IDPA Adds Panteao Productions And Precision Delta To Carolina Cup Sponsor List

by Editor 6. June 2012 12:00
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Officials with the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) announced the addition of Panteao Productions and Precision Delta to the growing list of sponsors of the upcoming Carolina Cup taking place June 14-16 in Oxford, N.C.

Panteao Productions and Precision Delta join Remington Arms and Smith & Wesson, the Carolina Cup's two major sponsors, as well as Blade-Tech, Comp-Tac, Federal Premium Ammunition, GlockTriggers.com, Safariland and Trijicon in supporting the championship.

Panteao Productions and Precision Delta will each sponsor one of the 16 stages in the match, which is expected to draw over 370 of IDPA's top competitors.

“We're extremely fortunate to have the strong support of companies like Panteao Productions and Precision Delta whose generosity has helped make the Carolina Cup one of the largest and most popular competitions in IDPA,” said Scott Ruby, sponsor coordinator for the Carolina Cup.

In addition to sponsoring the match, Panteao Productions will be represented in the competition by shooting team members Dave Harrington, team captain Tom Yost, and Bob Vogel, the Carolina Cup's defending Stock Service Pistol champion.

The Carolina Cup, one of IDPA's three major championships, will be held at The Range in Oxford, North Carolina where shooters are expected to put upwards of 75,000 rounds downrange in pursuit of titles in Custom Defensive Pistol, Enhanced Service Pistol, Stock Service Pistol, Stock Service Revolver and Enhanced Service Revolver, the five divisions in IDPA competition.

Considered by many to be among the most popular matches in IDPA competition, the Carolina Cup is known for its challenging course of fire that creatively tests all of a shooter's skills. Due to both the match's popularity and the explosive growth in IDPA membership, the Carolina Cup has been sold out since early March.

For more information on the championship visit www.The-CarolinaCup.com, or use #carolinacup to follow match news and competitor updates on Twitter.

Founded in 1996, the International Defensive Pistol Association is the international governing body for IDPA competition which offers shooters a fun, safe, and challenging format to practice and test their gun handling skills through defensive-based scenarios. Today IDPA stands as the fastest growing shooting sport in the United States with over 20,000 members from all 50 states and 54 foreign countries. IDPA's 321 affiliated clubs offer weekly and monthly matches as well as host major championships.

To find a club near you, join IDPA, or just learn more about this exciting and fun defensive pistol shooting sport, visit www.IDPA.com. You can also follow @OfficialIDPA on Twitter, like ShootIDPA on Facebook, watch IDPA TV, or check out the Down Zero Blog to keep up with the latest news.

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Federal Premium To Sponsor Smith & Wesson Side Match At IDPA's Carolina Cup

by Editor 28. May 2012 19:58
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – As the popularity of the pistol shooting sports like IDPA continues to surge, more and more companies are playing an important role in the growth of competitive shooting matches around America. One of those companies is Federal Premium Ammunition which is helping to provide more shooting opportunities through their support of the upcoming Carolina Cup.

Officials with the International Defensive Pistol Association announced that Federal Premium Ammunition has joined the growing list of sponsors for the 2012 Carolina Cup and will supply the ammunition for the Smith & Wesson side match which features the company's newest pistol, the M&P Shield.

Federal Premium Ammunition joins Remington Arms and Smith & Wesson, the Carolina Cup's two major sponsors, and Blade-Tech, Comp-Tac, GlockTriggers.com, Safariland and Trijicon in supporting the championship.

“The list of Carolina Cup sponsors reads like a Who's Who of shooting sports industry leaders and we welcome the generous support of Federal Premium Ammunition, one of the shooting world's most respected ammunition brands,” said Scott Ruby, sponsor coordinator for the Carolina Cup.

The Carolina Cup, one of IDPA's three major championships, will take place June 14-16 at The Range in Oxford, North Carolina. More than 370 of IDPA's top shooters are expected to put upwards of 75,000 rounds downrange in pursuit of titles in Custom Defensive Pistol, Enhanced Service Pistol, Stock Service Pistol, Stock Service Revolver and Enhanced Service Revolver, the five divisions in IDPA competition.

