Kydex Holster issue - Damage to gun

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    Holster wear is not what would be considered as real damage to the firearm.

    It is something which is unavoidable. Does not affect the operation of the weapon. If you want a pristine firearm, don't use it, don't shoot it, and don't put it in a holster.

    How to mitigate it? Well, obviously a holster made of cotton, or leather is going to wear less on the finish as they are natural fibers. Nylon and any of the plastics or polymers like kydex is going to wear quicker on the finish as they are rougher, and harder materials.

    Also the type and durability of the firearms finish will have a lot to do with the amount of wear. Regular bluing, while can be rich, deep and luxurious looking, is probably the most fragile. Nickle finishes are also pretty fragile. Stainless steel being more durable and then some of the special coatings or finishes applied with molecular bonding to the metal is also going to be more durable. Tenifer, melonite, NP3 and the like wear pretty hard and hold up much longer to holster wear than many of the other types of finishes.

    The only way to avoid holster wear is to not put the gun in a holster.

    As others have said. Real guns show use, character and patina. Show guns are kept locked away and don't play well with others.
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    I was wondering the same thing when looking for a holster for my Glock 19, didn't like the Kydex. I found The American Holster Company while reading a magazine one day, they make custom holsters like crossbreeds and every other style, but theirs are all leather which is what I wanted. I bought the Invisi Tuck, it has proved to be excellent holster, very comfortable for all day wear. I've had it about 4 months, use it every day and have seen no wear at all on my Glock.

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    Have you checked out a Pride Holster? The kydex is fully leather lined to eliminate wear on the gun. I carry a Kimber Super Carry Pro and have carried it everyday for about the last year in the IWB pH7 holster with no wear marks on my gun.
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    My blued 1911's wear on the side pretty fast with ALL holsters I have used. The stainless steel slide on my M&P with the melonite coating seems unscratchable and shows no wear.

    For 1911's, my personal belief is they should be in leather only. I really like the Galco Summer Comfort, Royal Guard or the ultimate, Milt Sparks Summer Classic or VM2. The sparks summer classic is available online at Brownells.com

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    I have a cheap BlawkHawk Nylon OWB holster . I check the stitching often because I expect it to loosen on this cheap holster. I have had it for a year , wear a Stainless Ruger P89 9MM in it. Wear about 4 days a week , no wear on the gun whatsoever. Is it because it is a soft nylon ??

    Thought about getting leather , worried also about wear . Love my guns to look nice.

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    Check out Garrett industries. They have a kydex holster that is specially bonded to a leather lining on the inside of the holster. It minimizes the wear on your weapon and provides a quick and quiet draw. Look at their Silent Thunder line. I have the STX Champion and it is a really quality product and works especially well.
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    Holster wear is a fact of carrying. It gives the gun charechter.

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    Personally, I prefer a little 'holster wear' on my sidearms. It gives them character
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    Yep, holster wear..... It's all over my Glock because it gets used. If I ever get tired of how it looks, $70.00 will get it refinished for me. If you are going to use it, it is to be expected.
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    Have a G27 EDC for 8 years in good leather. About 6 years in I thought I would try a Kydex from a highly recommended maker...saw more wear in one week than the 6 prior years...no more Kydex!
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    Melonite is a metal treatment, not a finish. Similar to Tennifer used on Glocks

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    My Safariland has the suede lining so the wear on my M&P9c isn't as bad as I've seen on some guns that are carried in bare kydex holsters. I've seen wear on guns that are carried in leather holsters as well! Finish wear is just a fact of life if you're gonna carry a firearm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIGguy229 View Post
    I haven't a noticed a significant change in finish wear rate between kydex and leather. Bottom line: If you want the perfect finish on your gun, keep it in the safe. If you want to carry a gun, expect some wear on the finish. It's a fact of life.
    The advantage to Kydex is what causes the wear: excellent retention through a firm and tapering friction grip on the gun, particularly the slide(on autos) or barrel(for revolvers. It still occurs on stainless, it just doesn't show as much. It is most noticeable on highly polished blues finishes where the blue is particularly deep. In my particular opinion, the Browning Hi-Power and Walther ppk can be great examples of this. If you're going to be too sensitive about some holster wear, consider getting a not so pristine example of your carry weapon and keep the lovelies in the safe. Some mfgrs have developed finishes that don't show wear so readily, and you may want to factor that into your ccw choice, too.

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    My carry guns are working guns. i do not stress about some cosmetic blemishes or wear on the gun. If I did, I'd never carry them and that defeats the entire purpose of carrying them in the first place.

    My Jeep Cherokee has mud on it. it has scratches and dings like any vehicle that is 18 years old and has 240,000+ miles on it would. I think of the scratches and dings on my Cherokee and those on my carry guns not as blemishes but as character, and as experience.
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    I'm at the 1 year mark carrying my G26 in a full kydex comp tac ctac. It has ever so slight wear on the very front edges of the slide. But you know what who cares, for one it's a glock not a show piece, and it's a tool. Like others have said if you don't want wear you better put in a glass display case and never use it. For my pretty guns they simply get transported in padded cases

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