Break In And Care For Your Holster

Please read the below instructions before attempting to use the holster and mag carriers. Failure to follow the below instructions may void the warranty on your product(s).

 -I cannot stress enough to check the screws on snap loops and other hardware before each use. It is much like a pre-combat inspection: ensure the firearm functions, is lubed, loaded, etc. Screws, even with Lock-Tite can loosen with use.

 Each holster is molded to an exact replica of the firearm ordered. The holster is sewn as close to the "outline" of the firearm as possible. This not only helps the holster keep its form but is helps with overall retention. 

The holster goes through a process where it is exposed to hot water, pressing/blocking, clear coating, etc. During this process, the holster will expand and shrink, so to speak. During transport to the customer, the holster will more than likely shrink due to it being empty. When the holster is received, the user must do the following to make the break in process much easier.

To properly break in the holster, you can wrap it in the bag it was sent in or use the wax paper included with the holster.

Unload the firearm, wrap it in the bag or wax paper, then gently put it in the holster. DO NOT put the gun in without the bag or wax paper as it may become stuck. I make the holster tight so the user can break it into the retention they prefer. 

If the holster is still tight, a second bag or putting a strip of wax paper where it is snug will help with the process.

Once you have done one of these two things, try gently putting the unloaded firearm into the holster to see if the gun goes in easily. If it does, wear it around the house and practice drawing, re-holstering to complete the break in process.

I cannot emphasize this enough: do not wear the holster, for "daily carry" until you know it is broken in.

If you feel the holster is still too tight, or you have leather squeak, Mitch Rosen offers "Leather Lightening" to use on the holster. Galco offers “Draw EZ”, which works as well. These safely lubricates the inside of the holster. I have customers that swear by it and it doesn’t damage the leather.

Do not oil or use a leather softener on your holster. 

Do not put the holster near heat. 

If the holster is cold when received, allow it to naturally warm up before inserting the firearm in the holster. 

If the holster becomes wet, allow it to air dry or sit in front of a fan, on low. 

If the holster becomes dirty, wipe gently with a damp, soft cloth and allow it to air dry. 

If the holster collects salt marks, due to sweat, wipe with a damp cloth and allow to air dry.

If you holster uses a snap system, more than likely it is a "One Way" or "Pull the Dot" snap. This snap system is, in a sense, a locking system, that should prevent accidental snap release. If you have not used this system, please view this video for instructions. Any snap systems broken by the customer will not be refunded due to user misuse. The holster can be returned for repair/snap replacement, at the user's expense and the expense of a new set of snap.


If you have purchased our shooters belt, do not roll it tight. Doing so can cause cracks, soften, or damage the belt.  

If you have any questions regarding your holster, please contact us. 

Thank you.

Dave Galloway



Break In For a Light/Laser Holster


               Thank you for purchasing the holster for your pistol with light or light/laser. The break in process is a bit different due to the detail in the molding of the holster. Once you break it in, there should be a positive “click” or “snap in” feeling when you holster your pistol. Please note: DO NOT try to use the holster without the light on it. It will have little to no retention. It is not like a kydex holster when you can sometimes do that. DO NOT try and use another light, no matter how similar. I cannot guarantee it would work. I am not liable if you and your warranty will be voided.              

               Like with any other break in, they unloaded pistol will need to be wrapped in wax paper or the plastic bag it came in. I highly recommend the following:

-        Wrap the portion of the pistol/light from the ejection port down with the wax paper.

-        Tape the wax paper down with either scotch tape or painter’s tape.

-        Place the pistol/light into the bag.

-        Insert the pistol/light partway into the holster. DO NOT try and fully seat it. You need to stretch the opening for the light channel.

-        Let it sit for a while and then draw it and reseat it to see how the channel feels. If it feels easy to insert, fully seat it.

-        Let it sit for a while and draw and reseat it until it is easier to draw.

-        Put the holster on, wear it around to continue the break in. It will be tight as the holster, when worn, pulls it tight to the body.

-        Try a few draws and if it seems easier, take the pistol/light out of the bag and try fully seating and drawing the holster.

-        If it is good, enjoy using it as your new EDC. If not, put just the wax paper back on and repeat the above.