GEAR REVIEW: Comptac MTAC
I was recently in the market for a new holster for my Glock 19, and I chose the Comptac MTAC. This holster has been around for a while, but Comptac updated the MTAC in the last few years so it now does not accept the Generation 1 kydex bodies. I understand that the function of the holster is unchanged.
For those who do not know, the MTAC is a "hybrid" kydex/leather holster that is very similar to the Crossbreed Supertuck. These types of holsters make carrying a bigger pistol (the G19 is certainly more substantial than my M&P Shield) much more comfortable because the leather backing distributes the pressure of the gun over a larger area than conventional clip holsters. Due to an old sports injury, I pinch a nerve in my hip when I carry my Glock in a Galco "Summer Comfort" (Galco's version of the Milt Sparks Summer Special) or in a Remora (a great holster for little guns like the Shield). I have worn the MTAC every waking minute of the last three days, and I have not noticed any pain.
I have been wearing this holster at 3:00 even though the manufacturer suggests it be worn at 4:00-4:30, and I have not had many problems. The leather backing can poke my right thigh a bit when I sit down, but it is not uncomfortable or annoying. My only real complaint about the MTAC so far is the retention. This holster is so tight that I cannot draw my gun without pushing against the leather backing with my thumb as I draw the gun. When I attempt to draw the gun just by pulling on the grip, the holster does not give AT ALL and the seam of my pants gets pulled violently into a very sensitive spot. I have the tensioning screws all the way loose, but I still cannot draw without getting squeezed and talking in a very high voice for several minutes afterward.
This holster would be perfect if my retention issues were solved, and I am hoping that it continues to break in. I would appreciate any advice on how to better break in this type of holster, and I hope my review is helpful.