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JJ62
April 15, 2008, 12:41 PM
I have been reading this forum for quite some time. I recently met a man you may know. His name is R.J. Hedley; he is a very talented holster maker and designer. He has been kind enough to show me his craft and how he makes his holsters. That is why you see such an influence in the ones I have made. I would like you to look at one and give me some input good or bad. I am open to any criticism. Like I said I am new to this craft which I enjoy immensely. I am going to be selling these for $50.00. I also make holsters for Seecamp,Kel-Tec .32 & .380,NAA Gardian .32 & .380,22LR & 22 MAG $40.00 respectively. Ruger LCP is coming. I can be contacted at (813)-404-8155 or E-mail at HiddenHolsters@verizon.net

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Car Knocker
April 15, 2008, 01:46 PM
OK. Overall, I like the look of the holster but have a couple of things I'd like to see changed:

1- The trigger needs more cover. I can see daylight between the front of the trigger and the edge of the holster.

2- It looks like the area where the rivets are located are glued (bonded) and riveted. I'd prefer to see stitching around this area to mechanically prevent separation of the two layers of leather. Plus, it just looks better.

3- The stitching around the mouth reinforcement looks to be uneven and isn't up to the quality of the molding. To me, the stitching detracts from the potential quality of this holster. From this photo, it looks like the bottom of the reinforcement (where it isn't stitched) might be separating from the body of the holster. Perhaps stitching all the way around might be appropriate? On the other hand, I pocket-carry a Kimber Ultra Carry in a custom holster that doesn't have any reinforcing around the mouth and haven't had any problem with the mouth collapsing. Is the extra thickness of the reinforcing really needed in a pocket holster?

4- The molding looks great, however I wonder if it might offer too much retention and allow the holster to tend to come out of the pocket with the revolver?

I like the general look of the holster and, except for the few areas I mentioned, it looks like a quality product. I may be in the market for another pocket holster in the future and I have bookmarked this thread for reference. I hope you can make this new business succeed! Good luck!

blackcash88
April 15, 2008, 03:51 PM
With all the other wonderful holster choices already available, I'd go with an already proven design. Good luck.

JJ62
April 15, 2008, 07:46 PM
Don
Thank you for your suggestions, I do need to raise the cut around the trigger.
The stitching around the thumb push off is done by hand not machine. I am making a new station to due my stitching on, this should help me clean it up.
My teacher nor myself has had any problems with rivets coming loose, or leather separating. Although I would stitch the bottom if the customer preferred.
Keep me in mind if you are ever in need of a front or rear pocket holster. I also make holsters for Seecamp, Keltec .32/.380, NAA-Guardian.32/.380 and
NAA- 22LR/22MAG
Thanks
Jim

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