CARE & USE INSTRUCTIONS
Care Instructions for Your New PCS, Inc. Holster
A great deal of research has gone into the choice of the leather/dye/finish combination of Pocket Concealment Systems, Inc. holsters. The goal has been to provide the hardest-wearing, most flexible finish that also imparts the maximum stiffness to the holster, thus ensuring that the greatest degree or weapon-retaining tension over the longest period of time. The holsters require an absolute minimum of care to maximize their service life:
- Be sure to follow the break-in instructions supplied with your holster. This will provide the best start for the longest service life.
- Do no apply any cleaning or leather-conditioning products to the holster. This could soften the leather and reduce the tension that holds the weapon in place. If the holster becomes soiled, wipe the surface with a clean cloth or soft brush.
- Do not twist, bend, or knead your holster. Avoid stacking other items on top of it. This will both destroy the integrity of the shell and mar the finish.
- Remove your firearm from the holster after use. This gives your holster an opportunity to "breath" and permits moisture that may have accumulated during all-day wear to evaporate, allowing your holster to retain its hard-shell structural integrity and avoiding damage to your firearm's finish.
- If the holster becomes wet, do no attempt to dry it out with an artificial heat source. Remove your firearm, place the holster on a clean dry surface, and allow it to air-dry completely. It is important that the holster not be bent, kneaded, or flattened at this time, as this will destroy the original molding of the product and alter weapon fit, thus compromising weapon retention.
- Make sure that the one-way snaps are functioning correctly, tighten interchangeable belt loop screws securely, and check regularly for tightness. Pocket Concealment Systems, Inc. replaces worn or broken snaps and provides replacement hardware for its holsters at no charge.
Periodically check your holster for fit and function. If for any reason you believe that the structural integrity has been compromised, please discontinue its use and contact Pocket Concealment Systems, Inc. for recommendations and further instructions.
Breaking in Your New PCS, Inc. Holster
You will notice when examining a Pocket Concealment Systems, Inc. holster that the leather used in manufacture is very thin but also quite stiff. The material also has the ability to take a great deal of boning detail, which adds significantly to the holster's ability to retain the handgun while adding as absolute minimum of bulk to the overall gun-holster dimension, thus making for a more efficient and comfortable holster.
Over time all leather products soften, and during the course of a PCS, Inc. holster's life this will occur. However, great care has gone into the development of a finishing process that maximizes the leather's stiffness. The common practice of spraying silicone into the holster or attempting to "break it in" by applying Neat's foot or some other type of oil causes undo amount of softening which over time could affect its performance. Pocket Concealment Systems, Inc. does not recommend their use on its holsters.
The holsters are shipped from the work room unbroken-in and require a small amount of attention before they are deployed. Preparing a PCS, Inc. holster for service is accomplished in the following manner:
UNLOAD THE HANDGUN FOR WHICH THE HOLSTER IS INTENDED BEFORE PROCEEDING.
After the handgun has been unloaded and checked, with the holster in hand firmly insert the weapon as far as it will go. Do not try to insert the handgun fully into the holster at this point but remove it and repeat the process, pushing the handgun a little further into the holster each time using a gentle twisting or rocking motion if needed. Make sure that the slide and frame do not separate; if they do, remove the weapon and repeat the process while holding the slide in place with your thumb. Repeat this action-simply working the handgun in and out of the holster until it has properly seated in the holster and the proper amount of resistance is met with based on personal preference. The temptation to twist, bend, or knead the empty holster should be resisted-after a short time it will mold to the shape of the wearer's body making for a truly custom fit.
Only after the handgun is properly seated and the proper amount of release has been established should the operator try on the holster-at which time it is strongly recommended that some time be spent drawing from it with the UNLOADED WEAPON to familiarize the user with the holstered handgun's cant, height, and clearance from concealment.
The time required to complete the break-in of a PCS, Inc. holster varies but can always be accomplished without the aid of oils and silicones. It is time well spent as a naturally broken-in holster will maintain its design characteristics for a longer period of time, which greatly enhances its service life.