Whether you prefer Blackhawk holsters or another brand, nothing is going to beat real leather. Kydex and other synthetic materials may be easy to maintain, but they are nothing compared to traditional options. Leather is the quietest and most comfortable material to keep your handgun secure. Plus, they can last a lifetime if you give them the care they need.
Break It In
To get a smooth draw for your firearm, you will need to break the holster in. Start by placing your pistol in a plastic bag. Most people use a grocery store bag or Ziploc. Parchment paper can be used as a substitute if necessary. Then, wedge the firearm into the holster and let it sit for 24 hours. After the time is up, take the plastic out and see if you can easily draw your firearm.
Keep It Dry
You should never intentionally or accidentally get your holster wet. A grease or another slippery substance can make it so that your firearm slides out of the holster on accident. On the other hand, water can reshape the leather, which can make drawing your pistol harder. Therefore, you should always try to keep your holster as dry as possible and go for Kydex on days when it is raining. It can also mean maintaining a layer of clothing between you and the leather.
Store It Safely
While these holsters are made to last forever, they often cannot handle heat or humidity. Therefore, you want to make sure you store them in a cool, dry place. Then, add some extra protection by wrapping it in a cloth or storing it in its original packaging.
Clean It Regularly
After every time you wear your holster, wipe the dirt, dust, sweat, and other contaminants from the leather. Scrub off any dirt with a soft bristle brush. Any cosmetic issues should be dealt with immediately by applying saddle oil with a cotton ball.
Clean your holster with warm water and glycerin soap to remove dirt and debris. This will need to be done about every three or four months. Then, once or twice a year, you should use saddle soap or leather cleaner on the toughest stains. Once you finish either of these cleaning sessions, be sure to air-dry the holster before storing it.
Many people love the look and feel of leather holsters, even though they can be challenging to maintain. Following these tips will ensure that you properly care for your leather holster.