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Old November 22, 2010, 03:19 PM   #1
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Cure for a loose leather holster?

I have a Milt Sparks Summer Special 2 in 1911 Commander size which is my daily carry holster.

After 3 or 4 years of carry, the leather is still in great shape, but no longer "snug" on the gun. As a matter of fact I can hold the gun by the grip and the holster will slip right off.

Needless to say, not very secure and I don't want to carry with it like this, but I hate to get rid of the holster.

Is there any way to tighten the leather back up so it has a snug grip on the gun again?

Thanks in advance...
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Old November 22, 2010, 03:22 PM   #2
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On one of my holsters I put a Chicago screw through the front and back in a location in front of the trigger guard. It drew the parts together and re-snugged things.
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Old November 22, 2010, 11:07 PM   #3
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A little bit of moister and a little heat could draw it in a bit. Mine have only loosened a little, but they are plenty snug when in the waistband.

Might send an email to the Sparks website.
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Old November 23, 2010, 12:38 AM   #4
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I take mine and wrap the gun in plastic. A baggie works for most handguns. Soak the leather in water thoroughly, put the gun in it and place it in the sun to dry. The leather shrinks around the gun nice and snug.
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Old November 23, 2010, 06:07 PM   #5
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I know some people that wrap their gun in plastic wrap and then put the gun in the holster and use a kitchen vacuum sealer to pull the holster down on the gun and let it sit for a few days.

Personally, I like the Chicago screw idea.
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Old November 23, 2010, 06:18 PM   #6
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Pop me an email if you need me to remold it. I can toss it in the next batch of holsters I am working with... I can also do a couple stitches to tighten things up.

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Old November 24, 2010, 03:49 AM   #7
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I agree with Loader9. I've never tried it in a baggie though. Moisten the leather and put it in the sun for a while. If you soak the leather, I'd let the holster dry some before I put my piece back in it. Make sure you clean and oil your gun afterward.
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Old November 29, 2010, 02:03 PM   #8
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Thanks guys for the replies...
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Old December 2, 2010, 02:14 AM   #9
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Oil your gun soak the holster with rubbing alcohol, put the gun in the holster and rub it until dry then treat your leather with some saddle soap.
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