Considered by many to be among the most popular matches in IDPA competition, the Carolina Cup is known for its challenging courses of fire that creatively test all of a shooter's skills. Due to both the match's popularity and the explosive growth in IDPA membership, the Carolina Cup has been sold out since early March.

For more information on the championship visit www.The-CarolinaCup.com, or use #carolinacup to follow match news and competitor updates on Twitter.

Founded in 1996, the International Defensive Pistol Association is the international governing body for IDPA competition which offers shooters a fun, safe, and challenging format to practice and test their gun handling skills through defensive-based scenarios. Today IDPA stands as the fastest growing shooting sport in the United States with over 20,000 members from all 50 states and 54 foreign countries. IDPA's 321 affiliated clubs offer weekly and monthly matches as well as host major championships.

To find a club near you, join IDPA, or just learn more about this exciting and fun defensive pistol shooting sport, visit www.IDPA.com. You can also follow @OfficialIDPA on Twitter, like ShootIDPA on Facebook, watch IDPA TV, or check out the Down Zero Blog to keep up with the latest news.

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Blade-Tech Joins Other Industry Leaders In Sponsoring IDPA's Carolina Cup Shooting Championship

by Editor 23. May 2012 16:01
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Blade-Tech, a leading manufacturer of custom, production thermoplastic, injection molded tactical holsters, knife sheaths and magazine pouches, will be stage sponsor of the 2012 Carolina Cup shooting championship, according to officials with the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA).

Blade-Tech, which is one of the most popular holster brands in IDPA competition, joins Remington Arms and Smith & Wesson, the Carolina Cup's two major sponsors, and Comp-Tac, GlockTriggers.com, Safariland and Trijicon in supporting the championship.

“Thanks to companies like Blade-Tech competitive pistol shooting is thriving, and their generous support of the Carolina Cup has helped to make this one of the biggest and best championship events on the IDPA schedule,” said Scott Ruby, sponsor coordinator for the Carolina Cup.

"Blade-Tech is a proud sponsor of IDPA Carolina Cup,” said Ryan Preece, media relations manager for Blade-Tech Industries. “The Carolina Cup is one of the premier matches in IDPA. We are thankful for the chance to sponsor the competition, and Blade-Tech will be on hand at the event to demonstrate and answer shooters' questions about our newest products.”

The Carolina Cup, one of IDPA's three major championships, will take place June 14-16 at The Range in Oxford, North Carolina. More than 360 of IDPA's top shooters are expected to put upwards of 75,000 rounds downrange in pursuit of titles in Custom Defensive Pistol, Enhanced Service Pistol, Stock Service Pistol, Stock Service Revolver and Enhanced Service Revolver, the five divisions in IDPA competition.

Considered by many to be among the most popular matches in IDPA competition, the Carolina Cup is known for its challenging courses of fire that creatively test all of a shooter's skills. Due to both the match's popularity and the explosive growth in IDPA membership, the Carolina Cup has been sold out since early March.

For more information on the championship visit www.The-CarolinaCup.com, or use #carolinacup to follow match news and competitor updates on Twitter.

Founded in 1996, the International Defensive Pistol Association is the international governing body for IDPA competition which offers shooters a fun, safe, and challenging format to practice and test their gun handling skills through defensive-based scenarios. Today IDPA stands as the fastest growing shooting sport in the United States with over 20,000 members from all 50 states and 54 foreign countries. IDPA's 321 affiliated clubs offer weekly and monthly matches as well as host major championships.

To find a club near you, join IDPA, or just learn more about this exciting and fun defensive pistol shooting sport, visit www.IDPA.com. You can also follow @OfficialIDPA on Twitter, like ShootIDPA on Facebook, watch IDPA TV, or check out the Down Zero Blog to keep up with the latest news.

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Safariland Sponsors Upcoming IDPA Carolina Cup

by Editor 20. May 2012 12:09
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) announced that Safariland, the makers of a broad range of law enforcement and security products and services, as well as competition specific holsters, will sponsor the upcoming 2012 Carolina Cup championship.

