I have a Glock 36 that has been on my side for four or five years (I think) and it shows it. I know how you feel about the wear and tear on a firearm from a holster but it will happen. I carried my G36 in a Bianchi leather holster until about 6 months ago. When I found that Blackhawk had a Serpa retention holster for the G36 I bought one. I MUCH prefer this Serpa holster to my Bianchi only because it has the retention system. I do not think it causes any excessive wear on my gun. I also have a Blackhawk Serpa for my Judge and I very much doubt it will cause any noticeable wear. With that being said I think it is much better to have a firearm on your side that is secured by a retention holster than by an ordinary leather holster but....each to his own. I love my leather holsters but when open carrying I feel much better having the retention holster secure my firearm. My two cents. You cannot go wrong with Blackhawk retention holsters!