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Long-time lurker here with a somewhat odd question: What do folks use to protect pistol finishes from holsters having exposed interior snap bases or rivets?

For background, I see these a lot in older police or military holsters that are unlined. It seems that a thin piece of scrap leather could be adhered (super-glued?) over them to provide protection, if desired. It would be nice, however, to be able to remove the protectors without damaging the holster interiors, so maybe something stick-on that's tough but non-permanent?

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I use a piece of thin Black Suede attatched with Leather Cement.A big factor also is WHERE You place the snap in the first place.
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I have holsters 30+ years old with exposed snap hardware and its never been an issue. never even thought about it.
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I use a piece of thin Black Suede attatched with Leather Cement.A big factor also is WHERE You place the snap in the first place.
What he said.
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Surprisingly, the off the shelf gadget used by some makers is that little plastic disc with a short thingo in the centre, that presses into the head of a screw on cabinetry.

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The little gizzie in the centre is long enough that it 'pops' through the hole in the 'stud and eyelet' combo, and clicks into place. Bianchi and others have used them; ideal for a retrofit, which is what I expect the OP is enquiring about. As a retrofit it would be needed on, say, a thumb snap holster where the metal is ideally placed to actually rub on the pistol! Rather than on the holster pocket as many pics are showing, where the maker of all but the really oldest holster has thought of placement, for example.
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I used to wonder whether or not it might be a problem, but I've never seen any snap hardware finish related issues on any gun I've ever owned.... I think most experienced maker's would locate the snaps so as to prevent any contact damage to the gun.

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Here's a pretty elegant solution that I don't see very often. This is a Colorado Saddlery holster made for a .22 Combat Masterpiece. No snap at all on the inside of the holster.
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A few ways I'll set a snap so it doesn't touch the firearm is I'll either use a separate piece of leather as a trim piece, set the snap on that and stitch it on the outside.


Or, I'll design the holster with a void and set the snap there:


Or set it between the layers of a lined holster:


If a holster's already made, a thin piece of leather can be contact cemented to the backside of the snap.
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If in question I use a fuzzy part of an adhesive velcro strip
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Thanks, everyone, for your insights!

I have seen holsters where the snaps or other hardware are sandwiched between two layers (usually an internal lining) to make sure nothing can contact the pistol when in the holster. The plastic cap and leather piece cemented in place seem like good ideas for retrofitting older hosters. Particularly European military surplus holsters which seem to put snaps and rivets in the most inconvenient places, with regards to gun finish protection.
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