Holster Maintenance


Using Your Holster

We recommend inspecting the screws, clips, and shell daily to ensure proper and safe function. The holster will not require daily maintenance but a habit of daily inspection will prevent long periods of time elapsing with zero maintenance being performed.

  1. Use an unloaded firearm when testing the fit and retention of your holster.
  2. Practice drawing and holstering with an unloaded firearm until your are comfortable doing both at normal speed.
  3. When drawing or re-holstering your firearm, keep your finger away from the trigger. Keep your trigger finger straight and parallel to the firearm when drawing or holstering.
  4. There is rarely a good reason to re-holster quickly or in a rush. Be aware of the situation. If there is no need to rush holstering your firearm, then take your time. Remember to keep your finger straight, outside of the trigger guard, and away from the trigger.
  5. It is the user’s responsibility to maintain this holster.

The best practice is to check your holster shell and hardware daily. If you would like to use threadlocker to assist with hardware retention, we recommend applying a small amount of medium or low-strength threadlocker (Blue or Purple strength) to the threads of each screw after you have determined your preferred level of retention. We DO NOT recommend using Red strength threadlocker. If you use this high strength threadlocker on your holster or mag carrier, you can cause damage to your holster platform that will not be covered by our warranty. 

*Please Note: When using threadlocker on your holster or mag carrier, it will make adjusting the retention more difficult. Make sure you check your desired level of retention before letting the threadlocker fully set. Threadlocker will take about 24-hours to cure to the level of strength listed on the bottle. After that time period, it will be more difficult to make adjustments to your holster.

How to Adjust Retention

Inspect your holster daily to ensure the retention has not changed, screws are tight, and the shell and belt clips are secure.

  1. Ensure your firearm is unloaded.
  2. Put the holster on your waistband and insert the firearm into the holster - you should hear a soft “click” as the firearm is fully seated into the holster.
  3. Draw the unloaded firearm to test the retention. Re-holster and draw again a few times to get a good feel for the retention and how you would like to adjust it.
  4. Use a Phillips screwdriver to adjust accordingly, tighten or loosen the screws by 1/8 turns. Repeat steps until desired retention has been reached.

Care and Maintenance

Like any equipment used on a daily basis, your holster should be inspected and maintained daily.

Some things to watch for are lint or debris build-up inside the holster, soiled backing, or loose screws and any changes in retention.

Here are some maintenance tips:

  • Debris build-up - We recommend wiping down the inside of your shell on a regular basis. This will help prevent dust, lint, and other particles from building up inside the holster shell.
  • Soiled backing - After prolonged use, you may wish to wash the holster backing. The screws and other hardware can be removed and then hand washed with detergent or wiped down with acetone or rubbing alcohol. Be sure to allow hardware to dry before reinstalling. We recommend washing the holster platform itself in lukewarm, soapy water. Rinse, shake off the excess water then set in a cool dry place to air dry.
  • Loose screws - All of our holsters feature screw fasteners for precision retention adjustment. During normal daily use, and when those screws are adjusted, they will loosen. This is normal and will require some maintenance: Remove the screws and T-nuts or barrel nuts, clean their threads with acetone or rubbing alcohol, then allow to dry. For best results you will want a blue, medium strength thread-lock liquid such as Loctite® or Vibra-Tite®, which is available in our store. Apply this threadlocker to all male threads which contact female threads, re-assemble, wipe off the excess then adjust your holster to the desired retention level. After drying overnight, these properly-treated screws should not back out.
  • Keep from heat - Our holster shells are built with a thermoset polymer, meaning it can soften when exposed to extreme heats (above 300°F). Be sure to never leave your holster out in direct sun, such as on the dashboard of your vehicle or in the trunk of your car.
  • Inspect - Continue to maintain and inspect your holster daily to ensure that your holster is functioning properly.

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