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    Ok new custom leather pancake holster arrived. Is a little tight as I expected. So looking for best suggestions on how to break in holster so not quite as tight. I don't want gun falling out but at same time don't want to dislocate my shoulder trying to pull gun out.
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    This is common with most custom holsters. Because they are boned on both sides, and are made tight to the gun. The best way break one is practice, practice, practice. Practice draws are, IMO, the best way to get it loose, yet, not too loose.

    Option 2 is the bag method. Wrap you firearm in a plastic bag and insert in the holster. I would check on it about every hour for tightness. To do this, remove the bag, put firearm back in holster and draw. I prefer to wear my holster while doing this, that way it is also being broken to my body as well. Depending on how tight the holster is to your firearm, this could take a while. I dont like this option because its too easy to loose much of the desired retention.

    There are other option to loosen your holster, but they are tricky and I dont recommend them. Most of them pertain to water. Do the practice draws, if that dont work something out, then try the bag. Hope it helps!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Avenger View Post
    This is common with most custom holsters. Because they are boned on both sides, and are made tight to the gun. The best way break one is practice, practice, practice. Practice draws are, IMO, the best way to get it loose, yet, not too loose.

    Option 2 is the bag method. Wrap you firearm in a plastic bag and insert in the holster. I would check on it about every hour for tightness. To do this, remove the bag, put firearm back in holster and draw. I prefer to wear my holster while doing this, that way it is also being broken to my body as well. Depending on how tight the holster is to your firearm, this could take a while. I dont like this option because its too easy to loose much of the desired retention.

    There are other option to loosen your holster, but they are tricky and I dont recommend them. Most of them pertain to water. Do the practice draws, if that dont work something out, then try the bag. Hope it helps!
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    Work it out...
    For leather neatsfoot oil is a good softener.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wpage View Post
    Work it out...
    For leather neatsfoot oil is a good softener.
    Sorry, never do this.

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    Only do that if the guy who made the holster tells you to, but I'm not aware of any that would recommend that:)

    Any kind of oil will break down the leather which can be good for certain leather goods but generally not the case with holsters.

    Either put a bag around it, or practice until it works for ya:)

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    Draw Draw Draw.....If that doesnt work, order some mtch Rosen Leather Lightning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wpage View Post
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    For leather neatsfoot oil is a good softener.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wpage View Post
    Work it out...
    For leather neatsfoot oil is a good softener.
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    The easiest and best way to break in a too tight holster is to put it on with the gun in it and wear it around the house doing your normal chores for a few hours. The leather will conform to you, the weapon and how tightly you buckle your belt. After that practicing a few draws will burnish the inside a bit. Done this way the holster will be smooth to draw from yet retain it's retention ability for a long while.
    Actually my use of the term too tight is mis spoken. Too tight is when you can't get the gun into it. You want a new leather holster to be tight because leather by its nature will stretch slightly and if loose at the start will become a gun bag in short order.
    As to neetsfoot oil. Many, not all, custom makers myself included give their holsters a coat of oil prior to final finish to preserve the leather and keep it from cracking. It does not harm but helps a well molded holster. It will not however loosen up a tight holster that is done by breaking it in as described above.

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