Holster/Magazine Break-In

This category states the process of breaking in your leather products whether it be a holster, thumb breaks or magazine carriers. If your leather product is tight than check out this category for the best help towards breaking in your leather product.

NEW Shoulder Rig Instructions


About:

MTR Custom Leather shoulder rigs not only profound in concealment, function and comfort, they also accommodate changes in the user’s carrying routine. You can purchase individual horizontal or vertical shoulder holsters only to accommodate different handguns. A second holster of your choice can be added to the same shoulder rig to create a OO7 rig. All shoulder rigs comes with one holster, one double ammo pouch and ties for each.

 

Assembly:

  1. Verify contents of bag. Each shoulder rig should include: one holster, one double ammo pouch with tie downs on each.
  2. Check fit of your gun and ammo pouch, then break-in as needed. Please follow the instructions on the back of your thank you letter for a guide to break in your leather goods.

 

Tie-Downs:

Tie-downs are designed to anchor the shoulder rig components to your gun belt. Tie-downs are optional items and are used as a matter of personal preference. You can take on the attached tie downs by easily un-snapping the directional military snap (Refer to small instruction sheet on how to work the military directional snap).

  • Tie-downs to connect ammo pouch to gun belt
  • Tie-downs to connect holster to gun belt
  • Tie-downs allows for the harness to stay in place when in movement.

 

Instructions:

  1. Put your empty shoulder rig on like you would a coat or, some prefer to put it on over there head like a t-shirt. The flexible swivel base plate located on the back of the shoulder rig with 4 screws should be centered between your shoulders blades below the base of the neck. Make sure that the natural color side of the shoulder rig is against the body and the smooth color side is facing the outside. This will allow friction and stability of the shoulder rig on your clothing. Also, sweating or body oils will not affect the natural backing. It will actually allow for a more comfortable feeling.
  2. Insert the unloaded handgun and magazine/speed loaders in there pouch.
  3. Adjust the ride height and cant position of the holster and ammo pouch to the most concealable and comfortable fit for your body type. This adjusting process of the shoulder rig is critical; spend the time to get the correct correct fit. A rig that is set up in a hurried fashion results in a sloppy fit and compromised function. Many users find it easier to have another person adjust the shoulder rig for them while they remain stationary. This can be done by adjusting the screws on the each strap of the rig. Adjusting the the holster and ammo pouch consist of 2 straps each. To angle the rig, one strap may be higher than the other strap.
  4. Once it’s fitted correctly, remove shoulder rig carefully, trying to not alter the adjustments.
  5. Secure all hardware in place. Ensure that all screws are tighten snugly. Applying a small amount of clear fingernail polish to the threads will minimize screw back-out.
  6. Put shoulder rig back on and recheck all adjustments.
  7. When you are absolutely certain of all adjustments you may trim off excess leather straps length. Please consider the following:
  1. It often may require wearing the shoulder rig for several days before fine tuning is complete.
  2. Before permanently shortening the rig, keep in mind future use with seasonal clothing, body armor, weight fluctuations, etc.

  

  

 

How to break-in a thumb break/retention strap on a holster

a-8a_02If your Holster has a thumb break/ retention strap: You may need to stretch the retention strap before you get it to snap. With your fingers only (no tools, water, chemicals, or etc.). You may need to break in the holster first by using the 6 simple steps above.

 

    1. Place your UNLOADED firearm in the holster.
    2. Hold the firearm grip in your dominant hand and the thumb break strap/retention strap in the opposite hand.
    3. Prepare the strap for stretching by grasping the snap and pulling the strap firm (remove the slack).
    4. Twist the strap about 90 degrees back and forth in a clockwise and counterclockwise rotation about 10-15 times while keeping it firm.
    5. Firmly push the firearm away from you while pulling on the strap and continue rotating the strap.
    6. Release the tension for a moment and repeat 3-4 times as needed.
    7. Pull the strap over the back of the firearm without releasing tension.
    8. While maintaining the strong tension attempt to snap the retention strap closed.
    9. Repeat step 5 and 6 as needed.

 

Following and repeating the above instructions is the only way to an ideal break –in and long service life and proper fit that will last many years. It is common for the inside of the leather to scratch from a single holstering, that’s known as etching. A smooth leather lined holster will be even more subject to this normal occurrence. After this initial etching, the holster will custom fit your firearm. When testing out MTR Custom Leather products for proper fitment, never place a loaded firearm in a holster without first testing. Should any MTR product become worn, loose, broken, defective or ill-fitting, or in your opinion is unsafe, cease use immediately.

Holster & Ammo Magazine Break-In

LEATHER BREAK-IN/FIT

 MTR Custom Leather holsters/leather products are manufactured from only the premium materials and our technique molding is very accurate to specific firearms. When you receive your leather product from MTR it may appear to fit close-fitting at first, but this by design. MTR engineer our product to fit snug knowing that the leather filaments will relax and give to the proper fit with use.

 UNLOAD YOUR FIREARM before testing holster fit.

If the holster/magazine has tension screws: Since the tension components are not pre-set at the factory, you may need to adjust them in order to the holster your firearm or magazine the first time. We recommend that you check your tension screw adjustment before each use. There is no reason to completely remove the tension components. Do not use Loctite or any other form of Loctite on the tension components. Nevertheless, you can apply a single drop of clear nail polish to your tension screw threads, this may reduce loosening.

If the fit is too tight when holstering your firearm/magazine the first time, than don’t force it. If you do force the firearm/magazine into the leather, it may be very difficult to draw/remove. Instead, please follow these 6 simple steps to break in your new leather.

 

  1. Place the UNLOADED firearm or magazine in a plastic freezer bag, or 2-3 layers of clear plastic wrap. Do NOT cover the grip.
  2. Insert the bagged/wrapped firearm/magazine gradually into the leather, lightly twisting it side to side to minimize tearing of the bag/wrap.
  3. Once the firearm/magazine is completely seated in the leather, twist it about 1/16” in both directions 7-13 times.
  4. Allow the bagged/wrapped forearm/magazine to sit in the leather for about 16 minutes.
  5. Remove the firearm/magazine from the leather and remove the bag/wrap from the firearm/magazine.
  6. Insert the UNLOADED firearm or magazine into the leather, which should be snug but not loose. If it is still too tight, repeat the above steps until the leather is broken in to your satisfaction. Following and repeating the above instructions is the only way to an ideal break –in and long service life and proper fit that will last many years.

 

It is common for the inside of the leather to scratch from a single holstering, that’s known as etching. A smooth leather lined holster will be even more subject to this normal occurrence. After this initial etching, the holster will custom fit your firearm. When testing out MTR Custom Leather products for proper fitment, never place a loaded firearm in a holster without first testing. Should any MTR product become worn, loose, broken, defective or ill-fitting, or in your opinion is unsafe, cease use immediately

Following and repeating the above instructions is the only way to an ideal break –in and long service life and proper fit that will last many years.

 

It is common for the inside of the leather to scratch from a single holstering, that’s known as etching. A smooth leather lined holster will be even more subject to this normal occurrence. After this initial etching, the holster will custom fit your firearm.

 

When testing out MTR Custom Leather products for proper fitment, never place a loaded firearm in a holster without first testing.

 

Should any MTR product become worn, loose, broken, defective or ill-fitting, or in your opinion is unsafe, cease use immediately.

 

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