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Holster wear

Discussion in 'Carry Issues' started by Razorback01, Oct 16, 2012.

  1. Razorback01


    Jun 28, 2012
    Does anyone else actually like the look of earned holster wear on their firearms? I much prefer the worn look to that of nib.
  2. SJ 40

    SJ 40

    Jan 17, 2011
    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
    Last edited: Oct 16, 2012

  3. TK-421


    Oct 12, 2012
    Pflugerville, TX
    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.
  4. 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.
  5. jones n

    jones n

    Apr 19, 2005
    north carolina
    I don't mind holster wear and it unavoidable anyway if you want to really enjoy your guns and maximize their potential.
  6. I love honest holster wear!
  7. coonracing18


    Nov 21, 2011
    amen to that! ^^ didnt care for it much at that ive used and abused my grows on me!
  8. robhic

    robhic WOLVERINE!!!! Platinum Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    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.:wow:

    Wear gives a weapon "character".
  9. 1RoundEye


    Feb 21, 2010
    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.
  10. Genin

    Genin Designated Left

    Oct 25, 2010
    Bloomsburg PA
    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.
  11. Topsider


    Oct 15, 2012
    Meh. Wouldn't bother me, but I'm using Kydex holsters anyway.
  12. Arc Angel

    Arc Angel Deus Vult!

    Sep 20, 2003
    Penn's Woods
    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!) ;)
  13. 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.
  14. ca survivor

    ca survivor

    Dec 25, 2011
    I have 5-6 guns in my CCW rotation they all are showing holster wear and every day use.
  15. collim1

    collim1 Shower Time!

    Mar 14, 2005
    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.
  16. Razorback01


    Jun 28, 2012
    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.
  17. fiasconva


    May 4, 2008
    York County, VA
    I would prefer they maintained their NIB look but holster wear doesn't bother me at all.
  18. 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)

    [ame=""]video-2011-07-12-04-05-05.mp4 - YouTube[/ame]

    the gen3 31 has only ever seen the inside of the Safariland 6280. I got the 6360 when I got my gen4 31 in.
  19. CanMan

    CanMan Silver Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    in flagrante
    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.
  20. BigAlE


    Oct 14, 2005
    Western NY
    Any pics of well worn guns?

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