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What is the best way to stretch leather?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Holsters and Accessories' started by Twiki357, Oct 29, 2017.

  1. Twiki357

    Twiki357 Member

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    I have a holster made for the older S&W J frame revolver. I have a newer J frame with the slightly longer frame and the thumb break is a tad too short to reach over the hammer spur. I need to stretch it about a 1/8 to 3/16 of an inch. What is the best way to do it?

    Thanks.
     
  2. buflow

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    I suggest you try soaking the holster in water, putting your revolver in a plastic ziplock bag and working the air out of the bag zip it closed. Insert revolver and bag into the soaked holster and work the leather to fit the gun and stretch the thumb break into place, let the whole thing dry then oil the holster. The wet leather should give enough to form fit. I have done this and had good results.

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  3. LUCKYDAWG13

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    Well IDK about soaking your holster but but putting your revolver in a newspaper bag or even well if you have a dog a poo bag
    will help keep Revolver in bag in holster 24 hours Then i would just work the strap and and put gun in and take it out
     
  4. Twiki357

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    I don’t really want to soak the entire holster, it’s a perfect fit and formed to the gun. It’s just the short section of the thumb break that needs to be stretched. I’m afraid that if I wet just the thumb break portion it will discolor and look weird compared to the rest of the holster.
     
  5. LUCKYDAWG13

    LUCKYDAWG13 Member

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    Well if you cant stretch the thumb strap cut it off or just get the correct holster for your gun
     
  6. tomrkba

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    Get a new holster. That's too much distance to make up.
     
  7. If1HitU

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    19904875_1401162796629125_8004125270780550579_n.jpg I had that problem with this holster being just a little tight and small for my SP101 .357 Mag.3" .I just worked the thumb brake back and forth till it got weak,and massed down on the holster over and over.Put the revolver in and left it in the holster for a month.Now it's not a problem with the thumb break or being tight.
     
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  8. Sunray

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    "...1/8 to 3/16 of an inch..." Probably is too much, but the only way to stretch leather is by wetting it. Just run the thumb break under a warm water tap so it's wet but not dripping, put the gun in the holster and close the thumb break. And let it dry naturally.
     
  9. Archie

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    Rubbing alcohol works to soften the leather without rusting like water. May discolor the leather depending on how it's finished. Tandy makes leather dye if you can find a match. Shoe dyes will also work (made for leather) but again, matching the color might be a problem.

    If you are unconcerned about color, you're in free.
     
  10. bikerdoc

    bikerdoc Moderator Staff Member

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    The water soak works. Been using it on boots, and holsters for 50 years
     
  11. ms6852

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    What I have done in the past is to spray the entire gun with WD-40 and than wrap it in Saran Wrap. I have soaked my holster in water for about two days and than insert wrapped gun in holster and let holster dry over several days. Every day afterwards I apply a little leather conditioner to the out side of the holster to keep it from cracking as it begins to shrink again from drying. Keeps the leather very pliable. Once the process is done repeat again on the inside with the conditioner.
     
  12. Twiki357

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    The water on the thumb break worked. I got it fairly damp and drew it over with a couple of layers of thick paper as a spacer and some plastic wrap to protect the gun.
     
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