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I recently decided to buy a new leather holster for my Springfield XD .40 Subcompact, and for whatever reason, it seems to stick badly. Does anyone have any good suggestions for breaking in a holster?


This may be a good topic to discuss other holsters as well. Thoughts....?

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Spray the inside of the holster with silicone is a start.  Helps a bit with the sticking until the holster is used a bit.

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Slip a sock over the (unloaded) pistol and place it in the holster overnight for several nights. It should start to loosen up.

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Spray the inside of the holster with silicone is a start.  Helps a bit with the sticking until the holster is used a bit.



I am going to guess you have an unlined holster, also pancake holsters tend to collapse and so when the firearm is in the holster it is held tightly.  Using the appropriate lube will help and in time the holster should fit the weapon better and it will be easier to dray, at least that was my experience when i carried a revolver in a pancake holster.

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Get it damp draw it in and out as it dries.  Once its dry put on a leather preservative (ex: Mink Oil, Saddle, Soap)  If you are not concerned about shape retention you could use a softener like basball glove conditioner.


The best way is to shove the pistol in and out until it is working properly. Give some twisting motions as you do so.  Getting it wet or damp speeds it up a little.  Make sure its not dripping wet when you shove in your pistol.  Also clean your pistol when your done.


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Slip a sock over the (unloaded) pistol and place it in the holster overnight for several nights. It should start to loosen up.



This is exactly what I have done. Initially, I used a holster lubricant, and was not getting desired results after several days. A guy at work told me spray silicon inside, and place a plastic bag on the weapon, and holster it for a few nights.


I decided to spray the silicon spray, and use the sock method. I'll let you know how it goes in a few days. On an interesting note, my daughter says "Daddy, if you put you're gun in there, it will never fit in your shoe, and you're foot will hurt".

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Letting it sit doesn't do very much for it.  You need to work it.  Smooth out the areas that are dragging stretch the areas that are too tight


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Letting it sit doesn't do very much for it.  You need to work it.  Smooth out the areas that are dragging stretch the areas that are too tight



I'll start drawing it tomorrow after the sock stretches it out. A little of all methods mentioned should get the job done.

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I've made a lot of holsters.  Working them as they dry is how I get them to be truly usable when they are completed.  From start to finish is less than a day. 


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I've made a lot of holsters.  Working them as they dry is how I get them to be truly usable when they are completed.  From start to finish is less than a day. 



Scurge, I'm gonna take your word for it. When I finish this post I'm gonna start working it, but if that doesn't work, I'm going back to the sock!

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If you can work it with a sock that would work pretty good to. Work it several times when you think its about about enough do it several more times let it sit for a while go back work it some more. Repeat until desired results are achieved


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I just pulled up a photo of that pistol. Would this be the one in .40 ? 


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Hey Mac, while you're doing whatever break-in process you'll use, I would think to make sure that pushing it in the holster will not push the slide out of battery. Looks like just a little bit of being out of kilter in a leather holster may push the slide back a bit. I dunno: Don't know what your holster looks like exactly. Depending on what your needs are, you might consider a Fobus or equivalent rigid holster. Looks like the holster would be tiny in any regard.


You could also tell your youngin' that you are confused about ankle holsters and socks and shoes. But keep the sock around. If you run out of ammo, you can drop your gun back in the sock and swing it like a club.... caveman style!


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Oh and if you get the holster wet don't let the gun set it between working it.


Sarge the heartburn I have over Fobus is the rivets tear thru the thin plastic with little pressure.  If you want plastic Blade Tech is agood quality product


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Oh and if you get the holster wet don't let the gun set it between working it.


Sarge the heartburn I have over Fobus is the rivets tear thru the thin plastic with little pressure.  If you want plastic Blade Tech is agood quality product


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Yeah, copy that. I actually had the equivalent in another brand.... the name escapes me at the moment. Had good performance out of it and no break-in period. Excellent retention, easy to draw and rode high enough to be discreet. I shoved a Glock 26 in it.


I have seen guys on the range working to break in holsters, whether leather or a faux laminate. I have seen that slide come slightly out of battery but the officers didn't catch it. What was happening was when they pulled the pistol out, it also pulled the slide back in place. Only saw a couple of 'failure to fire' problems on the range due to the slide not going back into battery but they were corrected with either changing out the holster or the officer being very aware of the break-in period.


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Yeah, I have had my holsters do the same but not on the range.  I sat at home breaking in the holster instead of waiting to get on the range.  Maybe I am just too paranoid like that, lol


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If the holster in question is a Galco Cop series.  Have fun with that.  I had one for a Glock 22 and it was a pain in the first order to break in.  It was a good holster just hard to break in enough for carrying.  I carried around the house for what seemed liked months drawing what seemed like 100+ times a day



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Scurge, paranoid is good. Being a 'spaz paranoid schizo' maybe not though. Ha!


When I start a new academy class on the range, I can tell you I bring a fresh can of silicone with me. They are breaking in, of course, full size duty holster. I have them 'draw, point downrange in the low ready and standby'. Then I walk down the line and squirt a little silicone on the inside of their holsters.


They then 'make your weapon safe and holster'.


