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IDPA Holster and Mag Pouches

Discussion in 'General Competition' started by concretus, Jun 2, 2014.

  1. concretus


    May 3, 2014
    I I'm considering entering our club's monthly IDPA match using my G19. For a beginner; is there a recommended holster and mag pouch to use. Do you have to carry the pistol as I would carry consealed? I'll be asking around the club but I thought to get a jump on it....thanks!!!
  2. I'd suggest talking to whoever organizes the matches for your clubs. Typically they will have an orientation for new shooters that will answer all your questions and tell you how they want you to carry into the match. Matches are fairly strict on gun handling (for good reason) so you will want to get the info before you show up.

  3. thomas15


    May 15, 2005
    With your G19 you can enter in SSP (stock Service Pistol). If you don't have a magazine pouch consider the Uncle Mikes double (double stack) pouch for a budget pouch that will get you started. Personally I use the paddle version but the belt loop kind is ok if you perfer. BTW, you will need a minimum of 3 magazines for your pistol.

    For the holster, any kind of outside the waste band is ok as long as it isn't an offset holster (men), it must cover the trigger and retain the pistol. Some ranges, im told, do not allow holsters with a lot of cant and SOTB are not allowed. Most compeditors use either compac or blade tec Kydex stright drop holsters. I personally use a compac paddle stright drop, it is a little pricy but having a cheap holster, well, you know how that goes. I think any kind of inside the waste band holster is ok. Take a few minutes to browse the IDPA website and look at the rule book.

    Of course a good belt. And a cover garment is required but some match directors allow new shooters to forgo the cover garment. Eyes and ears, almost everyone uses electronic muffs.

    There are lots of youtube vids on IDPA covering everthing from gear to advice on actually shooting your first match. The previous poster is also giving good advice, talk to IDPA shooters at your club before investing any money.
  4. WxGuy


    May 30, 2013
    Florida panhandle
    BladeTech - IDPA Competition pack. You will be good to go!

  5. Jon_R


    May 3, 2009
    Central Florida
    Do you have a holster and mag pouches now? If it is legal or at least close to legal and "safe" use that. Gets you out there cheap as possible and see if you like it. Also you can check out what everyone else is using and see what they ended up with and can ask them why.

    Most like me probably have boxes of holsters.....
  6. ranger1968


    Mar 23, 2009
    That was going to be my suggestion as well; and the combo pack can be had for around $50 so it's affordable as well; There are not many companies making gear that's of this quality for that price.

    If you want to spend a bit more ($100 ish) , you can go with Comp-Tac, the gear is just a little bit sleeker, and a little nicer;

    Having said that, the Blade Tec stuff is nice, affordable, and will make a nice basic/spare rig.....I would go with that.
  7. I use an older Comp Tac kydex belt holster and a double mag holder for my 19. They make great stuff, which will last forever. For a belt, I use a 5 stitch wilderness instructor belt.

    With regard to range/club policies, you should check with them.

    You will enjoy IDPA. It gets better each time you go.
  8. ca survivor

    ca survivor

    Dec 25, 2011
    I'll suggest that the first match just go and look what everybody is using/doing, so you will have a better idea.
    edit to add: take your gun just in case, one time I loaned my belt to a first timer, so he could shoot that match, it was IPSC though.
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2014
  9. tango44


    Jun 16, 2005
    Miami Florida
    Fobus GL2 and 6900
    Blade-Tech Revolution pack.
    Can't go wrong with both
  10. concretus


    May 3, 2014
    I just bought the Fobus GL-2-ND 6900 holster and mag pouch... Thanks for the tip...
  11. mvmojo


    Jan 30, 2012
    I'm happy with my Safariland 5197 holster. Fits lots of different guns and comes with both paddle and belt mount so you can experiment with what works best for you. Can be bought for under $33 on Amazon, including shipping.
  12. smoney

    smoney Top Guns Mod. Millennium Member Lifetime Member

    Aug 8, 1999
    WV, USA
    Fobus suck to get your gun out of... El Cheapo blade tech will work well, if you want something cool and versatile go to they have some pretty cool holsters. Ebay has a lot of questionable products out there.

    I would reccomend going to and reading their current rule book on holsters etc.. basically holster has to be behind center line of body. you will want 2 mag pouches. a jacket that covers the holster when your holding your arms out like a cross. Doesn't have to be your normal mode of carry.