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by oljames3
Wed Jun 13, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: New to CHL?
Topic: First month - 2 month questions and thoughts
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Re: First month - 2 month questions and thoughts

Odinvalknir wrote:
Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:51 am
It has been a little over one full month or maybe a month and a half, that I have been carrying everyday all day long. I have only carried in my stealth gear Kydex hybrid holster for about two and a half weeks, and I'm starting to notice something that is maybe going to become a bigger issue overtime. I generally put my holster on and then put my pistol into the holster after I put my pants on, I've noticed though now that I've had for a little while as I put my pants on the holster collapses a little bit. Now the only way I found to combat this is before I pull my pants all the way up in button and buckle I put the firearm into the holster first. Is there any way to help the holster not to collapse? My other thought is more of an observation, but I've noticed I don't boil my firearm a ton to where it's just pouring out of the slide but I do give it a light Sheen of oil over the slide of the gun and I guess some of it gets into the Kydex shell of the holster and I noticed this morning that the shell is completely covered in lint and fuzz. Is this just going to be something I have to watch for and clean out the shell every so often?

Sorry for the wall of text
I have not used a StealthGear holster. I did, however, carry my Tanfoglio BTA90 in a Galco KingTuk hybrid IWB holster for 3 years. It never "collapsed", even a little. This holster is now 5 years old and still in great shape. I only stopped using it because I have carried openly since 1/1/16.

My experienced when putting on my pants is similar to yours. I put on my pants first and then holstered my pistol slowly while looking into the holster. I either used suspenders or loosely fastened my belt to hold my pants up and still allow easy holstering. Then I tucked and tightened, not necessarily in that order.

Yes, carrying in the waist band will gather lint and dust. You will find that regular cleaning of the holster and pistol makes everything work better. You will have to work out the cleaning regimen that works best for your situation.

I clean my gear after every range trip. At least once a month. I practice dry-fire several times a week and take the opportunity to wipe the pistol and magazines and clean as needed.

I find that openly carrying my S&W M&P M2.0 9mm 5inch in a Safariland 7TS ALS OWB holster is easier in all aspects than carrying my Tanfoglio BTA90 concealed in an IWB hybrid holster.

As with most things in life, it comes down to which risks we are willing to manage and which benefits matter most to us.

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