Keeping a pistol in a holster

Keeping a pistol in a holster

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    Keeping a pistol in a holster

    I have a Milt Sparks Versa Max II for my P228. I am carrying a smaller pistol in a different holster while the weather is warmer. Is there any harm to my holsters or pistol by leaving the pistol in the holster?

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    Leather does attract and retain moisture in humid environments and could cause corrosion.
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    Firearms should not be stored in either holsters or gun cases of any kind. To do so invites moisture and rust.

    They should be stored on shelves in a locked container.
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    If it is a leather holster rub some Kiwi shoe wax neutural color into the holster outside & inside of the holster with a clean lint free tee shirt rag & let it dry a few min & then buff it off with a clean rag & your holster will be preserved against any moisture, do this every so often on all of your good leather stuff.

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    Technically, you should never leave a gun in a leather holster... moisture retaining and all that.

    In reality, I've seen well oiled guns that were stored in leather holster for 30 years in a safe, and they suffered no corrosion at all.

    IOW, don't make a habit of it, but no need to be worried if the gun's in the holster for a while, as long as it's clean, dry, and well lubed.

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    I leave guns in leather holsters. It is not good. The better the leather the less problem. I have had good luck with storing guns in el cheapo nylon holsters. Your results may be different.
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    I agree with other posts, do not leave the pistol in the holster when you do not carry it, otherwise it will cause corrosion.
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    I'd have a real problem as I am always wearing my EDC in the holster, everyday, all day, rain or shine! My other weapon is in my dresser drawer in a holster, been there for over 40 years, when not being worn and it has no problems.
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    Up to the individual. Ive seen handguns left in holsters and literally LOST in a storage area for 3 years and emerge with no more than thick dust covering it. Conversely Ive seen handguns left in a holster for 2 months and rust formed on the hammer, slide and the safety. All depends on upkeep,temperature and humidity etc. My EDC lives in its holster and I have one that stays in a safe no holster and one that stays around the house IN a holster.
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    Depends on the finish and quality of the leather.

    A finish without a top coat will attract moisture more than one with an acrylic top coat or something similar. I leave my carry guns in my holsters with no problem.

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    I've heard for years you shouldn't store a handgun in a holster.

    I've done it for years and have never seen a problem. One, used as a decoration, hung in the holster literally for years, and was never moved except to be dusted.

    I'm not saying it can't or doesn't happen, just that I've never seen it.
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    I’ve seen it go both ways based on the particular gun, oil, holster and environment. As most of us should know by now, stainless does rust. Also, the aluminum alloy guns with steel insert barrels really rust fast too. During the day if I’m carrying, the gun remains in my holster with a thin film of oil but at night I generally remove it. I think the wax idea on the holster can really help, albeit a looser fit of your gun in the process. As I’ve said before; for every plus, there’s an equal minus.
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