How To Break In Your Holster

Are you looking for information on how to break in your holster?  If so, you’ve come to the right place!  While we strive to ensure each and every holster we produce will be ready for use the moment your receive it, most of our holsters will likely require a bit of break-in before they are ready for use.  It’s better for a holster to be too tight than too loose, so please be sure you take the proper steps to adapt the holster to your particular firearm.

You should never pull a brand new holster out of the box, insert your carry gun, then walk out the door with an un-tested holster.  We recommend wearing your holster with its corresponding firearm in safe, comfortable surroundings (we assume this would be your home…).  Give the holster a chance to form-fit to your firearm.  With the weapon unloaded, practice drawing the gun until you are comfortable with its retention.

If the holster is too tight when you receive it, place the unloaded gun in a baggie (like a sandwich bag, or zip-top bag), then insert the gun into the holster.  Let it set for a minute or two, then remove the gun and take it out of the bag.  Reinsert the gun and see if the retention is to your liking.  If not, repeat this process until you’re happy with the retention, slowly adding to the amount of time you leave the bagged gun in the holster until the gun is easy enough to remove from the holster.  Do not add any oils to your holster to soften it up, as this could over-soften the leather and damage the holster or its acrylic finish.

In extreme cases where the previously mentioned bag method won’t work, try inserting your gun into a thin sock, like a dress sock.  Then, placed the sock’d gun into the baggie, holster it and leave it to stretch for a while – possibly overnight in extreme cases.  Why on earth would this be necessary?  Some of the dummy guns suffer from extreme shrinkage when the resins cure, resulting in dummy guns that are considerably undersized.  This results in a holster that is excessively tight when the actual firearm is inserted.  I’ve only had to use the “sock” method with two holsters – both times were for holsters built using the same Glock dummy gun.