Dos and Don’ts: Breaking in Your Gun Holster

Excitement grows as you unbox a new leather holster. You already spent hours debating on the style, the color and the finish. Now that you’ve made your selection, and it’s staring you right in the face, all you can think about is getting it to the range. Right?

Wrong. Before you show off the new holster to all your friends, you’ll need to spend a day or so breaking it in. This is essential for safety and to improve draw time. You might notice that many of these tips are in line with the general treatment guidelines of leather holsters.

On a side note, if you buy a plastic holster, you probably already realize that there’s no need to break it in. Many gun holsters nowadays are made to fit the pistol you already own. There’s no breaking-in period of which to concern you.

  • DO make sure your gun is completely unloaded before trying any of the following suggestions.
  • DON’T wet or try to remold the holster.
  • DON’T use neatsfoot oil. This makes the holster too soft, inhibiting your drawing abilities.
  • DO sport your holster and handgun around the house with the belt you plan on wearing.
  • DON’T keep your firearm away from its holster. When it’s not in use, the firearm should be tucked inside its holster counterpart at night.
  • DON’T give your holster a bath! If you do want to clean it, be sure not to soak it.
  • DO use your hands to firmly stretch the leather.

Sources: Galco, eHow
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