Yesterday I wrote a post about a competition I've entered that takes place in a few weeks. It's the South Australian State Titles for IPSC, a shooting discipline. You can read about it here if you're inclined...It's simply magnificent.
As usual I tried not to get too complicated preferring to simply represent the sport of shooting, and the IPSC discipline, in a responsible manner without getting overly technical which can be difficult as shooting is, by nature, technical mostly.
Anyway, someone sent me a message about something I'd mentioned in that post and wanted clarification. They saw the image of me in that post with my handgun holstered at my side however the holster didn't resemble anything she had seen previously so, I felt some clarification was required, hence this post.
In the image above you can see my holster rig, the one I use for IPSC and other disciplines also. You'll see the handgun holstered plus 6 magazines arrayed on the opposite side. This rig sits on my hips and with it I can run around and shoot and have my magazines presented to my left hand (gun is in the right) and can affect fast magazine changes.
The six magazines carry a total of 60 rounds which I keep full at all times. You may note I've coloured the bases in which is done for identification purposes. Some engrave their names and mobile numbers, but I'm not that fancy.
The belt is a Double Alpha Academy product designed specifically for competition. It is made of the same stuff a duty-belt (like a cop might use) is made from and is adaptable for the shooters individual needs.
To put it on on simply takes the inner belt which is covered in loop velcro and threads that through ones' belt loops. The actual holster belt, which has the corresponding hook velcro on the inside, is attached by the velcro. It is a very firm attachment and will not come off unless one wants it to do so. We run around, jump climb and crawl and I've never seen one come off.
Here's a close up of the holster which is also a Double Alpha product. Part of the rules dictate that the holster must cover the trigger however that's the only limitation. With mine the gun simply slips into the holster, between the slots you see above and then I simply flick the safety lever to lock it in place.
That silver lever you see above is the safety for the holster. When the gun is not required the lever is flicked down so it is locked in place. I can bend, run and twist and the gun cannot come out. Once under command of the range officer, and about to start a stage, the lever is flicked up and the gun will then simply pull up and out of the holster and I'm away shooting. The holster is also adjustable so I can angle the gun wherever I like on my hip although there are regulations on how far away it can be from my body.
Above is a close up on how the magazine holders attach to the belt. You can also see the hook velcro on the inner side of the belt as I mentioned earlier. My magazine holders are by Viper and are made from aluminium.
Above is another view of the magazines and you'll note a round disc also. That's a very strong magnet and I have another mounted on the back after the last magazine. These are used as a spot to dump a magazine quickly and also during the initial loading phase which goes: Gun in right hand, magazine inserted with left, rack the gun to load a round into the chamber, remove magazine and place that on the magnet, load fresh magazine. This means there is a round in the chamber plus 10 in the magazine...A total of 11. The gun is holstered with the safety on and that loading magazine is then relocated to the back magnet and the stage can begin under command from the range officer.
The magazine holders hold the magazines by way of magnets also, as you can see above - The two round silver things. Without the magnets they would simply fall out. During a shooting stage one may need to change magazines 3-4 times or more so the need for many of them. One simply ejects the spent magazine onto the ground, slides out a new one, slams it into the gun and continues shooting. That can take only a second or two and is often done when running.
That's pretty much all there is to it I guess.
The holster is designed so that the shooter can draw the handgun quickly hence its sparse design. A traditional-looking holster, which completely surrounds the entire gun, would be slower to draw from generally. Some of the guys I shoot with can draw and get the first round down range in under a second although I'm not quite that fast. My best is about 1.23 seconds. That's...hands by sides at rest, grabbing the gun with the correct right hand grip, adding the left hand in with the correct grip, extending forward into the shooting position, acquiring the target and putting an accurate round on it. We practice that over and over again as speed is essential. 1.23 seconds is fast for an old-boy like me but slow when compared to a 0.85 seconds which is what some of the guys and girls are doing.
So, to that user who asked the questions, here's the photos I promised you and some explanation about drawing from a holster. I hope it help. To y'all others who stopped by for a look I'm very grateful. I hope you enjoyed it.
Take care y'all.
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