Best way to break in a leather holster

Best way to break in a leather holster

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    Best way to break in a leather holster

    I searched the forum and couldn't find a thread on this. I just bought an OWB leather holster and I'm looking for the best way to break in the holster. As expected, the fit is very snug and I realize that I'll have to keep inserting and removing my carry gun to break the leather in, but I'm interested in your suggestions and best practices.
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    Get a freezer bag, cut to size of pistol.
    Insert pistol in bag, then both into holster,
    check it after an hour or so, that should loosen it a tad.
    For a particularly stubborn holster it might take overnight.

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    I use a very thin sock (like a dress sock) and slide my gun into it, insert "socked" gun into the holster, and wait 24 hours. Occassionally,I have to leave the gun in for another day, but this technique works best for me.

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    Unload gun in one room, stash ammo and any spare mags into dresser drawer, leave room, verify a second time that gun is empty, visual and finger probe. Put holster on belt and then do draws and holstering around the house in any room except where the ammo is. Yes it takes time but you also get used to where and how the gun is and draws from the holster. After a couple hundred reps things loosen up and you can begin to develop a muscle memory for the holster so you don't have to look at to holster the gun.
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    Put 200-500 rounds thru it. No, wait--that's for the gun.

    I've found that time and use will break in just about anything.
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    What about breaking in the leather backing of a hybrid? The edges of the leather are a little uncomfortable at first. Other than longtime wear, can anything be done to make it more comfortable?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue Thunder View Post
    Unload gun in one room, stash ammo and any spare mags into dresser drawer, leave room, verify a second time that gun is empty, visual and finger probe.
    I'm all for safety....but a little overkill!


    Put holster on belt and then do draws and holstering around the house in any room except where the ammo is.
    Do you think the OP would accidentally open the dresser drawer, insert a mag, rack the slide and pull the trigger?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snatale42 View Post
    I'm all for safety....but a little overkill!


    Do you think the OP would accidentally open the dresser drawer, insert a mag, rack the slide and pull the trigger?
    I'm all for letting nature weed them out.
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    I take a sheet of waxed paper and wrap it around the gun then cram it in the holster and leave it twenty four hours.
    "The superior man, when resting in safety, does not forget that danger may come." ~ Confucius

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    +1 on the wax paper, works for me every time.
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    For hybrid holsters, I use a plasctic edge burnisher for leather finishing to smooth down the leather...4 bucks at tandy leather..... for breaking in a OWB I like the wax paper method stated above
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    Just wear it; sweat in it; let it dry out; wear it some more. In a couple days, it will be all better now.

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    I don't mean to be rude, but it sounds like, buy it, fix it, wear it. Personally I'd like to get rid of that middle step.
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    I have used each of the first two responses. I do not like the freezer, though. At least in my freezer, condensation builds up.

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    Freezer bag has worked like a charm for me. Plus, I carry it around the house with me like that. I think the warmth and motion of having it on my hip speeds things up a bit.

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