"leather shavings" , how to prevent?

"leather shavings" , how to prevent?

This is a discussion on "leather shavings" , how to prevent? within the Defensive Carry Holsters & Carry Options forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I have quality leather holsters for my 1911's, one a sparks, the other a haugen. Does the leather shavings upon drawing ever lessen? Is there ...

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    Member Array mike56's Avatar
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    "leather shavings" , how to prevent?

    I have quality leather holsters for my 1911's, one a sparks, the other a haugen.
    Does the leather shavings upon drawing ever lessen? Is there a way to stop or prevent it?
    My Les Baer with front serrations and sight is always covered.

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    Member Array Gary Brommeland's Avatar
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    Hi Mike56,
    First off, welcome aboard! The shaving issue is mostly due to the sharp front serrations that you mentioned. If you drag something sharp against leather, it will cut it. A "melt" job that removes these edges is the only permanent cure. However, that sorta defeats the purpose of the serrations to begin with. Over time, the shaving should become minimal after the serrations have sufficiently cut a groove into the inside of the holster.
    As far as leather on the sight goes, that is a problem that should be avoided by the maker molding a proper sight channel into the leather, or stitching in sight rails. You might want to contact the folks who made your holsters and see what the can tell you - they know their product better than anyone else - including me. Good luck!

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    Senior Member Array Mtbiker's Avatar
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    Both guns and holster wear. They will break in together. All carry guns will eventually look like it. This is unfortunate but a fact of life. Your carry gun is a tool and should be treated as such. The holster will smooth and the shavings will lessen. You can use the leather condioner from Galco "draw ease" to help break in the holster.


    I've wiped the inside of holsters with a silicone cloth (a little). But generally you don't want to "soften" a holster with most condioners.

    And besides, a gun with some holster wear has character.

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    Member Array Mark Garrity's Avatar
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    Like Gary said, there should be a sight track molded into the holster to prevent leather on the front sight.
    As to the front slide serrations, I don't know whose idea it was to put a file on the front of the slide! Hate 'em!
    "He who makes things with his hands is a laborer, he who makes things with his hands and his head is a craftsman, he who makes things with his hands, his head, and his heart is an artist."

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    I know one thing that has helped to curb some of this issue with me has been to apply some resolene on the interior of the leather holster... likeI said, it has HELPED, but not totally eliminated the issue. A carry bevel/melt job is the permanent solution ----> I need to get it done as well :(

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