Another holster project

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by DIY_guy, Jun 10, 2014.

  1. DIY_guy

    DIY_guy New Member

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    My uncle-in-law won a 9mm handgun in a volunteer fireman’s raffle/fundraiser. It didn’t come with a holster. He wants to wear it while bowhunting and asked if I would make him one. I was more than happy to do it.

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    I make holsters and knife sheathes from 6 to 8 Oz tooling leather so I always have a good supply on hand.

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    It’s a small handgun so scraps will work.

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    I make all my patterns from “crapalloy” which can be found in empty cereal boxes of 24 packs of soda. It creates the rough concept or outline.

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    Then the face is wet, allowed to normalize and is then wet fitted to the contour of the handgun with antlers and bones and wooden shaping tools.

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    It spent Sunday afternoon in the sun to dry and forever lock in that shape.

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    A backing piece is made of the same leather and contact cement holds the pieces from shifting during sewing and riveting and belt loop cutting.

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    Tubular rivets are used in high stress areas.

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    Then stitching holes and belt loops are made.

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    After hand stitching the excess is trimmed.

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    I need to make a thumb snap feature.

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    So far so good.

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    He wants it black and it don’t get any blacker than USMC black.

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    Then edge coat is applied to all the cut edges to keep the fray and swelling down.

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    The oils need to be restored.

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    And then waterproofed inside and out.

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    And then a good shine.

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    Then I gave it a test drive.

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    Last edited: Jun 10, 2014
  2. Ez2b

    Ez2b New Member

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    When do you sleep lol
    one busy guy
     

  3. otisthecat

    otisthecat New Member

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    Nice holster, and an interesting little play-by-play. Very cool, thanks for that!
     
  4. TINCANBANDIT

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    nice.....I think I might have to give that a try!

    Again you are an inspiration to DIY'ers everywhere!
     
  5. Steel_Talon

    Steel_Talon New Member

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    nice... where you get the thumb snap hardware?
     
  6. BeyondTheBox

    BeyondTheBox New Member

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    Superb, fantastic, impressive... etc!
     
  7. hardluk1

    hardluk1 Active Member

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    You sure have the skills to make a nice holster.
     
  8. KG7IL

    KG7IL Well-Known Member

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    That holster more than triples the value of that setup!
     
  9. DrFootball

    DrFootball disappointed & disgusted, But DETERMINED... Lifetime Supporter

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    Really nice work. Can you make one for a 4-1/8th inch Ruger SR9? For a Beretta M9A1? A Browning HP? A shoulder rig with Brown leather for the Gun and Brown Camo Paracord belts? Would you want to come on the Podcast to talk about making them?


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    Last edited: Jul 11, 2014
  10. deg

    deg Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Once again DYI - fantastic workmanship
     
  11. tinbucket

    tinbucket Well-Known Member

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    Nice work. I started taking leather working classes at Tandy, in 2012 until I ruptured a disc. Can't use all my fingers and no strength in some.
    I'm going to try again with just basic design and lining for a Vaquero and some cap and ball revolvers I have. Tooling takes some imagination unless you'r done it before and practiced. Great looking holster