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How snug in holster is appropriate?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Holsters and Accessories' started by MacGuyver77, Sep 21, 2009.

  1. MacGuyver77

    MacGuyver77 Well-Known Member

    I recently got my Don Hume Paddle Holster for my Beretta PX4 (made for this pistol, not universal fit), with thumb break snap. I notice it goes in pretty snug, and seems even snugger coming out. The holster is supposed to have a "molded sight tunnel", but I notice the front sight seems to drag on the way out. There is a line in the leather where it comes out. I can get it out, but it seems like a lot of effort to draw it. Sometimes it causes the holster to pull up a bit, but I don't have a propper gun belt yet, so I'm sure that is not helping things either. Does this sound normal, or does it sound like the gun fits too tight?

  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Leather fitted holsters require a break-in period before they loosen up.

    You can speed the process by putting a couple of layers of low-stick blue masking tape on the guns tight spots and leaving it in the holster over-night.

    A light spritz of Camp-Dry silicone spray inside won't hurt either.

  3. If a holster will hold your gun in during and after a sommersault, then it is probably secure enough for running, jumping, etc.
  4. bigfatdave

    bigfatdave Well-Known Member

    Tighter is better, if you ever need the pistol, I'm sure you will be able to muster the strength to draw it somehow.
    Do some break-in with it, get a real gunbelt, and do some drawing practice with snap-caps, you'll get the holster worn in a bit and get some valuable practice. Generally I'll use the idiot-box for cues on draw/fire practice, with a pistol triple-checked to only contain snap-caps.

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