A Word about COVID-19 from MTR Custom Leather to our Customers and Potential Customers

A Word about COVID-19

To Our Customers,

We know that there is a growing concern surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it is affecting our various supplies and resources. We’re reaching out to you to let you know that we’re keeping you and our surrounding communities in mind while continuing business in a safe and clean environment.

Please know that any of our employees that are concerned, or sick are able to stay home, while others are taking all precautions to keep your experience with MTR Custom Leather, LLC  a safe one and healthy. While we continue with limited staff, please note that some orders may have a slight delay. Our main concern is the health and safety of you, our customer, and our friends and families.

We have attached additional information about COVID-19 in the link below from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at cdc.gov.

Remember to stay safe and wash your hands!


MTR Custom Leather, LLC



Donald Trump, the coronavirus Update Today

The latest on the pandemic

According to Johns Hopkins data, the number of worldwide cases of coronavirus has reached 200,000.

-France, Spain and Italy are on lockdown; Americans have been told to limit gatherings to 10 people.

-Four members of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets have tested positive for the virus, including Kevin Durant.

-Once the hot spot for the virus, China has slowly started to return to normalcy as the number of domestic infections fall.

-The White House and members of Congress have proposed direct cash payments to Americans as people lose jobs and paychecks, but the Senate is yet to pass a smaller bill to fight the virus negotiated by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the White House.

Meet Dr. Anthony Fauci, the U.S. coronavirus point man who helped save the world from AIDS

He knew at once that something was amiss. “Five young men, all active homosexuals, were treated for biopsy-confirmed Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia at three different hospitals in Los Angeles, California. Two of the patients died,” read the opening of the now infamous Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for June 5, 1981.

“I started to get goose pimples,” Dr. Anthony S. Fauci would later recall. Then a young epidemiologist with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which he now directs, Fauci grasped well before many of his peers that HIV/AIDS, which would kill all five of the men in Los Angeles, was going to kill many more. And even as many in the Reagan administration downplayed the disease as a “gay cancer” that did not deserve the attention of the medical establishment, Fauci understood with tragic clarity that HIV/AIDS was not going to discriminate over its victims.



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NRA-ILA | Aloha to Freedom: Hawaii Lawmakers Push Severe Ammo Restrictions

In the last year, gun owners across the U.S. have watched in horror as California has rolled out its byzantine and unworkable ammunition restrictions. Since July 1, 2019, gun owners in the Golden State have been required to undergo a background check each time they purchase ammunition. The program has been a disaster. In December, the Sacramento Bee reported that tens of thousands of law-abiding Californians have been improperly denied ammunition purchases under the program, while only 101 were prohibited persons who were rejected. According to the report, “between July 1 and November, nearly one in every five ammunition purchases was rejected by the California Department of Justice.”

Not to be outdone, California’s neighbor to the left is seeking to outdo the Golden State tyrants with an even more intrusive scheme to harass law-abiding gun owners and ammunition buyers.

In late January, Hawaii lawmakers introduced HB 2736.

This legislation would mandate that an ammunition buyer prove to an ammunition seller that they own a registered firearm in the caliber they are seeking to purchase each and every time they buy ammunition. A firearm owner would have to show their firearms registration along with another form of government issued photographic ID in order to complete the purchase. Gun owners would not be permitted to purchase ammunition in calibers that they do not own a registered firearm in.

That means that a gun owner couldn’t pick up ammunition for himself and his friend who shoots a different caliber on the way to a hunting trip or a range. A son or daughter couldn’t pick up ammunition on the way to a gun-owning parent’s home in anticipation of some recreation shooting.

The legislation would permit one “alternate person” to buy ammunition for a registered firearm. However, the owner of the firearm must designate this person as an “alternate person” with the government on the firearm registration form. The “alternate person” must undergo a background check and be fingerprinted. This “alternate person” would then be issued a permit to purchase ammunition for that firearm.

Further, as gun owners are well aware, many firearms can use multiple calibers of ammunition. For instance, a .357-caliber revolver can typically be used with .38 Special. Other revolvers can chamber .45 Long Colt and .410 shotshells. Many AR-15 pattern rifles can use both .223 Remington and 5.56x45mm NATO. Firearms may have different barrels that can chamber different calibers, as is the case with separate upper receivers for an AR-15 or separate barrel sets for an over/under shotgun.

In order to purchase different calibers based on a single firearm registration, there is another hoop Aloha State gun owners would have to jump through. The legislation states,

A registered owner of a firearm may be issued a permit to purchase ammunition of a caliber that is not the caliber listed on the registered firearm by demonstrating to the police department in the registering county that the firearm is capable of firing a caliber of ammunition that is not the caliber listed on the registration of the firearm.  This permit shall designate which caliber of ammunition the firearm is capable of firing.  The registered owner of the firearm or their alternate person designated under subsection (f) may purchase ammunition, pursuant to section 134-   , that is the caliber designated under this subsection. A permit to purchase ammunition of a caliber that is not the caliber listed on the registration of the registered firearm under this subsection shall not last longer than three years.

