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W. C. Quantrill 07-12-2012 12:12 AM

Shaping your holster
 
When making a holster, I find it important to shape it to the gun that will live in it. Here is how I do it.

Wet the leather, and fold it around the gun.
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vac pack it over night

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shaped.

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Finished.


This is a light everyday carry shuck patterned after a Texas Ranger design of the late 1930's. Brill- Austin pattern. I see that Barranti has essentially this same holster starting at $150. I have $9 in leather and about 2 hours time in this one.

kycol 07-12-2012 12:14 AM

Cool I like leather holsters and that is a great looking one

W. C. Quantrill 07-12-2012 12:18 AM

This holster presents you with a proper grip, the gun sets high, and the loop band is set for a 2" leather belt, this holster stays put and doesnt flop around.

kycol 07-12-2012 12:26 AM

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Originally Posted by W. C. Quantrill
This holster presents you with a proper grip, the gun sets high, and the loop band is set for a 2" leather belt, this holster stays put and doesnt flop around.

I wish I had the talent and patience to do that, hats off to you

winds-of-change 07-12-2012 12:31 AM

Doesn't leather shrink a little when it gets wet?

W. C. Quantrill 07-12-2012 12:33 AM

Nothin to it, you just take a chunk of leather and fold it over and cut off what dont look like a holster. Its like grinding a knife blade, you just take a chunk of steel and grind off what dont look like the blade you have in mind.

W. C. Quantrill 07-12-2012 12:34 AM

It stretches when it gets wet, so that is why you vacuum it down, and let it set over night to form.

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HOSSFLY 07-12-2012 12:41 AM

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Originally Posted by winds-of-change (Post 866962)
Doesn't leather shrink a little when it gets wet?

Not really but yes - Leather drys to what it "shrinked" to if that makes sense- If what its being shrinked "to" gives then well --- It conforms or moulds kind of like clay ? Dont wet a strip & put it tight around your windpipe tho :eek: :D

winds-of-change 07-12-2012 12:46 AM

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Originally Posted by HOSSFLY (Post 866982)
Not really but yes - Leather drys to what it "shrinked" to if that makes sense- If what its being shrinked "to" gives then well --- It conforms or moulds kind of like clay ? Dont wet a strip & put it tight around your windpipe tho :eek: :D

I'll try not to. :cool:

W. C. Quantrill 07-12-2012 01:01 AM

Oh, I forgot to add, you can also do this to a store bought holster. Some of them are just a stiff boot, throw them in a sink of warm water for a little bit and when they are pliable, then put your plastic wrapped gun down in them and vac pack them, or belt them on and wear them dry. The holster will form to the gun. If you "work" it on the outside with your fingers, be sure and clip your finger nails close or it will have permanent cat scratches in it.


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