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I am a police veteran for over 20 years now. I have had the same Safariland gun holster for the past 8 years. I have never had problems drawing my P229 handgun from my holster...that is until my requal training a week ago. That particular day had close to torrential rain,  and we were standing in it for a couple of hours while doing our requal shoot outside.


Well -  as we were tested on our speed draws from the holster, the back area of the holster seized up! I could not draw my gun, and if I did with plenty of force, I had a real difficult time putting it back in. The leather had swelled up. The gun could not rock back - and up as it was supposed to. I could only draw straight up and could not get the clasps to do up.


My question to other law enforcement officers is this: has anyone ever had problems with their holsters, and drawing their weapons from it, while the holster was soaking wet? If so, what were the issues? Clasps not doing up, or unable to re-holster the weapon, etc?


I noticed some other officers on our range on that particular day were having problems securing their weapons in the holster with the clasps too.


 


Thank for your input.

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30 year cop and never a problem qualifying in the rain.

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I have qualified in rain and snow and never had any issues with my safriland holster.

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I have always used the Safariland 295 holster. What model hoster do you have. What did Safariland advise when you contacted them?

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Up until earlier this year, I had used Safariland for my Sig 226. Never had any issues with my holster. We went to new Sig 226's earlier this year, and Safariland didn't have a holster for the new Sig frame. I use a different holster now (not Safariland).


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I have emailed Safariland and have called them too. I am still waiting for a response. There were approximately 3 other officers with the same problems that day. The rain was so heavy at times we could barely see the targets, then alone trying to draw from misshaped leather holsters.


We use a P229.

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I don't suppose you ever used any type of waterproofing agent on your holster have you?


Leather is alive, like wood, and will always swell when it gets wet. The inside of the holster is suede so it protects the finish of the weapon. It is this suede portion that is most susceptable to swelling. The holsters are designed to be of a very tight tolerance, to increse retention. Getting them completly soaked would naturally result in their becomming tighter.


Possible solutions for you would be to treat the suede with a waterproofer, or rub it down generously with oil.


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What model safariland hoster?