Methods of proper measuring of the firearm. When measuring pistols or semi-auto weapons. Take a ruler and measure from the ejection port to the muzzel. When measuring the barrel of revolvers weapons. Use a ruler and measure from the face of the cylinder to the muzzel. Please refer to the picture for a diagram of how to measure your barrel length.
Our product is designed with a heavy duty Military Grade directional snap to ensure a permanent fixture on the belt until you want to unsnap the holster. Directional snaps can only be snapped one way or they could break. The snap must be rocked on at an angle from top to bottom or bottom to top.
Horsehide verses cowhide is a commonly asked question by our customers. Horsehide and cowhide are both soft, textured materials found in natural colors. Both hides are durable, so the intended use must be considered when choosing between cowhide and horsehide. On one hand, horsehide has a firm grain that keeps the material durable and makes it an excellent repellent for moisture due to its density. Therefore, horsehide can hold up in humid areas and withstand the presence of liquids like body oils and sweat, whereas cowhide cannot.
Take a ruler and measure from the buckle end where the leather folds over the buckle to the hole that you currently wear it in to the nearest inch. On your new belt there will be 6 holes for adjustment–two holes (2 inches), then the center hole, and 3 holes forward (3 inches). If you are going to wear IWB holster, measure the belt with the holster and the gun for accurate belt measurement.
Species and Leathers
MTR offers a wide selection of exotic leather. These leathers varies weekly. As we get in different exotic leather every week, that may not be listed below. Each exotic leather can vary in colors and what we are able to make with it. Some exotic leather only comes in small panels and can only be crafted in small items and goods. For additional questions about our exotic leather, please call (336) 879-2166 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The American Alligator is indigenous only to Southeastern United States, available as both farm raised and harvested from the wild. Its skins are prized for their incredible quality and texture. Along with crocodiles and caimans, the American alligator is part of the Crocodillian family and protected by US Laws and CITES agreements.
One of the most distinctive characteristics of these animals is their snouts. Alligators have wide, U-shaped noses. Crocodiles (except the Indian mugger species) have narrow, pointed, V-shaped noses. The differences in snout shape are because of the kind of prey they eat. Alligators’ flat snouts make it easier to crush the hard shells of their favorite foods: turtles and snails. The pointed snout of the crocodile helps it to catch fish. Fish can make up 70 percent of a croc’s diet.
The species we stock and offer is Caiman crocodilus fuscus, and is legally sourced from Colombia. Caiman are a great alternative for those on a fixed budget when compared to more commonly known alligator and crocodile skins with a similar reptilian appearance. Caiman skins (crocodylus fuscus) are often labelled as being “crocodile skin“. The two are distinctly different; while is pliable and smooth, caiman skins are more brittle because of bony plates (known as ossifications) underneath the scales.
Top-quality First and Second grade Porosus, Freshwater, and Nile Crocodile skins in crocodile belly, crocodile hornback, and crocodile backstrap cuts. We only deal with genuine Crocodile hides and have partnered with the best farmers, hunters, and tanners who produce the highest quality crocodile skins and hides available. With their intrinsic value as nature’s most beautiful leather, crocodile skins are demanded by all of today’s top fashion brands.
Eel skins are a bi-product of the fishing industry (sushi) and they have a fabric-like quality. As the material is soft and stretchable, this flexibility.Eel leather is 150 times stronger than typical cowhide leathers of the same thickness. Eels are fish. Many people mistakenly think eels are snakes because eels, like snakes, are legless. About the only thing eels have in common with snakes is that they are cold-blooded and of similar shape.
Lizard skin leather has an incredibly smooth and elegant texture and is offerred in a medley of attractive colors. Java lizard also known as ring lizard has a uniquely textured appearance. These skins get the common name “ring” for their ring patterns which appear on non-bleached or darkly dyed or painted colors.
finest Ostrich Leathers available at the most affordable industry pricing. Working directly with Ostrich Farmers and experts in Ostrich leather, our team of experts provides the largest selection of colors and quantities at the best prices. Ostrich leather is highly durable which has a uniquely bumpy texture, referred to as quills, that makes ostrich skins a prime choice for elegant leather products.
