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Man, my holster stinks!!! Odorusly!!!

Discussion in 'Handguns: Holsters and Accessories' started by CountGlockula, Oct 3, 2008.

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  1. CountGlockula

    CountGlockula Member

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    I've just been carry this Galco WB226 for my compact Glock 23 for more than a week now and last night I noticed a really bad smell. Picked up the holster and that's where the putrid smell lies. It's like a wet, expired leather stench. Don't get me wrong the holster does its job, especially for $30 and conceals well, but why the smell?

    Is it because of the soft leather?

    My new and stinky Galco WB226 holster:
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    Also the smell has rolled onto my Glock!!!
     
  2. Pure Kustom

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    It could be mold. Growing between layers.
     
  3. bluez4u

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    Frebreze or Zorbex
     
  4. Fisherman_48768

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    If the leather for the holster came from Mexico, then the tanning solution is once used beer, thats why the bad smell.
     
  5. CountGlockula

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    Mold would be pretty nasty. It's been 90-100º here in CA lately so molding would be out of the question...maybe my sweat?

    Galcos are made in AZ, I think. Maybe I'll contact Galco and see what's going on.
     
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    Don't forget, ..."once used beer, strained through a horse..." :neener:
     
  7. Archie

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    Could easily be sweat. That looks like an inside waistband holster, and that means it rides directly on or very close to your hide.

    Leather does absorb liquid, sweat for instance.
     
  8. WhoUtink

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    Do you carry in the small of the back/butt crack area?
     
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    Kinda like what Garlic does, and smells, to Dracula?

    Kinda will "limit one's dating experiences.." with the smell

    Just had too,


    Ls
     
  10. EShell

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    That's probably it. :what:

    I have a horsehide IWB from Bianchi like that that's almost worn through and it's not at all stinky, or, at least I don't notice it . . .
     
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    Talk about a first time for everything. :D

    At first glance, the Febreze suggestion sounds like something worth trying.
     
  12. Omaney

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    Bet it's sweat. Anyone with a leather watchband probably knows the smell. That's why I never buy them anymore. That rough suede is pretty absorbant.
     
  13. loneviking

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    I'd suggest you saddle soap the heck out of it, oil it with Neats Foot oil and then set it in the sun for a few hours. The sun should kill anything that's growing and the saddle soap/oil should deal with any sort of chemical residue left over from the tanning process.
     
  14. markk

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    Try putting it in a plastic bag and sticking it in your freezer for 24 hours. I had several friends who played hockey and this was the trick they used to kill the funk in their hockey gloves.
     
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    As a current beer league ice hockey player, I can absolutely guarantee the freezer trick will not work. There is no funk on earth more nasty than leather palmed hockey gloves. I use wader dryers to dry the gloves between games. That keeps the smell down while my gear sits in the garage, but the moment they get worn again the funk is back.

    I'd get a new properly treated leather or synthetic holster. I seriously doubt you'll get the funk out.

    EDIT....Oh...Febreze? Won't work. You'll end up with a disgusting sweet/putrid smelling thing that's worse than what you started with. Trust me on this.
     
  16. Claude Clay

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    oder eaters.....and take it on a 3 hour tour
     
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    I have never had the problem, sweat or not.
     
  18. CountGlockula

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    LOL! I keep it at 3 'o clock.

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    I carried in northern WA last week and the holster still stunk. I contacted Galco and mine appears to be new production, and made from their newer material (center cut steerhide rather than the old glove leather). They've sold well over a quarter-million holster made from this material, and I said I'm the first with an "odor problem" in the holster.

    Should I take it back?
     
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    Yup...Mexican tanned leather...
     
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    Can he use white vinegar? It's the only thing I've found that gets rid of 'river funk' with paddling/kayaking equipment that sits in a trunk for a week.
     
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    More than likely. I have a pair of rather good exercise gloves that have begun to stink badly. Can't even stand to get them close to my face. I've taken to using a powder akin to Gold Bond on my hands and the gloves. It's better now.
     
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    Double tap

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    You could spray some clorox+water on/in it. That ought to kill odor-causing bacteria. What it'd do to the leather, I couldn't say, though. Works alright for shoes.
     
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    Just don't carry it Butt forward.lol
     
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    Funny to think that "printing" could be taken to an olfactory level.

    "Look, I know he's carrying because I can smell him." :)
     
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