Safariland is one of the longest running and most respected names in competitive pistol shooting, as well as a major supporter of shooting matches around the country. They join Remington Arms and Smith & Wesson, the Carolina Cup’s two major sponsors, and Comp-Tac, GlockTriggers.com and Trijicon in supporting the championship. As part of their support for the match Safariland will sponsor two of the match’s 16 stages.

“We’re extremely grateful to have Safariland, one of the most widely recognized names in shooting competition, on board as a sponsor of the 2012 Carolina Cup,” said Scott Ruby, sponsor coordinator for the Carolina Cup. “Safariland has always been a strong supporter of the shooting sports, and in particular IDPA. Their generous support of the Carolina Cup is one of the reasons it’s among the best matches in the country.”

“We are very pleased to see the continued growth of IDPA, especially the Carolina Cup, and we wish all the competitors good luck in what is one of IDPA most challenging competitions,” said Scott Carnahan, VP of Safariland and Team Safariland Captain.

“Safariland is proud to be represented in this year’s Carolina Cup by Team Safariland members Bob Vogel, Bobby McGee and Tierani Hendrix who will be competing in the match with their new IDPA rigs.”

The Carolina Cup, one of IDPA’s three major championships, will take place June 14-16 at The Range in Oxford, North Carolina. More than 360 of IDPA’s top shooters are expected to put upwards of 75,000 rounds downrange in pursuit of titles in Custom Defensive Pistol, Enhanced Service Pistol, Stock Service Pistol, Stock Service Revolver and Enhanced Service Revolver, the five divisions in IDPA competition.

Considered by many to be among the most popular matches in IDPA competition, the Carolina Cup is known for its challenging courses of fire that creatively test all of a shooter’s skills. Due to both the match’s popularity and the explosive growth in IDPA membership, the Carolina Cup has been sold out since early March.

For more information on the championship visit www.The-CarolinaCup.com, or use #carolinacup to follow match news and competitor updates on Twitter.

Founded in 1996, the International Defensive Pistol Association is the international governing body for IDPA competition which offers shooters a fun, safe, and challenging format to practice and test their gun handling skills through defensive-based scenarios. Today IDPA stands as the fastest growing shooting sport in the United States with over 20,000 members from all 50 states and 54 foreign countries. IDPA’s 321 affiliated clubs offer weekly and monthly matches as well as host major championships.

To find a club near you, join IDPA, or just learn more about this exciting and fun defensive pistol shooting sport, visit www.IDPA.com. You can also follow @OfficialIDPA on Twitter, like ShootIDPA on Facebook, watch IDPA TV, or check out the Down Zero Blog to keep up with the latest news.

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From Poland, With Kitty: SOs Rock The 2012 IDPA Polish Championship

by Editor 19. May 2012 19:24
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Looks like we might not get our Kitty back as the Poles seem to be sweeping her off her feet by whispering sweet nothings - or stage descriptions - in her ear.

Some people swear that Italian is the language of love, but likely they have never heard an IDPA stage briefing done in Polish. 

As a veteran of many sanctioned matches, stage descriptions take on a different timbre when done in the tongue of the mother land in Olsztyn, Poland at the IDPA Polish National Championship. Really, these guys could be reading the phone book and I would still be mesmerized. What a treat to hear the stage description first in Polish and then in English! - Kitty

Today it was the SOs' turn to shoot the match, after putting the final touches on the 11 stage course of fire yesterday. And it seems wheelguns were the order of the day, or so our Kitty says.

Today the SOs and staff shot, and it turned into the battle of the Big Men with Round Guns. Shooters Przemysław Lewandowski (Poland), Ken Ortbach (USA) and Andrej Lipa (Lithuania) went head-to-head in the SSR division. Safety Officers shot late into the day to make sure the other competitors (shooting tomorrow) would find a flawless match. - Kitty

Dobre Szczęście (Polish for 'Good Luck') to all the competitors battling for Poland's coveted IDPA titles. Be sure to tune in tomorrow for another update from our woman in Olsztyn (Poland)...and pray that Bubba doesn't find out that Polish is the new language of love.

ABOVE: Poland's Przemysław Lewandowski scoring a down zero from 25 yards out. BELOW: Ken Ortbach takes on the last stage of the day.

