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Old 11-26-2017, 4:10 PM
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Default 1943 P-38 hard shell holster

I pulled out our old family WW2 bring back P-38 and its holster this weekend.

Hadn't really paid much attention to the condition of the leather - I keep the gun stored on a rack in my gun safe and the leather goods in a separate gun safe with all my other accessories.

Anyway, as you can see the leather is drying out and I want to protect it and keep the condition from deteriorating further.

Any suggestions on what I can use on the leather to protect and maybe bring it back a bit? All the threads are good and not unraveling at all. It is just the drying out that concerns me.

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Old 11-26-2017, 4:20 PM
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I would go to Google and type in "preserving leather" and see what you get.
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Old 11-26-2017, 5:09 PM
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I would go to Google and type in "preserving leather" and see what you get.
That is a great suggestion, but what I am looking for is some feedback from someone with experience with WW2 German military leather.

Last thing I would like to do is use some product that might react with the German wartime dies or chemicals used in tanning.
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Old 11-26-2017, 5:31 PM
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https://www.amazon.com/Connolly-3000...dp/B0002LJQKWt
This is what I use, recommended from some advanced collectors. Not cheap but preserves leather without changing its look.
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Old 11-26-2017, 8:13 PM
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That is a great suggestion, but what I am looking for is some feedback from someone with experience with WW2 German military leather.

Last thing I would like to do is use some product that might react with the German wartime dies or chemicals used in tanning.
I understand.

But I am pretty sure that WWII German leather is no different from any other leather. I would think that out there somewhere is a instructional site that explains how museums preserve leather items. I did a quick Google search and the first page brought up eight web sites that specifically mention leather preservation.

I do know that using oil based products is bad for leather and oil is not recommended as a preservative. If it was my holster, I would seek out as many independent sources as I could and not just rely on the experiences of random people on the internet.
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Old 11-27-2017, 6:32 PM
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Huberd’s Shoe Grease. Go no further. I reenact WWII German and use Huberd’s on new repro and original gear alike. It’s a miracle.

On another note, should you lose any family attachment to the p.38 (although I hope you don’t), please PM me
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Huberd’s Shoe Grease. Go no further. I reenact WWII German and use Huberd’s on new repro and original gear alike. It’s a miracle.

On another note, should you lose any family attachment to the p.38 (although I hope you don’t), please PM me
Doubt that will happen. Got a 16 year old that has laid claim to it. (and many of my other guns...) And thank you for the advice on the Huberds Shoe Grease - that was exactly the type of information I was hoping to get.

For the story on the bent trigger guard see my thread in Gunsmithing.


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Again, ask at the Luger forum for the best advice.
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Doubt that will happen. Got a 16 year old that has laid claim to it. (and many of my other guns...)

Happy to hear that. Keep the family guns in the family!
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