How To Break In a Leather Holster + Video Tutorial
All our leather holsters are hand fitted and part of the production process includes a wet molding of the holster. One of the side effects of wet molding is a consolidation of the leather fibers, which causes “shrinkage” of the holster.
This is a natural process and your gun will fit in the holster perfectly with use. This does not represent any defect of the holster. It is important, when holstering your gun for the first time to try several times to insert the gun to the holster naturally without forcing it. Otherwise, it may be very difficult to remove the gun from the holster.
Is your holster tight or it don’t fit the gun prefectly? Follow simple steps in this tutorial and adjust holster shape so you’ll be 100% satisfied with the fit of your gun.
Step-by-step Break-In Guide
Also you can follow the simple steps to break in your holster using a process called blocking instead:
Place the unloaded gun in a plastic bag.
Put the bagged gun slowly into the holster. Twist the gun gently side-to-side to minimize tearing of the bag.
Where to go next
Once the gun is completely seated in the holster, twist it about 1/16” in both directions 6-12 times.
Allow the bagged gun to sit in the holster at least for a couple of hours.
Remove the gun from the holster.
Put the unloaded gun into the holster again, it should fit better now.
You can repeat the above steps until the holster is broken in to your satisfaction.
Try Also Use Of Denaturated Alcohol
There are more ways to shorten the break-in period and provide a slicker draw. Another method uses a bit of denatured alcohol. Do not apply this on suede leather holsters.
Insert the unloaded gun in a plastic bag (to protect the finish of the gun)
Brush the inner part of the holster with a bit of denatured alcohol
Put the bagged gun slowly in the holster before alcohol dries
Leave the gun in a closed holster for at least 10 hours
Try the fit with your unloaded gun again