Well, the price tag on holsters these days is what got me started, I have been making my own holsters for 30 years, I guess. I can buy a whole side of Herrman 8/9 oz leather for $170 or so. I can get at least a dozen holsters out of that, with enough scrap to make at least a dozen knife sheaths. So, materials wise, I will have maybe $15 in the two up above, plus about 3 hours of messing with them. So that makes pretty affordable gun leather, if its an evening that you dont have anything better to do.
An old boy put this 25 up for sale a year and a half ago, he wanted $1200, it didnt sell, then last year about this time it put it back up on the free internet classifieds for $1000 a couple weeks later 900, then 800, then 700, then $650, then I gave him a call and met him at the Dairy Queen and gave him $600 and bought him an icecream. I like this idea of private sale, no papers, no tax, no government interference. Its like new, and has Hogue grips, it shoots well. But it deserves something better than that goofy nylon holster it came in. So, that is the next project.
That STI, has been a lot of places, and done a lot of things. There was a time that I got up from bed and put on a Class 3A vest, and that pistol and a .357 on my ankle and then went to work. The old Don Hume that it rode in for years, is about ready for the museum. It is actually a blue steel gun, and I was down in the Big Bend country tracking a guy and came back up thru Alpine, TX, and was talking to some fellers and they told me of this guy that had patented this process for titanium plating heart valves, so I went over to talk to him and had him put that plating on this pistol. If ya dont wanna do a lot of work cleaning it, you can strip it and put it in a basket and stick it in the dishwasher!!
Gene Williams at Princeton, TX did the fine tuning on it. It has an 18.5# spring in it and it has a 1-1/2# trigger pull. It is glassy crisp with little muzzle rise with handloads with 250 gr Keith SWC's. It will load any combination of shells including empties. It has saved my bacon a couple of times
I hope some of these other fellers will jump in on here with their holsters. I dont want this to be just my show and tell.
As to that Jay Hawk business, I guess my name sorta tells ya where I stand on that,,,eh?