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Is Your Holster Lined With Sand?

Posted by Rob Longenecker on July 12th, 2006

If you have your holster lined, be sure that’s lined with a vegetable tanned cowhide (or horsehide if appropriate) that will help preserve your gun’s finish. Never, ever use suede because it traps grit and dirt that damages your finish. Plus. I already detailed the perils of that route in an earlier post.

Now while some lining is made from special silicone-treated suede that is supposed to protect the gun’s finish, let’s think it through a bit. Sure, it works up to a point, but you will eventually wear through it. Also, the smooth side of leather will harbor grit, but is easier to clean and you should do so frequently.

Now you may ask “Rob, I want to protect my gun whenever possible. What else can harm the finish?”

Good question.

Good answer – a loose fit harms your finish.

What really wears off the finish on a gun is when the fit is so loose that the gun moves around inside the holster as you move. See, all leather is abrasive to some degree when it rubs on metal surfaces. That’s why you can’t wear your gun every day without showing some holster wear.

While a smooth lining is good for your finish it can also make your holster last much longer – up to 60% longer in hard use. Why? Because the two layers of leather with grain running in different directions create a stronger, more rigid laminated structure.

Holsters should be light and rigid and that’s also true of gunbelts. Two layers of leather, bonded and sewn together are much stiffer and have greater tortional rigidity than a single piece of leather of the same thickness.

Is lining necessary? Depends on several factors including the holster design and purpose.

A good quality leather belt holster will last for many years without being lined but if you wear your gun and holster every day, the investment in lining it pays big dividends.

Inside the waistband (IWB) holsters are usually not lined unless two thin pieces of leather are laminated together. This is to keep bulk to a minimum.

If you buy an unlined holster and have any concern about the rough side toward your gun, keep in mind that it will compress very quickly and smooth up.  I have found that using Rusty Sherrick’s Hyde Glyde on the rough side of leather will smooth and slick it up very nicely and dry completely. It’s very easy to use and will not harm your leather in any way. You can buy it directly from C. Rusty Sherrick for $7.95.

But careful! Too much and it can slick up your draw too much and possibly compromise retention.

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