Proper Care of Leather Holsters
Nothing beats the look and feel of high-quality leather belt holsters. While Kydex and Nylon options are great for holding their shape and have low maintenance requirements, they aren’t the same. Holsters made from can be much quieter and comfortable for open-carry options. The trick is to break them in and maintain them properly.
Do’s of Breaking in a Leather Holster
Use blocking techniques to stretch your leather enough for a smooth draw. To do this, wrap your firearm in plastic. Most people use a grocery store or Ziploc bag. Others use a sheet or two of wax paper. Wedge the covered firearm into the holster, then leave it for 24 hours. Take the firearm out and see if the draw is what you want.
Don’ts of Breaking in a Leather Holster
Do not use a grease or lubricant spray to wet your leather. This can make the inside permanently slippery, which can cause your gun to slide from the holster. It can also tarnish the finish on your handgun. It will also damage the interior finish of your holster.
Caring for a Leather Holster
While wearing your holster, ensure that a layer of clothing stays between you and the leather. After every use, wipe off any loose dust, dirt, or other debris with a towel. If the leather is wet, leave it out and allow it to air-dry naturally. If it is dry, store it in a dry location.
Use warm water and leather soap to remove any debris from the leather. Most people use a leather conditioner or saddle soap. You can use a soft-bristled brush to ensure it is thoroughly cleaned. When you finish, touch up any minor scratches with baby, olive, or saddle oil. Touch up deeper scratches with rubbing alcohol. Do this every three or four months.
Leather holsters are a great option when they are properly cared for. Be sure to break them in and maintain them properly for a quiet and comfortable carry.