When you receive your equipment, remember that it has not been worn. Just like a new pair of leather shoes or boots, certain amount of break-in is needed to shape the gear to your body. We suggest wearing holsters for at least a full day before wearing it in public. Your holster may be extremely tight fitting when you first use it. Break in of the holster can be quickly accomplished by using spray silicone to assist. This is available in most hardware or auto parts stores. First, make sure the weapon is unloaded, and the ammunition is stored separately from the area you are working in. Silicone is extremely penetrative, and can ruin primers if they come in contact. Spray the weapon (not the holster) with the silicone and then work it in and out of the holster several times. Repeat as necessary until the desired level of retention is acquired. We also recommend practicing a minimum of 100 presentations with an unloaded weapon before using your new holster. Belts may take 10 days to two weeks of wear before they break in well.
Caring for your gear
To maximize the life of your equipment, proper care is essential. We do not suggest the use of softening agents such as saddle soap, mink oil, etc. We do endorse use use of a quality paste wax such as KIWI on the exterior of the leather. This will assist in keeping moisture out, and the natural oils sealed in the leather to prevent drying and cracking with age.
Our Fusion Paddle uses two screws to secure the paddle to the leather. If you are not planning on changing the paddle, you can use a drop of Loc-Tite to ensure security. If you do not plan on changing the buckle on your belt, make sure to put Loc-Tite on those screws as they will back out over time.