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Old 05-27-2011, 22:52   #1
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Problem with holster

I ended up with a Desantis 3-slot OWB holster for my MK40. I believe it is a pancake style. In theory I really like the design, but I CANNOT get the gun out of it. I have been wearing it around the house after work for the last couple weeks, done the overnight gun-in-sock-in-holster thing, and it still won't work. I can literally have one hand on the gun, push down on belt with other hand, and the gun will only come out if I use all my might (not cool).

I'm beginning to think that it will never break in sufficiently, because when I cinch my belt, it just pulls the holster too tight around the gun. Oh, forgot to mention, the retention screw is loosened to the point is about to fall out (useless).

Is my assessment correct, or is this normal break in? Seems a bit extreme to me.
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Old 05-28-2011, 08:34   #2
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Good snug fit huh? Try wrapping your gun in wax paper and work it in and out that way for a while. Hopefully that will improve things.

Good luck.
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Old 05-30-2011, 20:47   #3
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I have been wearing it around the house after work for the last couple weeks, done the overnight gun-in-sock-in-holster thing, and it still won't work.
With a PM9 in a Don Hume JIT slide I tried the following, namely the old-overnight-gun-in-a-sandwich-bag-in-a-holster-whose-inside-has-been-moistened trick. Did same for an XD in a Hume 721. Worked twice like a charm.

Good luck, whatever you try!
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Old 05-31-2011, 08:09   #4
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You need a "shoe horn" in the shape of your MK40 a few mm wider. It's all about streching the leather a little but not too much !!! But then the screw might be usefull !!!
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Old 05-31-2011, 08:18   #5
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soak the hoster in water for a bit and as it drys put the gun in it and wiggle it around and as the holster drys is will retain that shape. something to make it slicker is bee's wax on the inside
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Old 05-31-2011, 08:42   #6
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when I cinch my belt, it just pulls the holster too tight around the gun.
You are running the belt on the inside of the holster, right? And it does not have a screw adjustment?

As for the water trick, soaking, no. Sponging a little will work, but soaking it will take the flexibility out of the leather. Wet the inside, put the gun in the holster wrapped in a single thickness of plastic wrap, and let it sit overnight.
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Old 05-31-2011, 08:51   #7
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You are running the belt on the inside of the holster, right? And it does not have a screw adjustment?

As for the water trick, soaking, no. Sponging a little will work, but soaking it will take the flexibility out of the leather. Wet the inside, put the gun in the holster wrapped in a single thickness of plastic wrap, and let it sit overnight.
Correct, the inside. It does have a screw, and the screw is as loose as it can be without falling out.
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Old 05-31-2011, 09:08   #8
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done the overnight gun-in-sock-in-holster thing
While the gun is in the sock & holster, warm it with a hairdryer. The warmth will relax the leather a bit.

You can also try this:
http://www.mitchrosen.com/product_li...ellaneous.html
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Old 11-01-2012, 18:35   #9
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I realized today that I never posted an update on the outcome of my holster problem. After trying the sock method, plastic method, time, filing down a sharp spot on the slide release, etc., nothing worked....... until I tried the wax paper. I wrapped the gun in wax paper, and left it in the holster overnight (with no expectations). The next day I was SHOCKED to find that this fixed my problem!

Although I'm relieved to have a solution I'e experienced success with, soon thereafterer I discovered the Comp-Tac Minotaur holsters, which are now my "everyday" holster. Since it carries closer, it also allows me to carry a larger framed gun too.

Thanks to everyone who responded.
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