Tight holster


October 8, 2012, 12:31 PM
I just purchased a Simply Rugged holster for my GP100 revolver and I am having one heck of a time pulling the gun out of the holster. Is there some way to create a looser fit? I can just see me telling the bad guy to wait until I get my gun. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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October 8, 2012, 12:49 PM
Assuming a leather holster?

Get a roll of blue painters masking tape.

Apply a couple three layers to the muzzle, cylinder, trigger guard, and anywhere else you can tell it is tight.

Then stuff the gun in it kicking & screaming, and work the leather with your hands in all the tight spots to loosen it up.

Then put the holster on your belt, and wear it around the house until it conforms to your body.

Then leave it in the holster over-night.

After you take the tape off the gun, it should fit perfectly.


October 8, 2012, 12:53 PM

Wrap the pistol in waxed paper, or Saran wrap, or put it in a plastic bag, then follow rcmodel's advice.

This is very common issue. Even if you don't do the wrap technique, it will loosen up just through use, it will take longer, but it will loosen up.

October 8, 2012, 01:22 PM
I had the same problem.
I just left it in the holster and in a few weeks it was fine.
The more you use it the better it gets.

October 8, 2012, 01:26 PM
It actually isn't a problem.

If a leather holster fit loose right out of the box?

It would be sloppy loose after the leather breaks in.


October 8, 2012, 01:34 PM
Use waxed paper. Just make sure you don't use to much. Wrap it around the part of the gun that will contact the holster and leave it for a day or two. I use this method on all my leather holsters it works great.

October 8, 2012, 10:32 PM
I've only had one leather holster that fit perfectly out of the box - a Looper 2-slot.

My Mitch Rosen was tight when I received it. I wrapped my Ruger SR1911 in the plastic wrap it was shipped in and slipped it into the holster. I let it sit overnight and the gun fit the holster perfectly the next day.


October 9, 2012, 09:51 PM
You can also slip the GP100 in a thin dress sock and let it sit in the holster overnight.

October 9, 2012, 11:24 PM
Dittos in Mr.357Sig's plastic bag idea. I found that it worked great for the Galco holster I have for my Taurus Model 85 revolver. I used a small freezer bag as it seemed to fit the form of pistol better.

October 9, 2012, 11:32 PM
But back to the Blue Masking tape only on the tight spots.

You can stretch the holster only where it needs to be stretched.

Without stretching it where is doesn't need to be stretched with a bag.

But I digress.
Although I do make holsters from time to time.


October 9, 2012, 11:37 PM
I usually just wear 'em in....I know this will bring out the naysayers, but I occasionally spray the inside of my pancakes with silicone. The gun slides easier, thus wearing the finish less, plus the silicone is a good metal protectant.

October 10, 2012, 11:06 AM
I ordered a Bianchi holster from Midway a couple of weeks ago, plus some "KG9" leather-kote . My Colt Trooper was, as yours is now, tight, couldn't get it out. I put a coat of this KG9 inside where the revolver sits, a day later I put on another coat, now the revolver slips in and out like a broken- in holster would, not sloppily though.

October 10, 2012, 12:28 PM
Thanks for those tips concerning my tight holster. I followed the blue tape method and had good progress. I also man handled the holster like you do with a new baseball glove. I can live with it now. I can now draw my weapon fairly easily. Thanks again for the tips.

October 16, 2012, 09:59 AM
Wear it around the house with your gun in it. When a holster is actually worn it has a totally different shape than when it is sitting on a workbench.

November 1, 2012, 05:15 PM
Force the gun in the holster and twist the grip/ handle from side to side a few times. It should loosen right away.

November 1, 2012, 10:54 PM
The plastic bag method has always worked for me.

November 2, 2012, 02:12 AM
Plaese don't torture your holsters. Your two main points of retention are the trigger guard and Ejection port. You want it to "click" in in the trigger guard and the ejection port and snug everywhere else. It will break in on it's own after a few draws, but if you must get a thin bag, like a sandwich or bread bag and put it on places you think are causing problems. You should be able to turn your holster upside down and the holster should hold your weapon. I have a M&P pro holster I wear nearly daily for over a year that I can still turn upside down and show people how well good leather holds up. Please don't put any additives on your holster.

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