Pythons have beautiful, extremely durable skins that lend themselves to diverse applications. Long valued for their elegance and durability. A common misconception, as portrayed by various animal rights activist groups, suggest that all python skins are hunted and killed alive only for their skin, this is not at all true. Anyone that has ever traveled throughout Asia will know this and possibly have eaten BBQ python on a stick. Skins are culled from the wild each year and traded with strict quotas.
Shark leather is world known for its rough, course texture. In the coarser developments of shark skin, it has been used like sandpaper for polishing. However, the finer tanned shark skins are used for holsters, belts, handbags, and other leather items. Highly sought after, these skins are by-products from fishing villages and international cuisine. Due to it’s high demand, Shark is one of the leathers that varies greatly in availability from season to season.
All of our leather is coming from non-endangered and non-threatened shark species and no CITES is required.
Of all exotic leathers, stingray is often the most underrated. It is highly durable (25 times more durable than cowhide leathers) and has a unique supple texture. This leather is one of the most durable skins and is widely available. It can be textured to be bumpy or flat and painted in any color in a large number of possibilities. Under no threat of extinction, this fish provides a useful protein food to many regions throughout Southeast Asia.
the finest, most decorative Zebra leathers for its most fashion-conscious clients. Genuine Zebra hides are absolutely stunning with a pattern of style and beauty that is unmatched in nature. Zebra skin can be used in many applications, but especially makes a statement for furniture, upholstery, shoes, holsters, belts, handbags, designer area rugs and certain upholstery applications. The species of Zebra we offer is always Burchelli. The colors will vary – some are sharp, highly contrasted black/white while others have more of a cream/brown with shadow stripes. Our skins are tanned at the most reputable tannery in South Africa. Their work is well-known and is of the international standard for tanning Zebra hides. These are 100% legal and came from government culls given to several Professional Hunting Game Reserve. Hunters paid thousands of dollars for the privilege to hunt these zebras.
Giraffe is a long-wearing leather for hard use, but it is fairly stiff. Keep clean and regularly condition and it will serve you well.
Giraffe Leather – Denim
Our genuine American Bison leather belts is over 40% stronger than traditional cowhide. Shrunken bison leather displays a more pronounced, natural pebble-textured surface. Our genuine American Shrunken Bison Gun belts are lined with a natural full grain leather for durability and strength. The natural grain of our bison hides is NOT corrected with artificial embossing or plating. All American Bison leather hides are treated with an earth-friendly “wet-white” tanning process, resulting in the highest quality creamy soft, luxurious leather.
The combat cut will cover the sharp edges of your weapon and no part of the weapon will rub against the body. If you are planning on wearing the holster IWB for a short period of time, a combat cut comes in handy because you access the weapon quicker and it’s easier to grab the holster.
Above is a list of all HSK speed loaders along with model number, caliber, and model of gun they fit.
Retail belts are generally made from laminated “leather” with a cardboard insert. They are typically thin, low in quality, and tear easily. They are also equipped with cheap belt buckles. MTR Custom Leather Gun Belts are made from 2 pieces of premium bull hide. We also alternate the grains to ensure that our belts will not stretch or tear. They are typically 1/4″ thick and are finished off with solid brass or nickel plated solid brass buckles. Our belts will last 100 times longer than any retail belt.
Threat can arise in an instant. You can react just as fast. The split-second you draw, Viridian’s Enhanced Combat Readiness (ECR) system ignites the brilliant green laser and/or taclight — targeting, blinding, intimidating in one reflex-fast move. Suddenly you’ve got the advantage.
With Enhanced Combat Readiness (ECR) now part of every universal Viridian laser, you can achieve insensitively fast response to crisis. Just pre-set the Viridian laser/taclight mode, slide your gun into your MTR Custom Leather holster, and the ECR system is armed and ready. The instant gun leaves holster, the laser fires a brilliant beam that cuts through daylight or darkness as fast as you can draw.
With virtually unlimited laser and/or taclight modes and the breakthrough ECR system, Viridian has elevated combat readiness to a whole new level. Draw-and-activate is obsolete. Partner up with ECR and get the drop on evil.
The Viridian C Series, X Series (excluding RS), and REACTOR Series are equipped with ECR technology and activate when drawn from our MTR Custom Leather holsters.
Please use the following guidelines to determine if your current Viridian laser sight is equipped with ECR technology:
- C5 units with serial numbers beginning at or higher than C019860.
