Month: March 2021

What is a Belt Stiffener? MTR Custom Leather explains it all right here|Must Read-It will change your mind about a belt.

Belt Stiffener….What is it? What is the purpose? What is the function? Where is it located at? What is it made of? Why a belt Stiffener?

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All questions are answered here. First of all a little background about where and how these questions are being answered. MTR Custom Leather, LLC a small family owned business made in NC, USA started off in 2009 making old fashion leather belts. In fact, all sorts of leather belts. Ranging in different colors, width, thickness, styles and shapes. The options were endless and exciting. MTRCL gave each custom then and still today several options to designing a belt to meet there needs, all the way down to the stitching color. MTRCL realized that everyone’s preferences, body types and styles are different and that belts really need to be tailored to each person. With this being said, over the years MTRCL have learned what works and what does not work through many customers’ experiences, testimonies, trials and test. And that my folks is how we came up with the answers to the questions above.

Belt Stiffener-what is it exactly? Where is it located at? Great questions!  It’s a 3rd piece of leather in between the 2 pieces of leather.

When you receive the belt, you will see a small indentation of the 3rd piece of leather in between the 2 pieces. If you look at the picture below you can see that the leather around the holes is raised higher than the edge of the belt. Also, if you look below the screws on the belt you can see where the stiffener ends before the screws.

Why Leather for a stiffener? By using a leather stiffener in our belts (instead of plastic/metal), we are able to extend it all the way through the holes to the end of belt, this way the holes will not stretch as fast. Leaving the belt stiff but flexible for comfort. MTRCL has learned over the years that leather tends to be the best option for a internal stiffener. Metal and plastic breaks warps/breaks with the binding and flexing of the belt over the years and can be quite uncomfortable. By using metal or plastic MTRCL is unable extend the metal/plastic all the way through the holes, due to not being able to hand punch each hole. Yeah that’s right we said “HAND PUNCH”.

MTRCL have even seem the internal metal stiffeners come through the leather due to the sharp edges. ;(. What’s a great stiff belt if the holes start to stretch or tear???:O ON the other hand, nylon webbing tend to be too flexible and soft and not enough support for long term use.

Function of an internal leather stiffener? Internal stiffeners is a great variation to choose when buying a gun belt. Adding a stiffener will increase the belt’s stiffness, durability and rigidness. You will experience less stretching and rolling over of the belt. The adjustment holes will say nice and round longer. Most important, a stiff belt will most definitely increase the draw of the weapon. Belts with stiffeners aid in supporting the weight of the holster, weapon, magazine pouches and anything else that you may carry on your belt. By supporting the weight of the weapon, holster and ammo pouches brings better concealment.

Conclusion- MTRCL has got to wrap this up or this blog will turn into a book, that’s how much compassion we have for our leather products. Once a hobby that turned into a reality dream come true. Once to make side money while working a full time job to providing an income for multicable families.

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Reality Conclusion about why you should invest in an internal stiffener? You really should have a reinforced gun belt if you’re going to carry every day. Otherwise, you’ll have a big, beefy strip of leather that will work great…for a month or two or less. Then it will break in, soften and slowly start to sag and fall apart. After that happens, it will only be a matter of time before you’ll need to replace it. What would be the point of investing in a good piece of leather if you’re only going to need a new one?

American Rifleman | New for 2021: Walther Arms PDP-New Walther Release 


Walther Arms has always been known for its incredibly comfortable, ergonomic handgun designs, and the latest model from the company launched in 2021 doesn’t disappoint on that front. The Walther Performance Duty Pistol (PDP) is an all-new lineup that incorporates some of the best features ever found in a Walther handgun.

One of the highlights of the Walther PDP is its milled slide, which is designed to accept a range of popular red-dot sights when used with the correct mounting plate. When you buy a Walther PDP, you’re entitled to a free mounting plate of your choice from Walther, which enables you to run the optic of your choice. As it comes from the factory, though, the milled slide cut is covered by a contoured cover plate that maintains the lines of the gun and gives you a clear view of the enhanced open sights.

Following the milled slide, the other story on the Walther Arms PDP is found in its ergonomics. In fact, the ergonomics of this gun are designed expressly for optimized use of a red-dot sight. The grip itself is contoured in such a way that it provides you with a natural aiming presentation, thanks to the position of your pinky finger and support hand. When you line the gun up with the target, that dot will drop right in your line of sight, enabling you to get shots of quickly and intuitively.

