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    Default Tighten up a loose holster ?

    Does anyone know to tighten up a loose IWB holster ?
    I cannot find a holster that is specifically made for a Star BM, but a 1911 Commander holster is very close, except it is a little loose.
    And I have a few in the holster bin, I want to try to get one to shrink up a bit to have a better retention / grip on the Star BM.
    Any ideas from someone With leather experience.

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    Give hbar a call. Good quality holster would be worth modding.
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    Heat gun? Oven?
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    Wrap in Saran Wrap get holster moist not wet use a blunt rounded something wife’s crochet neeedles work really well and mold the leather into the curves of the gun. Let it dry with the gun inside and it will be nice and tight. I took a Xd holster to a 1911 holster with this technique
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    Personally, I would wet the holster, place the gun in it, do what DFBrews said and try to mold it. You can use anything round like a screw driver handle, butter knife handle, etc, then put it in the oven. If your oven or toaster oven will go down to 150 or so, I would leave it on for about 2-3 minutes. turn off the oven and let it sit until cool. Then you can take the gun out and do the heating process again.

    If you dont want to put your gun in the oven, then do what DFBrews said and just put the holster in the oven. it will shrink it up nice. If you go too hot, you will ruin the holster. Normally you can heat the leather to maybe 170 for 3 minutes with no issues. after it dries, just put a light coat of your favorite oil/leather preservative inside and out.

    do not pre heat. Im talking about putting the holster in at the same time you turn it on. it should not make it up to the selected temperature. you are just looking to get the water out of the leather quickly so it will shrink, but not get a moldy. You can also use a fan and lightbulb set up, such as a small heatbox. if you are running your home heat, you can lay it on the vent as well.
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    You can also drill a hole in it (either under or in front of the trigger guard) and install a Chicago Screw to tighten it down a bit.

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