How to Break In a New Gun Holster
The amount of effort and time required to break-in a new gun holster will vary widely depending on the
manufacturer. For example, Mitch Rosen holsters are unbelievably tight and require a significant amount of
break-in, while Don Hume holsters can generally be broken-in within a few days.
How do I break-in a new holster?
Most all new leather holsters will require
some breaking in before they function as they should. This is perfectly normal. If you take a look around the
Internet, you'll see some really interesting advice on how to break in a holster. Here are some don'ts:
Don't use products such as Mink oil, saddle soap, or leather soap. While these agents may work
great on saddles and baseball gloves, they are unbelievably bad for holsters. Not only will they
probably discolor the leather; but each of these items contains chemicals that are designed to
soften leather. The softening chemical will cause the leather to lose its form and shape
that the manufacturer works so hard to mold. You'll end up with a holster that looks and functions
like a wet noodle.
To break the holster in, you can do the following (NOTE - All are done with an
Put the holster on. Take the UNLOADED weapon and start doing repetitive holstering and draws
over a period of time. I usually try to do this while I'm watching TV. Each time, make sure that
the weapon is fully seated and then is fully draw from the holster. In the beginning, this
operation will be very difficult to do, but will get easier as the holster breaks in. I'd shoot
for say 50 holster/draws in the beginning.
Only use the following method if the previously mentioned methods don't work. Get a very thin
plastic bag like the ones that are used in a grocery store. Make sure they are ultra thin.
I wouldn't recommend a garbage bag or anything that thick as you'll end up with an overstretched
holster. Insert the UNLOADED weapon into the plastic bag, and then wrap the bag very tightly
around the holster. Make sure that the bag is very tight around the weapon to avoid adding too
much extra width to the weapon. Once the weapon is properly wrapped, fully insert it into the
holster and let it sit for 24 hours or so. The idea here is that the bag adds some ever so slight
extra width to the weapon.
These instructions should get you started on the path to correctly breaking the new holster