I recently received a shiny new Galco leather holster for this Sig Sauer P229 .357 Sig pistol. As I started the process of breaking it in, I figured it might be a good opportunity to share a tip about how to get it ready for use.
Galco makes their leather holsters “tight as a tiger” as the famous philosopher Goldmember likes to say. Translation: when you manage to jam your gun in there, it won’t come out easily. That’s OK as it’s tight by design. To make it ready for carry, all you need is a big freezer weight Ziploc bag and a bit of patience.
The first step is to get a nice thick Ziploc bag. The freezer style works best. Now, stick your gun in there.
Once you’ve done that, jam the whole mess into your new leather holster. Leave some “slack” at the muzzle end so you don’t end up poking the muzzle through the Ziploc.
Once you have the gun all the way inserted, grab the grip and rotate the gun side to side. Imagine that you’re swiveling the gun frame around the barrel. This will loosen up the leather from the side to side rocking motion.
Now the easy part. Leave it to sit for a while, maybe even overnight. If the holster is particularly tight, use two Ziploc bags so the plastic layer between the gun and holster is even thicker and use the same process. To speed things along, you can remove and reinsert the gun in and out of the holster a number of times until the leather softens and stretches to your taste.
Hopefully, it goes without saying to make sure your gun is really, really, really unloaded before doing any of this!