Month: July 2022

What is a Combat Cut in Leather Holsters? Standard cut in leather holsters? What is the fastest drawing holster?

Starting with the basics, what is a combat cut hybrid holster? Combat cut refers to the cut of the leather behind the gun, the side closest to your body. What it means is that the leather behind the grip area of your gun has been removed. Leather still remains behind the frame and slide of the gun.

This method of cutting the leather got its name because in combat you need to be able to quickly draw from your holster. Removing the leather from behind the grip of the gun results in a quicker and easier draw. Making it not only better suited for combat situations but also for everyday carry.

So, just to reiterate, a combat cut on a hybrid holster, is when the leather behind the grip of the gun is removed for a smoother and easier draw.

What is Standard Cut On A MTR Custom Leather Holsters?

Moving on to standard cut. If you don’t want a combat cut holster, what other cut is available? That would be a standard cut! Since combat cut is the removal of the leather behind the grip of the gun, the standard cut holster is going to still have that leather there.

What this means is the full-size backing (non combat cut) of the holster is sitting between your body and your gun. This leather acts as a cushion between the grip of the gun and your body, sometimes making it more comfortable than the combat cut.

So, standard cut just means the leather backing of the holster is cut to full size. There are no accommodations for easier drawing like there is with combat cuts. But that doesn’t mean drawing from a standard cut holster isn’t easy, it may just take a little extra practice.

Why Would I Want a Combat Cut Holster?

Imagine you are standing in line at the grocery store. You’ve got your cart with your groceries for the week and are loading them onto the counter as you make light conversation with the cashier. You notice someone walking toward your register in a hood, as you continue unloading your groceries you keep an eye on this person.

They approach your cashier and demand that they are given the money in the register as they have a gun pulled out. You quickly reach for your sidearm when they aren’t looking at you but your hand fumbles as you try to draw your gun because of the leather from your holster being in the way. Thankfully you are able to draw your weapon and protect yourself and the other people in the store. But if you hadn’t been able to draw because of the leather getting in your way, you could have been seriously injured.

In this situation, the leather holster you were wearing was a standard cut and that is why there was leather that got in your way as you were drawing. As we mentioned earlier combat cut removes the leather that is typically behind the grip of the gun so you don’t have to fumble with the leather as you draw. Overall, having a combat cut on your hybrid holster makes it easier to draw your gun.

Pros of a Combat Cut Hybrid Holster

(no combat cut)

Let’s talk about the pros of choosing to get your leather holster with a combat cut. We’ve been talking about what combat cut is and why you may want it which leads us into the pros of combat cut.

The primary benefit of having a combat cut is that it allows for easier grip access. Having the full leather backing on your hybrid holster can slow your draw time. With the leather behind the grip of the gun, in order to draw your gun from your holster, you will need to make sure your thumb slides between the leather and grip for a good master grip.

Having a combat cut means you can get a master grip and quickly draw your gun. But keep in mind not having a full leather backing means the grip of your gun will be against your body instead of the leather. If you find this is irritating you can wear an undershirt behind the holster so that the grip isn’t against your skin.

Some people find that not having the additional leather keeps them cooler and reduces sweat. Overall, combat cut is a very popular option when purchasing hybrid holsters to create a smoother and easier draw in an everyday carry holster.

Pros of Standard Cut Holster

We covered the pros of combat cut so it’s only appropriate that we talk about the pros of a standard cut holster as well. To review standard cut is the full size leather backing on a holster.

Many people find that having the extra leather between the grip of the gun and their body adds additional comfort to an already comfortable holster. But the extra leather does something else too. It acts as a barrier between your body and your gun to help protect it from any sweat that may get on it. This can be especially important if you live in a warmer climate like Florida.

So, while combat cut has its benefits a standard cut holster does too. Some people prefer the added comfort of the full leather backing.


A quick recap, a standard cut holster has a full size leather backing. Some people find this to be more comfortable than the alternative and the extra leather acts as a sweat shield for your gun. A combat cut holster, on the other hand, has the leather removed from behind the grip of the gun for an easier draw. Since there is less leather this cut can result in less sweat.

An example of a holster that offers these two cut options is our A-1 Thoroughbred Holster. This holster falls under the category of IWB Holster. It is an IWB holster made of our durable all natural bull hide leather or horse hide leather of your choice. Each of our holsters are made to order and molded for your specific gun model.

Ultimately what holster and cut style you choose to carry with is based on what meets your needs and what you find comfortable.

We recommend visiting our Holsters by Gun Model page if you are looking for holsters that are custom made for your weapon of choice. For all of our belt and holster options and for more information to help you choose the carry system that works best for you, visit our MTR Custom Leather, LLC website.

