On Monday at the Shooter’s Log, I took a look at the 2011 Carolina Cup and the kind of match it was. In short, it was the perfect example of what an IDPA match should be. Today on Gun Nuts I want to take a look at the gear I used for the match and how it performed, starting with my most important piece of gear: my gun. I’ve been running a Sig Sauer 1911 Tactical Operations for a while now, and as many people have seen the gun has picked up some customized touches.
The gun is now sporting a 10-8 Performance Flat trigger, TechWell TGO Magwell, 10-8 Performance u-shaped rear notch, and an STI single side thumb safety. During the Carolina Cup, the Sig went 213 rounds of ammo without a single bobble or malfunction, and has fired over 2000 rounds now since its last stoppage of any type. One interesting issue I ran in to is something I’ve experienced with Techwell grips in the past, where the grip screws will start backing out after 50 or so rounds of ammo. I’m going to put some small star washers under the screws to see if that solves the problem, because the current remedy of “tighten the grip screws every couple of stages” is kind of annoying.
My holster remained the same holster I’ve been using all year for IDPA – a Comp-Tac Speed Paddle, although the model I use for the Sig TacOps is somewhat…modified. To find a holster that fits the Sig’s slide profile, I actually special ordered a Speed Paddle for a Sig P250 with an open muzzle, and then cranked the retention down until it fit the TacOps. The result is a really great holster that provides excellent retention and speed for IDPA. At the upcoming Virginia State match this weekend I’m going to be using a Galco Triton, my actual carry holster for the entire match. My belt is also a Comp-Tac, their polymer reinforced belts are absolutely top notch.
People don’t think that their clothes are part of their gear, but the fact of the matter is that they certainly are. One of my biggest sponsors is Woolrich Elite Tactical Gear, who has provided me with vests, shirts, and pants for shooting IDPA and USPSA this season. The Elite Pant has honestly been the best thing that’s happened to me this season. Even in the sweltering North Carolina heat, I was comfortable in my Woolrich pants, and I was especially glad to be wearing them on a number of stages that involved low cover. For CDP shooters, the pant’s “cell phone pocket” that’s located on the thigh is the perfect place for the barney mag. I’ve got to stick that extra round somewhere, and it’s much easier to get to in a simple flap pocket than it would be if I had to fish around in a deep cargo pocket.
My magazines are probably the most important part of the gun, and for mags I have been using Chip McCormick Shooting Star magazines with great success. They work reliably, are cost effective, and the best part about the screw-on basepads is that they don’t fall off when you’re practicing reloads on an unforgiving concrete surface. I have 10 of these mags, and whenever I’m at the gunshop I’ll usually buy 2 or 3 more if I can afford it. Since life is too short for crappy mags, you can’t have too many! The gear you use is an important part of your competition system. On Monday I’ll talk about how important it is to have ammo in your gun that you trust 100% in addition to everything else.