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Old 09-09-2008, 1:57 PM
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I'm interested in a Blackhawk level 2 SERPA holster but don't really want scratches on my gun. Would going with a leather holster be better or in general do the polymer holsters not scratch the gun (unless you put rocks or sand in them)? Is Blackhawk a good brand or is there something out there that is superior?
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Old 09-09-2008, 2:03 PM
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If you don't want scratches on your gun, then don't use a holster.

It's inevitable if you're going to holster it; the material won't matter, it'll happen. It's the "in and out" constant motion.
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Old 09-09-2008, 2:06 PM
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^ pretty much, especial in sandy zones. Scratches really aren't that common from either, but they will happen. Holster wear will happen with both, but it just makes the gun look better.
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Holstered pistols bring character:

This is the result from a leather Galco Cop Slide....and I LIKE IT!!!!
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Find a Cordura holster, they work and won't screw up the finish.
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I have a Blackhawk for my P229 and it's a damn fine holster. I love it. Haven't had it long enough to see if it wears though. I think leather would wear worse.
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Does a kydex holster cause scratches?

You freakin' bet it will. Go for a leather holster.
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Old 09-09-2008, 2:32 PM
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If you don't want scratches on your gun, then don't use a holster.

It's inevitable if you're going to holster it; the material won't matter, it'll happen. It's the "in and out" constant motion.

+1, if you need to holster it, don't worry about the finish. If you worry about the finish, don't holster it.

Refinishing can be done years down the line if you need it.
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My Kimber Custom II has lots of holster wear from a kydex holster.

It looks great!

Holster wear is character. It shows that you actually use your gun. Buy another gun if you don't want holster wear, that way you can keep one all pretty.
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I think that a leather or cordura type holster will show finish wear much faster and in a wider area of the firearm. I think the serpa holster is more finish friendly. As with any holster, wear is gonna happen.

think about a stainless model if finish is a concern
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If you don't want scratches on your gun, then don't use a holster.

It's inevitable if you're going to holster it; the material won't matter, it'll happen. It's the "in and out" constant motion.
Heck, if you don't want scratches, don't take it out of the box

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Oh No! I just realized the inside of my barrel must be REALLY scratched up. Not only have I fired bullets out of it, but every so often I've jammed a wire brush in there!
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Better scratches than rust after the foam collects moisture!
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Better scratches than rust after the foam collects moisture!
If you never took it out in the first place, wouldn't it be in that plastic baggy?

Hmm, wonder how long it'll go if its testfired at the factory, with all that residue in there.
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I can sense a little hostility for wanting to keep one of my guns looking good. Thanks for the advice though!
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I can sense a little hostility for wanting to keep one of my guns looking good. Thanks for the advice though!
If I sounded hostile I apologize, that wasn't my intention. Wear will come with use, same as dinging a car eventually as it gets driven. All holsters will create wear, some are just easier on finish than others.

But, that's just what comes with firearm ownership. The Serpa is a very popular holster and should serve you well.
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Roverking- Its not hostility Most of us see guns as tools and tools get scratched up with use. It makes them good tools. (any tool you USE is a good tool. ) Any kind of holster will cause wear, so you have to decide for yourself if you can live with it. I have a Dan Wesson revolver that has some beautiful muzzle wear from being in a leather holster and I wouldn't change it.
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I can sense a little hostility for wanting to keep one of my guns looking good. Thanks for the advice though!
It's just joking around, don't read too much into it.

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Find a Cordura holster, they work and won't screw up the finish.
Carry with one for a while

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Thanks guys for the insight!
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I can sense a little hostility for wanting to keep one of my guns looking good. Thanks for the advice though!
The smillie indicated a little sarcasm, hostility was not intended.

[serious mode]If you want to trust you gun 24/7, you have to practice. Practice will scratch the gun sooner or later. Learning how to present the gun from a holster will scratch the gun. The more you practice, the more scratches.

If it's a gun you want to shoot just to see if it works and then preserve it, stick it in a breatheable pistol case and store it in a dry place. Gun socks work ok also, try and find one in cotten flannel or get someone to sew you a few.

If you have a safe, get a Goldenrod or dessicant and recharge the dessicant regularly. Oil the gun after you clean it.

Roverking, welcome to calguns.net[/serious mode]

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yes but it takes time if both are kept clean
and you can always have your firearm refinished if you dont like it
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My Hogue Speed holster has worn off the blue of my Springfield, from the slide logo forward.....


....I wouldn't have it any other way!


That being said, I haven't noticed any dramatic bluing wear from my Serpa.
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I've got a Blackhawk holster, and love it. It hasn't caused any finish wear on my P220 yet, but if I was worried about it, the gun would never go into a holster or to the range. Duracoat exists for a reason

The CQC holster seems to have a pretty small amount of contact with the pistol, though, especially compared to softer stuff like leather, nylon, or kydex (which is pretty soft). The Blackhawk holster is pretty sturdy and stiff-sided.

Best part is that it's the easiest (and maybe safest) holster with retention to put the gun into, IMO.

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Does a kydex holster cause scratches?

You freakin' bet it will. Go for a leather holster.
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if you're worried about wear on the finish of your gun, you won't be able to use a holster, it's just the nature of the beast... try a stainless, hard chrome or some type of aftermarket finish that's tough... it'll hold up for a while before you see wear...
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I use Safariland 6004 and it seems to cause less wear than the Blackhawk ones since the safariland has some sort of cloth lining inside it.

I do agree that holster wear shows character though, it's kind of like worn out baseball mitt
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