A question we get on a regular basis is if a Kydex holster will wear the finish of your firearm more than other holsters? This subject is a common misconception that a lot of people have with holsters in general, not just Kydex. A lot of this “talk” started when Kydex started becoming a popular choice for holsters. The leather holster manufactures at the time used this as a marketing scheme to try to talk people out of buying Kydex holsters. At Muddy River Tactical we make both leather and Kydex holsters. What we want to do is give you information and the pros and cons of each style. That way you have the ability to make an informed purchase.
Let’s start by stating that ALL holsters will wear the finish of a firearm over time from repeat usage.
A properly formed Kydex holster will not wear your firearm. The inside of a Kydex holster is totally smooth. What wears on a firearm is the dirt, dust, debris, etc. that gets stuck in your holster. Anything that gets stuck inside your holster will cause friction and acts like sandpaper. This is where proper maintenance of your holster comes in. To eliminate this and minimize wear on Kydex holsters and firearms, you can frequently wash your holster with water and wipe clean.
Leather holsters will wear your firearm just as fast or even faster. That is because the dirt and debris can get stuck in the rougher texture of the leather. Leather holsters are more challenging to keep clean than a Kydex holster. But, still not too bad. To clean my leather holsters, I will simply blow the holster out with an air compressor. By doing this, I can get all the dust and debris out. Then you just have to use some leather conditioner every couple of months. A leather conditioner is important in order to keep your leather in top condition.
With all that said I would also like to point out that everyday carry firearms are “tools.” You really can’t expect them to stay in showroom condition if you are using them. This goes for all styles, a Kydex holster, a leather holster, or even a Hybrid holster, it does not matter. If you want a firearm to be immaculate, then the gun safe is the place that it should live. If you are carrying a firearm for everyday use, it is crucial that you use it often. You should be using and practicing with it regularly at the range or even doing dry fire drills. All of this use will cause wear on your firearms, no matter what style holster you have.
In closing, in order to limit the amount of wear on your gun’s finish, regular holster maintenance is necessary. Routine maintenance is necessary for a Kydex holster or a leather holster! Keep in mind a well-used firearm will eventually show wear.
Until Next Time, keep practicing and always be prepared!