New Holster Break in...

New Holster Break in...

This is a discussion on New Holster Break in... within the Defensive Carry Holsters & Carry Options forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I finally picked up a nice leather holster for my 1911, its a Mitch Rosen, on-the-belt type. Anyhoo, its so stiff and tight, that when ...

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    New Holster Break in...

    I finally picked up a nice leather holster for my 1911, its a Mitch Rosen, on-the-belt type. Anyhoo, its so stiff and tight, that when I try to draw the pistol, it yanks my pants up. Do any of you have any tips on how to loosen it up? Other than just insert/draw.
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    Put your unloaded 1911 in a freezer bag, then shove/seat the pistol into the holster. Allow to sit overnight and try it then. It just needs to stretch a little.

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    Wrap your pistol in 2-3 layers of wax paper. Place into holster and allow to sit overnight or 24 hours, or whatever. Then with the wax paper still on, remove and draw the pistol a few dozen times. Take the wax paper off, and you should be good to go after a few more draws.

    As far as it pulling up on your pants, are you trying to draw against the cant? Are you using a quality belt?
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    Well, if the firearm is a real tight fit it will tend to want to stay in there no matter how you try and draw the firearm from it.
    The plastic bag or the Waxed Paper treatment should also solve that problem
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    I have a Galco Summer Comfort IWB holster. To break mine in, I stretched the holster gently with my hands and theb did repated draw/holster drills. Then I put my gun in a dress sock and left it in there overnight. In the morning I took the gun out of the sock, reholstered it and started wearing it. Mine softened up considerably after I wore it for a couple days.

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    Thanks guys, i'm trying the freezer bag trick now....I like the sock idea too, if the bag doesn't work, i'll give the sock a try.
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    The bag will work. If you find it still tight after the bag trick add a second bag and let sit over night. I have never had to use more then 2 bags. Remember once it is stretched there is no going back so keep it tight but where it is still easy enough to draw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam500 View Post
    The bag will work. If you find it still tight after the bag trick add a second bag and let sit over night. I have never had to use more then 2 bags. Remember once it is stretched there is no going back so keep it tight but where it is still easy enough to draw.

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    Adam is correct. A little does alot, go slowly.

    I'm also breaking in a Mitch Rosen holster, a premier for my new CW9. I use a product sold by Galco called DRAW-EZ on the inside then if that doesn't work I use the thin plasic shopping bags to do the rest. Usually an overnight stretch is enough. I've also used wax paper strips when I can isolate a particular part that binds the pistol.

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    Mitch Rosen huh? Nice choice! Did you know they have a product to aid with break-in? It's called 'Leather Lightning'. I got my bottle with my order. Dude...it's smooth as silk to facilitate break-in. Without it, just wear it and work it is all I can tell you. Very good holster choice my friend!


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    I have used KG9 for several years. It appears to be the same as Leather Lightning, but MUCH less expensive. The trouble is that I can't find where I bought it.

    Here it is, KG9 Leather Kote
    https://wx9.registeredsite.com/user8...tegory_Code=KG

    It does not take much, and does not soften the leather, but is a great aid in a smooth draw without stretching the holster too much.

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    Before I have added the wax paper, I have found about 200-300 draws a day...for a couple of days...to help quite a bit. OMO
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    Quote Originally Posted by retsupt99 View Post
    Before I have added the wax paper, I have found about 200-300 draws a day...for a couple of days...to help quite a bit. OMO
    Does not improve the finish though

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    galco also makes a smooth draw liquid product

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    how good is this kg9 leather kote for using on the inside of holsters to ease the draw and will it change the color of the leather like some oil's do when applied to a good leather holster, i would like some feed back from members who have used this kg 9 leather kote for that purpose

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