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Leather conditioner, oil, cream to break in new holster?

Discussion in 'Carry Issues' started by AGAF, Jun 25, 2011.


  1. AGAF

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    Does anyone know of any type of product that you can apply inside a new leather holster to make it more "slick"? Something that will reduce the friction and allow for a faster draw without the firearm "sticking"? I've read about some type of silicone spray, but I don't know if that is advisable on leather.
     

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  2. BailRecoveryAgent

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    I would wrap the unloaded gun in a couple plastic grocery sacks and then wear it around the house like that for a day or so. I'm not a leather expert, but I've used the plastic sack routine on a couple different holsters with good results.
     

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  4. AGAF

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    I was doing some searching and found this. It is Galco's Draw EZ

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    Wonder if anyone has tried something like this.....
     
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    I'd feel a bit uneasy using a "home remedy".

    Galco makes fine leather holsters. I would not hesitate to use their product if I felt the need.

    All I have ever done with the two or three leather holsters I own is to holster and unholster the gun hundreds of times while sitting in front of the TV. No need to wear it.
     
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    best method is to use two layers of wax paper with the wax on the outside contacting the leather and not the gun. wrap the gun and insert it into the holster. repeat the motion a couple of time and leave it overnight to impregnate and you would be how surprise it works.
     
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    forgot to mention, its safe on the leather, safe on the gun, cheap and very effective. leave all the miracle and hoodini formulas :)
     
  8. IndyGunFreak

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    When I bought my High Noon, the instructions said not to use any oils, etc.. to loosen it...

    I took and just sat in front of the TV one night, just inserting/removing the firearm from the holster over and over, and it loosened up pretty good. After that, it just got better w/ time.

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    No, no, no, a thousand times no! Do not put anything on a leather holster. Break it in by working your pistol in and out. If you must use a break-in aid, wrap the portion of the gun contacting leather with wax paper. Once you stretch leather, there's no going back.
     
  10. jdavionic

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    This is what I do too...except I just leave it in the holster, versus wearing it around the house:supergrin:

    Seems to work well. I would not think you'd want it too "slick".
     
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    Have used Galco DRAW-EZ on 2 leather holsters. Works great. Applied twice to holster. Let it absorb between applications (5 minutes). Left no residue and big difference in draw from holster.
     
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    This stuff works on guns, leather, wood, etc... Just not suede. If you treat leather it will darken.

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    I put my gun in a sock (regular old gym sock) and put it in my holster for a day or so. All done...everything works great now.
     
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    +1...
     
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    wet the holster down and wrap the firearm in wax paper or plastic wrap and insert it into the holster and wiggle it a bit and keep doing that until it dries. go ahead and say it OMG wet it....... yea wet it down the same way you make one and form fit it to the gun.
    I make all my own holsters, leather bags, saddle bags and knife sheaths for 15 years+ I never store buy...... I love the homemade look
     
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    Plastic bag overnight followed by a few hundred draws.
     
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    That is the most ridiculous advice I have ever heard, and it's a great way to ruin a perfectly good holster. If it has worked for you, great... recommending that to someone else is absolutely ludicrous.

    Unless they sent him a holster that was the wrong holster for his model firearm.. There's no reason to "reform it"... It just needs worked a little bit... Ever get a new baseball Glove as a kid? Easiest way to break it in, was to sit and open/close it for a few hours. Same mentality applies to a holster.
     
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    Like I said there is always one in every crowd. The holster was formed by wetting it down and holding it in place until it dries. it didn't wreck it then and it will not wreck it now. leather has a natural oil in it and IF you are going to freek because it got wet., oil it down

    just a little FYI, I ride my m/c in the rain and my saddle bags get wet over and over and they are just fine. 10 oz saddle grade leather is tougher then you think. my 15+ years working with leather tells me so.

    When I was a kid we saddle soaped new gloves to soften them but the best way is to use them

    one more thing....... geeze I wonder how they got the glove to hold it's shape?............. wet it down and mold it, wet it down and sewn it to
     
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  19. IndyGunFreak

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    THATS THE DIFFERENCE.

    You're giving advice that goes against the advice of every leather manufacturer, to their customers. If you're making your own holsters, and that is part of your forming process, that is a lot different.

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  20. barstoolguru

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    Another part of the holster making process is the finish. Tanning or dyeing the leather locks in oils and repels water. Wetting the holster down one time and letting it dry is not cardinal sin. You never got caught in the rain with a gun on? Cowboys didn’t stop tending the cows because it rained and there leathers (chaps, saddle, gun holsters would get wet) no; they keep on working and oiled their stuff down afterwards.
    Mfg’s are not going to tell you to wet a holster down because some yahoo will deform it and they will complain about it being defective. Like I said get it wet and slide the gun it and wiggle it a little as it dries it will retain the shape and loosen up