Pancake holster

Pancake holster

This is a discussion on Pancake holster within the Defensive Carry Holsters & Carry Options forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Just got a new pancake holster. And my gun fits to tight in it. So wondering on what I can do to break it in....

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    Pancake holster

    Just got a new pancake holster. And my gun fits to tight in it.
    So wondering on what I can do to break it in.


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    Leather? Kydex? Does it have a retention screw?

    Leather holsters just need the gun jammed in and out a few hundred times while you watch TV.

    This one was very tight, almost to the point of being unable to unholster it. Now, it's perfect.

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    Sorry it's a leather holster.
    Thanks for the advice

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    I would give it time as it will stretch. There is some stuff that reportedly helps without softening the leather. Mitch Rosen is just one source. I would stay clear of anything that softens the leather.

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    Throughout the years I used pancake holsters, most of them started out as stiff and tight. Kneading/bending it back and forth it will help soften it.

    One guy I worked with swore by Neatsfoot oil. I used it once or twice and it seemed like it probably helped soften the leather some.

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    Try 200-500 draws over several days.
    Each night I take a cloth or wax paper and place the firearm in the holster wrapped (single sheet thickness) and let it sit overnight.
    Just wearing the holster with the gun in it will help with loosening it.

    Do not use any oil or leather softener.
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    Quote Originally Posted by retsupt99 View Post
    Try 200-500 draws over several days.
    Each night I take a cloth or wax paper and place the firearm in the holster wrapped (single sheet thickness) and let it sit overnight.
    Just wearing the holster with the gun in it will help with loosening it.

    Do not use any oil or leather softener.
    +1 on the wax paper. Brommeland hosters come with break-in instructions which say to wrap a layer around the pistol and snug into the holster and leave it overnight. In the morning, draw the holster out a couple dozen times. If the draw is still tight, repeat the overnight process with two layers of paper.

    When I got my holster for my Kahr, I followed the instructions to a T and still had unholstering issues. I called Gary, and he assured me it still hadn't broken in adequately, and that I should wrap FOUR layers of wax paper. Sure enough, the next morning the pistol drew perfectly, and still maintained its correct retention properties. No problems since.

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    Wrap the gun in a walmart bag. Shove it in the holster and leave it that way for a few days. Worked for me!
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    +1 on the wax paper idea, I've heard of many doing the same but with a dress soc overnight everynight for one week. When I got my Leather holster for my Glock I stuffed it in there and spent the next few hot summer days making it a point to go for long walks, between heat natural body moisture and the slight motion of walking and being IWB the pressure of the belt, the holster molded right into perfection. That process does assume of course that it is loose enough that you'll have the ability to safely and quickly draw if needed, just more snug that desired.

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    Talk to the maker. They generally have instructions on the site or can tell you what to do.

    What I tell my customers is put the gun in the holster and then bend the leather along the stitching lines back and forth till you get it close to what you want.
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    Being tight at first is a good thing, leather stretches over time and a "too loose" holster is next to useless. I agree with the other posters, wax paper or a plastic bag wrapped around an inserted firearm will bring your rig to perfection.

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    Thanks for the advice fellas.

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    Try the plastic bag trick first.

    If that doesn't do it, silicone spray from the car parts store or Pledge furniture polish works well. Don't soak the leather, just a light spray is all you need and wipe away any excess. I wouldn't do this more than once or twice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chad Rogers View Post
    Throughout the years I used pancake holsters, most of them started out as stiff and tight. Kneading/bending it back and forth it will help soften it.

    One guy I worked with swore by Neatsfoot oil. I used it once or twice and it seemed like it probably helped soften the leather some.
    STOP! DO NOT use Neatsfoot or mink oil or ANYTHING to soften the leather! Please! Your leather rig is supposed to be stiff. If you soften it, you ruin it. As stated above by many others, place the unloaded gun in a plastic bag or wrap it in wax paper and insert it all the way into the holster. Now either wear it; or let it sit a day or two. It will stretch just enough to give you a proper fit. Avoid the "basball glove" treatment. Unless you have a cheap junk holster, the only thing you should use on it is shoe polish, like Kiwi in a can, to keep it looking nice; if you want. I personally like the scruffy well-worn look to go with my scruffy, well-worn, yet clean and well-maintained handguns. Nobody gonna see it anyway, unless I want 'em too.

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