The Comp-Tac Minotaur MTAC is a leather/kydex hybrid inside the waistband (IWB) holster which offers alot to the concealed carry market. The customization options from Comp-Tac are thorough, and the design of the platform itself allows for swapping out the kydex bodies for other gun models (sold separately) giving the owner the ability to reuse the same leather chassis and carry different firearms.
The holster I received is for the fullsize 1911, and it makes that steel warhorse disappear. I found that the considerably reduced bulge made rotating and normal movements comfortable, with no pressure reminding me at every turn of the holster. The only downside I found carrying a 5 inch 1911 inside the waistband is the length running down my leg, which makes riding in a vehicle a hit-or-miss as far as posture and holster position go. Not bad once you find the sweet spot.
I also tried carrying a commander sized 1911 (4.25 inch barrel instead of 5 inches) and the retention was equal. If anything the real difference was a faster draw as the muzzle cleared the holster three quarters of a inch quicker. I'm pretty darned impressed.
Firearms Insider Reviews – 8 Key Points
Claim to Fame: The Minotaur MTAC is the ultimate level of deep concealment on the market today.
Target Market: Concealed Carriers
FNBs (Features & Benefits of this product):
- Behind the hip (4 o'clock position ideal)
- Adjustable Cant and Ride Depth
- Slim Profile
- Interchangable with other kydex bodies (modularity)
What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?: Black leather or Chestnut ($10 cheaper)
+ Flared opening assists in retrieval / reholstering weapon. + Slim profile of holster takes advantage of slim 1911 for a very flat profile, comparable to a pancake holster. + Clips are easy to manipulate with one hand/no looking, unlike really stiff metal clips. They are also interchangeable with other CT clips. + Hardware shows no sign of coming loose - threaded fasteners are built into leather + Interchangeability of spare bodies allows for consistency in carrying and training with other guns, other minotaur bodys go for $38.00 from CT
- While boasting modularity with other kydex bodies, the hardware doesn't make that conversion a quick process. The screws require a hex key, and downward pressure must be applied to compress rubber bushings for disassembly. Not a snap-and-go process but the overall durability and high integrity of the platform will remain true.