Please read the below instructions before attempting to use the holster:
Each holster is molded to an exact replica of the firearm ordered. The holster is sewn as close to the "outline" of the firearm as possible. This not only helps the holster keep its form but is helps with overall retention. The holster goes through a process where it is exposed to hot water, pressing/blocking, dyeing, clear coating, etc. During this process, the holster will expand and shrink, so to speak. The holster, if left empty, with expand and shrink with variations of temperature. During transport to the customer, the holster will more than likely shrink due to it being empty and fluctuations in temperature and altitudes. When the holster is received, the user must do the following to make the break in process much easier.
To properly break in your holster, it is recommended to clear the firearm, wrap it in the bag that came with the holster (sometimes a second one is needed) and push the firearm into the holster. Some force may be needed but do not slam the wrapped firearm in it. This can damage the finish and/or the leather.
Another approach is to clear the firearm and wrap the firearm in wax paper and then insert it in the holster, in the same manner above. Some believe the wax will fill in gaps and make the inside of the holster smoother. Personally, I find the bag method more effective.
I prefer to let the bagged firearm sit in the holster, on the top shelf of a bookcase and let it sit overnight. The next day I put it on, still bagged and wear it around the house, in the shop, etc.
Once you have done one of these two things, try gently putting the unloaded firearm into the holster to see if the gun goes in easily. It may not. If it does, then wear it around doing chores, hanging out on the couch, or, like one friend: take a nap with it on.
Once it feels pretty good, ensure the firearm is cleared and practice some draws. Just simple stuff. If you almost dislocate your shoulder when doing so, it still needs some breaking in.
I cannot emphasize this enough: DO NOT wear the holster, for "daily carry" until you know it is broken in.
If you feel the holster is still too tight, Mitch Rosen offers "Leather Lightening" to use on the holster. It helps prevent the "leather squeak" of new holsters and does "lubricate", safely, the inside of the holster. Some prior customers swear by it and I know, personally, it does not damage the holster in any way.
- Do not oil your holster.
- Do not put the holster near heat.
- If the holster is cold when received, allow it to naturally warm up before inserting the firearm in the holster.
- If the holster becomes wet, allow it to air dry or sit in front of a fan, on low.
- If the holster becomes dirty, wipe gently with a damp, soft cloth and allow it to air dry.
- If the holster collects salt marks, due to sweat, wipe with a damp cloth and allow to air dry.
- If the holster is exposed to too much smoke, the smell will not completely come out. Please email for assistance.
- Do not leave your holster unattended around pets. Dogs and cats have been known to chew on or play with the holster.
Please remember, I make the holster on a factory spec replica. Any modifications like ultra light triggers, extra tall "can" sights, extended parts, etc may interfere with the proper fit of the firearm in the holster. In turn, it will affect the draw/use of the holster/firearm.
The holster has been coated with a protectant and water proofing acrylic. Oiling, heat, leather softeners, cleaners, etc can damage your holster and make it unsafe to use. Please email if you need assistance.
If you holster uses a snap system, more than likely it is a "One Way" or "Pull the Dot" snap. This snap system is, in a sense, a locking system, that should prevent accidental snap release. If you have not used this system, please view this video for instructions. Any snap systems broken by the customer will not be refunded due to user misuse. The holster can be returned for repair/snap replacement, at the user's expense and the expense of a new set of snap. Video
We do not locktite any hardware due to our location. We have found the locktite can freeze, during transport, the hardware, making it difficult, if not impossible, to unscrew or adjust. Please use a drop of locktite when you set up your new holster. We offer a small tube in the accessories area of the store.
Do not tight roll your shooter's belt. This can cause cracks, soften or damage the belt.
If you have any questions regarding your holster, please contact us.