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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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It's time pointed as well, or just accuracy? From what I remember, in your previous post you had some image of a track that you're gonna shoot left and right on. Never even held a firearm in my hands by the way...

Yes, scoring is done by dividing the points scored, minus penalties and dividing by the elapsed time. This gives a hit factor which is the score. This is why accuracy and speed is so important. The last post I did showed a few stages from the State Titles, there's running and shooting from different positions etc. That last post explains it best though. It's a military-style shooting discipline which is designed to simulate real*world scenarios.


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The holster seems to be almost as important as the gun. What a neat piece of equipment. 23 seconds from having your hands by your side to getting off your first shot, that seems lightning fast to me. In the videos I watched, once the competitor removed his gun from the holster, I never saw him put it back, as he ran the course with the gun in his hand.

The entire stage is run with the gun in hand. Once started the gun doesn't get put away until the end. After the stage is over the range officer tells the shooter to unload and show clear and once that is done and range office has checked it he/she says slide forward, hammer down and holser. At that stage the shooter does so, locks the gun in place and the range is declared clear. At no time is the shooter to simply walk off with the gun in hand.

I like that all of the instructions for gun safety while competing are given in short concise commands.
No small talk, no confusion, and everyone gets to go home without looking like Swiss cheese. Thanks for the explanation @galenkp

It's very regulated and it's usually extremely unlikely to see a safety infringement. Mistakes happen of course, but typically they are minor. An infringement means disqualification. There are no warnings.

I assume the competition is open to women, too..in their own division or is it totally open to male and females?

Yes, loads of women compete, they have to compete in the same competition as the men.

That's great, have there been any women champions?

Hmm, not sure to be honest...The sport has been going for a long time. There's a couple really good ones I've seen and one in particular who has won her Division but not overall champion as far as I know..

Very interesting sir galenkp. This is just an Australian competition right, not international? Maybe they don't have international competitions except Olympic style.

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Nah, it's worldwide, in almost every country. They have a world shoot every year also.

Scroll down the list on this page here...It will show you how many countries it is shot in.

https://ipscworld.org/2019wpdev/regions/