Many shooters like the look and feel of leather holsters for concealed carry, and leather holsters also have several attractive advantages. They’re oftentimes more comfortable than synthetic holsters, and they’re also quieter when carrying concealed.
Despite their many advantages, leather holsters are more susceptible to wear and damage than other holsters. Eventhough today’s modern leather holsters are durable and robust, there are some basic steps you can take to prolong the life of your holster and protect it from the elements.
Properly care for leather holsters by following these seven tips, and you’ll be able to use your holster every day for several years.
- It may sound strange, but one of the most common reasons holsters are destroyed is from being gnawed on by animals. A dog views your favorite holster as a sweat-stained chew toy, so keep your rig out of the reach of man’s best friend.
Rodents are even worse—a mouse, rat or squirrel that finds your holster will chew on it for the salt, to create bedding and/or to dull their ever-growing incisor teeth. A leather holster that is kept within reach of animals is doomed.