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UKPSA NEWS


By Vince Bottomley


caddy already), I don’t ‘look’ at my belt anyway when grabbing ammo – it is a practiced ‘motor’ action and my hand drops to the right place automatically. So, I kept hitting the top of the bulkier frame on the AP carrier and will need to ‘re-learn’ to move my hand slightly further out. Again, this is simply down to


Loading them is easy, with only the last round being a little more ‘fiddly’ to insert.


The quality is second to none. Beautifully machined with an elegant design, they are lighter than they look so weight certainly won’t be an issue. The Tec-Locks are very easy to use and accommodate different belt thicknesses with a removable plastic insert. They are a little less forgiving with a thicker belt than the simple clips of the CCW carriers but it should pose no problem with 99.9% of shooting belts.


In summary


It’s early days yet but, I think that with practice these may become very popular with PSG shooters who are already familiar with caddies. Cost will be a prohibitive factor certainly. A belt with four of these (4x4) carriers could easily cost a new shooter the best part of £320. Pete Starley of MidwayUK has been stocking these and they have been selling fast.


The new carriers on my belt. I have two on here, but will increase the front carriers to three of the new ones and lose some of my standard ones off the rear of the belt.


practice, practice, practice!


The stainless retention springs (shown in Figure 3) are, in my opinion, a little too sharp and I suffered a sliced finger. A little work with some wet & dry paper has improved this but the metal is thin and therefore it is difficult to make the edge very blunt. I would have preferred something either slightly rolled on the edge or thicker.


I think the ‘Prodec’ style may win out with new shooters, or perhaps the growing trend for double- stacked belts (the type where two cartridges are held vertically, one above the other in pipe clips) as both styles are a considerably cheaper entry-level option.


With the World Shoot coming next year, it is important that those who are thinking of moving to this new carrier to start practicing now. Smooth loading makes a massive difference to a competitors’ time and is a key factor in winning a match. As I have pointed out in other articles, it is the one skill that can be practiced and improved without range time.


For more information, visit AP Customs Website at: http://www.apcustomusa.com/carrier.html


UKPSA HANDGUN COMMISSION UPDATE


Northern Ireland Club Affiliations. The Handgun Commission Secretary is pleased to announce that the following two Northern Ireland shooting clubs have affiliated to the UKPSA.


The new carriers in use. Note using two fingers to reach into the carrier to smoothly grab the rear four rounds.


1. The Police Service of Northern Ireland Rifle and Pistol Club


2. The Ulster Small Arms Shooting Club 86


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