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Old November 30th, 2012, 08:28 AM   #1
 
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Holsters, how to shrink one a little

I have a slide holster that if I could shrink it just a little, it would provide better friction on my Auto I carry sometimes. Its new, fairly stiff good leather and I was wondering if anyone has had experience in doing a tiny bit of shrinking of the leather for a better grip.


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Old November 30th, 2012, 10:00 AM   #2
 
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I have a slide holster
Never heard the term slide holster ? But an old way of custom fitting a holster
is to soak it in warm, not hot water for enough time to soften the leather.
Oil the gun and put it in a plastic bag or wrap it well with saran wrap ( plastic wrap )
Put the gun in the holster and press the leather all around and into the pistol.
Think of it as form fitting, unless the fit is way off or the holster was a soft leather to start with it should work. Leave the pistol for a few hours and check to see it's taking the shape you want. This may take a while, but after the leather is about 3/4 dry you can remove the pistol and use a hair dryer on LOW. You can take the pistol in and out if you need to, just don't disturb the set of the leather. When dry you can use a good leather preservative or leather wax.
I guess you will get other suggestions also, this is just one way.
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I do the same thing, but wet it under running hot tap water. I take the gun out after about five minutes, and set the holster out in a room overnight to dry.

If the holster is already a good fit (made for the gun?) and is just a little loose, just wetting it in hot water and letting it dry would shrink it a little bit, but probably not for long. It would loosen up again.
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I like the idea of wetting the holster and letting it air dry afyer a short time with the gun in it. It really needs just a little more retention.

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Never heard the term slide holster ? But an old way of custom fitting a holster
is to soak it in warm, not hot water for enough time to soften the leather.
Oil the gun and put it in a plastic bag or wrap it well with saran wrap ( plastic wrap )
Put the gun in the holster and press the leather all around and into the pistol.
Think of it as form fitting, unless the fit is way off or the holster was a soft leather to start with it should work. Leave the pistol for a few hours and check to see it's taking the shape you want. This may take a while, but after the leather is about 3/4 dry you can remove the pistol and use a hair dryer on LOW. You can take the pistol in and out if you need to, just don't disturb the set of the leather. When dry you can use a good leather preservative or leather wax.
I guess you will get other suggestions also, this is just one way.
Wet leather is pretty accommodating. It can either be shrunk OR stretched a LITTLE. You're NOT going to make a 380 holster fit a 1911, or vice-verse.

But you CAN make a holster that's ALMOST right, fit much better.

If you want to shrink it to fit better, you just oil the gun, bag it, soak the holster in hot water for a few minutes, then put the oiled, bagged gun in it, and let the holster dry a few days.

If you want to stretch it to fit better, tape something (a couple layers of cloth, a piece of Popsicle stick, whatever) to the gun in the right places, THEN oil the gun, bag it, soak the holster in hot water for a few minutes, then put the oiled, bagged gun in it, and let the holster dry a few days.

Letting them dry naturally has worked for me.

Like Graywolf said, you then treat the leather with a good leather preservative, and you should be good.

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