ABOVE: Andrej Lipa of Lithuania goes prone on the long shot stage. BELOW: Local MD Jacek Ostrzycki is smiling with the contentment that only comes from a huge supply of pasters courtesy of Comp-Tac Victory Gear. We can neither confirm, nor deny, that these were "smuggled" in for this inaugural national championship by a certain Pittsburgh Steelers fan.

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From Poland, With Kitty: Set-Up at 2012 IDPA Polish Championship

by Editor 18. May 2012 20:05
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The 2012 IDPA Polish Championship kicks off tomorrow morning and our man in Havana, or in this case our woman in Olsztyn (Poland), Kitty Richards, is on hand and sends back this breaking news report.

"Construction completed today for the match. SOs will shoot tomorrow and competitors on Sunday. So far, shooters from Italy, Lithuania, Austria and Finland have arrived in Olsztyn, Poland for the match. MD Ken Ortbach has 11 challenging stages in store for the shooters." - Kitty

Good luck to the staff and competitors. And keep those reports coming, Kitty.

ABOVE: Club MD Jacek Ostrzycki hangs banners for one of the many sponsors of the match, which include Federal Premium (obviously), 5.11 and Comp-Tac. BELOW: IDPA members Piotr Palasz (standing) and Tomasz Bajerowski finish construction on one of the match stages.

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IDPA's Carolina Cup Adds GlockTriggers.com to Growing List of Sponsors

by Editor 16. May 2012 18:05
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) announced that GlockTriggers.com, the manufacture of custom competition drop-in trigger systems for Glock pistols, will be a stage sponsor at the 2012 Carolina Cup championship.

GlockTriggers.com joins Remington Arms and Smith & Wesson, the Carolina Cup's two major sponsors, as well as Comp-Tac and Trijicon in supporting the championship.

“We are so pleased to have GlockTriggers.com back this year as a sponsor of the Carolina Cup. Many of our competitors, as well a number of those within IDPA, are fans of their custom trigger work, and appreciate the strong support GlockTriggers.com has provided this and other IDPA competitions,” said Scott Ruby, sponsor coordinator for the Carolina Cup.

As part of their support for the match, Glock Triggers.com will sponsor two of the match's 16 stages and be on hand during the match to speak with shooters and demonstrate their products.

“We're big fans of the International Defensive Pistol Association here at GlockTriggers.com and proud to support the Carolina Cup, as well as other IDPA matches around the country. Our products are designed to help competition shooters perform at their highest level which is why we are looking forward to returning to the Cup to visit with friends and see some of the best shooters in world in action,” said Jeff Wilson, president of GlockTriggers.com.

The Carolina Cup, one of IDPA's three major championships, will take place June 14-16 at The Range in Oxford, North Carolina. More than 360 of IDPA's top shooters are expected to put upwards of 75,000 rounds downrange in pursuit of titles in Custom Defensive Pistol, Enhanced Service Pistol, Stock Service Pistol, Stock Service Revolver and Enhanced Service Revolver, the five divisions in IDPA competition.

Considered by many to be among the most popular matches in IDPA competition, the Carolina Cup is known for its challenging courses of fire that creatively test all of a shooter's skills. Due to both the match's popularity and the explosive growth in IDPA membership, the Carolina Cup has been sold out since early March.

For more information on the championship visit www.The-CarolinaCup.com, or use #carolinacup to follow match news and competitor updates on Twitter. For information on the full line of GlockTriggers.com's products visit their website or find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GlockTriggers.

Founded in 1996, the International Defensive Pistol Association is the international governing body for IDPA competition which offers shooters a fun, safe, and challenging format to practice and test their gun handling skills through defensive-based scenarios. Today IDPA stands as the fastest growing shooting sport in the United States with over 20,000 members from all 50 states and 54 foreign countries. IDPA's 321 affiliated clubs offer weekly and monthly matches as well as host major championships.

To find a club near you, join IDPA, or just learn more about this exciting and fun defensive pistol shooting sport, visit www.IDPA.com. You can also follow @OfficialIDPA on Twitter, like ShootIDPA on Facebook, watch IDPA TV, or check out the Down Zero Blog to keep up with the latest news.

