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Old 10-16-2012, 21:24   #1
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Holster wear

Does anyone else actually like the look of earned holster wear on their firearms? I much prefer the worn look to that of nib.
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Old 10-16-2012, 21:46   #2
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Guns are tools I take care of my tools but any tool that is used will show wear,my match guns show wear and many scars. When they were acquiring that wear I was having Fun with them,I too have some wear and scars.
Some years back I took the Kydex plunge,over that time I have noticed that their is lees finish wear due to holstering than with leather. SJ 40

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Old 10-16-2012, 21:50   #3
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Kydex also makes a cooler sound when holstering, that you just don't get with leather.

As to holster wear, I like it, so long as I'm the one who put it there. If I'm buying used, I tend to prefer little to no holster wear.
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Old 10-16-2012, 21:51   #4
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my few month old gen4 Glock 31 is already showing holster wear. my gen3 Glock 31 showed holster wear within the first few months as well.

oh well. it works. it gets rained on, snowed on, etc.

I was using a Safariland 6280 with the gen3 31 and TLR-1. Now using a Safariland 6360 with the gen4 31 and TLR-1 and it's showing similar holster wear.

It's a tool. I wish I took pics of my gen3 22. I had that thing beat to snot!! gouges in the frame, scratches all over the slide.
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Old 10-17-2012, 07:43   #5
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I don't mind holster wear and it unavoidable anyway if you want to really enjoy your guns and maximize their potential.
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Old 10-17-2012, 08:17   #6
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I love honest holster wear!
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Old 10-17-2012, 11:01   #7
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amen to that! ^^ didnt care for it much at first..now that ive used and abused my 23..it grows on me!
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Old 10-17-2012, 16:46   #8
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It bothered me at first. So I tried one of those Birchwood-Casey touch-up pens. It looked good ..... for about 1/2 an hour! It then needed re-touching. Decided I could live with it rather than getting a stroke from anger at the touch-up pen being mostly worthless.

Wear gives a weapon "character".
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Old 10-17-2012, 17:09   #9
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I agree, it adds character. It shows that the gun gets used, and/or carried which is what was intended when purchased right? I prefer the wear to be mine, but if its someone else's as long as its not too bad, I wouldn't mind.

There is a difference between wear and damage though. Mine have some wear, but they're still well taken care of.
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Old 10-17-2012, 18:11   #10
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Yes sir I love it. Although, mine really doesn't have much holster wear to be honest. The slide barely shows any signs. The Glock finish is pretty damn tough.
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Old 10-18-2012, 16:43   #11
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Meh. Wouldn't bother me, but I'm using Kydex holsters anyway.
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Old 10-18-2012, 18:29   #12
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Houses should look lived in; and Glocks should look used. Personally, as long as the gun handles well, and goes bang every time I really don't care how an EDC gun looks. (Kydex does make a better (cooler sounding) holster, though!)
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Old 10-18-2012, 23:36   #13
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My G22 is almost silver from holster wear. My new 6360 duty holster is leaving a new mark on top of the slide from the locking device. Oh well my 22 goes bang every time.
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Old 10-19-2012, 09:38   #14
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I have 5-6 guns in my CCW rotation they all are showing holster wear and every day use.
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Old 10-20-2012, 04:43   #15
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I dont worry about holster wear. I carry a gun for a living, and retention holsters are hell on a guns finish.

If I had a mint German Luger I guess I would want it to stay that way, but a sub $1500 carry gun is a tool.

My 1996 P239 has had a lot of holster time and it shows. Still looks good to me.
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Old 10-20-2012, 12:28   #16
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I agree...honest wear from holsters or use in general adds tons of character to firearms. My new gen3 seems to be showing wear much faster than my 2003 gen3.
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Old 10-20-2012, 14:32   #17
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I would prefer they maintained their NIB look but holster wear doesn't bother me at all.
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Old 10-20-2012, 14:50   #18
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this was my 3-4 yr old Glock 31 (gen3) after sitting in a 6260 holster for a few years.

The slide finish has worn wear it contacts the holster. This happened pretty quick, it seems like the holster is drawing all the oil out, a quick wipe down with some eezox brings it back to normal color but it will go back to this real quick so i stopped bothering.
(ignore the scissors, i didn't have a screwdriver handy at the moment)



the gen3 31 has only ever seen the inside of the Safariland 6280. I got the 6360 when I got my gen4 31 in.
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Old 10-20-2012, 15:52   #19
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Does anyone else actually like the look of earned holster wear on their firearms? I much prefer the worn look to that of nib.
It's kinda like a pair of favorite boots...much more character once they're broken in! If I want 'em NIB, well, that's where they stay. Very few of mine have been able to keep that status.
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Old 10-20-2012, 16:11   #20
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Any pics of well worn guns?

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