Tightening/shrinking leather holsters

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  1. LabTech

    LabTech Village Jackass

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    As the title states. Can anyone tell me how to tighten/shrink a leather holster that over the years has stretched a bit? Thanks ahead of time.
     
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    I can't, but I think O.J. Simpson could help you.
     

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    You could bag the gun and wet the holster, and wet mold it back to the gun.
     
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    This. Soak it good.
     
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    You can wet is let it slowly air dry over time. It may or may not work. Generally, the results will be less than you had hoped.
     
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    Here is a decent example of a holster for something else re-molded to fit what I wanted.
    Holster is a Galco V-hawk for a Glock 19. It is now a V-hawk for my .40 S&W. I know holster makers say not to do this, but they have to wet the holsters with something to mold them in the first place.

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    I wetted the holster inside with warm water. Cold water isn't enough to make the holster lose its shape, yet hot water is to much. I wrapped a kitchen sized trash bag around the gun a couple times and stuck it in the holster. I then used rounded butt of a sharpie marker to bone the holster to the gun I wanted it to fit. The gun was left in the holster until it dried. The outside was saddle soaped, and the inside got a bit of the leather lotion.

    The gun has been carried for nearly a year in this holster since I molded it.
    The holster is still tight enough for me to hold upside down and shake whilst keeping the gun inside it.