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I just purchased a Comp Tac MTAC holster for my Glock 19.
All the information I could find about this holster on the internet confirms it to be a quality product and the most comfortable IWB holster on the market.

Unfortunately, I am struggling to find a comfortable carry position and it is very difficult to draw and re-holster the weapon.
All the online videos make it look very easy.

What am I doing wrong?
 

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Welcome to DC! Where are you trying now? Are you using a quality gun belt? What kind of issues are you having with the Comp-Tac?
 

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I just purchased a Comp Tac MTAC holster for my Glock 19.
All the information I could find about this holster on the internet confirms it to be a quality product and the most comfortable IWB holster on the market.

Unfortunately, I am struggling to find a comfortable carry position and it is very difficult to draw and re-holster the weapon.
All the online videos make it look very easy.

What am I doing wrong?
I wore mine at 4:00 and was very comfortable for me. It took some wearing to break in after which it was more comfortable. Sometimes cant angle can make a big difference for comfort as well. Choose different holes for where the clips attach to the leather. Note, if this is your first IWB or your first hybrid, it can take some time to get used to having all that leather in your waistband.

As for retention, that is adjustable. The 2 screws that hold the kydex shell to the leather adjust the retention. Try loosening those.

Hope this helps, I loved my MTAC.
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I tried this holster for my Sig Sauer P229 and found that the holster made my gun feel very heavy and the bottom of the J-clips actually were printing on the back pocket of my jeans (carrying left-handed at about 8:00, so the equivalent of 4:00). I ended up returning it. I got a Remora IWB holster and have really liked it, but without any clips holding the holster in place, I do sometimes feel like it is riding up.
 

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Send us a photo, if you can. We are all very visual people. Oh yeah, we love gun porn, too!
 

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I have an mtac that I carry my G19 & G26 in. It is a very comfortable holster for me. It did take some break in time to improve the draw and re-holster. During that time I kept the tension screws as loose as possible to ease the draw. I carry mine at 3-3:30 and as someone mentioned the ride height and cant are adjustable and dramatically affect my comfort. I recommend making adjustments there to find what works for you.

I think you made a great choice, but it may take some dialing/breaking in until it feels just the way you like.
 

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For re-holstering, try setting both the belt hooks to the third hole from the top, with no cant. The top of the holster has to be within eye shot of your pants line to be easy to reholster. I have used mine in a few classes, and haven't had any trouble reholstering than I do with an outside the waistband kydex... just have to make sure the shirt is out of the way. A higher ride is more comfortable when sitting down as well, as the bottom of the leather is less apt to pinch your butt against a hard seat.

Most of my discomfort, was from the bottom of the J-hooks hitting my thigh or butt and pinching me, when the ride was set to ride to low. I cut them off below the 4th hole and ran a dremel sanding drum around them to take off the edges.

Try setting the front J-hook just ahead of your hip bone, or the belt loop above your front pocket... somewhere around 3:00 to 3:30 carry rather than further back, if you are wide enough in side profile (ahem) that the grip doesn't show past your back, or bump and bang into a hard back chair. If you are wearing low rise jeans, you may want to re-consider... a 19 has a long enough barrel that you won't find it comfortable without changing to something with a bit longer zipper length. I like duluth trading companies fire hose pants, and wrangler's rip-stop nylon cargo pants as they are relaxed fit and have enough material to have a high belt line without being "Crowded" down there when hiked up, because most of the clearance is needed when seated from the belt line to the top of your thigh for the leather backing, as well as the belt line/barrel to the seat you are sitting on.

You can set the ride lower the further back you go towards the small of your back, but if you do any amount of sitting it gets uncomfortable. A higher ride is normally more comfortable, and not much less concealable. A somewhat thick dark T-shirt in my normal size is good enough for me. I sold my G26, after moving to the 3:00 ride as the G19 is no harder to conceal in that location. The 45 double stacks are wider in thickness and harder to conceal without a cover garment.
 

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I bought a Comp-Tac Minotaur based on all the reviews as well. For me, it just didn't work. I tried every single cant angle and right height adjustment and nothing made it comfortable for me. I also found it was a pain in the butt to get on/off. I don't know your body type but I'm a skinny guy with no butt, I wonder if it's more suitable to bigger guys or those with J-Lo type butts!
 

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I don't know your body type but I'm a skinny guy with no butt, I wonder if it's more suitable to bigger guys or those with J-Lo type butts!
Being a scrawny old white guy I can't say I ever been accused of having a J-Lo type butt but I have found the MTAC works for me. I found that setting the clips so my belt ended up in the middle of the kydex shell worked best for me. Give it some time. I wish you luck.
 

