View Full Version : Holster Creaking...Suggestions?
October 3, 2009, 09:02 PM
Recently purchased a Smith and Wesson 1911, and I want to carry it over the winter.
I have a good quality leather belt holster from High Noon (Slide Guard), and a good leather gun belt from 5.11 Tactical.
The problem I am having is that the holster (while it is new) is creaking on my belt, leather on leather, making noise when I move, draw, walk etc.
As it stands right now the holster is not an option for carry. I know that Leather needs to be broken in, but any suggestions to speed this process up?
I can solve it very simply by getting a non-leather carry belt, but would prefer to stay with what I have.
I have two other holsters from High noon, and neither one has this problem.
October 3, 2009, 09:08 PM
I had the same problem and put saddle soap on the belt itself...seems to have helped alot...:eek:
October 3, 2009, 09:43 PM
Or a good treatment like mink oil
October 3, 2009, 09:58 PM
High Noon Holsters recommends not using saddle soap or mink oil on their products.
October 3, 2009, 10:02 PM
Suggestions for treating leather squeaks from the late Lou Alessi include:
- white candle wax
- neutral shoe wax
- body powder (preferably unscented)
October 3, 2009, 10:44 PM
LBH1 beat me to it... white candle wax is about the simplest solution I know.
Either rub the candle along the belt and in the holster's belt loops or melt the wax by lighting the candle and dripping it onto the leather, then spread the warm wax with a shoe brush.
October 4, 2009, 08:09 AM
I wouldn't put any type of oil on the leather. You certainly don't want to use any thing that would soften the leather fibers. I've never heard of candle wax, but I'm sure it would work. Personally, I'd try body powder first and see if that takes care of your issue.
October 4, 2009, 09:07 AM
Personally, I kind of like the creak of leather :). Not sure why this would be a big problem. As with insignificant printing when carrying concealed: Only people that are likely to connect the dots are others who carry. And that's assuming it's really all that loud in the first place.
October 4, 2009, 10:43 AM
Thanks for the ideas so far guys, going to start carefully on the holster and work from there.
Any other ideas welcome as well.
October 6, 2009, 08:58 AM
I've always used a bit of baby powder, as well. Quiets 'em right up.
October 6, 2009, 01:04 PM
Nobody can hear any of my gear creak over my knees, ankles, shoulders and neck. :)
I recommend Judo.
October 6, 2009, 11:32 PM
I've been bothered by my creaking IWB also - my son always makes a point of telling me that he knows when I'm carrying because of it.
So, I tried the baby powder today - it eliminated 95% of the squeaks. Not sure how long it will last, but I like it. Thanks for the tip.
October 7, 2009, 08:26 AM
Excellent point, Don.
I wonder if baby powder will work on me knees? My dad always used WD40, I kid you not.
October 14, 2009, 12:16 AM
If you read the little brown paper that came with your High Noon holster, it said to take the holster & work it by hand to get it to stop squeeking. I did that with my Sky High in black horsehide for my Walther. Took 1/2 hour but now it's quiet.
October 14, 2009, 01:39 AM
My crossbreed holster had a problem with squeaking till it broke in. I just stuffed a torn square of paper towel between the belt hooks and leather till it didn't need it anymore.
It might take a little bit of craftyness to keep it from looking a little unsightly on an OWB though.
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