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Comp-Tac Joins On As Sponsor of IDPA's Carolina Cup

by Editor 7. May 2012 17:29
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) announced that Comp-Tac Victory Gear, a leading manufacturer of holsters for the personal defense and competition market, will sponsor the upcoming 2012 Carolina Cup championship.

Comp-Tac joins Remington Arms and Smith & Wesson, the Carolina Cup's two major sponsors, and Trijicon in supporting the championship and will sponsor two of the match's 16 stages. In addition to sponsoring the match, Comp-Tac will be represented in the competition by Team Comp-Tac members Gordon Carrell, Randi Rogers and the team captain, Gregg Garrett.

“Comp-Tac has generously supported IDPA competitions around the country, so it is no surprise that their holsters are among the most popular in use by IDPA shooters, both on and off the range. That's why we're extremely pleased to have Comp-Tac Victory Gear on board as a sponsor of the 2012 Carolina Cup,” said Scott Ruby, sponsor coordinator for the Carolina Cup.

“The Carolina Cup has proven to offer the best of Southern hospitality and IDPA’s top course design. This event is one of the biggest matches in IDPA each year and also one of the most challenging for participants looking to develop and test their personal defense shooting skills. Comp-Tac is proud to support the Carolina Cup and the shooting community through sponsoring matches and events each year.” said Gregg Garrett, founder and president of Comp-Tac Victory Gear.

The Carolina Cup, one of IDPA's three major championships, will take place June 14-16 at The Range in Oxford, North Carolina. More than 360 of IDPA's top shooters are expected to put upwards of 75,000 rounds downrange in pursuit of titles in Custom Defensive Pistol, Enhanced Service Pistol, Stock Service Pistol, Stock Service Revolver and Enhanced Service Revolver, the five divisions in IDPA competition.

Considered by many to be among the most popular matches in IDPA competition, the Carolina Cup is known for its challenging courses of fire that creatively test all of a shooter's skills. Due to both the match's popularity and the explosive growth in IDPA membership, the Carolina Cup has been sold out since early March.

For more information on the championship visit www.The-CarolinaCup.com, or use #carolinacup to follow match news and competitor updates on Twitter.

Founded in 1996, the International Defensive Pistol Association is the international governing body for IDPA competition which offers shooters a fun, safe, and challenging format to practice and test their gun handling skills through defensive-based scenarios. Today IDPA stands as the fastest growing shooting sport in the United States with over 20,000 members from all 50 states and 54 foreign countries. IDPA's 321 affiliated clubs offer weekly and monthly matches as well as host major championships.

To find a club near you, join IDPA, or just learn more about this exciting and fun defensive pistol shooting sport, visit www.IDPA.com. You can also follow @OfficialIDPA on Twitter, like ShootIDPA on Facebook, watch IDPA TV, or check out the Down Zero Blog to keep up with the latest news.

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Comp-Tac Releases Holsters for New M&P Shield

by Editor 27. April 2012 08:56
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HOUSTON, Texas. - Comp-Tac Victory Gear, a leading manufacturer of holsters for the concealed carry and competition market, announced the pre sale of three new model holsters specifically designed for the new Smith & Wesson M&P Shield pistol chambered in 9mm. The holsters will go into production starting Friday April 24th.

Known for its versatile concealed carry holsters, Comp-Tac is one of the few manufacturers offering holsters for the new M&P Shield. The Comp-Tac MTAC, Infidel and CTAC model holsters are available for online ordering now at www.Comp-Tac.com.

"When we first got a look at the new M&P Shield a few weeks ago, we knew right away that it was going to be very popular. Our engineers got to work immediately on designing these three popular holster models to accommodate the Shield," explained Comp-Tac owner and President Gregg Garrett.

Compt-Tac MTAC Holster

The Minotaur Tuckable Adjustable Cant (MTAC) holster is an inside the waistband hybrid design combining the comfort of leather with the secure and quick draw of Kydex. The MTAC is available in right- or left-handed models, with belt widths of 1.25, 1.5 and 1.75 inches, and with either black or chestnut colored leather backing. Additional colors and style options are available for the holster's belt mounting clips. The MTAC has a factory direct price of $85.00.

