New holster I just finished.

Discussion in 'DIY Projects' started by BillyHart, Sep 29, 2012.

  1. BillyHart

    BillyHart New Member

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    Holster for smith and wesson 357

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  2. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter

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    Billy,

    Very nice holster! Good Job! :)

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  3. BillyHart

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  4. rferguson61

    rferguson61 New Member

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    Hey ive been thinking about making holsters...how do you get it to take the exact shape of the gun? Like in yours you can see the detail of the of the cylinder and what not (obviously I haven't done much research)
     
  5. rferguson61

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    Oh by the way...that looks KILLER! I like the light stitching on the darker leather.
     
  6. BillyHart

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    Case your leather. Wet it and put it in a ziplock bag for maybe 15 to 20 min. And then it will mold to what ever you wish I also cover the weapon with plastic wrap.
     
  7. rferguson61

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    What do you mean by case it
     
  8. BillyHart

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    Soak it in water and seal it in a bag for 15 to 20 min.to allow the water to fully penetrate the leather then you can work it. soak it in the water until the bubbles stop take it out and then seal it.
     
  9. BillyHart

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    That is known as casing.
     
  10. BillyHart

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    If I can help you with anything else just let me know.
     
  11. Looks nice, Billy. I'm also a builder Are you hand stitching, or using a machine? I'd imagine a machine, because when you saddle stitch by hand, the extra row of stitching isn't necessary. My only nitpick, and take it for what it's worth, but on your throat reinforcement, you may want to round those corners a little more next time. Over time, those will begin to fray. Great job, and keep on building. Your molding and boning look nice. I rarely touch revolvers because they're such a pain to mold.

    EDIT: Upon further inspection, it looks like the corners on the reinforcement are rounded, it's just the stitching that comes to sharp point. Disregard.
     
  12. BillyHart

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    Thank you and yes it is machine stitched.
     
  13. BillyHart

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    Thank you and I appreciate the info.
     
  14. drboompa

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    Billy. I have two used and very stiff US Army 1911 holsters with the fold over flap. My semi auto is too big. Think I can follow your method and make it fit?
     
  15. HockaLouis

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    That IS nice. I have a hand stitcher for repairs and customizing accuterments -- I presume "a machine" is still basically one stitch at a time and not like Mom's Singer.
     
  16. FullautoUSA

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  17. BillyHart

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    Yes I would try it it should loosen up for you. And yes I do sell
     
  18. drboompa

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    Billy. After looking again at my holsters I see they are not for 45acp but berreta. My semi is the large 40 S&W HiPoint which is chunky. Not sure I could stretch it that much. What do you think?
     
  19. BillyHart

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    If ypu can get it within 3/8 of an inch you should be able to stretch it