Holster causing gun damage? Opinions needed

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    Holster causing gun damage? Opinions needed

    So I have a Tagua quick draw holster that I have had for about a year. I carry my Ultra Covert II Kimber 1911 in it. I was noticing during cleaning yesterday that the area of the frame very near the tip of the barrel is beginning to discolor slightly. Could this be from the leather of the holster? Is there a solution?

    No. Getting rid of my Kimber is not a solution. (for the jokers and Kimber haters)
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    All holsters will cause finish wear, some more than others depending on tightness.

    It's a fact of CCW life.

    The only way to prevent it is to not carry it or shoot it ever and leave it in your safe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScottM View Post
    All holsters will cause finish wear, some more than others depending on tightness.

    It's a fact of CCW life.

    The only way to prevent it is to not carry it or shoot it ever and leave it in your safe.

    Figured that was the case. Would Kydex be easier on the finish?
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    Holster wear - excepted damage; You can't avoid it

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    Quote Originally Posted by barstoolguru View Post
    Holster wear - excepted damage; You can't avoid it
    Roger that. Charlie Mike (continue mission)
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    It's called a "patina" and is desirable. You cannot keep something you often use looking pristine as the day it was made, whether it be cars, guns, or shoes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kimberpackn View Post
    Figured that was the case. Would Kydex be easier on the finish?
    - Kydex can more abrasive.

    As others have mentioned, there is not much you can do to avoid holster wear other than making your gun a safe queen.

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    Another tidbit of advice:

    Do not carry a gun for self defense that you have paid lot's of money for or had expensive custom work done on IF you cannot bear the thought of it sitting in an LE evidence locker, neglected for years.

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    Cash in your Kimber for something that can handle a little normal wear and tear.

    sorry,man couldnt resist1Gotta get my Kimber jabs in whenever I can!
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    Quote Originally Posted by yooperdug View Post
    Cash in your Kimber for something that can handle a little normal wear and tear.

    sorry,man couldnt resist1Gotta get my Kimber jabs in whenever I can!
    Pssstt...Someday I will own me a Kimber!
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    Just giving the gun it's own personality!
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    Normal wear and tear - it adds character to the gun.
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    Is it where the bluing is beginning to wear off or is it something more? That holster, I believe, is made in South America. I don't know whether they adhere to the quality tanning procedures used by most better U.S. manufacturers. Blue wear is OK but it may be something more serious. Just a thought.

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    I've carried my P229 for 13 years...both kydex and leather. There will always be wear. I'm considering having it refinished, but like it looking used. It does not affect the function of the gun...it is *accepted* you will see wear, regardless of kydex or leather.
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    Thanks one and all. I do love my Kimbers(I have two). My Ultra Covert II is my favorite of all my (Kimbers, Glocks, Sigs, and S&W). The covert is not a "blued" gun it has a somewhat OD green finish.
    We should not forget that the spark which ignited the American Revolution was caused by the British attempt to confiscate the firearms of the colonists. -

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