HELP: Wet holster

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    HELP: Wet holster

    So, rather than be unarmed, I went canoeing with my 642 in an OWB leather holster. I pretty much knew it would get wet, but decided to carry anyways. The gun was lubed before and after, so it's fine. The problem is the holster, it's not nearly as "tight" as it was before the soaking. It's completely dry, but any ideas on how to essentially "shrink" it back up?
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    leather shrink chemical. i don't know how much it will shrink it though. you will have to put pistol in saran wrap or some other very thin plastic.

    I think you could get it from a leather goods supplier or a shoe repair place may have it.

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    Leather will sometimes shrink back if you wet it and then use moderate heat to dry it, but it is probably 50/50 at best. You may be able to have a row of stitching added to tighten it up.

    You're lucky your gun is OK, if it is blued. I carried concealed when I used to do fieldwork, and fell in a creek. My partner didn't know I carried, and would have probably freaked if she found out, so my PT-99 had to stay in the wet holster the rest of the day. By the time I got home, the bluing on the slide was ruined.

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    Here is about the best that you can do.

    Wet the holster again

    reinsert the unloaded revolver

    press the leather everywhere as best as possible to reshape the wet/damp to the revolver.

    carefully remove the revolver

    being very careful not to distort the shape begin to force dry it with a hair blow dryer on hot but, don't bake the leather but, blow dry it quite a bit inside and out.

    Set it down carefully and allow it to dry completely and naturally the rest of the way.

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    And next time, buy a holster from a craftsman that totally seals his work. Assembly line holsters don't cut it.
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    Thanks for the help everyone. And yes, I would love to own a nice piece of craftsmanship, but right now getting debts paid off is more important ;)
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    Blot dry, slowly dry in open air -not direct sunlight. She'll be okay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QKShooter View Post
    Here is about the best that you can do.

    Wet the holster again

    reinsert the unloaded revolver

    press the leather everywhere as best as possible to reshape the wet/damp to the revolver.

    carefully remove the revolver

    being very careful not to distort the shape begin to force dry it with a hair blow dryer on hot but, don't bake the leather but, blow dry it quite a bit inside and out.

    Set it down carefully and allow it to dry completely and naturally the rest of the way.
    What he said!!!


    But to try and shrink it. Wet the holster again and DO NOT PUT THE WEAPON BACK IN!!!!! Until it drys. Putting the gun in while it is wet will not shrink it. If anything it will make it loser.

    If it still has it's shape. Just wet it and let it dry on it's own. Force drying with a hair dryer can burn the leather. If this doesn't work. Follow QK 's directions but do not press to hard around the trigger. Revolvers don't like that. They might think it's play time when it's not.!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ Husker View Post
    And next time, buy a holster from a craftsman that totally seals his work. Assembly line holsters don't cut it.
    Or just carry in kydex when you're going canoeing.

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    Another option that works well is to place it in front of a fan to dry. That way you do not run the risk of burning the leather while drying it faster.

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    I never thought I'd recommend Kydex...
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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ Husker View Post
    I never thought I'd recommend Kydex...
    Well you haven't yet. I would say don't go in the water, Before I would recomend ah..........nevermind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackeagle View Post
    Or just carry in kydex when you're going canoeing.
    There's your real answer......but do dry slowly as recommended above.
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