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I was out at the range today making holes in paper with my .357 LCR--fun wheel gun and I'm learning where & how to hold to keep 'em in the 10-ring. Got home this afternoon with a grin plastered on my face, when things just got better.....



Mr Postman brought me a new SHTF Hybrid. This is my first SHTF holster, and I am impressed! Great fit, excellent materials, and superb workmanship. I haven't used it yet, but will try to write further reviews; so far I'm really pleased.

Thank you SHTF!
 

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Took delivery yesterday and wore the rig all day today. It may still be a little stiff, but there were several times today that I forgot it was there. Very comfortable. No issues with retention, despite being very active working in the yard and on the Jeep. Don't think I'm 'printing' much, except when I really lean forward (wearing at 4 o'clock). I'm still really pleased.
 

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I have three shtf gear holsters and they are great. Give the leather backer a good week or two to break in it will awesome I promise.

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I was thinking about treating it with a rubdown of Montana Pitch blend: beeswax, pine pitch, and mink oil. This stuff is great for renewing and protecting leather. Any reason not to treat the leather side of the holster?
 

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I have not had a need for mine to be treated, also I dont know how much it would do. The dye blocks the pores of the leather so I am not sure it would absorb well. If in doubt you could always email SHTF gear and see what they say.
 

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I would just wear it every day for a week or so before you do anything to your leather.
And then if you do decide to treat it with anything - apply it sparingly.
 

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Nice piece, nice rig! And speed strips too. Just curious, why the gap in the middle? I have five rounds in mine as well, but leave the open space by the "tab" for a better hold on the strip.
 

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I was thinking about treating it with a rubdown of Montana Pitch blend: beeswax, pine pitch, and mink oil. This stuff is great for renewing and protecting leather. Any reason not to treat the leather side of the holster?
The kind folks at Mitch Rosen advised me never/ever/don't do it/ apply oil to a leather holster, but of course we are talking a full leather iwb holster not a leather backed kydex rig. The oil will soften the leather and a full leather holster you would not want to do this to as it would decrease retention after leather softens and would stretch. Don't know what it would do to the leather backing of a kydex rig..may be no problem at all ....but then there's the but...................I would shoot an email to them just to be sure before you do that......
 

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And speed strips too. Just curious, why the gap in the middle? I have five rounds in mine as well, but leave the open space by the "tab" for a better hold on the strip.
Makes it a little easier to drop the first two rounds in simultaneously...or so I've convinced myself. Give it a try.
 

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I asked Clay at SHTF Gear about dressing the leather with a wax blend, here is his response:

We do apply a type of wax to the surface of the leather when it is in the shop. I wouldn't think any harm would come from applying a small amount of it to the top grain (its penetration may be limited by our wax coating). Generally speaking, I would say it is unnecessary.
I'll hold off for a while on re-dressing the leather since SHTF already waxed it. These guys seem to do it right!
 
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