Mainland gun owners might be tempted to dismiss the woes gun owners face in America’s Pacific outpost. However, gun rights supporters would do well to follow the developments in Hawaii. With the favorable political climes of the Aloha State, anti-gun activists are revealing their gun control plans for the entire U.S.

Source: NRA-ILA | Aloha to Freedom: Hawaii Lawmakers Push Severe Ammo Restrictions

Smith & Wesson Announce New Shield 9mm EZ

Simply put, Smith and Wesson took the popular Shield .380 EZ and kept it’s most successful features while bumping up the caliber to 9mm.

Smith and Wesson has announced an all new member to the Shield EZ lineup, now available in 9mm.  Much like with it’s predecessor the .380 EZ, the Shield 9 EZ is available in two versions, one with thumb safety and one without.  Let’s cover the technical specs and then I’ll dial you in with my hands-on time at the Smith and Wesson factory, to include a range report.


Read more: https://www.ammoland.com/2019/12/smith-wesson-announce-new-shield-9mm-ez/#ixzz68IdBmToy
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Construction specs:

  • Model:M&P®9 SHIELD™ EZ®
  • Optional thumb safety
  • Frame Size: Compact Slim
  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Action: Internal Hammer Fired
  • Capacity: 8+1 Rounds
  • Barrel Length: 3.675″ (9.3 cm)
  • Front Sight: White Dot
  • Rear Sight: White Dot, Adjustable for Windage
  • Frame Width: 1.04” (2.6 cm)
  • Overall Height: 5.05” (12.8 cm)
  • Overall Length: 6.85” (17.4 cm)
  • Sight Radius: 5.875” (14.9 cm)
  • Weight: 23-23.2 ounces (depending on optional thumb safety)
  • Barrel Material: Stainless Steel with Armornite® Finish
  • Slide Material: Stainless Steel with Armornite® Finish
  • Frame Material: Polymer

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  • Easy to Rack Slide
  • Crisp, Light Trigger with Tactile and Audible Reset
  • Includes 2 Easy-To-Load Magazines
  • Grip Safety
  • Disassembles without Pulling Trigger
  • Grip Texture Optimized to Size and Recoil
  • Tactile Loaded Chamber Indicator (TLCI)
  • Picatinny-Style Rail
  • Reversible Magazine Release
  • Optimal 18º Grip Angle for Natural Point of Aim
  • Backed by Smith & Wesson’s Lifetime Service Policy

In early December, Smith and Wesson invited around 10 people from the firearms industry out to Springfield, Massachusetts for a secretive event.  Members of the firearms press, firearms instructors and a couple of social media influencers were gathered, but for what, we didn’t know.  Not only were non-disclosure agreements signed, we still weren’t told what was being released until we got here.  Now, after Smith and Wesson have had time to not only perfect the design but also make sure logistics were set up for a fully supported product launch, we’re able to spill the beans.  S&W has been pumping out Shield 9 EZ’s for a little while now, to make sure there are as few impediments to buyers having quick access to them as possible.  Unlike with a couple other pistol releases lately…


For those uninitiated with the flagship .380 EZ, the intent is to make the gun as easy as possible to operate in all facets of function.  This is meant to be easy to load, easy to rack and easy to shoot.  Most shooters in my circle know one or two potential gun owners who like to shoot, but need to have the mags loaded and the slide racked before they’re confident enough to take over.  I think almost all of us know someone who could use one of these!  Build confidence with a gun that’s easy to run or arm someone who has had their hand strength weakened through age of injury.

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The slide is indeed easier than normal to rack.  This is assisted by small, flared edges on the back of the slide, giving an easy spot for fingers to find purchase.  The internal hammer reduces drag when compared to a striker assembly as well.

The grip is nice and aggressive.  After a hundred rounds or so, I could see a fine layer of epithelial cells coating portions of the frame where my grip is strongest.  This helps keep the gun firmly in hand, but didn’t leave me feeling like I’d given a backrub to a cheese grater.

The mags have a thumb stud to allow you to preload the spring, common in .22 caliber mags.  It does make things a lot easier when you’re near full capacity.

The trigger was workmanlike, and that’s no insult.  It’s good for defensive use, but neither too light as to be a liability in a stressful life-or-death situation, nor so heavy as to wreck any chance of accuracy.  While the sights were zeroed low and left (for me), the groups were what you’d expect from compact gun-running defensive drills.  I spent most of my ammo doing Mozambique/failure drills (two to the chest, one to the head) or the same drill but using the right and left circles surrounding the target’s “head”.

