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hyatt76
06-27-2010, 05:25 PM
Anyone try to make interior of Holster slicker? If so what did you use.
Thanks
hyatt76

Rollin Thunder
06-27-2010, 05:40 PM
I don't know that you would want it slicker, a good holster has retention.

mitchr
06-27-2010, 05:42 PM
Don't know about that being a good idea. A lot of emphasis is put on a good snug fit & retention of a holster. Of course, I tend to always think in terms of concealed carry, so if you are talking about 'quick draw' competition, that's a different deal. You would want something that would not ruin the leather nor create corrosion/rust on your pistol. What about some kind of animal fat? I'm sure someone on this forum has done it & will be along to help you! :) Most good holster makers will caution against using anything that will soften the leather.

P.S. Seems I remember reading about the old west days using axle grease? I wouldn't think that'd be very good for the leather but I doubt they paid as much for their holsters back then as we do now, even when adjusting for inflation. :)

R.Ph. 380
06-27-2010, 09:24 PM
Galco makes a good release agent, really slick and does not impact the stiffness of the leather. It.s called Draw-EZ and retails for 9.95. Only need 1 fingertip full. Look Here:

http://www.usgalco.com/HolsterP3.asp?ProductID=2260&CatalogID=343

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Michael T
06-27-2010, 09:36 PM
If you have a good tight holster Leave it alone. Retention is #1 a little slicker .0000010 sec. faster draw isn't needed It not the show down at high noon. A good holster is plenty fast enough. If in proper position on body not on your ankle or behind back . 2 looser locations for cc Ankle ok if taxi driver maybe or set at desk all day . But when job over belongs at waist level.
I also dislike cross draw. More likely to miss first shot under stress.

Fastlane
06-27-2010, 09:37 PM
Stoner holster has a leather dressing and a video explaining how to use it too.

http://www.stonerholsters.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=17&products_id=121&zenid=028b82ca69e941bd1f0bcb99dda60d4a

NCFlyfisher
06-27-2010, 09:48 PM
Stoner holster has a leather dressing and a video explaining how to use it too.

http://www.stonerholsters.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=17&products_id=121&zenid=028b82ca69e941bd1f0bcb99dda60d4a

Interesting Fastlane, I hadn't see that before. TY for the info! Great question, hyatt76 :D

Yet I like a tight fitting holster IMO.

Pond Scum
06-27-2010, 10:06 PM
All I have ever done is wrap the gun in wax paper and insert it in the holster several times when the holster is new to work it in a little bit. Helps a bunch and doesn't seem to have hurt retention.

-Pondy

Bighand2
06-27-2010, 11:22 PM
Exactly what PS says. I own several UBG holsters that were very "tight fitting" when new. I wrapped my gun in wax paper and" loosened" the grip on the gun. They now fit like a glove and retain the gun safe and securely and can be drawn very quickly if need be.

hyatt76
06-28-2010, 08:22 AM
Thanks to all...good info AND advice...I will just keep-on drawing...http://www.bersachat.com/forums/images/smilies/cool.gif

bgc
07-04-2010, 01:22 PM
Brownells has a holster lube

Zotter
07-04-2010, 04:38 PM
Anyone ever use 'Mink Oil'?

It's an "all natural" leather conditioner and water repellent. Used to use it on my Red Wing boots. Had some slick to it. Wonder if something like that would do the trick as well as adding some leather conditioning.

Pond Scum
07-05-2010, 01:19 PM
Anyone ever use 'Mink Oil'?


I love mink oil but I wouldn't use it on my holsters .... I think it will soften the leather and you will loose the shape and retention.

-Pondy

bgc
07-07-2010, 06:30 AM
I love mink oil but I wouldn't use it on my holsters .... I think it will soften the leather and you will loose the shape and retention.

-Pondy
I have been using Leather New on my holsters and belts. Its and oil but drys quickly without an oily residue. It made a diffrence in getting the Crossbreed to conform to my hip, works great on the car seats also.
http://www.farnamhorse.com/product.php?mainkey=200005&pid=100133&key=300002

Bronson
07-07-2010, 10:42 AM
I'm not sure of the efficacy of using oils and leather conditioners after the holster is made. Most holster makers use some type of acrylic top coat, inside and out, as the final step in finishing a holster and I don't know if anything designed to penetrate the leather will be able to do its job.

I know there are makers that will use a dry lube spray like Rem-dri lube to slick up a tight holster.

Bronson

Americangirl01
07-07-2010, 11:05 AM
I love mink oil but I wouldn't use it on my holsters .... I think it will soften the leather and you will loose the shape and retention.

-Pondy
Some of the wise old timers say you should never use oil on your holster as the holster will do exactly that....lose shape and retention....A holster is supposed to be stiff and hold your gun in place....
No mink oil on the holsters.......

jarhead79
09-28-2010, 01:17 PM
As everyone has mentioned, you don't want to use anything that will soften the leather. On a Crossbreed, the leather isn't the retention, so that won't hurt. On all leather, I guess you can use it, but it WILL soften the holster and possibly ruin the shape and retentions.

Kiwi wax has mild conditioners in it and that is all I recommend using on leather. Frankly, unless you sweat a lot, you probably won't need anything. I personally will very, very occasionally buff mine with kiwi, just to remove the dust and make it shine. But that's only if I'm going to show it off.

PHMadness
09-28-2010, 02:07 PM
As everyone has mentioned, you don't want to use anything that will soften the leather. On a Crossbreed, the leather isn't the retention, so that won't hurt. On all leather, I guess you can use it, but it WILL soften the holster and possibly ruin the shape and retentions.

Kiwi wax has mild conditioners in it and that is all I recommend using on leather. Frankly, unless you sweat a lot, you probably won't need anything. I personally will very, very occasionally buff mine with kiwi, just to remove the dust and make it shine. But that's only if I'm going to show it off.

For the new kids who may not know him, listen to this man. He may only have a few posts, but he knows a little about leather holsters.

Bronson
09-28-2010, 03:11 PM
For the new kids who may not know him, listen to this man. He may only have a few posts, but he knows a little about leather holsters.

Yeah, just a "little." Here is some of jarhead79's great work http://ubgholsters.com/gallery.htm

Bronson

TuxAir
09-28-2010, 10:35 PM
I made mine slicker doing 3 things. Wax paper to stretch the holster a tad. Breaking the sharp edges of the rail and the ejection port and I also boned the inside of the holster to smooth out some of the rough side leather. I have great retention but the draw is smoother. I shy away from any kind of lube or conditioner. Breaking the sharp edges on the forward side of the ejection port made the most improvement for me. I used a fine stone to do it.

VSPA
09-29-2010, 08:36 PM
I've had some serious problems with hang-ups on my new Fobus paddle holster for the .380. It improved following the advise of multiple inserting and removing, but not to the degree that I was comfortable with it. I found the spot that is built in for retention and used one drop of Finish Line Dry Lube on that spot and it has cured the problem.