STAIGHT FROM THE SUGAR LOAF
As a result of Patrick Kummer’s passion for the IPSC, Atlas-Taktik recently sought an extensive range of products developed by the Brazilian top shooter Augusto Sergio de Oliveira Ribas, better known as Guga Ribas. We chose some products that bear the striking penguin logo and tested them in practice.
When one thinks of Brazil, the images that instinctively comes to the head are from the Sugar Loaf, Copacabana or Soccer, but Brazil also has excellent installations for Practical Shooting and several top shooters, among them Guga Ribas. Active and successful worldwide IPSC top athlete, Guga knows like no one about the relevance of the equipment in the performance of the athlete and therefore, is always seeking to satisfy the requirements of this demanding market. He has been designing and manufacturing equipment for a while with a range of products that goes from the holster, through the magazine pouches to a sun protection kit for the C-More sights. His passion for speed (after all Ribas was a successful go-kart and car racing driver before making a career at IPSC) can be seen in his Rig that values ergonomics and adaptability to the shooter’s movements.
Draw speed, secure fitting of the gun, wide range of possible adjustments and versatility are the major features of the Guga Ribas main product, the Universal holster. First of all, the holster impresses by its compact dimensions, since it holds the pistol only in the trigger guard area and the holster body is extended only slightly forward towards the channel of the recoil spring. The Guga Ribas Universal holster stands out as a typical representative of a bikini-style minimalist holster. It does not have lateral fixings, they are not necessary. The safety device is arranged on both sides of the trigger guard, which can be adjusted in various ways and is activated when the gun is inserted in the holster. When the shooter lifts, even if lightly the weapon, the passive latch releases it. But the resistance of the active system can still be regulated by a external screw. The passive safety system on the right side of the holster has a lever with 3 positions: in the highest position the lock is deactivated and has no influence on the release of the gun. It is in this position that the fastest draws are possible. With the lever lowered in the second position, the internal lock is fixed and allows even the most dynamic movements without the risk of the gun falling out of the holster. However, because the lever is ergonomically located next to the grip of the gun, it is very easy to raise it with the middle finger when removing the gun from the holster releasing it that way. With a little training this becomes very simple. If the lever is placed in the third position, it is so far ahead that accidental deactivation is almost impossible. The Guga Ribas Universal holster also meets the following requirements: both the angle can be adjusted by means of a spherical joint on the support flange and the height can be regulated in several ways. But the real highlight of the product is yet to come: by opening the holster in half, the width of the guard can be adjusted by means of a screw mechanism. This option, together with adjustable lock system (in height and lengthwise direction) as well as various inserts plates and the interchangeable caps for the symmetrical and asymmetric trigger guards included in the product package, puts the owner of the Universal Holster in the unique condition of being able to adjust his holster to practically any pistols. In short: the weapon may change, but the Guga Ribas Universal Holster remains! In addition to the pistol version we present here, the Universal holster is also available in a special revolver version called R-EVO. The holsters are available only in black and can be found at Atlas-Taktik for a price of 179.95 Euros.
When it comes to adaptability to the shooter’s needs, the Guga Ribas V1 magazine pouches are not behind the Universal holster. Made in Radilon, a polymer reinforced with fiberglass, they are easily adjustable through a spherical joint. In addition, they can be removed very quickly from the belt, which can be extremely convenient for storing the material on a longer journey. With its adapter plates included, the V1 mag pouch can be adjusted to suit every possible and imaginable magazine: from 1911 single stack magazine, through high capacity 9mm / .40 S & W magazine to 2011 high capacity magazine. In addition thanks to the two checkered external screws the magazine draw tension can be adjusted without tools. And because in Guga Ribas products what matters most is flexibility, we must emphasize the possibility that the magazine pouches not only have the traditional position parallel to the body, but also can be adjusted at right angles to the body. Finally, all V1 magazine pouches are factory-ready to receive a magnetic pouch that can also be purchased. In less than a minute, the magnet that’s attached to a sturdy metal bracket attaches tightly to the magazine pouch making the setting even more flexible. This magnet becomes especially useful when, at an IPSC stage, a charger must be picked up quickly and kept ready for later use. Instead of having to look for the standard magazine pouch, the shooter can simply place the charger in the magnet that is strong enough to handle even a full 170mm charger. As a user of Guga Ribas products you will quickly realize in the crucial points that we deal with a deep knowledge of the subject – in fact, from athlete to athlete. The chargers are available in black, red, blue, white and gray colors and cost € 49.95 each. The screwable magnetic holder is available with silver, black or gold support for the price of 44.95 Euros.