- C5L units with serial numbers beginning at or higher than C018000.
- X5L (Gen 2) units with serial numbers beginning at or higher than X002830.
We use bull hide leather and horse hide leather. These hides are made from natural steer hides that are range bred and grown. Thus, there may be natural range markings in the grain of the leather. This is normal for top grain bull hide and horse hide leather. This adds to the beauty and character of your MTR products.
Following the instructions below will add to the service life of your MTR product.
Leather that comes in contact with your skin or cloths will also come in contact with bodily perspiration (oils, sweat and etc.). Think of the leather as your skin being dried while being outside or dirty when in the woods hurting. The leather may become dirty on a regular basis and may need to be cleaned or treated periodically to slow the natural breakdown of the leather fibers.
Steps for Carnauba Wax:
- Make sure your leather is dry (do not dry the leather with any artificial heat)
- Take MTR Custom Leather Carnauba Wax and shake well to avoid bubbles
- Apply the Carnauba wax with a soft cloth
- Allow the leather to dry naturally
- Take Sheep wool and buff the leather to a high gloss
- Application can be repeated
Carnauba Wax Benefits:
- Deep luster and shine
- Proven technology
- Resist finger prints
- Resist scruff marks
- High gloss and shine
Carnauba is a thick base cream.
Steps for Atom Wax:
- Make sure the leather is dry (do not dry the leather with any artificial heat)
- Remove any surface dirt by using a piece of rubber foam (nothing hard, may damage leather fibers)
- Take the MTR Custom Leather Atom Wax and shake well to avoid bubbles
- Apply Atom Wax sparingly can use a dapper or soft cloth
- Work evenly into the leather
- Let dry
- Polish briskly with soft cloth for a natural finish
Atom Wax Benefits:
- Cleans the leather from dirt, debris, bodily fluids, etc.
- Penetrates deep into the leather fibers
- Easy to Buff
- Proven technology
Atom Wax is a watery base liquid.
Do not submerge or saturate your leather product in the waxes. Do not use any other kinds of oils on our leather product. Other oils may soften the leather too much.
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.
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, then 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. Shoe Stretch It Solution can aid in a faster break in.
- Place the UNLOADED firearm or magazine in a plastic freezer bag, or 2-3 layers of clear plastic wrap. Do NOT cover the grip.
- Insert the bagged/wrapped firearm/magazine gradually into the leather, lightly twisting it side to side to minimize tearing of the bag/wrap.
- Once the firearm/magazine is completely seated in the leather, twist it about 1/16” in both directions 7-13 times.
- Allow the bagged/wrapped forearm/magazine to sit in the leather for about 16 minutes.
- Remove the firearm/magazine from the leather and remove the bag/wrap from the firearm/magazine.
- 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.
If 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. Shoe Stretch It Solution can aid in a faster break in.
- Place your UNLOADED firearm in the holster.
- Hold the firearm grip in your dominant hand and the thumb break strap/retention strap in the opposite hand.
- Prepare the strap for stretching by grasping the snap and pulling the strap firm (remove the slack).
- Twist the strap about 90 degrees back and forth in a clockwise and counterclockwise rotation about 10-15 times while keeping it firm.
- Firmly push the firearm away from you while pulling on the strap and continue rotating the strap.
- Release the tension for a moment and repeat 3-4 times as needed.
- Pull the strap over the back of the firearm without releasing tension.
- While maintaining the strong tension attempt to snap the retention strap closed.
- 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.
You can purchase our “Fiebings Shoe Stretch it” solution on our leather care tab. The solution is a safe alcohol base that will not harm the leather, weapon or magazine. Apply STRETCH-IT generously to holster area that needs stretching. Allow to penetrate. Insert weapon/magazine unloaded wrapped in plastic bag or plastic wrap. Rotate weapon/magazine side to side to allow stretching of the holster. Leave in holster for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, remove weapon/magazine from holster and remove the bag/wrap from the weapon/magazine. Insert the unloaded weapon/magazine into the holster, 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.
Not harmful to your skin or clothing
Manufactured in the USA!
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.
By adding a second line of stitching will increase the stiffness of the product. Retention will increase. Better security of the weapon. Sturdiness and durability will with stand longer in the long term use of the leather product.
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.
