Any health risks involved with chrome-tanned holsters?


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SA Town
September 5, 2011, 02:55 AM
Let us say that an individual was to purchase a holster whose skin had been chrome-tanned.

Although complaints have been made surrounding the rusting properties of the chemicals involved (and how they remove finishes on firearms), what can be said about human contact with such a holster?

If it matters, the material in question is sharkskin, not regular cattle-hide or leather.

Thank you in advance for replies given.

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rcmodel
September 5, 2011, 11:21 AM
Not that I've ever heard of.

If it was going to harm you, it would be illegal in the USA, or at least in **********.

And it isn't.

rc

Lucas_Y
September 6, 2011, 07:03 PM
Are you planning on gnawing or licking your holster for extended periods of time on a frequent basis?

Klusterbuck
September 8, 2011, 03:01 PM
Kind of a personal question ain't it????? MMMMMMM leather...

Exeter
September 11, 2011, 01:44 PM
Chrome is only a problem if it's in a certain oxidation state. When it's in the +6 state, it's a potent carcinogen. The chrome used in chrome tanning is chromium sulfate, which is in the harmless +3 state.

sixgunner455
September 11, 2011, 10:47 PM
is that like eating paint chips?

Exeter
September 12, 2011, 08:40 AM
No. The paint chip problem comes from the practice many years ago of using lead as a filler/extender in house paints. Lead was phased out decades ago, but the problem persists in some older homes. Lead causes central nervous system damage and can severely damage the brains of young children. There is some evidence that it has carcinogenic potential, but that pales beside its toxicity to the CNS.

Chromium is kind of a odd duck in the body. Chrome(3) is actually an essential trace element, needed for proper metabolism. If you've ever seen the movie 'Erin Brockovich' you can see what happens when you're careless with Chrome(6).

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