However, neither the fastest holster nor the best magazine pouch will benefit if they are worn with an unsuitable belt that does not hold the equipment in place. For this reason, Guga Ribas, who leaves nothing to chance, offers a two-tiered competition belt. The stiffness of the outer belt draws attention from the first moment. In fact, IPSC rigid belts are nothing new, but unlike those of the competition, the Ribas belt has no plastic insert, but steel. This offers the advantage that the belt structure may be thinner while the torsional stiffness remains the same and the comfort increases. The outer and inner belts are securely connected to one another by a surrounding velcro surface, with the soft side of the Velcro sewn into the inner belt. A clever detail keeps the velcro belt loop closed in a tunnel shape and slides on the lower belt which avoids loss of shape. The GR belt is available for waist sizes from 90 to 150 cm (every 10 cm) worth 64.95 Euros.
PROTECTION AND COMFORT
In addition to the Rig, Guga Ribas also offers all kinds of products needed for the IPSC sport. As examples, we selected soft gun cases, Ammo Handi Carrier, and Guga Ribas knee pads. The tough, durable nylon cover protects the gun against dust and moisture from the shooting range: thanks to the two zippers around it, it can be quickly placed and removed.Other protection is provided by the Guga Ribas knee pads. At the IPSC it is not uncommon to have to shoot in a kneeling or prone position and the knees end up hitting the ground or the rocks. In order not to end the competition limping, shooters end up choosing hard shell knee pads that offer good protection, but greatly limit freedom of movement. The Guga Ribas knee pads consist of a good combination of neoprene on the outside with a foam insert on the inside, strong enough to provide protection when in contact with hard objects and at the same time as thin as possible not to interfere with the movements. The knee pads are closed by means of two velcro strips and can be placed without having to remove the shoes.Who has never been here? We never find what we need away because we tend to fill our bags with things we never use. In fact, what we need to have at hand both in the tournament and in practice are the magazines and ammunition. A practical solution to this dilemma is the compact tipping bag that holds ammunition, loaders, and other essentials. Everything else remains in the larger bag that can be left in the car. The case fits 6 magazines, has two smaller zippered compartments (at each end of the bag for important things such as documents), as well as a spacious enclosed main compartment (for ammunition and later, empty brass). In addition to the hand strap, the bag also has a longer strap that allows it to be comfortably carried on the shoulder. For the prices of 29.95 Euros for the case, 39.95 Euros for the pair of knee pads and 49.95 Euros for the Handi-Carrier you can become the owner of these extremely useful items.
We thoroughly tested all Guga Ribas products presented here for several weeks. The OFA holster and the V1 loaders have been tested with a wide variety of weapons, from a single stack 1911, through a Sig Sauer P320 Full to a heavier pistol in the form of a Tactical Sports Orange CZ. The fit of the holster to the respective guns was done relatively easily and progressively faster, although we have to admit that we had some delay the first time and we succeeded only after careful study of the detailed and very well-crafted manual. This happens because of the great amount of adjustments that make it possible for the holster to adapt to such a large number of guns maintaining the same level of safety and reliability. Therefore, we advise you to read the Guga Ribas Universal holster user manual extensively. If you take it seriously you can take advantage of the IPSC tiny holster from the beginning and, above all, for a long time. Providing spectacular service, Atlas-Taktik also has special instructions to adjust the holster to the most common gun models available for download. Once you have found your setting on the rig the fastest drawing and magazine changes times are possible. Something that we also noticed positively that the Guga Ribas Universal Holster is surprisingly tolerant of canting the weapon. Even with deliberately pulled away from the body or towards the body, the weapon was reliably released. All in all, Guga Ribas products have proven their practicality and are an asset to ambitious shooters who are looking for high-quality equipment for practical shooting. In view of the high quality and versatility of the Universal holster and the V1 magazine pouches, the estimated prices are also in order. Finally, it should not go unmentioned that Guga Ribas granted on all products a lifetime warranty.