Homemade holsters

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by Rick1967, Jan 6, 2011.

  1. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    I am not sure where to post this...so...

    I am left handed. That makes holster purchasing very difficult. I started making my own. I thought I would share a couple of pics. I know several other people here make their own as well. Please post some of your pics too.

    Friendly advice is always welcome.
     

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  2. canebrake

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    Nice job--wish I had your talent!
     
  4. Neophyte1

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    very nice

    Rick1967: Sir; very nice:)
     
  5. CA357

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    I recently made a knife sheath and these things take some work and some skill. They definitely look easier to make than they really are. Nice work.
     
  6. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Everybody. I am planning on making something for my Contender next. That will be a serious project with that 14 inch barrel on it.
     
  7. freefall

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    I like to finish the edges by rubbing on some beeswax, then rubbing that with a piece of smooth antler or plastic. I've tried using a wax toilet ring, but haven't been as happy with that. thinking about drilling a hole through a piece of plastic, then sawing through the center of the hole to have a smooth rounded surface. I'll get back after the experiment.
     
  8. Dzscubie

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    Freefall,

    Glasshartt has a tool that fits on a drill and has different size grooves for different thickness of leathers that will smooth edges. Drop her a pm and ask her about it. She does saddles, tack, chaps, and is doing my cowboy action shooting belt and holsters. She is very good.


    Scubie.
     
  9. freefall

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    Many thanks Scubie, I'll try to figure out how to send a PM.
     
  10. DrumJunkie

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    Wow! yours are sooooo much better than mine. I have a belt slide I made a few years back and have one I made for a small revolver. I'm also left handed so I know your pain. I have a cross draw I made too but for the life of me have no idea where it is. It's in a box someplace as I stopped using it a couple years ago. I use these holsters and have off and on for some years now.
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    They are notihng fancy but they do work very well. I have a friend making me a shoulder rig got my Super Redhawk. He's a much better leather worker than I am:eek:

    Yours look very nice Rick. I can easily see you spent a good while getting them how you wanted. And it is not easy. I am hoping to try my hand at a couple more some time pretty soon. Buyt I need some more tools to make them how I want to. I'm hoping to ad a couple revolvers to the stable at some point and want to make a more western rig for them.
     
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    leather man

    truly talented ..nice work .. ? how do you get it to mold to guns shape ....damn near looks like it was vac/pac ..great choice of dyes/coloration it compliments the gun finish and handles /grips well
     
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    Looks very good! I've gotten into leather work a little bit and it is really fun!
     
  13. Rick1967

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    I wrap the gun in the leather and cut around it. I use a tiny drill bit to make the holes for the stitching. Then I use a large upholstery needle to sew it. I have to use plyers to pull the needle through. The light holster is simply dyed with olive oil. The 1911 is a brown stain. I am going to make a double mag holder to go on the belt too. That is my competition gun. It out to really stand out against everybody else's kydex!
     
  14. Rick1967

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    Hey Drum Junkie, I have a bunch that look like that too. I just have an addiction to buying pistols. I have probably made about 25 or 30 holsters now. The big break was finding a Tandy leather store with big rolls of leather. I was using small remnants. But when I went on vacation in California I found a real leather store and bought some tools too.
     
  15. DrumJunkie

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    That's my biggest obstacle. I have a few things but really need to get a bigger set of tools. that revolver rig was actually an accident working on one for another revolver (model 10 smith). I ended up tossing it in a box and when that5 little revolver found it's way her I looked in the box to see if anything would fit it. That belt slide was one of the first I ever tried. It's a real simple design but I left a small piece of leather in one side making it really hard to pull the pistol out unless you are wearing it. I sat with a cup of water and hand rubbed it to make it fit as well as it does now. I have better rigs around now but still like to use that old belt slide. I've bought a few different types of rigs now hoping to use them as some type of pattern for future projects.

    I need to find and show off the cross draw. It really works well and is really hard to see once on me. I'll have to get to digging...
     
  16. Dzscubie

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    Rick,

    If I was you I would buy a sewing awl from Tandy rather than using an upholstery needle and pliers. Glass has used hers for the past “couple” (wink) of years and it will really save you time, effort and will be a lot easier on you hands. It is well worth the money about $20 bucks. She now has a Tippman Boss sticher so I expect a lot more from her.


    Scubie
     
  17. Ubergopher

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    Damn, those are some nice holsters.


    One piece of advice though, learn to shoot right handed. I feel your pain 'bout being a lefty in a righty's world though, plus it's a decent way to hustle some mall ninjas out at ranges who have to much of a mouth and ego as opposed to skill.
     
  18. WDB

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    Uber you need to wash your mouth out with soap. A man can raise his right hand with a smile and most won't be concerned with the left hand. Even closer if you have to shake hands it is right hands. 80% of the world is right hand, 100 % expect the people they meet are right hand. Being Left hand is an advantage. Shooting strong side left hand is a dream for most CC as the theat is expecting any defense to come from the right hand.
     
  19. DrumJunkie

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    I shoot pistols both left and right handed. I prefer to do it left handed though.
     
  20. Rick1967

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    I do practice right handed as well. But I mainly do it because I feel if I were wounded in my left arm in a fight I had better be able to use the right as well. But when it comes to skill there is no comparison. I shoot with both eyes open. A lot of people have never tried to shoot with their weak side. I would suggest everyone do it just to get a feel for it.

    I do have a sewing awl. But it does not give the fine hole that the drill does. Perhaps Glass has a better one. I may need to look around.