Looking for items beyond holsters and belts? Check out our Shop Page for popular products links like MAGAZINE POUCHES, maintenance, LEATEHR CONDITIONERS, RIFLE SLINGS, UKOALA CONCEALMENT BAGS, SPEED LOADER POUCHES and more.


Leather Holster Belt Attachment Options. Multiple Options to carry your holster on your belt.

Unsure which one to choose? Try all of them!

Tuckable Spring Steel Clip come on the holster, this clip requires a sturdy 1-1/2″ gun belt 1/4″ for the best function of this holster. Ulticlip3+ has a flat mounting area with 2 slots and 1 hole allowing for multiple mounting options; does not require a belt, mounts directly onto the pants and the belt would go on top of the clip for better concealment. Ulticlip XL is the world’s first multi-tool holster clip and locking steel belt loop. No longer do you have to choose between a holster clip or belt loop; with Ulticlip XL you can have both.

All leather with a military directional snap. Each leather loop has additional holes to adjust the ride height and cant of the holster. This is a great option, so you do not scratch your belt or car seats, allergic to metals, etc. ! Each strap can accommodate up to 1-1/2″ gun belt. Wider straps can be made to order!

Powder coated spring steel tuckable or non tuckable clips:


Check out the link below to describe to you more information about Ulticlips.

Leather Paddle

We take the original plastic paddle and we encase it with a leather sleeve (barrier).Therefore, the plastic paddle will not be touching the skin, still adjustable for cant and ride height.

Exotic Leather Color Options


Below is a list of our Exotic Leather color options, keep in mind that the colors may change in shade slightly due to every animal hide has pores and may absorb more color than others. Also, some photos are taken with more of a lighter/brighter shade due to the lighting. If you would like to learn more about the benefits of each exotic leather, please click the link below to our FAQ page to learn more. Check out other BLOG articles concerning our exotic leather. If you are looking for another color or another exotic leather than please send us an email to and provide us a picture of the shade of color and we will try our best to meet your needs. Keep in mind, some exotic leather or color options may not be in stock due to the exotic leather shortage.

Royal Blue, Pink, Natural (bottom middle)

Sky Blue Shrunken Bison Leather 6-7oz Carolina Blue Shrunken Bison

Peanut Bison Rolled Peanut Shrunken Bison

Ice Grey Tipped Elephant Antique Grey Elephant

Standard Grey Elephant

Brown Elephant

Ostrich Leather

See the source image Alligator/Cognac Leather

American Alligator - Belly - Burgundy - Millennium Mahogany Alligator Leather

Beaver Tail Crust
Beaver Tail Crust
Beaver Tail Glazed Orange
Beaver Tail Glazed Orange
Beaver Tail Glazed Forest
Beaver Tail Glazed Forest
Beaver Tail Glazed Red
Beaver Tail Glazed Red
Beaver Tail Glazed Cobalt
Beaver Tail Glazed Cobalt
Beaver Tail Glazed Navy
Beaver Tail Glazed Navy
Beaver Tail Glazed Burgundy
Beaver Tail Glazed Burgundy
Beaver Tail Glazed Cognac
Beaver Tail Glazed Cognac
Beaver Tail Glazed Brown
Beaver Tail Glazed Brown
Beaver Tail Glazed Black
Beaver Tail Glazed Black
Beaver Tail Matte Orange
Beaver Tail Matte Orange
Beaver Tail Matte Red
Beaver Tail Matte Red
Beaver Tail Matte Cobalt
Beaver Tail Matte Cobalt
Beaver Tail Matte Navy
Beaver Tail Matte Navy
Beaver Tail Matte Burgundy
Beaver Tail Matte Burgundy
Beaver Tail Matte Cognac
Beaver Tail Matte Cognac
Beaver Tail Matte Brown
Beaver Tail Matte Brown
Giraffe Denim Blue
See the source image Eel Leather
See the source image Brown Hippo Leather
See the source image Lizard
Ring Lizard
See the source image Stingray Color Options
Rainbow Stingray

See the source image Tiger Shark Leather

See the source image Cognac Shark

See the source image Evergreen Shark

See the source image Navy Shark

Burgandy Shark

MTR Custom Leather Stitching (Thread) and Leather Color Options for Belts, Holsters, Mag Carriers and More!

Color Chart

New Colors Grey and Copper

Leather Color Options are below with the same color matching thread color!



LEATHER TYPES & TERMS-Raw leather-Craft Leather-FYI

A summary of some of the common types and terms.

Aniline– Type of leather dyed exclusively with soluble dyes. Only the skin is dyed, the surface is not coated with a pigment, a dye coat top is sometimes applied to give a more even colour. Its lack of cover means it is the most attractive, supple and expensive leather, it also the leather which needs the most care.

