How To Break In a Leather Holster – How To

Hi, I’m Steve Ledin with OpticsPlanet, and I’d like to
explain a little bit to you about new holster break in, I took a few holsters out of stock.
This first one that we’re going to be using is the Galco FED Paddle. This holster is made to fit a Beretta 92. A Beretta 92FS, a Beretta 92F, a Beretta 92 Brigadier. Beretta 92 like this Border Marshal. And, it’s important that the holster that you choose is for the exact model of the firearm you’re trying to fit in
here. One of the largest problems with fitting a new holster is that when, always quadruple check the gun is clear, it’s a good idea also to put your
thumb on the back of the slide to prevent the firearm from going out of
battery when you’re putting it in. This holster is pretty close if you could if you
could see that snap, it’s pretty close it’s maybe a quarter
inch away, and a lot of people because they’re working on it and they cannot close this holster, they’re under the impression it doesn’t
fit. Leather holsters are like baseball mits,
they need a break in period. The proper way to break in the holster is to take the thumb strap, and you want
to warm it up, and you wanna move it, and you want to stretch it, you want to stretch the fibers in this thumb strap. You do not want to put oil on it, you
don’t want to put mink oil on it, no needs foot oil. What’s going to happen if you do that is
it’s just going to become too supple and it’s not going to be secure enough for your holster, so take the holster and sit in front of the tv
and just play with the leather strap, you don’t want to fold it, you don’t want to
crease it, you just want to loosen up these
fibers. However, you can, and it might take a while. Also, with a holster like this
many of them have tension screws. To get to a tension screw you would, this
is a paddle holster, so you would loosen this paddle so you can get to the screws. It has a flat head screw on both sides,
so for instance on this holster you need screw driver here, and you need a screw driver here. So you would simply loosen this holster
or tighten if it you need to. One or two turns decompresses the rubber so
it makes it a little bit easier. Now, keeping my thumb pushing against the slide and with that little bit, and you can see how tight it is. If you’re able to take a pistol and
stick it in this holster initially and leave it like this, it’s not really going to stretch. You
have to manipulate the fibers, you have to warm up the fibers of the metal, you
have to break in the holster. It’s exactly like breaking in a
baseball mit or pair of shoes. You have to wear it. I said that we have to Have the holster exactly match the model of the gun. This is a Beretta 92 Border
Marshal, this is a Beretta 92 Vertec. The Vertec has really no chance of buttoning, it’s a 92, but it’s not a
92FS, it’s not a 92- Centurion, not a 92 Brigadier. It’s a 92 Vertec. It will not fit this holster, it’s not
the proper holster model for this particular gun. Carbon fiber holsters are holsters that do not require fitting,
they never move this is a Blackhawk Serpa it’s an excellent holster. This Glock 22 in this Safariland model 518 again,
with your thumb on the back of the slide, push it in, firmly. See, it’s a little bit off. It’s a little bit tight, people might
think it’s a little too tight, no, it’s perfect. You want it very very tight. If
you have a problem snapping it initially, you’re good to
go because it will break in very nicely. Some other holsters like for a
standard 1911, this one is made to be holstered
cocked and locked, again, thumb on the back of the slide. Push it in. Look, you see here not very close at all. Yeah I’m tugging and pushing pretty good that’s, that’s about a quarter inch away. This is perfect I won’t, I won’t do it
now, but I will manipulate, if this was my holster, I will
manipulate this holster, I will warm up the threads. I won’t put any oil on it, I won’t crease
it, I won’t fold it. I just have to work it. And I promise it’s going to fit marvelously. A lot of holsters that are made for larger
guns will also perfectly, except the shorter barrel guns, wheather it be for a revolver or semi-auto pistol. This 518 holster that is
made for the Glock 22/17 will also very easily fit the holster made for the Glock 19. The only difference is you have a little bit more leather protruding beyond the muzzle of
the firearm. But it doesn’t make really any
difference. Also same thing goes for the plastic holsters, this is made for
22 slash 17 size Glock, but it will also
fit the model 19 very nicely. The things we spoke about here
pertaining to holster fit also applies to
magazine fit. The magazine holsters must be made for the particular size magazines. You can
see these are both double stack magazines or
double row magazines. This is for a Beretta, this is for a
Glock. You can see, perhaps you can see, how much wider this polymer cased
magazine is then the beretta is substantially wider and when you’re already looking at a
very close fit this will prevent the magazine from
going into the holster made for the Beretta. Particularly if they’re carbon fiber
with no stretch whatsoever, or some kind of plastic. So it’s very important to buy a holster for your specific model of
firearm, not kind of, your exact specific model of firearm. If your thumb strap, if you have, one does
not close give it a chance you want to work on it. The further the snaps are away from
meeting the better your whole first gonna fit
once you get that darn thing in there. It does take a little manipulation,
it does take a little bit of time, but once that firearm fits in that holster nicely, it’s
going to stay that way very nicely. There are some products that you can put
on your leather goods such as Galco’s leather conditioner, but
it’s not for the strap, it’s not for the strap, it’s for the inside of the holster
to make the pistol draw more easily from it.
It’s also a good idea to put some on the outside of the holster
once in awhile. You can clean your holster with soap and water, mild soap and water. Let it dry but you need to keep a
little bit of moisture on your leather. I hope you found this video somewhat
informative and this is Steve Ledin from OpticsPlanet, thanks for watching.

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