Article submitted by Adam O’Quinn
Comp-Tac Minotaur MTAC Inside the Waistband Holster Review
Since receiving my concealed carry license almost ten years ago I have carried a firearm almost daily. For most of that time I’ve used a Galco FX226 outside the waistband pancake holster. It has served me well and I continue to use it when circumstances allow, however there are times when the type of dress I am forced to wear or type of event I will be attending make it impractical. That being the case I found myself in the market for a good concealable inside the waistband holster.
After looking around online a bit I opted to go with the Minotaur MTAC IWB holster by Comp-Tac. The MTAC features a leather backing piece with interchangeable kydex holster bodies attached via four hex screws, with the two screws closest to the weapon’s trigger guard doubling as the weapon retention adjustment, and two belt clips that are adjustable for ride height and holster cant.
As a Glock user this holster appealed to me because by purchasing the 9/40/357 slide model of the MTAC I was able to have one holster that fit my G17, G19, and G26 with no modification. Comp-Tac did this by leaving the muzzle end of the holster open thereby allowing the excess slide/frame of the G17 and G19 to extend just past the end of the kydex on the holster. The muzzle of the G26 sits basically flush with the end of the kydex holster body.
I also liked that the holster allowed for a fairly wide range of adjustment when it came to ride height and cant due to the multi slot belt clips. Another plus to the holster is that the kydex bodies are easily interchangeable. By purchasing a 1911 kydex body I was basically able to have a second holster for a fraction of the cost.
When I received my MTAC it came with the holster, an instruction sheet, a hex key, a an NRA membership flyer, and a package of Smarties candy. I’m not going to lie, getting the Smarties made me smile.
I have been wearing my MTAC on and off as circumstances dictate for almost a year now and have no real complaints. It conceals well in both t-shirts and button up shirts, especially so if a situation dictates that I have to tuck my shirt in, and I’ve not had anyone realize I was carrying while using the MTAC. While you’ll never forget it’s there the holster is comfortable to wear, and after a quick break in the leather backing conforms to the your body nicely. As with most IWB holsters I’d recommend wearing pants with a bit of room in the waist to accommodate the holster comfortably. The minimalist in me wishes the holster’s footprint was a bit smaller however it does not cause any issues and isn’t really a complaint on my part.
The only real issue I had was with the standard belt clips that come with the holster. Because there is no type of hook feature on the bottom of the standard belt clip it did not securely grip against the bottom edge of my belt when drawing the gun from the holster. This led to the holster coming out with the gun on a few practice draws. Comp-Tac warns about this in the holster instruction sheet and advises that keeping your belt tight is necessary to ensure proper holster retention. It’s a personal preference issue, and while I’m not sagging my pants like a gangsta rapper, I don’t like being forced to keep my belt snugged down that tight.
I envisioned that the standard belt clips could present this problem when looking at their shape online so I ordered the optional C-clip belt clips with the holster as well. The C-clip features a hook shape on both ends of the belt clip which not only aides in securing the holster to your belt but in concealment as well since there aren’t two plastic strips covering the outside of your belt several inches apart. With the C-clips installed keeping the holster in my waistband while drawing the weapon was never again an issue, and I am completely satisfied they resolved the problem.
In summary I’ve found the MTAC to be a well made holster that does well in its intended role of providing weapon concealment and comfortable wear. I do strongly recommend purchasing the optional C-clip belt clips. The MTAC will continue to be my go to holster when I need the concealment only an IWB holster can provide.