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Review- IWB holster for Glock 19

I recently purchased a Milt Sparks Executive Companion IWB holster for my Glock 19. I was very familiar with the Executive Companion because I’ve carried my Star M43 Firestar in one for years, and I was very satisfied with the design. The holster is made from top quality materials and the craftsmanship is excellent.

When trying out my Executive Companion holster for the first time, I was unable to smoothly draw my Glock. I’d never encountered this problem at all with my Firestar. After many more draws, I concluded that, because of the Glock’s wider frame and slide, the waistband of my trousers were pressing more tightly against the holster than when I carried my Firestar. The increased pressure wouldn’t allow the holster to smoothly release the Glock.

I figured the problem would go away after a few hundred draws. It did, a little bit, but not as much as I’d hoped. While contemplating my problem it dawned on me that I’d remembered reading something called “Leather Lightning” in a gun magazine or maybe somewhere on the Internet. I was pretty sure it was sold by one of the major holster makers. I couldn’t recall whom, but I knew it wasn’t Milt Sparks. I started my search by visiting Mitch Rosen’s web site and immediately found what I was looking for. That Homer Simpson-like voice in my head skeptically observed: “$7.00 for that dinky little bottle of stuff? What’s ‘postage paid’ mean?” I placed my order and waited for it to arrive.

My wife called me at work a few days later and tells me: “A package came in the mail for you today. What have you ordered now?”

Me: “Who’s it from?”
She: (aggravated sigh) “Mitch Rosen.”
Me: “Ooh, that’s the stuff to slick-up my holster.”
She: “What’d it cost US?!” (Wives are like that, aren’t they?)
Me: (small-boy voice) “Seven dollars.”
She: “Awfully small package.”
Me: “Hey! You’ve never complained about my ‘small package’ before.”
She: (disgusted) “Is that all you ever think about?”
Me: “Sometimes I think about guns.”
She: “What else have you ordered lately?”
Me: (playing stupid) “I can’t remember.”

When I got home from work, experience told me to seek out and greet my wife with a kiss and ask her how her day was before turning my attention on my new toy. Being experienced too, she detected that my mind was preoccupied with the package that was lying on the counter. “Go ahead,” she sighed.

I opened the package and read the directions on the bottle. Looking at the invoice told me that I wasn’t charged postage. My Homer Simpson inner voice told me: “Hmmm, that must be what ‘postage paid’ means.”

I gathered up my holster, applied the Leather Lightning sparingly (two drops applied with my fingertip) to the inside surfaces, and put my holster on. The instructions said: “The holster may be used within 5 minutes of application.” I sat on the sofa and watched the big Garfield alarm clock that sits in the living room. I could hardly wait.

Almost as soon as the second hand of the Garfield clock swept past the designated 5-minute point, I thrust my Glock 19 into my trusty Executive Companion. I settled into position and quickly withdrew my gun from its holster. The stuff works! I detected not one hint of resistance.

I applied the Leather Lightning to my Executive Companion holster a few weeks ago. This single application has been sufficient ever since. The stuff is not greasy or oily after application, and whatever it is it soaks right into the leather.

You ought to try Leather Lightning if you have a holster that seems a little too tightly fitted to your gun. The instructions on the bottle say: “Add just enough Leather Lightning to get the feel and release desired.” You can take that advice to heart. This is NOT one of those products where you rationalize to yourself: “If a little is good, then a lot more must be better.” If you follow the directions on the bottle, chances are very good that you’ll be happy with the results.

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