Home made holster

Discussion in 'DIY Projects' started by azcowboy94, Jul 1, 2013.

  1. azcowboy94

    azcowboy94 New Member

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    Im thinking of making my own holster. Im not a huge fan of kydex, and would prefer leather (more my style). I've never worked with leather before. Any tips? Also would like to see if i could make a pouch of sorts for my can of mace. I do need it to have belt loops (im only 18 so i can only open carry). Note; i live in Arizona, so any tips that would help keep it from getting hot (if thats possible) would be great. Thanks!
     
  2. TekGreg

    TekGreg Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    YouTube is your friend in this situation! There are many videos on both leather and Kydex holster-making. Just remember that you should probably do a few practice runs on cheap materials and then use the best quality materials you can for the final, usable product.

    Good luck!
     

  3. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    You can buy a complete kit from Tandy leather.
    You'll want veggie tan leather.
    I would go through the projects in the kit to familiarize yourself with the basics first.
    If you have a food vacuum saver you can use that to form the leather to the gun.
     
  4. TekGreg

    TekGreg Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Mountainman, how long do you leave the wet leather sucked up in the bag? I'm wondering if it'll work just over a half hour, or do you leave it overnight or a couple of days before you use the boning tool.
     
  5. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    I'd leave it over night but it may not require that long. Also depends a bit on the type and thickness of leather.
     
  6. srtolly1

    srtolly1 New Member

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    I started making a few holsters from scrap leather from hobby lobby. Get the thickest you can find. I'm starting on a simple OWB design that has been in my head for a while. Maybe make a video to share while I'm at it. Wet forming doesn't have to be soaking wet, just damp. If too wet it won't hold shape well. It can also be cured in a oven to add some rigidity.

    As previously stated, YouTube is your friend, search "handmade leather holster" and start watching.
     
  7. Dan308

    Dan308 New Member

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    when making leather sheathes for my knives I came to a conclusion. And that is what I thought was easy was really a trade skill.

    I form my sheathes while they are damp. I wrap the knife in plastic wrap and use a smooth bone to outline. Then leave it over night or turn the fan on it.
     
  8. srtolly1

    srtolly1 New Member

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    I just recently made my first sheath for an old hunting knife. Little different than making a holster. Making one for a multi tool next.