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First month - 2 month questions and thoughts

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Post by Odinvalknir » 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 oil 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?


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Re: First month - 2 month questions and thoughts

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Post by couzin » Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:23 am

Odinvalknir wrote:
Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:51 am
...I don't boil my firearm a ton...
There is your problem! :evil2:
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Post by WTR » Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:58 am

I field strip , clean and oil my weapon every 1 to 4 weeks. I use an air compressor and air gun to blow out any collected lint or dust ever 1 to 2 days. I ultra sonic clean it 1 or 2 times a year. During the hot summers with sweat concerns , I will clean and oil weekly and use the compressed air daily.....but I get a bit anal about a clean and oiled gun.


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Re: First month - 2 month questions and thoughts

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Post by lama » Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:28 pm

I am not very familiar with that type of holster. Can you not holster the gun and then put the holster on? I do this (I actually generally just leave my guns in the holster 90% of the time.)

Yes Lint will be a continuous adversary for as long as you continue to carry. unless you get one of those WW2 holsters with the massive flap. (though it would still likely be something to deal with.)


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Post by BBYC » Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:30 pm

couzin wrote:
Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:23 am
Odinvalknir wrote:
Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:51 am
...I don't boil my firearm a ton...
There is your problem! :evil2:
Especially if you use corrosive ammo.
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Re: First month - 2 month questions and thoughts

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Post by BBYC » Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:34 pm

Odinvalknir wrote:
Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:51 am
Is there any way to help the holster not to collapse?
Try a better holster. A holster designed for IWB carry shouldn't collapse when empty just from belt tension.
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Re: First month - 2 month questions and thoughts

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Post by oljames3 » Wed Jun 13, 2018 1:24 pm

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?


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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.

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Re: First month - 2 month questions and thoughts

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Post by Odinvalknir » Wed Jun 13, 2018 2:00 pm

couzin wrote:
Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:23 am
Odinvalknir wrote:
Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:51 am
...I don't boil my firearm a ton...
There is your problem! :evil2:

Fixed. Lol


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Re: First month - 2 month questions and thoughts

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Post by Odinvalknir » Wed Jun 13, 2018 2:03 pm

BBYC wrote:
Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:34 pm
Odinvalknir wrote:
Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:51 am
Is there any way to help the holster not to collapse?
Try a better holster. A holster designed for IWB carry shouldn't collapse when empty just from belt tension.
Perhaps collapsing is the wrong word. The part of the holster that is designed to cover the rear sights and keep them from jabbing me in the side gets pushed over a little by my torso. I generally have to actually muzzle myself with the gun in order to get it into the holster. I have just gone to either leaving it in the holster or taking the time to make sure I can push straight down into the holster while looking at it.


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Re: First month - 2 month questions and thoughts

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Post by WTR » Wed Jun 13, 2018 2:16 pm

Sounds like the “sweat shield” portion of the leather portion is being molded over by a bit of love handle. My Cross breed would do that when I was heavy. I would take the holster apart, saddle soap the leather portion and place it under a piece of plywood with a weight on it to bring the leather straight again.


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Re: First month - 2 month questions and thoughts

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Post by Zombified » Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:11 pm

I use a full kydex holster from a local vendor called Storm Holsters & Tactical Accessories. I've owned several and they have never changed shape. The owner claims he uses a thicker kydex than most manufacturers. I carry a HK VP9 Inside the waistband. I do not use a tuck-able holster and have no issues with these holsters jabbing me in the love handles. I carry at 3 o'clock. I have never really noticed any noticeable sweat forming around the holster. I am always surprised at how much lint collects inside my holster and on my firearm. For many years my routine was similar to yours. I would attach my holster to my belt and insert my firearm once everything was in place. I stopped this practice after twice finding my shirt stuck inside my holster with my firearm. I consider myself lucky I did not have a discharge.

I have also used bravo-concealment and had no issues with their holsters either.

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Re: First month - 2 month questions and thoughts

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Post by flowrie » Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:50 pm

I always wear a t-shirt tucked in, then slide my holstered Shield ( in a On Your 6 holster ) IWB.
Remove it the same; quick, easy, secure. Weapon is always in the kydex holster.
Trigger is never exposed.
Then I wear a light weight, loose fitting collared shirt over it all, not tucked.

Milt Sparks if I carry a 45.

This works great for me, if more formal attire is required then I wear a sports coat ( church, etc...).

Had to do a lot of experimenting to find what worked for me, have a bag full of holsters that I no longer use.
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Re: First month - 2 month questions and thoughts

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Post by flowrie » Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:51 pm

Forgot...I also have to clean the lint out about once a month.
That is normal.
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