The Comp-Tac Minotaur MTAC Holster is what I reach for about 98% of the time and is the holster that I credit for changing my view on what guns I can comfortably carry.
Prior to purchasing the MTAC I carried a 9mm 1911 in a Milt Sparks VM2 and I believed it to be the Cadillac of carry rigs. I chose the 1911 because of its thin profile and because it was what all the cool kids were doing and I chose the VM2 because it is the design against which that all other leather IWB (Inside the Waist Band) holsters are measured. However, with the leather holster body and metal and leather reinforcement, I felt the VM2 was thicker than it needed to be.
About that time I also acquired my 1st Glock 19 and needed a holster for it and decided to try a hybrid holster. At the time, my thought was that I didn’t care if the Kydex hurt the Glock and I thought the thinner profile of a hybrid holster would offset some of the Glock’s enormous width. To my surprise the Glock in the MTAC was THINNER than the 1911 in leather! Additionally the holster was more comfortable, it carried the weight better, and provided a smoother draw.
Today, I have multiple Glock 19′s and MTAC‘s for both of my EDC guns (Glock 19 and Kahr PM9).
At the the time that I purchased my Comp-Tac Minotaur MTAC there were 2 major choices in hybrid IWB holsters.
- A well known company with a large advertising budget’s model with a single thickness leather backing, permanently affixed holster body and steel belt clips that prominently display the marking of the owners faith
- Comp-Tac Minotaur MTAC Holster with a double thickness leather backing, replaceable and tension adjustable holster bodies, and non nondescript plastic belt clips that allowed for height and cant adjustment.
Reading those descriptions it should have been an easy choice, but since Comp-tac was unknown to me I anguished over the decision and finally purchased the MTAC because it seemed to have better fit and finish and its stitching looked like a quality holster and because of it did not associate overtly with any religious faith.
The Comp-Tac Minotaur MTAC‘s double thickness leather is thoughtfully designed to cover all the hardware, eliminating the possibility of it scratching the wearer and providing additional strength to carry the weight without sagging and to resist movement on the draw. However, it does not cover the area behind the slide so it doesn’t add additional thickness to the holster as it is worn. The two pieces are joined with very nice stitching and the edges are finished like a full leather holster.
The Holster body itself is molded from the same .125 thickness kydex as the rest of their holster line and has a smilar construction. Comp-tac has removed almost all of the definition in the holster and the inside almost looks milled. This makes for an exceptionally smooth draw.
The retention in this holster comes from both the small teardrop shaped depression you find in their other holsters, as well as, the friction provided by the leather and the tension of the belt.
The holster can be had with 3 styles of injection molded clips, in any of 4 different colors to help hide their presence and sized for 1.25″, 1.5″ or 1.75″ belts. I use the standard black clips on a black belt and find they hold exceptionally well. I would not expect the c-clips or the velcro clips to perform quite as well, but they would add to the holsters already remarkable concealment.
Each style has multiple mounting holes and can be quickly changed with an allen wrench that comes with the holster. This system allows the holster to be adjusted for height and cant and makes the holster tuckable.
I have purchased and sold many different holsters, including my Milt Sparks VM2, but I still wear my Comp-Tac Minotaur MTAC daily, I used it when I started competing in IDPA and wore it through a weeks training at the US Training Center, and highly recommend it for a concealed carry holster.