New Holster too tight!

New Holster too tight!

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    New Holster too tight!

    I bought a new pancake holster for my SIG P229. It's a nice EP Saddlery holster. Only problem is. I CAN'T get the gun out!!! Any ideas on how to loosen this thing up?
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    same thing happened with mine when i got it. you can either wrap the gun in wax paper or a plastic shopping bag (like from wal mart or something). keep the gun in it's holster over night and see how it feels in the morning. if it's still too tight, you can use 2 plastic bags...but I'd start with 1 first. good luck!
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    My first Versa Max 2 was that tight. Inserted the 1911 and thought I'd never get it out. I put the holster on the belt and pulled and twisted and it broke loose.

    Then I read the instructions Milt Sparks Holsters sent along, and began doing presentations of the unloaded weapon. 100 presentations later, it was drawing just fine.

    The plastic bag trick ("blocking") was the next technique on their list. I've only had to do it on one pocket holster. Just be careful not to overdo this, as it cannot be reversed. Leave it only for a short time (a fraction of an hour) and increase the time as nec, to get the desired results. You may or may not need to go with thicker or multiple layers of bags (Sparks has us use the 4 mil zip loc bag the holster comes in).
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    Use some neutral Kiwi wax inside and just draw, draw, draw...and draw.
    - You never need a gun until you need one very badly.

    - Running is for people who don't have ammo.

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    Put you gun in the plastic bag the holster came in and shove it in the holster for a couple days. Yeah yeah, I've done it a dozen times and it works just fine.
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    Yep, It's already working!!! Thanks for all the help. I learn something here everyday.
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    I use a dress sock on the really tight ones...............
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thumper View Post
    Put you gun in the plastic bag the holster came in and shove it in the holster for a couple days. Yeah yeah, I've done it a dozen times and it works just fine.
    Me too. I have found it takes more than just a few hours to stretch the tight holsters I have from Sparks, Brommeland, and the latest Nossar. In addition when the holster is put on the belt and the belt tightened it tightens the holster so that the gun is tighter than when the holster is not on the belt.

    The last Brommeland Def-Con I got I was going to check it, and pushed my Kimber Compact down in the holster (it took some effort.) As soon as I did it I thought " What a dumb thing to do." My wife and I together could not get it out. I had to leave it in the holster overnight and then it took a lot of effort to get the gun out. It was the plastic bag treatment then. I think I learned my lesson, but I am a slow learner sometimes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JerryM View Post
    Me too. I have found it takes more than just a few hours to stretch the tight holsters I have from Sparks, Brommeland, and the latest Nossar. In addition when the holster is put on the belt and the belt tightened it tightens the holster so that the gun is tighter than when the holster is not on the belt.

    The last Brommeland Def-Con I got I was going to check it, and pushed my Kimber Compact down in the holster (it took some effort.) As soon as I did it I thought " What a dumb thing to do." My wife and I together could not get it out. I had to leave it in the holster overnight and then it took a lot of effort to get the gun out. It was the plastic bag treatment then. I think I learned my lesson, but I am a slow learner sometimes.

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    Dang Jerry, you must have been watching me with my Max Con V? I almost skinned my left hand with the front sight when that Kimber of mine finally broke loose!

    I'm still working on getting that holster broken in!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thumper View Post
    Dang Jerry, you must have been watching me with my Max Con V? I almost skinned my left hand with the front sight when that Kimber of mine finally broke loose!

    I'm still working on getting that holster broken in!
    Maybe I can learn from your experience, and mine too. I don't have my last three holsters completely broken in yet.

    BTW, I have no smileys to put in the text, but only Post Icons. Where are my message text icons?

    Thanks,
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    Quote Originally Posted by JerryM View Post
    Maybe I can learn from your experience, and mine too. I don't have my last three holsters completely broken in yet.

    BTW, I have no smileys to put in the text, but only Post Icons. Where are my message text icons?

    Thanks,
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    Jerry, go to your user CP, click on options, go near the bottom of the page and find Message Editor Interface and set it to Standard editor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JD View Post
    Jerry, go to your user CP, click on options, go near the bottom of the page and find Message Editor Interface and set it to Standard editor.
    Thanks a lot, JD. I got it.

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