Comp-Tac Minotaur Gladiator Holster

Comp-Tac Minotaur Gladiator Holster
Retail Price: $80.00
Reviewed by: Chad Peplinski

Serious holsters are constructed of either leather or kydex.  There are advantage and disadvantages to both.  The decision on which is ideal for your carry needs will be a personal choice.

Kydex holsters provide excellent hold on your firearm and make for a solid base for one hand manipulations that might be required.  A kydex holster will tolerate a lot of abuse and can handle adverse conditions well.  Leather holsters conform to the body because of the flexibility and typically provide a lower profile.  The additional benefit is comfort.  While this might sound like a secondary concern, you have to take into consideration that might be wearing your sidearm for 8-12 hours straight.  Comfort becomes a factor.

With that being said, I began carrying the Comp-Tac Single Mag Pouch.  I find these to be one of the best options for my spare magazine and have one for each of my serious carry pistols.  I started to look at other Comp-Tac products and found the Minotaur Gladiator Holster.

The Gladiator is a hybrid kydex/leather holster.  The outer portion of the holster is kydex and the back of the holster is leather.  This seemed to be an ideal combination of comfortable daily wear and the tactical stability.  I ordered one for my Sig 229 in .40 cal and decided to put this holster to the test.

Immediately out of the box I found the holster to be large.  There was a lot of surface area on the flat of the holster, which I find a bit too bulky of a design.  The back leather extends the entire length of the firearm slide and I found this to be a nice feature.  You could wear the holster flat to your body and not have the pistol rubbing bare skin.  A comfort issue when you live in a warm climate where wearing two shirts can be less than ideal.

The holster had very tight to fit of my pistol so I had to loosen the tension a considerable amount.  This ended up being an issue later.

I wore the pistol for a few days and found that the size of the holster did not work well for me.  It took up a lot more real estate on my belt than any of my kydex or leather holsters.  I also noticed that the kydex did prevent some of the contour that leather holsters provide.  The belt loops did not lay completely flat.  This made for a larger profile than I experience with leather holsters.  The comfort and concealability were not where I needed them to be.

Then I took the holster through one full session at the range.   Retention was good and all the advantages that kydex provide for one hand manipulations were there.  However, within the first hour I lost two of the screws because I needed to adjust the tension to get a smooth presentation.  I replaced them with slightly longer screws and this worked well enough.  All of the screws eventually came out and needed to be replaced.  Longer screws and some Loctite were required.

When it was all said and done, I was spending more time then I like tinkering with the holster.  While I think the concept is sound, I think the execution on this holster is not yet ready for long term daily wear and hard range use.  I prefer a product that comes out of the box ready to go and does not require modifications.  It did not conceal as well as I would have liked and was less comfortable than other holsters I use.

Chad Peplinski

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