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Quick Draw contains 4x more silicone than Galco Draw-EZ and will last much longer. Additionally, Galco Draw-EZ is a gel type silicone that must be applied with your fingers or a rag. The mode of application not only makes a mess, it leads to a ton of waste of the product, and is not practical to apply in the field when you notice your handgun sticking more than you would like in your holster.
The only silicone spray lubricants available on the market are made for industrial use. If you look at the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS), that is required for all aerosol products, you notice that they all have a minuscule amount of silicone in the product, usually between 1-4%. They do this because silicone is a very expensive ingredient, and they are putting the minimal amount and filling the rest of the product with fillers and extra unneeded propellants. Quick Draw has no less than 60% silicone by volume, which is the maximum amount that we could put in the product to make room for the propellant in our aerosol product.
Additionally, silicone is regularly found in several different types, each with different viscosities (thickness). Quick Draw was developed to be sprayed onto a holster and stick, providing the the optimal lubrication for that application. Most industrial silicone sprays use too low viscosity silicone, because they were designed to be sprayed on hinges and bolts and to seep into small cracks and crevices. This low viscosity (thin) silicone tends to seep into leather and other porous holster materials instead of providing a lubricating barrier where the gun contacts the holster.
Major holster manufacturers, such as Safariland, Bianchi, Galco, and numerous others recommend lubricating snug holsters with silicone spray. You don't want to put petroleum oil based lubricants on that type of application. New holsters are purposefully manufactured to have a tight fit so the gun doesn't fall out, and over time, even broken in holsters can begin to catch or have less than smooth release during draw. Sidearm holsters are meant to give ready access to your handgun, and anything less than smooth draw from the holster can mean life or death.
Dust is everywhere and there is nothing anyone can do about that. However, the main reason dust collects and sticks to a surface has to do with how much static charge is built up. Friction, such as the rubbing between a metal gun and holster can generate a lot of static electricity and attrach dust and dirt, especially out in the field. Silicone is an inert material with natural dielectric properties that vary based on the viscosity. Dielectric means that it repels the build up of an electrical charge, including static electricity. What this all means is that Quick Draw naturally reduces dust on your firearm and holster.
Silicone (and lanolin) are non-reactive inert materials that will not react, corrode, or degrade any material that holsters are made from. The silicone is an extremely effective lubricant for plastic, leather, metal, or nearly any type of material holsters are made from. If you have some random material that your holster is made from and find that Quick Draw isn't effective in lubricating it, rest assured that it isn't harming the holster.
For new holsters, we recommend spraying Quick Draw generously and repeatedly during initial break-in period. After the holster is broken in or you are happy with the smooth draw, reapply as needed to keep a thin layer of silicone on the holster to both lubricate and extend the life of your holster and minimize friction and cosmetic wear on the gunmetal of your handgun. Quick Draw has natural dielectric properties which resist the build-up of static electricity. This means much less dust!
It is actually a misnomer that holster leather should be conditioned. Traditional “leather conditioners” make leather soft and supple. This is what you want from your baseball glove not your firearm holster. We highly recommend NOT using a traditional leather conditioner on any leather parts of a firearm holster. What you want is for your leather holster (or leather holster liner) to keep its shape, but not dry out and crack. Silicone is decent at this, but there are other products that are better. We specifically built a small amount of lanolin into Quick Draw for this purpose. Lanolin (obtained from the other part of sheep’s wool) is a superb preservative of leather. It protects a cow’s skin (leather) just as well as the sheep’s skin. Lanolin tends to form a protective and “conditioning” coating on the leather to preserve it while the silicone forms the outer friction lubricating barrier on the holster. Lanolin happens to also be a great protectant for gunmetal.
See the note above. Unless you want to make your leather holster soft and supple like a well broken-in baseball glove (and unable to snugly hold your handgun), then we do not recommend using traditional leather conditioner on leather holsters, or kydex holsters with leather liners..