The Concealable Tuckable Adjustable Cant (CTAC) model is an excellent choice for warmer climates offering an all Kydex body with leather mounting brackets for the flexible adjustable clips. The CTAC is available in either a right- or left-handed configuration for belt widths of 1.25, 1.5 and 1.75 inches and several different belt mounting clip color and style options. The CTAC has a factory direct price of $80.00.

The all Kydex Infidel holster offers the most versatility in mounting options with four different mounting systems to best fit the user's individual needs. The Infidel holster is also available in either a right- or left-handed configuration for belt widths of 1.25, 1.5 and 1.75 inches. The factory direct price for the Infidel ranges from $63.00 to $68.00 depending on the mounting option selected.

In addition to the MTAC, CTAC and Infidel holsters, Comp-Tac will expand their M&P Shield specific model offerings across the entire product line.

For more information on Team Comp-Tac and the full line of Comp-Tac holsters and gear, visit www.Comp-Tac.com or follow Comp-Tac on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CompTac.

About Comp-Tac:
Comp-Tac Victory Gear, a leading manufacturer of holsters for the personal defense and competition market, was formed in 2001 with the intention of designing holsters of the highest quality. Currently, Comp-Tac offers over 30 products with 92,000 possible variations to accommodate each individual's lifestyle and needs. Thanks to the great support of their customers Comp-Tac continues to grow and refine their product line.

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Blade Tech, Comp-Tac Top Holsters at 2011 IDPA World Shoot

by Editor 21. April 2012 11:04
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You can't compete in International Defensive Pistol Association competition without a gun. And, obviously, you can't use the gun without a holster. So which companies make the most popular holsters in IDPA? Well the equipment survey results from the 2011 IDPA World Shoot (found on pages 26-33 in Vol. 15, Issue 4 of the Tactical Journal) gives us a snapshot of what the top shooters are using.

Much like the competitors' choice in competition firearms, of the 42 brands competitors listed it was two well known companies that dominated the holster survey. Blade Tech and Comp-Tac Victory Gear combined for a total of 231 users, or 62.1% of all holsters used in the match. Blade Tech had 118 shooters (31.7%) using their gear, edging out Comp-Tac who were the preferred holster maker for 113 shooters (30.4%).

Top Holsters at 2011 IDPA World Shoot

The top seven holster brands, which included Blackhawk, Fobus, Ready Tactical Products, Safariland and Uncle Mikes, accounted for 83.1% of all holsters at the match. Below is a breakdown of each brand, the total number of models used and what percentage of the 2011 IDPA World Shoot competitors each manufacture captured.

BRAND # OF HOLSTERS
% OF TOTAL
BRAND # OF HOLSTERS % OF TOTAL
5.11 1 0.3% Heinie 1 0.3%
Ace 1 0.3% Homeade 1 0.3%
Amadini Ghost 1 0.3% Kirkpatrick
1 0.3%
Blackhawk 1 9 5.1% Kytac
3 0.8%
Cal Tec  1 0.3% Master Tac 3 0.8%
CC Holsters  1 0.3% Mitch Rosen 1 0.3%
Compact  1 0.3% OLG
1 0.3%
D&D  4 1.1% Rapid Tactical 1 0.3%
De Santis 1 0.3% Raven 1 0.3%
Deadeye Luke 1 0.3% Ready Tactical Products 12 3.2%
Double Alpha 2 0.5% Safariland 23 6.2%
Fobus
1 1 3.0% Sparks 1 0.3%
Front Line
 1 0.3% Springfield 1 0.3%
Garrett  1 0.3% Tactical Kydex 2 0.5%
G-Code  1 0.3% Talon Tactical 6 1.6%
Ghost International  1 0.3% TKC 1 0.3%
Glock  1 0.3% TKW 7 1.9%
Grip Tac  1 0.3%  Uncle Mikes 13 3.5%
Gunberg  1 0.3% Wilson 9 2.4%
 Hazel Gunleather 1 0.3%  X-Concealment 1 0.3%

 

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