IDPA Approved Competition Holsters

Published by Dara Holsters on 30th Dec 2019

IDPA Holster


Competition Holsters

Gear Up for 2020 with our IDPA Approved Competition Gear.

2020 is fast approaching, bringing in a new season for Competitive Shooting. This new year will bring us a plethora of new firearm models, thanks to SHOT Show in January, opening the doors to new possibilities for many competition shooters.

2019 brought us many new firearms as well, most notably for competition, the Walther Arms Q5 Matche Steel Frame. The new Q5 Match incorporates all the same great features you'll find on the company's excellent PPQ family, but on a machined steel frame. This premium-quality handgun delivered unparalleled performance with the famous Quick-Defense Trigger, which many consider the best out-of-the-box striker-fired trigger available. Weighing 41.6 ounces, the Q5 Match recoils flat and allows you to shoot with blazing speed and precision. Aside from striking good looks, this new gun has already brought many shooter's to the winner's circle.

Firearms new to the market are always exciting, up until you try to holster them. As a holster manufacturer, we try to stay ahead of the game by quickly picking up any new models to hit the market as fast as possible to ensure our offerings stay up to date with all the latest gadgets. This allows us to offer holsters right away, as soon as these newer models become available to the consumer.

This year we are expecting some more offerings for competitive shooting to compete with the Q5 SF to come out of SHOT. With that, we will offer our IDPA legal line of competition holsters: the Action Sport Holster.

The Action Sport Holster features two styles of ejection port cut outs, extending no further than 1/4" past the ejection port per IDPA guidelines. Cut "A" (most common) is usually IDPA legal, aside from the Single Stack 1911 division, in which case the "B" cut is required.

Other Features Include:

9 Color Options

Choose from 9 different colors of our purpose blended polymers in a sturdy, .093" thickness. All edges are rounded and polished for a snag-free, ergonomic profile.

Adjustable Trigger Guard Retention

A screwdriver is all you need to adjust the retention to your desired resistance. Our Military Grade Rubber Retention System is specifically engineered for our gear, designed to hold the most minute adjustments for a truly customized experience.

Safety First

Our Holsters are designed for safety first, with our covered magazine release button, as well as our fully covered trigger guard. Our sweat shields, even on our IWB Holsters, are deigned with safety in mind; rounded and wide enough overall so as not to protrude into the trigger guard during quick holstering.

Muzzle Coverage

The muzzle end on our Action Sport Holsters are customizeable. If you have a threaded barrel, we offer an option to cover the thread protector within the holster or leave it exposed. For compensators, as long as the comp does not exceed the dimensions of the firearm's slide or frame, we are able to accommodate it within the holster or leave it exposed to pass through the muzzle end.


Our Action Sport Holsters come standard with the industry's leading Double Loop Belt Attachment System (pictured below). Our Double Loop allows you to adjust the size width of the belt from 1.5" - 2.25" accommodating most, if not all, belts on the market. The size adjusters are screwed in, preventing the adjustment from slipping as other belt systems are known to do.

Also featured on our Double Loop System is an adjustable cant angle and ride height. You can move the holster to your desired cant angle, offering a faster, more natural draw stroke, allowing you more time for speed training without having to get used to the actual draw all over again.

Our Double Loop features two points of contact to the belt and three points of contact to the holster, providing more stability than any other competition holster attachment on the market.

IDPA Legality:

The following criteria apply to IDPA legal holsters. 

A. Must be suitable for all day concealed carry, and worn on each stage regardless of the start position. A. Must be a strong side hip holster worn inside the waistband (IWB) or outside the waist band. 

B. Must be worn on an IDPA legal belt. 

C. Must prevent activation of the trigger while holstered. 

D. Must carry the firearm in a neutral (vertical) or muzzle rear cant. 

E. Adjustable cant holsters are legal if bolts must be removed and repositioned for cant adjustment. IWB holsters are exempt from this rule. 

F. Must hold the firearm with enough tension to allow the wearer to complete normal daily tasks without fear of losing the firearm. 

G. Must be constructed of normal thickness common holster making materials (leather, Kydex, plastic, nylon, etc.). 

H. For male shooters, the holster must carry firearm so that the entire front strap (to the trigger guard) is at or above the top of the belt. IWB holsters are exempt from this rule. 

I. The shooter’s holster location must remain on the same side of the body throughout the entire course of a match. 

J. Must be positioned on the belt so that the center of the trigger pad is behind the centerline of the body. 

K. For IDPA purposes, the centerline of the body originates in the center of the armpit and goes straight down. 

L. All retention devices on the holster must be used. 

M. Retention devices may be permanently removed or permanently disabled, but not temporarily disabled for a match. 

N. The front edge of the holster may not be more than 1 ¾ inch below the breech face (autos) or 1 inch below the rear of the cylinder (revolvers). 

O. Holsters may be modified to meet IDPA rules. 

P. Holsters with screws or knobs that extend past the outer face of the holster are allowed if the adjustment screw(s) require a tool to change tension, the screws protrude less than 0.125” from the outer face of the holster, and they meet all other holster requirements. Additionally, all tension screws anywhere on a holster must require a tool for tension adjustment. 

Q. For male shooters only, the holsters must fit the shooter’s body such that a ¾ inch diameter dowel placed between the shooter and the firearm anywhere above the belt contacts both the shooter and the firearm simultaneously. 2017 IDPA Rulebook 34 rev 2017.3 

R. A holster may be legal for some shooters but not legal for other shooters due to different body shapes. 

S. A holster may be legal if worn snugly but illegal if sagging away from the body. 

T. For women shooters only, a dropped and offset (DOH) holster may be used. Concealment and cant rules apply. 

U. For women shooters only, when viewed from the front, a women’s holster may not tilt out away from the body further than vertical, unless the shooter's body touches the grip of firearm.

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