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How do I break in a new holster?

Discussion in 'Gear & Accessories' started by TheDogFather, May 1, 2009.

  1. TheDogFather

    TheDogFather Bellingham, WA Member

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    Hi there. I'm a new member to this site. I recently bought a used SW Model 649 that came with a Galco IWB horsehide holster. This holster is virtually brand new and is extremely stiff. Outside of years of carry/use, does anyone have advice on how to break in this holster? Is there a product available that will soften this leather? Thanks!
     
  2. hyperparasite

    hyperparasite Hillsboro, OR Member

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    When you have some time on your hands, sit with the holster in one hand and your pistol in the other and simply insert, then withdraw. If you do this perhaps hundreds of times, your leather holster should start to 'break in' nicely without the need for any leather softeners/conditioners.

    Otherwise just wear the rig on your belt when you have the opportunity and it should settle in.
     
  3. Keane

    Keane Hillsboro, OR Active Member

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    The other idea that worked well for me, was to wrap the weapon in a thin bag, and do the same thing. The extra few mills of space will loosen it up, without making it too loose.
     
  4. SquackDaddy

    SquackDaddy Marion County Member

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    I suggest not putting anything on your holster that will "soften" it. It may soften more than you want it to, and that would be a shame. It was designed to be stiff. It will wear in with time.
     
  5. Grubstake

    Grubstake Eugene Oregon Member

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    I agree with SquackDaddy, Be careful with what you put on your leather holster it could harm the pistol....
     
  6. TheDogFather

    TheDogFather Bellingham, WA Member

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    Thanks everyone for the suggestions !
     
  7. NoOne

    NoOne Puget Sound Active Member

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    When boning knife sheaths, or handgun holsters I use plain rubbing alcohol. Although sometimes the dye will be changed, it does not soften the leather permanently, and unlike water, it dries quickly.

    The rubbing alcohol (cheap stuff any store has for about a dollar a bottle) somehow relaxes the leather making the boning process much easier. And it does not damage the holster, or make it too loose...it just loosens the leather enough to make the boning process easier. It also works great on new boots...

    But remember what I said about the dye. Don't wear the holster while the alcohol is still damp unless you don't mind leather dye on your clothes.
     
  8. MarkAd

    MarkAd Port Orchard Well-Known Member

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    My favorite is waering the holster with the gun while doing everything. I randomly draw and reholster my waepon and continue working.I think the holster forms better that way. And it makes your draw better with real life practise.