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Competition Setup

Posted: Fri Mar 11, 2016 6:04 pm
by DirtDiver
I thought it might be informative to share the progression of my competition belt setup. I've been shooting USPSA Production division for just under a year. I dove right in, having no experience at all, the week of my first match. With little time to pick-and-choose gear, I was at the mercy of what I could get via Amazon Prime before the event.

First was the belt. I chose to start with the Blade-Tech Competition Gun Belt. It was available in the size I needed and with Prime, would be here in two days. I then went with four Safariland 773 Competition Single Magazine Holders for my mags. I've actually kept these for now. Although I began with them mounted using their included mounts, I've since switched to Safariland ELS Kits. I should also add that I dumped the Blade-Tech belt about mid-season in favor of a R.J. Holsters belt, which I then used a wood burned to melt holes in to accept the female ELS mounts. This setup provided the smallest footprint, allowing more hook and loop on the outer belt to make contact with that o the inner belt. Minimal.

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At the time I started I was shooting with an MK25. Production legal holsters for the p226 are hard enough to find, but I was dealing with the pic-rail of the MK25 on top of that. I ended up searching the shit out of paddle holsters that I could modify and hit a home run with Uncle Mike's Tactical Kydex Open Top Hip Holster with Paddle. I was able to modify that to fit a Blade Tech Drop and Offset Holster Attachment with Tek Lok with relative ease. And although the Uncle Mike's holster was made for the p226 R, it fit the MK25 perfectly.

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I've since switched to a Sig p226 Extreme.

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Re: Competition Setup

Posted: Wed Mar 16, 2016 6:24 pm
by DirtDiver
Just an update.

I swapped my custom-made holster setup out for the Double-Alpha Academy PDR-Pro. I have to say, this rig is pretty impressive. It provides a far greater range of adjustment.

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While the drop and offset is very similar to my Uncle Mile's setup, while still well within regs, it's fully adjustable for height, pitch and yaw - courtesy of a ball-joint that attaches the holster bracket to the holster mount. It's also much higher quality.

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I also like how the c-shaped mount leaves most of the back of the belt exposed.

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It's important to note that while this holster was designed with the Production shooter in mind, it is possible to set it up in such a way that it violated USPSA rules for Production holsters. You've been warned.

Re: Competition Setup

Posted: Mon Aug 01, 2016 1:42 pm
by DirtDiver
Thought I might post an update on the DoubleAlpha rig.

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It's been four months since I started using the DAA PDR Pro II. Four months, 12 matches and countless hours of practice. I really like the quality of the kydex. It's thick and rigid, while remaining fast on the draw. The single-level of tension adjustment is also nice as I can tighten or loosen the retention specific to stage needs. However, it is impossible to keep within regulation.

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DAA claims this holster and drop-offset rig was designed for production. That said, it was impossible for me to adjust the ball pivot design on the hanger in a way that put it within the legal limit of offset. Even when locked in the closest point of adjustment, the holstered pistol sits just outside of the 2" legal limit. While this is probably not a big deal for local matches, I have Area 5 coming up and don't want to risk being DQ'd.

I've opted to go with the Ben Stoeger holster and BOSS hanger. This rig has the same amount of cant adjustment, but without the offset pivot adjustment. It also feels more rigid at the hanger rides closer to the hip where the DAA hangs away from the body. I found the DAA took some getting use to, especially on classifiers. If I didn't get a good grip on the initial draw, the flex would cause the pistol to get hung-up. The stiffness of the Stoeger BOSS hanger eliminates that completely.

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My initial order was miss-shipped to another shooter. In a strange twist of fate, he shoots at the same indoor club and contacted me the day before his order arrived at my house. We made the swap and all was well. He was planning to use his holster at Production Nationals this coming weekend. My only complaint is with the quality of the kydex. It's thin. Much thinner than the DAA. And while the two points of retention adjustment allow me to get positive retention (with a click), there's a lot of slop. I can easily wiggle the pistol in the rig side-to-side. If I squeeze the kydex a bit tighter it's a perfect fit which leads me to believe that this one was made a bit sloppy or the thin kydex isn't as rigid, allowing for a loose fit. I haven't contacted Stoeger yet, but I plan to today. I'll keep you posted.

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The DAA holster was much tighter. I may end up rigging this to the BOSS hanger if the slop bothers me in practice.

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