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George P

An avid outdoorsman and shooter with a thorough mechanical and theoretical understanding of firearms. Interested in edged weapons of any size or configuration. As a former law enforcement officer and State Certified Firearms Instructor, developed training curricula and designed numerous courses of fire. Competitive pistol shooter for many years in private and police sponsored matches, as well as local IDPA events. Past interests include custom knifemaking, handmade leather knife sheaths and handgun holsters and custom/general hobby gunsmithing. More recently, a special passion for vintage and modern mechanical timepieces consumes much of my personal time. I'm one of the "senior" members of the OpticsPlanet Product Intelligence Team and just an all-around gear junkie that likes good toys and tools that work!

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Overview of Leather Holster Maintenance Video

Maintaining a Leather Holster is as much an art and act of love as it is a skill. While some of the newer styles of holsters that are made of kydex or nylon are extremely easy to clean. Leather holster care is more complex and requires special cleaning solution, leather conditioners and lubricants to keep it good as new. We wanted to ensure you have all the information you need to properly care for your leather holster, so we've put together the How-To Video below to guide you through the process.

Watch as product specialist George Poulos recommends a few of the best leather holster cleaning products on sale at OpticsPlanet, and shows you how he applies them to carefully clean and care for his holster.

Galco's Leather Cleaner & Conditioner A-CON Galco's Leather Cleaner & Conditioner

First up, George takes you through caring for the outside of your leather holster. Galco Leather Lotion is a fantastic conditioner for taking care of those scratches that every leather holster gets over time. As he mentions, the Leather Lotion won't fix major scars, but the common, everyday scratches that ruin the smooth look of your holster will clear up and the leather will return to the supple, beautiful state it had when brand new. The procedure is very simple and doesn't take long, as you simply apply a bit of the lotion to the holster in a circular motion so it gets into every scratch from a few angles. Make sure to apply a little extra to parts that bend or curve, such as the thumb break, as the leather lotion adds flexibility to moveable parts. After applying the Galco Leather Lotion to your holster let it sit for a little while. You want the lotion to really set in. Then you simply buff up the holster a bit, and a big improvement will be apparent with each application. It's a good idea to repeat this process frequently, as doing so will prolong the life of your leather holster.

Maintaining the inside of your leather holster is a different story. Caring for the inside is more about maintaining the finish of your gun. For this, George recommends the Galco Draw-EZ Solution. This solution shortens the time it takes to break in your holster when you first get it (see our Breaking in a Leather Holster Guide for more info) but it also keeps the inside of your holster smooth after hard use so that you don't rub the finish off your gun. Depending on your gun and the fit of the holster, there could be a lot of friction that will effect the finish. This is especially true for older guns, so make sure you regularly care for the inside of your holster as well as the outside.

George explains all this and more in greater detail in the Leather Holster Maintenance video below, so be sure to check it out, and take a look at all of our gun care equipment and holster accessories so you can get the most out of your firearm and holster!

How to Maintain a Leather Holster