We recommend applying Loctite Thread Locker (blue 242) to the screws of your belt. This will help protect the threads from rust and corrosion while also preventing loosening from shock and vibration. MTR does not do this because there are some customers that like to put their own buckle on our belt.
MTR Custom Leather offers many great variations that can be added to each product. You can design the perfect product to meet your needs. We custom make each holster to fit your gun the way it is.
Yes, a liner can be added to any holster. To add a liner to any holster is additional $35.99. The liner is another piece of bullhide leather. When we craft a holster we use the smooth bull hide leather on the outside and the ruffer portion on the inside. When someone adds a liner we add a second layer of thinner bullhide leather and use the smooth side inside the holster with the two ruff sides against each other. The reason, we do this process is to enable is a smooth drawing of the weapon, instead of suede having some friction when drawing. Secondly, suede tends to not mold as easy on the inside as the bullhide, enabling less retention. The bullhide leather molds with great detail and definition in the leather. The bullhide leather is not as thick as the suede causing better concealment of the holster when wearing.
Below you will find color samples for holster colors and stitching colors.
Below you will find an attached document to show you and explain how to adjust your shoulder rig.
Below you will find an attached document to show you and explain how to adjust your paddle holster.
Below you will find an attached document to show you and explain how to turn your A-2 Dual Purpose holster from IWB to OWB.
Below you will find an attached document on our SOB Defense A-1B holster for description and instructions.
Any holster purchased from MTR Custom Leather, LLC with a light/laser attachment on the weapon, may automatically come with an enclosed sewn bottom. MTR Custom Leather, LLC takes into consideration that over time leather as we all know will stretch. Therefore, the retention of the holster may decrease. Having a laser/light attachment on the weapon will increase the weight of the weapon causing a decrease in the retention of the holster faster, than a weapon without a laser/light attachment. MTR Custom Leather, LLC adds an enclosed sewn bottom to most holsters, to ensure a long term use of the holster at no extra cost to you. Some lasers and light attachments causes the holster to become “boxy” in shape, due to the attachment is under the trigger guard. Weapons without an attachment, is held into the holster by the retention of the trigger guard angle (“L” shape). MTR has figured this out in the many years of constructing leather holsters with laser attachments. We want the best functional and safe holster for you for your protection.
Gift Certificate FAQs
Gift Certificates are purchased just like any other item in our store. You can pay for them using our standard payment method(s). Once purchased, the value of the Gift Certificate will be added to your own personal Gift Certificate Account. If you have funds in your Gift Certificate Account, you will notice that the amount now shows in the Shopping Cart box, and also provides a link to a page where you can send the Gift Certificate to someone via email.
To send a Gift Certificate you need to go to our Send Gift Certificate Page. You can find the link to this page in the Shopping Cart Box in the right hand column of each page. When you send a Gift Certificate, you need to specify the following. The name of the person you are sending the Gift Certificate to, the email address of the person you are sending to, the amount you want to send (note you don’t have to send the full amount that is in your Gift Certificate Account.)A Short message which will appear in the email. Please ensure that you have entered all of the information correctly, although you will be given the opportunity to change this as much as you want before the email is actually sent.
If you have funds in your Gift Certificate Account, you can use those funds to purchase other items in our store. At checkout, an extra box will appear. Enter the amount to apply from the funds in your Gift Certificate Account. Please note, you will still have to select another payment method if there is not enough in your Gift Certificate Account to cover the cost of your purchase. If you have more funds in your Gift Certificate Account than the total cost of your purchase the balance will be left in your Gift Certificate Account for the future.
If you receive a Gift Certificate by email, it will contain details of who sent you the Gift Certificate, and perhaps a short message from that person. The email will also contain the Gift Certificate Redemption Code. We recommend printing this email for future reference. You can now redeem the Gift Certificate in two ways.
1. By clicking on the link contained within the email for this express purpose. This will take you to the store’s Redeem Gift Certificate page. You will then be requested to create an account, before the Gift Certificate is validated and placed in your Gift Certificate Account ready for you to spend.
2. During the checkout process, on the same page that you select a payment method there will be a box to enter a Redemption Code. Enter the Redemption Code here, and click the Redeem button. The code will be validated and the amount added to your Gift Certificate Account. You can then use the amount to purchase any item from our store.