On Dec. 18, the Army awarded a $49 million contract to Military Hardware, LLC for G-Code holsters and $24.3 million contract to ADS Inc. for Serpa holsters.
The SERPA line has seen mixed reviews over the years. The Marine Corps held a similar effort two years ago and adopted the Blackhawk SERPA.
But the SERPA’s retention mechanism is prone to become clogged with dirt, increasing the chances for a malfunction, sources say.
The G-Code XST features a spring-loaded, hooded retention device that become extremely popular with users.
The Army also tested designs from companies such as Safariland.