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Old September 12th, 2019, 12:07 PM   #1
 
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how many holsters? and longevity?

I have a bad habit of having backups, not only with guns but holsters too and most everything else. I live in Kentucky and opened carry till 5 years ago when I got my permit to conceal a weapon. I bought a Desantis holster then, a dual carry 2, I bought two of them so I would have one for IWB and one for owb without having to change on the clip. I carry everyday 6-12 hours and carry 7 day a week, both holsters still look great without any wear to speak of. with that though I have now bought two more and put them up as back up. I even think I might need backup to my back up. I am on a tight budget and can't save to get a high dollar holster, i have tried and somehing comes up to get my money. But I can't complain on the Desantis, so my question is this, do any of ya'll have backup holsters? and about how long will a decent leather holster last? thanks for any help.



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I carry all day everyday as well (IWB) and almost exclusively in leather, but don't have duplicates (backup) of anything. Good quality leather holsters in my view don't go out of style and in my experience wear pretty darn well .
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I had been using an inexpensive ($12ish on sale at the time) DeSantis leather holster to carry IWB every day 12+ hours a day.
It was still working but I retired it after 6+ years only because a friend got back into leather work and made a better holster for me.
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I have a leather Galco OWB for my SP101 that has seen a lot of use and slows no signs of wear. I also have a Kydex IWB for my LCR which I wear daily and it shows no signs of wear after 3 years. No plans on replacing them anytime soon.
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No backups for me, yet. One pocket holster handles either snub. For woods carry, I have one that fits the snubs, another for the S&W or the GP100. Got one military holster for the 1911, a gun I rarely carry.

Helps that each pair of revolvers has the same length barrels.
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my oldest holster is a 40 year old safariland that is basically o variation of the jordan border patrol holster.
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A good quality holster should last several years as long as one does their part to take care of them. I use to buy holsters for my handguns but I have enjoyed making leather holsters for myself I like working with leather. Great hobby.
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Leather lasts quite a while, so sell your backup holsters on eBay to buy ammo & range time instead
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A good quality leather holster will last a long time.
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If you take care of it, even leather, the hardware will wear out before the leather.
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I have a black full flap military style holster that's dated 1875 , came with a Manhatten Arms 36 cal. cap & ball revolver ...that's about 144 years .
Holsters can last a while with just a little care .
The holster is in better condition than the revolver !
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Stay away from the cheap junk and like a good pair of boots they'll last a long time if you take care of them.
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