Anyone else check out the new Raven Concealment Systems “Copia” pistol mag pouches? If not you should definitely check them out! I bought my first RCS holster and mag pouches in 2010 after checking out the 1911 setup Larry Vickers had in class. It was good gear but it wasn’t a huge departure from what you’d expect most kydex holsters and pouches to be.

THIS…. This is cool and a significant improvement over what I’d come to expect from a kydex shop. The Copia magazine pouches are injection molded, ambidextrous and can be used with most common double stack mags. What that means is I no longer need a set for my G17, one for the M&P or the 2011 pistol. The same pouches will work on a variety of mags and can be adjusted for additional retention as needed. I like the fact RCS uses injection molded plastic for the mag pouch and the belt loops as it provides some flex or give. That makes it easier to thread on your belt, carry as a EDC option and leads me to believe they’ll bend before they break.

I also got a G17 Phantom light compatible holster and it uses the similar injection molded belt loops as the Copia mag pouches. As someone who’s had holster belt loops break more than once I suspect this is going to be more durable. The Phantom holster is a snug fit close to the hip, provides solid retention without impacting my ability to draw the gun. Overall I’m REALLY impressed by how far Raven Concealment has come since 2010 and I’m wondering how I can upgrade all my gear to RCS holsters and mag pouches.

Side note: My Fire 4 Effect Weapon Systems, LLC G17 with the Rule fIVe slide, microdot stippling and match trigger is still going strong. I ran it during last weekends Defensive Handgun course with zero issues and it’s been my primary carry and teaching gun for a year now.


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Adam Wilson

Adam Wilson is a U.S. Army Sniper and senior NCO with multiple combat deployments, a background in reconnaissance and small unit operations. During his 18 years of military service he has held every MTOE slot in a Sniper section to include an assignment as the SEO/Sniper Section Leader for a forward deployed Infantry Battalion. He has utilized all currently issued U.S. Army Sniper weapons systems including the XM2010, M110 SASS, and M107. In addition to being a qualified Sniper he is a graduate of the Sniper Employment Leaders Course and the Army Marksmanship Unit’s Squad Designated Marksman and Rifle Instructor courses. Outside of the military he has obtained the NRA Pistol and Rifle Instructor certifications and served as a product consultant for several defense and firearms industry companies.

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