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Old 09-02-2017, 06:23 PM
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I've got a new Blackhawk Askins holster for the Taurus Model 85 I picked up this week. I'm not a full leather holster guy, but I liked this one and it fits comfortably. My question: what is the best way to break the holster in? Right now it's almost impossible to pull the gun out of the holster. I've folded, rolled, kneaded, and oiled the holster, as well as wore it all day with the gun in it to start breaking it in. Is there a quick trick? I'm not going to wear this holster until I can draw the weapon effortlessly.
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I'm really sorry to say the oil was a bad idea. You do not want to soften it. Wrap the gun in two layers of wax paper and put the gun in it overnight. Once it is oiled there is no turning back. Best of luck.
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I'd like to know myself I have a leather holster. I would carry 2 guns on me when I wore it for the same reason. Couldn't get a good pull on it so I'd keep my ankle holster on as well.
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I have always wrapped my UNLOADED gun in one layer of paper towel and jammed it in the holster...after a day or two the leather will swell.. The wax paper will work too..
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wax paper or ziploc. Just let it sit in there for a few days
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I want to reinforce. UNLOADED GUN....UNLOADED GUN
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New leather, I always wrap the gun in a plastic bag or two and let it sit for a week.

Blackhawk gets floppy pretty quick; shouldn't really take too much. Try some premium horsehide...now that takes a bit of break-in.
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I'm really sorry to say the oil was a bad idea. You do not want to soften it. Wrap the gun in two layers of wax paper and put the gun in it overnight. Once it is oiled there is no turning back. Best of luck.
Ok, I guess I should clarify on the oil. Due to the holster being so tight, I sprayed a small amount of RemOil on the inside of the holster to lubricate it so that the pretty rough inside surface would mar the blueing on the gun. I did not soak the leather or oil the outside. That being said, what does wrapping the gun in wax paper accomplish? Does it just create a thicker profile of the gun causing the holster to stretch?
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Originally Posted by Cracker View Post
I want to reinforce. UNLOADED GUN....UNLOADED GUN
Always. Weapon has never had a round in it, and it won't until its at the range or ready to carry.
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wet holster- wrap gun in plastic bag- put gun in holster-- bone holster-- the back of a tea spoon works good as a bone--after leather is dry-- wipe down lightly with --neetsfoot oil

background-- I build custom western gun leather---

google boneing leather--

do not ---do not just search ---- boneing --
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Galco sells a product called DRAW EZ. I bought one of their holsters and tried the good suggestions you got to make the draw work better, but no go. Then I treated the holster interior with DRAW EZ and that did the trick.
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Thanks gents,Mornin.I just bought a 1791 gun leather holster for my glock 9mm
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I recently purchased a Galco for my FN 5.7. Instructions said to put gun in ziplock bag and leave overnight. Put it in and take it out several times then another night or two. It loosened up mine
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I wrap the (unloaded) gun in a sock and stick it in the holster for a couple of days. The slight oversized nature of the sock is perfect for some stretch but keeping the contour.
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Put the gun in two plastic grocery store bags and leave it in the holster overnight, or until it fits loose enough for your liking.
Do Not Oil Holster.

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