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  • Breaking In a Leather Holster

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Steven L

Steve has never not known guns. Before motorcycles, money, or girls, they have always been part of his life. He was tenured as General Manager of one of the country's largest gun stores and ranges, a buyer in a big box outdoor sporting goods store, and is currently OpticsPlanet's Director of Product Intelligence. He was a US Navy nuclear gunners mate, a private investigator, and is an NRA certified instructor in ten categories, as well as an Illinois CCW instructor. He shoots competitively and has hunted from Alaska to Africa. He thoroughly loves life with his beloved wife, Shirley, and together they live with their three wildish dogs Tinker, TranRek, and Crash Almighty. He is a stubborn stage 4 cancer survivor and isn't ready to cash in his chips yet.

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Breaking In a Leather Holster

DeSantis Left Hand Tan New York Undercover Shoulder Holster w/ Double Mag Pouch DeSantis Undercover Shoulder Holster

Selecting the perfect holster for your gun is important, but you also need to know how to break in a holster so that you have a perfect fit. Just like breaking in a baseball glove, it's going to take some work to break in your handgun holster. If you need help deciding which holster to select first, be sure to read our How to Buy Holsters guide first so you know you have the right option, as fit is important. Once you have the perfect holster you should watch as OpticsPlanet Director of Technical Sales Steve Ledin shows you the proper technique for warming up the leather and working a handgun into a new Galco Holster, Safariland Holster and more! Steve explains the proper time to use oil, and how far you can expect to stretch a thumb lock on a holster. If you have a new Concealed Holster, Paddle Holster or Shoulder Holster and you want to fit the leather around your Beretta 92 or Glock .22, you'll definitely want to pay attention so that you can benefit from the years of experience Steve has breaking in holsters. And this isn't our only how to video, so be sure to see what else we have to offer on the OpticsPlanet Youtube Page!

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