Any tricks to "slick up" the inside of my IWB holster?


March 23, 2012, 12:55 PM
My ccw is a Glock 19 in a leather Bianchi IWB holster. When the holster is out the gun comes out all right (still being broken in) but when the combo is actually in my waistband, it's very sticky drawing the gun. Instead of the gun coming out cleanly, the holster wants to pull out or pull up my belt/pants, I guess because of the pressure on the outside of the holster. Do any of you guys have any good methods for getting the inside of the holster more slippery? The kind of rough texture on the Glock slide doesnt seem to help either. Thanks!

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March 23, 2012, 01:13 PM
The holster just needs to stretch and be broken in to fit your body conture and the gun.

Put a couple of layers of blue masking tape on the slide, and anywhere else it seems to be tight.
Then put it on a wear it for a few hours.

When you take the masking tape off the gun, it should be fine.


March 23, 2012, 02:19 PM
Thanks rc you are wealth of info. The tape is a good idea.

March 23, 2012, 03:41 PM
What belt are you using? Holster following gun isn't just a sign of poor holster fit.

Other than the stiffness of a real gunbelt, I'd suggest loading up some snap-caps in that blastomatic and drawing it out of the holster, then re-inserting it.
Repeat a few hundred times, you should see a difference.

Maybe some leather preservative on the inner surface would smooth things out a bit as well, Obenauf's is what I use:
(you probably don't need the gallon pail, and I order mine from BeltMan, he ships it free and has a good price)

March 23, 2012, 05:55 PM
Hey bigfatdave...well the holster actually fits well, it's still just pretty tight. I've been sitting and just drawing and re-holstering while watching tv to get it loosened up. I'm using just a fairly thick leather belt. It supports the weight just fine but its not really a stiff belt, if that's what you mean.

I wish the holster was just a bit more customized to the G19, but it's much better than when I took it out of the package, that's for sure. My previous ccw was a Kahr CW9 which I kept in a Don Hume leather holster, IWB, and that thing fit like a glove and came out nice and slick almost immediately when I bought it. That holster was ONLY for the CW9/P9 though. Oh well. This holster I have now had several different brands of gun listed for it, although the fit isn't horrible by any means. That's the good thing about leather I suppose, it molds.

March 23, 2012, 06:03 PM
Put the gun in a plastic shopping bag or two and place it back into the holster - should be just enough tension that you can get it in there with a little struggle.

Leave it in the holster over night....

March 23, 2012, 09:45 PM
You don't say what model of Bianchi holster you have, but most of the Bianchi IWB holsters use a belt clip with a ramped type clip that makes it easy to put on and take off, but also is prone to allowing the holster to come out with the pistol during the draw.

Bianchi holsters

Leather straps, such as those used on Milt Sparks Summer Special and Versa Max are much more secure.

Milt Sparks

If you need a clip on holster, a clip like the High Noon "reverse J-clip" will be much more secure than those used by Bianchi.

High Noon "reverse J-clip"

March 24, 2012, 06:26 AM
I'm using just a fairly thick leather belt.get a real gunbelt, it changes everything

March 24, 2012, 10:36 AM
You could try some Leather Lightning

March 24, 2012, 06:32 PM
1500 grit sand paper and some careful elbow grease will slick the inside. I would also recommend a good gunbelt.

March 24, 2012, 09:01 PM
I bought a galco summer comfort that was way too tight when i got it. I put 4 ziplock bags over the end of the gun and then crammed it into the holster and left it like that for a couple days. It fit much better after that.

March 24, 2012, 09:06 PM
Leather Lighting is great stuff. I wouldn't use sandpaper on leather. Hard to get the right spot.

March 26, 2012, 10:54 PM
I have a leather holster for my Security Six that has the rough side in. It came to me in brown and the inside gripped the gun, making it hard to draw. I wanted it black, so used a shoe leather stain that is actually a liquid wax polish. I also coated the inside of the holster with it and it laid the rough surface down smooth and hard so it draws like a rigid plastic holster. Worked great!

hariph creek
March 30, 2012, 07:11 PM
I've heard of coating the inside with silicon spray, then putting the gun in until it dries. Supposed to address sticking and squeaking.
Never tried it, and I won't. Made a really still leather belt all floppy once. Trying that method to stop squeaking. I'd be afraid of ruining the holster.

I usually just break it in. It's good opportunity to practice drawing, too.

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