Simply put, Smith and Wesson took the popular Shield .380 EZ and kept it’s most successful features while bumping up the caliber to 9mm.  I really enjoyed spending the day at the range with the Shield 9 EZ, and I am looking forward to spending more time doing an in-depth review.  I think Smith and Wesson have the makings of a hit on their hands, especially given the price point.  While MSRP is $479, street price at launch is $369.99.  Check it out!

Source: Smith & Wesson Announce New Shield 9mm EZ

How To Dye Leather

A Step-by-Step Guide for Leather Dyeing on Natural Leather

Infographic - How to Dye Leather

The process for leather dyeing is almost a standard process, anyway it can change in some steps depending on the type of leather dye you’re going to use.  To get a quality high-end finish on your natural leather,  there are different approaches, especially between water-based leather dyes and alcohol-based leather dyes.

This step-by-step guide will reveal you some tips that will help you get a high-end finish with good color consistency, uniform coating and a smooth surface.


Pour the paint into a flat container

Water-based leather dye is a liquid with high viscosity, so for a more comfortable use of the paint, we suggest to drop it into a flat container such as a plastic dish or the lid of a bucket. Drop the leather dye into the container and wear gloves before you start the leather dyeing process.



Apply leather dye with a circular movement

To proceed with the leather dye hand application you can use a sponge, a dauber or a soft cloth. Dip your tool into the paint and start applying it on the natural leather surface with circular movements. During the first application you’ll immediately notice that the paint is quickly absorbed by the leather. You should continue to apply it  on the whole leather surface until it will appear completely colored with a uniform coating.



Let it dry and see the color changing

As you’re using a water-based product the drying phase will be slower that alcohol or solvent-based paint. It should take around 5 to 10 minutes and during this phase you’ll see the color on your leather surface changing and becoming more clear and more bright.



Repeat the dyeing application by using less quantity

Once the first coat is completely dried you can proceed with the second application. This phase is not strictly necessary but is strongly recommended to give your color more consistency and to have a uniform coating on your leather surface. During the second application you may notice that the paint has more difficulty to penetrate the leather, because a good part is already full of paint.



Remove the paint in excess before it dries

The paint that is not immediately absorbed by the leather could remain on the leather surface as liquid stripes. It’s very important to remove it before it dries otherwise your leather will not have a uniform aspect. To remove the paint in excess you can easily use the dry part of your sponge or a clean cloth.


STEP 6 (optional):

Use the fixative for extra-bond color

Depending on the type of natural leather you’re using, color may have different bonding. That’s why if you need the color to be well bonded to the leather surface, you can use the leather fixative as final coat.

Source: How To Dye Leather

Gun news: The Guns of 2019 | Breach Bang Clear

2019 has already seen the introduction of several new models of firearm, a trend started in late 2018. We’ll be listing many of them out here.

Source: Gun news: The Guns of 2019 | Breach Bang Clear

Donald Trump blames Beto O’Rourke for difficulty making gun deal

Promoting his mandatory gun buy-back program during last week’s Democratic debate, O’Rourke said: “Hell, yes, we’re going to take your AR-15.”

Source: Donald Trumpmp blames Beto O’Rourke for difficulty making gun deal

SIG Sauer P365XL | Concealed Carry-Custom Leather Holsters for the Sig P365XL-Made in USA-CHECK OUT THE SPECS 

Keep in mind that MTR Custom Leather, LLC offers several styles of holsters including: outside the waistband crossdraw, paddle holsters, belt slides and inside the waistband holster that are tuckable. MTR is a well know top custom holster manufacture that specializes in custom made holster to the specific weapons with after market attachments. Another great feature of MTR, they offered the BEST prices on exotic leather including tiger shark, elephant, stingray, alligator and many others. Check them out at www.mtrcustomleather.com *Updated July 8th, 2019* It’s official, Sig Sauer just sent out a press release announcing that their much anticipated 365XL is available for purchase in stores. You can find more about them on SIG’s website or you may be able to find them for purchase at Brownells. This is a highly anticipated release from SIG, who continually thinks outside the box to bring customers exactly what they want. I know many of us carry a P365 for everyday carry, and I have formally requested a 365XL to review from SIG Sauer. I’ll keep you posted on when/if I get it

Source: SIG Sauer P365XL | Concealed Carry Inc

GRIPSENSE- LASERMAX GS-LTN-R- We have leather holsters-IWB, OWB, Shoulder Rigs and Much More…CHECK THIS OUT…

GripSense represents the newest generation of laser activation technology by simplifying the activation process. The user simply grips the firearm, setting off a motion sensor once in the detection zone, which then activates the laser immediately and does not require the user to change their firing grip. Additionally, the Lightning with GripSense Activation Technology includes some significant innovations including a fully programmable operating mode, and up to twenty hours of continuous battery life- safeguarded from inadvertent drain by a ten-minute time out feature. The Lightning will come in Vivid Red or Daytime Green, green being the most visible color to the human eye.

