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They come standard with a ‘Tec-Lock’ fitting to clip to the shooter’s belt and is also drilled to accept the Safariland attachments.


This all comes at a price though. A 4 x 4 AP Custom Carrier will cost you a whopping £65 each, compared to a CCW single 4 shell carrier at about £27 (Midway UK) – but of course, you can carry twice the amount of ammunition. Looked at in terms of capacity then - one AP Custom carrier only costs about a tenner more than two CCW carriers and, you don’t take up as much room on the belt.


CNC Machined elegance. Note the “Tec-Lock” that comes as standard to fasten the carrier to your belt.


for those less confident at successfully grabbing four rounds simultaneously (or with small hands).


Construction


The carriers are superior to the CCW versions but, to be fair, that is reflected in the price. The CCW carriers are by far the most popular caddies as they are comparatively quite cheap, extremely robust plastic construction and use a simpler metal clip to hold onto the shooter’s belt. In short, the CCW versions take some beating.


In the US expect to pay about the same figures in dollars ($65 and $27 respectively)


Advantages and Disadvantages


If you’re already a user of this type of ammunition carrier, you’ll naturally want to try them. The main advantage is not the obvious ability to simply carry more ammunition but the fact you can carry the majority of the ammunition you’ll need to shoot a large stage all at the front of your body. No more reaching around as far as the small of your back on those longer stages, or fumbling for rounds you cannot see. With three (4 x 4) carriers you can have 24 rounds right there at the front.


The main disadvantage (aside from the cost) was that they are a little awkward to smoothly get at the rear set of shells, and you have to ensure that you can firmly grab them with two fingers reaching into the caddy. The cartridges have a tendency to bunch up in your hand more readily than the easier front slot. This is a practice issue though and I had only just got them.


The only other (very slight) issue I found was when bending low or squeezing through or around obstacles. Here I found that they felt bulky and occasionally snagged. No big deal really.


The new carrier (right) next to a standard 4x4 carrier. Note the shell retention clips (circled in yellow).


However, the AP Custom carriers have been CNC machined from a solid aircraft aluminium billet, Hard-Coat anodized to mil-spec standards and feature 303 Hi-Yield stainless retention springs.


85 In Use


I haven’t had time to put some serious practice in yet but I did use them at a club competition recently on a very cold and wet day in the Shropshire hills (so my fingers were somewhat inflexible!). What I immediately found was that (being a user of the


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