Bellies – Taken from the edge of the ‘bend or butt’, vegetable tanned, the flank. This article is smaller & narrower in cutting area, it gives the user a classic veg leather at an economic price.

Bends – Term used for sole leather which denotes a half butt, vegetable tanned and rolled flat and hard for use in soles and heels.

Buffing – The process in which leather is sanded or buffed to remove the very top surface or imperfections.

Butts – A part of the hide, usually vegetable tanned, below the shoulders. The leather is generally thicker, less marked and longer & wider in size, suitable for cutting items such as belts.

Chrome Tanned Leather – tanned with chromium salts and/or chromium sulphates for a supple, pliable effect and to prevent discoloration and loss of shape when exposed to moisture.

Coated Leather– Generally made on a split, there is polymer coating applied to the surface which can be embossed to mimic a grain leather. The flexibility and breathability of the leather can be significantly different with a finished split.

Cordovan Leather – made from the tight, firm shell portion of horse butts. Cordovan has very fine pores and a characteristic finish, and is very durable.

Corrected Grain – Leather which is buffed to smooth out imperfections and a pigment is applied to the surface. The leather can then be used as a smooth hi-shine or embossed.

Full Grain– The term used for the outside original skin or hide which has had the hair removed, but otherwise has not been corrected or buffed. Full grain leather possesses the genuine grain of the skin and can also be known as Top Grain.

Linings – Generally a lower grade or economical priced leather used for lining products.

Nap – the term used to describe the fibres standing up on a suede or nubuck.

Nubuck– Aniline dyed leather which has been lightly abraded on the grain surface to create a velvety finish or nap. The nap is very fine because of the tight fibre structure in the grain layer.

Oily Nubuck – Nubuck can also be made with an oily top to give a ‘distressed’ or worn look used mainly on casual boots and shoes.

Patent – High gloss coating on the surface of the leather. It is flexible and retains some breathability.

Pigmented– A durable finish that is provided by a polymer surface coating which contains pigments.

Pull Up – The leather has had a surface finish of a dark wax, when the leather is flexed in shoes or creased in use the top colour lightens to give a ‘worn’ or used look.

Raw Hide– A hide or skin which has only been treated to preserve it before the tanning process.

Semi Aniline– This finish is more durable than aniline it still retains a natural appearance and the light pigment top coat gives a more consistent colour.

Shearling – Wooled sheep and lambskins, tanned with the wool intact.

Shoulders – These are used in both heavy vegetable form for insoles, heels etc. or in lighter weights for leather goods.

Sides – Half a whole hide, generally a cow hide, cut down the back bone to make two sides.

Suede- Leathers that are finished by buffing the flesh side (opposite to the top grain side) to produce a nap.

Suede Split – Leathers that are the underside of the skin, split away from the top grain, dyed and finely buffed.

Veg Tanned Leather– leathers that are made in pools where they remain for some weeks soaked in extracts of natural origin, like quebracho tree, mimosa, chestnut and animal fats.

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The Country’s Premier Hunting Expo-39th Annual World Deer Expo-MTR CUSTOM LEATHER WILL BE THERE

Expo-39th Annual World Deer Expo-MTR CUSTOM LEATHER WILL BE THERE

Expo-39th Annual World Deer Expo-MTR CUSTOM LEATHER WILL BE THERE

August 12-14, 2022

BJCC | Birmingham, AL

Friday: 3pm – 9pm    Saturday: 10am – 9pm    Sunday: 10am – 6pm

The Country’s Premier Hunting Expo

The Expo is promoted by Zack & Channing Brown. The two are avid hunters who have been blessed beyond belief to travel and hunt game all over the world.

We are dedicated to working all year long to promote and make the Expo the largest and best show it can possibly be for our attendees and exhibitors. We would like to give a special thanks to both our exhibitors and attendees. Without our devoted exhibitors’ commitment and our loyal attendees’ presence, our show would not be the quality expo that it is today. We can not express enough our appreciation of your business. We look forward to your participation again, at this year’s show!

Get ready for the ultimate sportsman’s paradise and the COUNTRY’S LARGEST 3 Day Hunting Consumer Show! The Expo features a weekend full of fun for everyone who loves hunting, fishing, and the great outdoors. The Expo has the Latest and Greatest of Hunting Products and Apparel, Outfitters from all over the World, BHA 3-D Archery Tournament, Big Buck Competition, Outdoor Celebrities, Hunt Giveaways, Hourly Door Prizes, Activities for the Kids, and More!


Special Guests


The Trout Pond


Frank Addington’s Archery Show


BHA 3-D Archery Tournament


Big Buck Competition


Hunt Giveaways

READ MORECornhole Tournament

Barney Fife Impersonator

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