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Team Talks: Rob Leatham | Model 5197 with USPSA Kit

If you want to win, you’ve got to be fast and accurate. To help you improve your competition shooting we asked one of the most winning pistol shooters of all time to give us his top tips.

Rob Leatham is an 8-time IPSC World Champion, an 11-time NRA Bianchi Cup Champion, a 17-time Single Stack National Champion and a 30-Time USPSA / IPSC National Champion.

In a word, he’ll tell you the key is consistency. And consistency leads to speed and accuracy.

“We all think accuracy is maybe just an element of the gun or maybe your trigger pull. But that isn’t completely true. The reality is, when the gun goes from not being in your hand when you’re carrying it in your holster, to when you’re going for your draw, nothing’s more important than that initial contact point to get you a grip. That’s what allows me to shoot accurately.”

In Leatham’s USPSA production rig, he uses a Safariland Model 5197 Open Top Competition holster with a USPSA kit for competition adaptability, a Model 032 ELS Competition belt, and Model 771 Open Front Single Magazine pouches. Leatham advises that consistency is the route to becoming faster and more accurate. The advantage of the compact and lightweight 5197 concealment holster is that you can mount it up exactly how you want, with the right angle, height and cant to get a perfect and consistent draw, time and time again. Leatham adds, “It’s because (the holster) holds the gun perfectly, it holds it in the right place, and it’s fast as hell.”

5197 Holster Features

  • Compact and lightweight
  • Detent in trigger guard for reliable weapon security
  • Genuine SafariLaminate construction
  • Low cut sides for ease of draw and added comfort
  • USPSA Kit is user adjustable for cant angle; can even be worn cross draw
  • IDPA approved

About Rob Leatham

When Leatham’s not competing, he provides firearms instruction for the United States Military, various federal, state and local law enforcement agencies and civilian competitors.

His shooting titles include:

  • 30-Time USPSA / IPSC National Champion
  • 8-Time IPSC World Champion
  • 10-Time USPSA / IPSC National Senior Champion
  • 11-Time NRA Bianchi Cup Champion
  • 8-Time Steel Challenge Champion
  • 6-Division USPSA National Champion