Our holsters are usually stiff and tight. They should be, because the leather will mold itself to you and your use like a baseball glove or shoe. You may be tempted to speed up the break-in with a heavy dose of neatsfoot oil. But that will leave the leather soft, making for a difficult draw. Here are some easy instructions on breaking in your holster. NOTE this may need to be repeated.
- Empty your handgun and the magazines of semiautomatics of any bullets.
- Push the handgun deeply into the holster, until you can push it no more.
- Wear the holster and handgun around the house, as much as possible. This will speed up the holster conforming to the gun and to your body. Wear a belt holster with the belt you usually wear.
- Draw and holster the pistol whenever you find a few moments. Only through repetitive use will drawing and holstering become easier. Work any catches or snaps as well, to break them in also.
- Twist the holster on occasion, perhaps once or twice a day for the first week, flexing the leather one way and the other. This will loosen the collagen fibers (the tough inner structure of leather).
- Store the handgun in the holster at night. The leather, softened by a day of your body heat and sweat, will continue to break in overnight.