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I bought a Comp-Tac Minotaur based on all the reviews as well. For me, it just didn't work. I tried every single cant angle and right height adjustment and nothing made it comfortable for me. I also found it was a pain in the butt to get on/off. I don't know your body type but I'm a skinny guy with no butt, I wonder if it's more suitable to bigger guys or those with J-Lo type butts!
I'm a medium guy and find the exact opposite. To get it on/off is so simple. Just pull the clips forward and pull the holster up off your belt. As far as comfort the more you wear it the softer and more comfortable it gets. Give it a second chance. I hate wearing anything 4:00 or farther back because my shirt rides up. BUT my comp tac Minotaur with my 19 is the only holster I've been able to comfortably and easily carry in those spots. It holds my gun tight and secure keeps it tight to my body for minimal if any printing at all and doesn't cut into me one tiny bit or get uncomfortable to carry all day long.
 

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Glad to hear it works for a lot of body types. Don't know why it didn't work for me, but I just don't like it. I bought a PJ holster for my shield and it's perfect for me. Might give the MTAC another shot with my 1911 come winter.
 

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I had one for my Glock 19 and it was the most comfortable holster I owned for that gun. Before that I had the shell for the M&P Shield and found it very uncomfortable. Now that the Glock is gone I have the shell for my HK P2000SK and it is very comfortable. All I can suggest is to play around with the cant and position. For me the best place is about the 4:30 position.

As for your other problem, simply loosen the screws until the gun slides in and out of the holster to your liking. I am curious if you have carried your Glock 19 IWB before because the problem can simply be that a Glock 19 is no lightweight in the carry department which is why I sold mine. I hardly carry my HK for the same reason. The only comfortable guns I can carry IWB are the Sig P938, Snubnose and XDs.
 

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Oh Man!

Thanks for all the replies. Will try to respond to everyone in this message:

1. Am currently trying between the 03h00 and 04h00 positions.
2. I am using a thick leather belt, but it is not a proper gun belt. Will give that a try if I fail with my current one.
3. At the moment it is very difficult to draw and reholster the weapon, but as you guys said, I may have to give it some time.
4. I think I am quite a skinny guy and also suspected my body shape may be a problem. Am relieved to see there are others who experienced the same issue. Will have to try a bit longer before making final judgement on that.
5. Unfortunately, returning the holster will be a bit tricky for me. Will have to make do or buy another.
6. The retention screws are almost completely open, thanks for confirming that course of action for me.
7. Great response from Zoomba. Thank you for your time. And Old Dog, the older you get, the more dangerous you become. In a fight, experience always wins.

Thanks again everyone. Will post an update by the weekend...
 

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How long have you been carrying concealed? Is this your first IWB? It can take some getting used to having a gun on, period, and IWB can take more time to get used to. Also, you have probably heard the phrase "big box of holsters" on the net; sadly, not every holster works for every person. I had a Theis kydex/horsehide hybrid very similar to the rig you have and even with a thin, light gun it was a mixed bag. I do have a bit of pudge on me, and the top of the kydex would sometimes jab me in the flab.:redface: Don't get me wrong, it was a good rig. But I never really got to where I liked it while I was sitting down.

For me the solution was getting a Garrett IWB. It's a kydex shell lined with leather. I can carry a full sized USP9 IWB in the Garrett very comfortably! I was shocked, to be honest. Now I'm not saying run out and get a Garrett because what works for me might now work for your. It may be that the Comp-Tac isn't going really satisfy you.

That said, often it just takes some work and some time dealing with break in.
 

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5'11'' 200 pretty lean. I carry a G22 in a MTAC currently and it conceals it completely under just a t shirt. Being a lefty I carry comfortably at 9-9:30. I have both hooks in their lowest position so the gun rides very low.

I removed both rubber spacers from the hooks as they were causing printing issues worse than the gun itself. Holster does just fine without them. I wear an a-shirt tucked in under the holster to keep it from rubbing on my skin.

I have the comp-tac and ares ranger belts. A good belt was a must for me because my previous flimsy belt was causing back pain.

I may pick up a g26 eventually to save size/weight but this holster does great with this brick I currently strap on my hip everyday.
 

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I've got 2 of the MTAC's, one for a 3" 1911 and one for an XDs. The former of these two is an easy clip on and go. I've adjusted it on holes 3 and 4 from the top, front to back. I wear it at 3:30 with surprising comfort. The other one is relatively new and I don't think I've found the perfect set up just yet. With the same hook positions as my other, it doesn't offer the same feeling. It's close but not quite right. I thought this a bit odd since the dimensions of the 2 side arms are relatively close. But I believe that the weight distribution is different with a poly frame and the grip is heavier with a stacked mag, so you've got a top heavy weapon when its holstered. This is the theory of a less than scientific mind. Keep tinkering and you should get there.

I also note that the shell for the XDs has a significant channel at the front for the sights. I could put a front blade on it that's 1/2" high.....for whatever reason, if I chose to. So re-holstering has to be done by focusing on the weapon being placed towards the rear of the holster rather than forward. I don't know if that even made sense but it's not so automatic for me. Fortunately I'm more concerned with delivery and putting it back in stock is a secondary concern. Good luck.
 

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I have 3 m-tacs.
S&W M&P 40c
Sig P229
Sig P6

I wear all between 3 & 4. IT took some adjust of cant and rise to find the best spot but all three ride the same way now. Love my M-TACs.
 
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