Originally Posted by RL357Mag
Nothing beats the beauty of a fine leather holster, but having kept a Ruger Old Army in a leather holster for 20 years, I can tell you the leather will eventually wear the bluing off in the places it is in contact with the leather. The cylinder on my Ruger has had the bluing worn off in two spots. I don't know if it will happen as readily with an automatic since the revolver cylinder provides a constant contact point, but leather does wear down bluing.
This is true. Same experience with my Python that has lived in a Bianchi for many years.
I have a nylon type holster for another revolver but I don't keep anything in it except when I use it.
I like the leather much better and it breaks in real nice but I think you can't help getting some light holster wear if you are using it. I have one that I just keep in the original box and it shows no signs of wear.