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Old 04-14-2010, 12:13   #1
pitmanr2003
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Going to start shooting Idpa

I just purchased a glock 17 and I will need a good holster and im getting 4 mags plus 2 that i already have. I need 4 or 5 mag holders i would think. Let me know of some good ones that wont break my bank as well. If there is any other stuff i may need feel free to suggest them.
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Old 04-28-2010, 17:40   #2
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Holsters are a personal preference for many people. But, I think you'll see a lot of Blade-Tech and Safariland holsters in competition. With IDPA, make sure the model you select complies with their rules on holsters. Look to page 29 of the IDPA rule book for regulations on holsters. I would try and go with a holster that you can use in both IDPA and USPSA, and go with 4 mag pouches. You may not be shooting USPSA now, or not plan to, but once you start shooting you will probably want to shoot both. A couple more mag pouches for back up is not a bad idea either. The belt rules differ from IDPA to USPSA so make sure you purchase your equipment with that in mind.

Make sure you double check the rule books so you don't set yourself up for a DQ. If you have a question on a particular model, you should feel free to call the manufacturer's customer service department to confirm the model you are looking to buy is legal for IDPA. - ERHARDT


Here are the general regs on holsters from page 32
Holsters:
A. Must be designed for concealed carry and suitable for all
day continuous wear.
B. Must be worn on a standard belt of no more than 1 ¾” width
that must pass through the belt loops on the shooter’s pants.
C. Must fully cover the trigger of the firearm.
D. Must carry the firearm in a neutral (vertical) or muzzle rear
cant, but have no adjustable cant backpieces. Holster cant that
is adjustable by removing bolts and repositioning the backpiece
is allowed. Exception: IWB style holsters do not have to meet
this particular criterion.
E. Must hold the firearm with enough tension to allow the
wearer to complete normal daily tasks without fear of losing
the weapon.
F. Can have no offset backpieces and/or belt slots. The holster
may not offset away from the belt and/or body. No gap is
permitted in the following areas:

1. From the body to the inside of the belt.
2. From the outside of the belt to the inside of the
backpiece and/or backside of the holster.
3. From the outside of the backpiece to the inside of
the holster.

If you look through the belt slot area of the holster with it on
the belt/body, you should not be able to see any daylight. If
you can see through this belt tunnel area, the holster is not
approved.
Holster/backpiece must be constructed of “normal thickness”
common holster making materials, no filler is allowed to hide
an offset. In simple terms, the back of the holster must be held
tightly against the outside of the belt for proper concealed carry
(for questions, refer to #1 above and re-read the “Purpose”
section in the front of this rulebook).¹
G. Must be constructed of normal thickness common holster
making materials (leather, Kydex, plastic, nylon, etc.).
H. May not position the firearm where the breech face (autos)
or rear of the cylinder (revolvers) is below the center of the
belt. NO drop loops are permitted.³ Holsters for females may
position the breech face of a pistol or rear of the cylinder of a
revolver up to 1 ½” below the center of the belt.
NOTE: IWB style holsters are exempt from this criterion.
I. Must hold the firearm positioned on the body so an object of
¾”width cannot pass between the shooter’s body and the inside
of the firearm when the shooter is standing straight and
upright.²
J. Must be positioned on the belt in a location that will keep the
center of the trigger pad behind the centerline 4 of the body.
NOTE: Modification of current holsters and ammunition
carriers to meet IDPA criteria is acceptable.
NOT Permitted:
A. Cross Draw Holsters.
B. Shoulder Holsters.
C. Small of the Back Holsters.
D. Holsters designed and/or marketed as “competition”
models.
E. Muzzle forward or ‘on the belt’ adjustable cant holsters.
Those that allow the cant to be adjusted by the shooter while
the holster is on the belt are not allowed.
NOTE: Holsters with an adjustable cant via removal of bolts
and repositioning of the backpiece are approved if set for
neutral or muzzle rear cant.
F. Drop loop holsters.³
G. Positioning of the firearm where the breech face (autos) or
the rear of the cylinder (revolvers) is below the center of the
belt.³
H. Cutting of the front edge of the holster more that 1¾” below
the breech face on pistols or 1” below the rear of the cylinder
on revolvers.
I. Offset back-pieces and/or belt slots.³
J. Gap in the following areas:

1. From the body to the inside of the belt.
2. From the outside of the belt to the inside of the
backpiece and/or backside of the holster.
3. From the outside of the back-piece to the inside
of the holster.³
K. Seeing daylight when looking through the belt slot area of
the holster with it on the belt/body.³
L. Any type of filler to hide an offset.
Exception – Police or military officers may use their duty rig, but
ALL retention features of the holster MUST be used and all belt
equipment (mace, handcuffs, etc.) must be present.
¹ NOTE: Holsters for females are exempt from F. criteria, but may
not cant the handgun away from the body past 90 ° to the ground.
² NOTE: Female shooters are exempt from this test.
³ NOTE: Female shooters are exempt from this criterion.
4 NOTE: The seam on the side of a shooter’s pants may or may
not indicate where the centerline of a shooter’s body is located.
For IDPA purposes, the centerline of the body originates in the
center of the armpit and goes straight down.
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