First, a bit of background: I’m an avid, dedicated sport shooter with nine years of experience shooting out of various EDC and entry-level sports holsters and using a range of magazine carriers. So when the opportunity came, I grabbed the Ghost IPSC speed rig to see the difference in my overall performance. The holster I chose is the Ghost One Pro and the magazine pouches are the Ghost 360s.
Getting the holster and magazine pouches set up was relatively easy. Although the holster comes already set up from the factory, some angles and heights needed a personal touch and a few more adjustments to accommodate my CZ 75B.
The height and rotation of the gun are easily adjusted by loosening two screws, ensuring that your grip on the firearm is ideal. As always when loosening screws on equipment, I added a small drop of blue Loctite on each screw before final tightening. It ensures nothing comes loose whilst shooting.
On this older version that I tried, the holster still has an adjustment bar to angle the pistol away from your body, but the new units come without this feature. An indication that the vertical-lean angle was not that popular, or added as much value as expected?
In dryfire, it was immediately noticeable that the holster has a smoother (and less complicated) draw that the previous equipment I was exposed to. The draw distance is shorter and you can get the gun up to the aim point quicker than with a standard holster. Re-holstering is a breeze; the barrel rests on the lower part of the holster and this allows the shooter to lock in the gun, correctly, every time.
The Ghost One Evo has three different locking positions. The complete secure lock I found reassuring: the gun is locked in the holster and the locking lever was positioned upright behind the mainframe. This ensuring that it will not disengage when you don’t want it to.
The second locking position is a quick-release option. It allows you to start a stage running, with the pistol in the holster, maybe to retrieve the rest of your magazines, and then draw quickly, load and start shooting. This position also worked well when I needed to start in a seated position … when I stood up, I was able to release the lock with minimal effort and draw my gun.
The Pro also allow you to have the lock disengaged, ideal for quick static starts. This is the setting that will be used most often.
To be honest, while unlocking and drawing came naturally, locking the holster took some practice. Part of the mechanism is positioned behind the holster body, requiring two hands to lock before I got used to it.
I like the Ghost 360 mag pouch as it comes with two choices of carry options. One kit comes with two different bodies, to allow bullets forward/backwards or bullets out carry.
The kit also has two springs to adjust the retention for other magazine types. Two plastic adjustment screws are provided to set the play on most magazines you might use.
The rotating speed clips bolt permanently to your belt and allow forwards and backwards adjustment.
Overall the Ghost One Evo and the Ghost 360s worked well and, with further practice, I can confidently say l will shave off vital seconds from my overall match time.