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Old 05-08-2020, 04:40 PM
Sigpros Sigpros is offline
 
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Default Stiff leather holster

I bought a NOS "tanker" style holster for my son. It was made in 1992. this thing it stiff it almost feels like plastic. What would you use to soften it up? We are afraid to even try and adjust it for him because it is so stiff

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Old 05-08-2020, 05:00 PM
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If it's leather, Neatsfoot Oil will soften it up. I wouldn't recommend it for vintage or collectable leather but what you need it should work. I used it to soften a new leather sling that was very stiff and now it is soft and flexible. It will darken the leather and can be purchased at any Farm or Tractor Supply store.
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Old 05-08-2020, 05:19 PM
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Thank you sir. Itís a black holster and he wants to wear it at the range. Itís not a collectible or anything we just want to be able to use it
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Old 05-08-2020, 06:04 PM
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Use it. No magic cure all. Put it in it and put it between the mattresses and bend flex it with your hands.
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Old 05-08-2020, 06:08 PM
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Thank you sir. Itís a black holster and he wants to wear it at the range. Itís not a collectible or anything we just want to be able to use it
I remember those...the earlier version was plain (undyed) and just had the
shoulder strap and a tab to secure muzzle end of the holster. The black ones
were stiff, and had an extra strap that just seemed to get in the way. I don't
think I ever saw one that 'softened up' from use.
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Old 05-08-2020, 06:24 PM
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Use it. No magic cure all. Put it in it and put it between the mattresses and bend flex it with your hands.
Just don't let a Princess sleep on the mattress, she would be black and blue. Remember the "Princess and the Pea"
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Old 05-11-2020, 06:58 AM
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Check out the horse section at a place like Tractor Supply, or other farm store. They have a selection of leather care products. I have two M9 holsters, one is relatively soft, the other is newer and quite stiff. Use will soften it. If applying oils go easy, you can get it too soft, not to mention his wife will have fits getting the oil stains off his shirts as it leeches out of the holster if you don't let it dry for a few days before wearing it. Almost anything you apply will leech out but I have used silicone leather waterproofing on holsters, softens them but they keep their shape and isn't too bad in terms of staining your clothes.
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Old 05-11-2020, 11:47 AM
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Thanks guys. Rich no wife yet he is only 12. I am more worried about scratching the 1911 or it getting wear spots because of the holster. I guess I should of bought the one that the flyer promoted when the CMP shipped the 1911.
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Old 05-11-2020, 04:56 PM
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There are many threads on milsurp leather care on this and other forums.
I'd suggest reviewing some of them before picking up something from tractor supply.
What I use on boots is different from jackets and different from slings.

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