Gear Review: CompTac MTAC Holster

I’ve been working my way through a number of goodies that the fine folks at Comp-Tac sent over a few weeks ago. Specifically, their belt and CTAC holster. Last up on the list is their MTAC holster built for my daily carry M&P 45C. In my review of the CTAC, I pigeonholed it as a competition or instructional holster only. I just couldn’t get it to be comfortable for any long period of time. But a lot of that had to do with how spoiled I was by the MTAC. Make the jump to get the full scoop . . .

The skinny on the MTAC is this: it’s a hybrid leather/kydex IWB holster meant for carry at the 4 o’clock position. The MTAC is tuckable and adjustable for ride height and cant as well as use with other guns. Simply swap out the Kydex half shell for one gun and move to another. When you order the MTAC, you are given the option for right or left handed configurations, three widths and seven styles of belt clips, and two kinds of leather backings.

Essentially, the IWB world is your oyster when it comes to MTAC options. Mine came outfitted as a right-handed model with 1.5 inch C clips.

Workmanship and finish was excellent and remained that way throughout the entire duration of the test. I noticed some wear around the edges of the holster after about a week, but no structural integrity issues were present. All of the hardware is top notch and required no ongoing maintenance.

Fitment was very tight from the beginning. So tight, in fact, that my M&P would go out of battery upon reholstering. I tucked the gun inside some socks, holstered it, and left it on a shelf while I waited for my CHL paperwork. Two days of stretching seemed to do the trick. She now rides securely, but not so secure that I can’t draw.

I will say, though, that my draw isn’t as fast with the MTAC as it was with the CTAC. Unfortunately, leather will never be as fast as Kydex. Additionally, reholstering was a bit difficult as the Kydex half shell sags inward a touch. You basically have to nudge the barrel in, push outwards from your body and continue as normal. Not a deal breaker and certainly not out of the ordinary for an IWB holster.

Being able to adjust ride height and cant was definitely a welcome addition. From the factory, my gun sat just a touch too vertically and would print hard with the grip. I angled things forward just a touch and did away with that problem altogether. It is also worth noting that I’ve been wearing the MTAC at the 3 o’clock position instead of 4 o’clock. I find that to be more comfortable and easier to conceal. As you can see in the photo above, the whole rig just tucks in to my side and disappears.

Speaking of concealability, the MTAC should be called the Houdini. I can happily report that the MTAC is responsible for my 4-1 record in the “Are you Carrying?” game I’ve started playing with my fiancée. In fact, the other night she was positively shocked to see me remove my rig when we got home. Parents, friends, strangers – no one can tell I’m carrying.

Last, but not least, let’s talk comfort. The MTAC makes carrying a hunk of steel and plastic comfortable. I was able to wear my M&P for hours without issue. That included long drives, brisk walks, and yes, the Wally Walk. The leather is stiff enough to hold its shape, but not so stiff that it becomes uncomfortable.

Specifications: Comp-Tac MTAC Holster

  • Type: IWB 4 o’clock
  • Materials: Hybrid of Kydex and leather
  • Adjustment: Adjustable for cant and ride height as well as belt size
  • MSRP: $85

Ratings (out of five stars)

Fit and Finish  * * * * *
Absolutely top notch work from the guys and gals at Comp-Tac. This holster is hell bent for stout and built to last.

Customization  * * * * *
Between the color, clip and backing colors, you can have it your way every day. Throw in the fact that you have a sizable number of adjustments options available for cant and ride height and you have yourself five stars for customization.

Comfort  * * * * *
Like an afternoon nap with the the dog locked up and golf on the tube. Pretty much as comfortable as it gets.