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Old 12-04-2012, 15:55   #1
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Leather vs. Kydex Holsters

Does one wear the finish off Glocks or other handguns more than the other?
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Old 12-04-2012, 16:15   #2
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This is just my experience with leather and kydex holsters. I have noticed that my G23 had a little more wear from an all leather holster than with a kydex and kydex/leather hybrid holster. I think the wear from the leather holster was from me not thoroughly cleaning the inside (of holster) prior to break in it in. The wear is very minimal though, mine are all Gen 3's.
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Old 12-04-2012, 17:44   #3
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Leather is more abrasive, (also moisture absorbent) than Kydex and will wear the finish off in a more global, sanded fashion. Kydex will affect areas of direct metal to kydex contact (more streaky, spotty, or linear), and can be avoided with some lube (Armor All, or other silicone type stuff).
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Old 12-04-2012, 18:26   #4
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Thanks for the info... I've been using Galco leather holsters to carry and was thinking about switching to a Kydex holster of some sort...
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Old 12-04-2012, 19:12   #5
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Keep kydex clean (I use compressed air) and it will barely cause any finish wear on your weapon......in my experience!
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Old 12-05-2012, 11:53   #6
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Well I have a definitive answer for you. My MTAC is leather on one side and kydex on the other. The side of the gun that sits on the leather is significantly more worn than the side that touches the kydex.
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Old 12-05-2012, 17:49   #7
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Carried guns will show wear over time no matter what. Does not affect function, useless to fret about it.

If you want a pretty gun, keep it inside the box, and don't pull on the slide either, it will mark up the barrel.
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Old 12-05-2012, 18:32   #8
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Leather will show more wear on a gun . If its a Glock I wouldn't worry about it and get whatever holster fits and feels best


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Old 12-05-2012, 18:45   #9
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Well I have a definitive answer for you. My MTAC is leather on one side and kydex on the other. The side of the gun that sits on the leather is significantly more worn than the side that touches the kydex.
This has been my experience as well with the MTAC's. Noticeably more wear on the leather vs kydex side.
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Well I have a definitive answer for you. My MTAC is leather on one side and kydex on the other. The side of the gun that sits on the leather is significantly more worn than the side that touches the kydex.
Similar results here with my mtac.
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Old 12-06-2012, 07:08   #11
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My Kydex Holster SNAPPED from usage at the point it attaches to my BELT. Lifetime Warranty is KAPUT.

Leather lasts if you take care of it!

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Old 12-06-2012, 07:25   #12
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Old 12-06-2012, 15:01   #13
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Leather is more abrasive, (also moisture absorbent) than Kydex and will wear the finish off in a more global, sanded fashion. Kydex will affect areas of direct metal to kydex contact (more streaky, spotty, or linear), and can be avoided with some lube (Armor All, or other silicone type stuff).
This has been my experience.

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Old 12-07-2012, 06:56   #14
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My glock has some wear on the slide from were it slides on the kydex of the holster. Some of the black paint has worn down, it's visible.
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Old 12-07-2012, 19:48   #15
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Ok so I'm about to pick up a kimber ultra carry II and I'm not exactly sure what the slide coating is (blued?), but I'm sure it will wear a lot faster than my glock.

So should I get leather? kydex?
I currently have a white hat hybrid, would it show the least wear?


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Old 12-07-2012, 21:05   #16
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The answer to your question is already in the thread. Leather wears faster but more evenly than kydex.


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Old 12-07-2012, 21:18   #17
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I guess you're right, but I assumed that was more glock oriented, and with different coatings I wasn't sure if it affected it differently.

Sorry about that.


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Old 12-07-2012, 21:38   #18
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Haha no worries, it will pretty much be universal for all guns. Some guns will just show wear faster than others.


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Old 12-08-2012, 16:51   #19
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The finish on my G17 has not been worn off at all by my Bianchi 4/4L after 23 years.
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Old 12-10-2012, 08:28   #20
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My MTAC is leather on one side and kydex on the other. The side of the gun that sits on the leather is significantly more worn than the side that touches the kydex.
Same experience with a crossbreed. I switched to all Kydex 2 years ago. Much better. May not be a comfy as the crossbreed, but it's not bad.
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Old 12-10-2012, 18:11   #21
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I've never seen a Kydex holster wear a finish anywhere near as much as a leather holster.

All of them will wear your finish but the wear seems to be greater with leather.
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Old 12-13-2012, 21:18   #22
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I have holsters made out of both leather and kydex. I dont care about wear, but I gravitated away from leather for two reasons. Leather always seems to squeak, and i hate that. Also i can draw so much faster and smoother from kydex. The leather kind of grabs the gun a little bit as you draw.
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Old 12-14-2012, 06:42   #23
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Gosh, I am so sorry to hear you are going to p/u a Kimber...hope you return to Glock soon!
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Old 12-14-2012, 09:24   #24
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I have tried both many times. The leather always seems to give a more even wear to the sharp edges. Kydex makes lines straight across the pistol where it sits.

Pick what you like they both will wear.

Leather just feels better to me
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