  • GripSense Activation senses the users grip within the detection zone and activates the sight
  • Dual activation capable with either GripSense or controlled push button
  • Does not alter your shooting grip
  • Easily programmable for steady or high-vis pulsed beam
  • External Battery access hatch with tool-less entry
  • Water resistant design
  • 5 year warranty

Keep in mind that MTR Custom Leather, LLC offers several styles of holsters including: outside the waistband crossdraw, paddle holsters, belt slides and inside the waistband holster that are tuckable. MTR is a well know top custom holster manufacture that specializes in custom made holster to the specific weapons with after market attachments. Another great feature of MTR, they offered the BEST prices on exotic leather including tiger shark, elephant, stingray, alligator and many others. Check them out at www.mtrcustomleather.com




Fourth of July Pet Safety Tips | Fireworks and Dogs | Thunderstorms and Dogs | petMD

Fourth of July is a holiday full of so many wonderful things, many of which are dangerous to pets. Here are ten tips that will keep your pet safe this Independence Day.

1. Leave Your Pet at Home

The safest place for your pet is safely inside your home, not in a crowded, unfamiliar park or a noisy backyard. The resulting panic due to fireworks or other loud noises may make them run away or jump a fence in a terrified attempt to find safety. Locking them in the car is also not an option; your pet may suffer heat stroke, secondary clotting problems, organ failure, and even brain injury.

2. Provide a Safe Spot from Loud Noises

Whether it’s a closet or a crate, it’s good for pets to have a go-to place for relaxing or hiding away. Such a space can provide a safe and secure feeling, much like a den. However, if a crate or closet creates more anxiety — or if your pet isn’t acclimated to it — it should not be used. Very often, a crate is more effective is your dog has grown up using a crate since he or she was young.

3. Use Pet-Friendly Insect Repellants and Sunscreens

Never apply the same sunscreen or insect repellant you use for yourself onto a pet, as it can potentially be toxic, causing untoward side effects such as drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst and neurological issues. Fortunately, there are pet-friendly sunscreens and insect repellants available. Consult with your veterinarian about which product would serve your pet the best.

4. Pass on the Beer

Alcohol, even beer, is poisonous to dogs and cats. If ingested, signs of poisoning include weakness, depression, difficulty breathing, hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) or in severe cases, coma or death from respiratory failure. Never leave alcoholic beverages where pets can reach them.

5. Leave Scraps on the Table

If you are having a backyard barbeque, you may be tempted to slip some snacks to your pet. But like beer and chocolate, there are other festive foods that could harm your pet. Corn-on-the cob (which results in a severe foreign body obstruction), fatty table scraps (which results in pancreatitis), onions, garlic, baked goods containing xylitol, caffeine, grapes and raisins are all possible hazards for dogs and cats.

6. Forgo the Glow Sticks and Jewelry

It might look cute to adorn your pet in glow sticks or jewelry, but your pet could chew up and swallow the plastic adornments and glowing chemical inside. This may result in excessive drooling and gastrointestinal irritation, as well as intestinal blockage from swallowing large pieces of the plastic.

7. Have Your Pet Properly Identified

Proper identification may be the only way to retrieve your pet should he or she manage to break loose and become lost. Consider fitting your pet with a microchip, ID tag or other popular method of identification. It is also a good idea to have a recent picture of your pet in case you have to put up “lost pet” signs.

8. Beware of Lighter Fluid and Matches

There’s certainly nothing wrong with barbecues, but be attentive if lighter fluid and matches are being used around pets. Certain types of matches contain chlorates, which, if ingested, can cause difficulty breathing or blood cell damage in pets. Lighter fluid, meanwhile, can be irritating to your pet’s skin, and, if swallowed, can cause gastrointestinal irritation, central nervous system depression, and severe pneumonia.

9. NEVER Use Fireworks Around Pets

While lit fireworks can pose a danger to curious pets and potentially result in severe burns and/or trauma to the face and paws, unused fireworks can be hazardous too. Some fireworks contain potentially toxic substances such as arsenic, potassium nitrate, and other heavy metals.

10.Keep Emergency Contact Info Handy

Keep the contact information for your veterinarian or the nearest animal hospital handy just in case your dog or cat has a medical emergency. You can also contact Pet Poison Helpline, an animal poison control based out of Minneapolis, at 1-855-213-6680 if you are unsure your dog or cat has been poisoned.





Source: Fourth of July Pet Safety Tips | Fireworks and Dogs | Thunderstorms and Dogs | petMD

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