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How to Adjust Your Holster’s Retention

By admin | Posted in Holsters, Product Maintenance on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012 at 3:33 pm

How to Adjust Your Holster’s Retention

Comp-Tac holsters are not only retention adjustable but they’re also ready to use straight out of the package. Certain holsters, such as the Minotaur MTAC, may require a break-in period before the factory retention can be fully utilized. Here are some steps to take to get the most out of your holster’s adjustable retention.

Retention Screws on MTAC

Step 1: Check that the holster or magazine pouch is the correct model for your firearm.

Step 2: Ensure that your firearm is UNLOADED.

Step 3: Double check that your firearm is unloaded!

Step 4: Put the holster on your waistband in the appropriate location. Insert the firearm so that the pistol is fully seated in the holster.

Step 5: Draw the unloaded firearm to test the retention. This may need to be repeated a few times to get a good feel on what the retention is and how you would like to adjust it.

Step 6: Using the allen wrench that was included with your order, adjust the retention screws by tightening or loosening the screw by 1/8 turn. Check the retention.

Step 7: Repeat Step Six until the desired retention has been achieved.


Make 1/8 turns with the allen wrench to adjust retention

NOTE: Retention screws should be checked on a weekly basis. It is recommended that you use medium (blue) Loctite to secure them once you have found a level of retention that best suits your personal needs.


Breaking In Your Holster

Minotaur Holsters will require a break-in period that varies for each firearm.  Until the backing has been broken in a bit, the holster may have an overall tight fit. Here are some tricks to speed up the break-in process of your Minotaur holsters:

Option 1: Leave the UNLOADED firearm in the holster overnight. The muzzle of the firearm can be covered with a few grocery bags or socks to thicken the frame up a bit prior to holstering.

Option 2: Holster and draw the UNLOADED firearm approximately 20 times in succession (more or less as needed).

Option 3: Wear the holster around the house for a few evenings. The leather backing will not only conform to the pistol but also to your body frame.


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