In addition to the grip contours, you’ll also find an enhanced grip texture on the Walther Arms PDP. The Performance Duty texture is an exclusive design from Walther, which incorporates geometric tetrahedrons that allow you to gain impressive grip without experiencing the irritation found on more aggressive stippling and texturing. On the slide, Walther’s incorporated what it calls SuperTerrain serrations, which have been raised above the flat plain of the slide to give you deeper cuts that promote control over your slide and give you greater grip.

Watch our American Rifleman New for 2021 video above to learn more about the Walther Arms PDP.

Walther Arms amped up its product offerings in 2021 with its PDP, an enhanced, duty-style semi-automatic with incredible ergonomics.

Source: American Rifleman | New for 2021: Walther Arms PDP



FEBRUARY 23, 2021

GENESEO, ILL. (2/23/21) – Springfield Armory® is proud to introduce an exciting new variant of its wildly popular micro 9mm Hellcat® — the Hellcat RDP™ (Rapid Defense Package). The RDP is replete with features that make this high-capacity, ultra-compact pistol even more versatile.

The new Hellcat RDP builds on the success and popularity of the original Hellcat OSP™ micro 9mm with the addition of a 3.8″ threaded barrel and an included Self Indexing Compensator. Compact and capable, the compensator vents gas from the barrel to significantly reduce muzzle rise and felt recoil. Made of lightweight 8082 aluminum, the compensator features a patented self-indexing mounting system that ensures the port is correctly oriented every time. That means it’s a breeze to install or remove with no need for shims or tools.

“The Hellcat reshaped the way people viewed what a CCW pistol can be. Now, the Hellcat RDP is taking the performance of this highly capable pistol to the next level,” says Steve Kramer, Vice President of Marketing for Springfield Armory.

Also debuting today is HEX™ optics by Springfield Armory. Direct-mounted on the slide of the Hellcat RDP is the all-new HEX Wasp™ red dot, utilizing the Springfield Micro™ footprint made popular by the Hellcat OSP. The ruggedly built, IPX7 waterproof-rated Wasp features an aluminum body and an anti-glare-coated glass lens, and its low-mount design means it can co-witness with the handgun’s fixed tritium/luminescent front sight and Tactical Rack U-Notch rear sight.

“We are excited about the introduction of HEX optics for the self-defense market. Built to the same standards of quality and performance you have come to expect from Springfield Armory, HEX precision crafted optics offer exceptional value and are backed by a lifetime warranty,” continued Steve Kramer.

The Hellcat RDP also features an optional low-profile ambidextrous manual safety located at the rear of the frame, and the new Gen 2 Hellcat trigger. This new trigger offers enhanced ergonomics for a wide range of hand sizes for an even more comfortable shooting experience.

With all these features plus the handgun’s impressive 11- and 13-round capacities, the Hellcat RDP is a formidable, cutting-edge self-defense firearm.


HELLCAT® 3.8” RDP™ 9mm, manual safety |  HC9389BTOSPWASPMS

For more information on the Hellcat RDP, visit:

For more information on HEX optics, visit:


About Springfield Armory®

In 1794, the original Springfield Armory began manufacturing muskets for the defense of our young, free Republic. The Armory functioned as a firearms supplier for every major American conflict until 1968 when the government sadly closed its doors. In 1974, nearly two centuries after its inception, Springfield Armory Inc. in Geneseo, Ill. revived the iconic heritage of the Armory to carry on its legacy.

We strive to honor this responsibility as guardians of the original Springfield Armory legacy by manufacturing the highest quality firearms to enable responsible citizens to preserve their right to keep and bear arms in the defense of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

With an unmatched emphasis on craftsmanship, performance and exceptional customer service, our mission is to forge superior firearms and provide the tools necessary to defend individual freedoms and equality for those who embrace the rights and principles secured by our Founding Fathers. For more information, please visit us at:

Leather Holsters available at: 

A-1B SOB (small of the back) Defense Holster in a whole new look!!!

Same holster as yesterday, but with Mahogany bullhide leather! Which combo color do you think is the best? #teamMah or #teamSaddle


It’s going to be a SOB week…

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