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Holster/Belt care

Custom Built Leather Holsters are different from mass manufactured "off the shelf, one size fits all" items you see in retail establishments. Custom means just that. Custom to a specific handgun. Brand, Frame, barrel, and caliber. We build our leather holsters using a "Wet Molding" process which involves a "blue gun" (exact polymer replica of what we are building for) which is put under pressure using a hydraulic press. This process contours the wet leather around every angle, radius, and void of that handgun. In addition to appearance, the mechanical purpose of this is to guarantee retention and make the holster a "glove fit" for your gun. Upon drying, leather will shrink and the holster will  sometimes be very tight. Just like a pair of boots, or shoes, there is a "break-in" period that will be needed to get the optimal fit and allow for a smooth draw while retaining the handgun.

Below are some methods to expedite that process   
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Your DLL holster or pouch will come to you snug to the fit, and will require a “breaking in” period.  To make sure that you retain the molding configuration,

PLEASE DO NOT USE OILS OR WATER INSIDE THE HOLSTER TO SOFTEN IT UP.
The firearm needs to have retention and will, over time, become easier to draw and holster. To hasten the process, place your gun into a plastic freezer bag  (not a sandwich baggie) and insert into the holster dry. Leave it overnight and then remove the freezer bag. It should have stretched just enough to give you a smoother draw.  This may take more than one attempt, as leather will shrink until it has acquired the new, permanent form.  If your holster has straps, they may seem tight also, but can be stretched carefully just by pulling them without any moisture.

Holster Care Do’s & Dont’s

Do: Occasionally clean your new holster with an application of KIWI , or other brand neutral paste wax. This is the only routine maintenance we suggest for your holster. A regular cleaning can greatly improve the serviceability of your beloved new holster.

Don’t: Leave you gun holstered for extended periods of time. If a daily carry, it is recommended to remove your gun at days end. This helps in aiding break-in and limits exposure to moisture between the gun and holster.

Don’t: Expose your holster to direct sunlight for extended periods of time.

Don’t: Submerge or saturate your leather product in water or any other liquid.

Don’t: Dry your leather product with heat from a hair dryer, oven, radiator, direct sunlight, etc.

Don’t: Use oils such as Neats Foot or Mink oil, as they will saturate and soften the leather too much causing the leather to lose its molding.

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