Retention Level "1.5" holster.

Not every gun fits/rides precisely to the same depth inside of the holster. For instance, a CZ SP-01 w/ TLR-1HL fits deeply & snugly into the rig like it was custom made for the gun. A full sized HK USP w/ GG&G rail adapter plus TLR-1 HL... rides a bit higher, with the rear of the trigger guard area sitting partially exposed... and a little bit of wiggle... and a less sure "snap" of the light getting locked down. That might be because of the added dimensions of the GG&G rail adapter. Kind of unique to running USPs with modern lights.

If anyone wonders, the 1200 Lumen Olight Valkyrie PL-2 (rail tactical light) fits mostly into the TLR version of this holster... almost perfectly... but fails to insert far enough to lock into the holster retention mechanism (and then be released by the thumb pad retention release). In other words, the gun and light go about 4/5 of the way down into the holster (with a nicely snug fit), but without travelling far enough to engage the locking mechanism. Good enough friction fit for range use or yard carry, but no actual Level II retention. It might be possible to file away the interior plastic obstruction that keeps the Olight from inserting fully to the bottom of the holster. It's also possible that the lock won't engage the Olight even if it can be made to seat all the way down in the holster. But the initial travel sees the Olight PL-2 fitting like a torpedo into a torpedo tube. I'll have to take a closer look and experiment.

Overall... a pretty brilliant rendering of a nearly universal light bearing holster for a screaming deal price. A few minor gripes, but I have to give this one a thumbs up for all but LEO duty use.

Goblin X: I believe you'd find this holster handily meets your needs for UTV riding. It's more water resistant than your firearm, it's easy to both draw from & reholster to. It's plenty sturdy for either belt wear or attaching to your machine. The gun is held securely if you dump your ride or go through thick stuff. And the price is pretty damn reasonable in a world of otherwise expensive light bearing holsters.

 

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Any more feedback on these?  The bid for our PD's transition to new blasters came in cheaper than expected/budgeted and I'm trying to find a useful thing for the Chief to buy us with the leftover.  Figure a plainclothes non-concealment holster would be a good idea.  We'd get the TLR-1 model.

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I use an Omnivore with the TLR1 setup at work daily and like it for what it is,  a cheap holster that allows me to put a whole bunch of different pistols in the same holster and therefore I don't have to change out my belt every time I change guns at work. But I would have strong reservations using this holster for anything other than working on a flat range and in controlled environments. I don't really consider this holster a duty holster and wouldn't feel good recommending this as a one.

YMMV, but for serious use I would steer away.  

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A buddy here at work got one of these. He sent it back the day after he received it. Said “it just didn’t seem secure and I could get my finger on the trigger too easily”. I’ve never seen one in person. 

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Here’s my take on the Omnivore for what it’s worth- I needed a duty holster for my VP9 with an RMR and Safariland doesn’t make one. Enter the Omnivore. It’s cheap, seemed built well enough and once I got familiar with it, it’s about as fast as my ALS holsters but I can reholster quicker because of the cut on the front side.  And I was able to mount a QLS fork onto it so it works with all of my safariland stuff. 

I’ve had it for about 6 months with no issues, until now. As others have said, the retention on the holster locks on to the light. After some weapon retention drills, the holster caused the light to shear off part of the pic rail on my gun. I didn’t realize this had happened until we hit the range.  I pulled my gun out and saw part of the light had come off. The X300U I have is the QD model. I’m not sure if the “screw on” type would have prevented the issue. I’ll try to post some pics tomorrow.

I have one made for the X300U-A. It functions ok and is useful if you ever move between different guns as it retains on the light not the gun. It is cut low enough to fit RDS or just irons as a benefit. As you probably get the feel from above its kind of the jack of all trades problem. It fits alot of different models of guns but not ideally. I have found it to be good for classes if a gun goes down or if you carry something different between BUG and Duty and they both take a light. I would look elsewhere for a dedicated or duty holster personally. 

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