Miracle of miracles. Eyes get big and they WOULD high five but they are required to remain in the interview position facing downrange. When they work that holster now its almost like their collective birthdays times 10.


Funny story. A Captain (long since retired) at my agency asked how to break in his new tiny holster for his off duty pistol. Some wiseguy told him to put it in boling water to 'soften the leather'. The Captain went home and promptly boiled his holster. It was fake leather.


What he got was 'holster soup'. It just came completely unglued, unhinged and fell apart. No kidding. It happened but I don't have pictures. Damn.


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So its about a fine line of paranoia then?  Note to self relax a bit hahaha


Yeah when giving advice on such matters it is important to know the materials used.  (Speaking of which I hope B_Macs holster is actually leather) A hair dryer would have softened the pleather without overheating it.  I have never boiled a holster.  Hot tap is as hot as I got  water for any real leather holster and it was just enough to get it wet.  Soaking takes TOO long to dry and not worth the time and trouble.  Besides dry tends to over dry and many don't put a leather preservative on it once the leather is dry.  I've used silicone on a few holsters.  It also works to help minimze the annoying squeak in pleather gear.


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That's the word I was looking for: "Pleather'. Great word. Kinda like authentic naugahyde.


I DO hope you noted that it was a joke. The prankster at my agency who suggested boiling a holster knew it was a completely bogus. The phunny part is having a C-a-p-t-a-i-n go home and do it. He was noted for his self professed brilliance and ubber intelligence. Ever seen a room full of Rangemastera soiling themselves because they were laughing so hard?



"I don't like the idea of average joe having a better angle to pull my weapon than I do"


Good obs, Mac ..



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That looks like an Aker brand.  The Akers holsters I have had were not too hard to break in.


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That's the word I was looking for: "Pleather'. Great word. Kinda like authentic naugahyde.


I DO hope you noted that it was a joke. The prankster at my agency who suggested boiling a holster knew it was a completely bogus. The phunny part is having a C-a-p-t-a-i-n go home and do it. He was noted for his self professed brilliance and ubber intelligence. Ever seen a room full of Rangemastera soiling themselves because they were laughing so hard?



HA!!! Doing it on purpose is well... funny poo!!!  Esp since it was a self professed genius that went for it.


I don't know where I got pleather from.  I been saying it shortly after my first safariland holster, a 070 model.


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I don't know where I got pleather from.  I been saying it shortly after my first safariland holster, a 070 model.



Strip club perhaps? Never trust a woman in pleather, you can live by that rule.

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Ya know, Mac, now seeing the holster I might suggest just a tiny bit of silicone and then go through the laborious task of letting that XD40 find its own way in and out of that holster. High and tight and close to your body is secure. I think after a while your waist is going to put a little cant 'out' on the holster anyway. And it definitely is leather. You probably would want as much retention left in the un-stretched leather to insure something a little more than a snap holding in your weapon. I am guessing retention Level 1. Too lose from too much breaking-in and stretching could backfire. I've seen guys at work with similar pancakes and the only thing that really was holding in the gun was the gut on the cop. (Present company notwithstanding, of course.).


Well, I am tapped out of info on this one. Back to the mountaintop to seek out the LEO wizzen one who feeds me my almost endless supply of LEO wisdom.


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I don't know where I got pleather from.  I been saying it shortly after my first safariland holster, a 070 model.



Strip club perhaps? Never trust a woman in pleather, you can live by that rule.



Note to self strippers in pleather = bad.  Keep my distance.  Mental note, noted thanks


Bianchi? I only had a few and didn't have to work them much before being usable either. 


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Ya know, Mac, now seeing the holster I might suggest just a tiny bit of silicone and then go through the laborious task of letting that XD40 find its own way in and out of that holster. High and tight and close to your body is secure. I think after a while your waist is going to put a little cant 'out' on the holster anyway. And it definitely is leather. You probably would want as much retention left in the un-stretched leather to insure something a little more than a snap holding in your weapon. I am guessing retention Level 1. Too lose from too much breaking-in and stretching could backfire. I've seen guys at work with similar pancakes and the only thing that really was holding in the gun was the gut on the cop. (Present company notwithstanding, of course.)


By the way, Mac-dude, your photo yanked the whole discussion into the margins. Nice work. Sabotage by mistake.


Well, I am tapped out of info on this one. Back to the mountaintop to seek out the LEO wizzen one who feeds me my almost endless supply of LEO wisdom.


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Excellent point.  Doesn't appear to be enough room to add a chicago screw to add a little retention.  Don't try and snap the thumb break if you are adding a sock or plastic.  That is easy to over stretch


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After all mentioned suggestions...


I decided to try some silicon spray on the holster. I holstered/unholstered my weapon until my waiste started to chaffe. After this, I placed my pistol into a sock, and holstered it for the night. The whole process has helped, but I plan on doing this again after work tonight.


 

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Had a holster come with instructions to wrap your weapon in wax paper and then put it in the holster over night if it was too tight... It fit fine, so I did not actually try it.  The silicone spray has always worked just fine for me.


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Just want to say Thanks to the OP this thread has helped!

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