Homebrew holsters made by me,show me what you have made! LONG POST and many pic's!


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DasFriek
December 21, 2009, 05:01 PM
I live on a fixed low income budget,and honestly id much rather buy a gun i want than a holster i need.So over the least few months ive been making the best of the cheaper holsters i already owned and could afford and then started making what ever else i need.

Im having a hard time with my IWB creations as i keep freaking gaining weight and then my pants get so tight any IWB holster is uncomfy.Im currently on a "Watch what i eat diet" instead of a "real diet" as in the summer i will NEED to use my IWB one.

Some are just modified cheaper holsters like the 2 Uncle Mike pancakes wich i do use more than any other holster besides my bug holsters.All are hand sew with a polyester thread that will cut skin rather than break,and some copious amounts of glue is used in many places its hard to get a needle threw.
Most took 3-6 hours each depending if i started from scratch or was modifying one.
All use real leather i buy cheaply at craft stores as scrap pieces.

Please if you have any you made or have ideas for or questions pls ask.
I dont sell my holsters,but if someone really needed something i wouldnt mind helping them if its an item they cant normally buy.
I dont sell or charge for my work,but i dont mind helping someone if i can.

This is a spare mag holder for my main gun,it clips to the inside of a jacket pocket.I made this and designed it myself,but it does use a clip from a cell phone holder.I dont leave home without it and it is the easiest non obtrusive way to carry a spare mag.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v447/deathstar13/holsters001.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v447/deathstar13/holsters002.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v447/deathstar13/holsters003-1.jpg

This one is an Uncle Mikes Pankcake made specifically for a 1911.It kept bunching and folding up while on the belt so i added a spreader in the rear so it stays flat.Its be reinforced with leather on the front.The spreader is a peice of reinforced 5.11 belt that didn't fit me.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v447/deathstar13/holsters004-2.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v447/deathstar13/holsters005-2.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v447/deathstar13/holsters006-1.jpg

This is an IWB combo Kydex and Leather i fully designed also for my 1911.The clip has a seam like flaw but its only cosmetic,i need a heat gun instead of using an oven.The safety is fully retained and can NOT be disengaged while holstered.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v447/deathstar13/holsters007-1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v447/deathstar13/holsters008-1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v447/deathstar13/holsters009-1.jpg

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DasFriek
December 21, 2009, 05:09 PM
Part 2

This is a fully designed 1911 IWB,but i think ill replace the clips with some better ones ive found online.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v447/deathstar13/holsters010-1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v447/deathstar13/holsters013-1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v447/deathstar13/holsters012-1.jpg

Next was originally a IWB Galco Sto-n-go i reinforced the clip and recovered with leather for more padding.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v447/deathstar13/holsters014-1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v447/deathstar13/holsters015-1.jpg

This is another Uncle Mikes pancake reinforced with leather on both sides of the flaps so it wouldn't fold up also.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v447/deathstar13/holsters016-1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v447/deathstar13/holsters017-1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v447/deathstar13/holsters018-1.jpg

The next is one of my favorite one,it takes a gun that usually cant be back pocket carried,but with this cover and the way it disguises the profile works perfect.The top is fully covered so the gun is not seen.Guess the gun!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v447/deathstar13/holsters019-1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v447/deathstar13/holsters020.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v447/deathstar13/holsters021.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v447/deathstar13/holsters022.jpg
Walther PPS 9mm!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v447/deathstar13/holsters023.jpg

DasFriek
December 21, 2009, 05:16 PM
Part 3

This is a work in progress,Its what i call a house belt.My guns stay on the second level of my house in my bedroom,this way i can carry a gun in my PJ's comfortably all day.Its made from elastic suspenders and a leather holster covering the trigger and strapped down with a leather strap between the firing pin and hammer and velcro released.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v447/deathstar13/holsters024.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v447/deathstar13/holsters025.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v447/deathstar13/holsters026.jpg

This is a basic IWB bug holster.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v447/deathstar13/holsters027.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v447/deathstar13/holsters028.jpg

Next up is a Desantis Nemisis that is under the leather and the added cover flap hides the profile.I like this alot better than the Nemisis it started as.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v447/deathstar13/holsters029.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v447/deathstar13/holsters030.jpg

Next up is my back pocket .25 Wallet,its solid leather so it holds its profile and doesn't smash down.The lite colored strip catches the seam on the pocket so it draws very smoothly.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v447/deathstar13/holsters032.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v447/deathstar13/holsters033.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v447/deathstar13/holsters034.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v447/deathstar13/holsters035-1.jpg

DasFriek
December 21, 2009, 05:20 PM
Part 4 and the end.

This is a .25 bug OWB behind the belt holster with clip,its amazingly comfy.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v447/deathstar13/holsters036.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v447/deathstar13/holsters037-1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v447/deathstar13/holsters038-1.jpg

This is that basic IWB holster again but with .25 insert so i can carry my .25 and not my P238.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v447/deathstar13/holsters039-1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v447/deathstar13/holsters040-1.jpg





THE END!!!!

Quoheleth
December 21, 2009, 05:22 PM
They may not be the prettiest I've ever seen, but if they work and you're happy with 'em, hey - who am I to criticize?

I say, "Well done, sir!"

Q

DasFriek
December 21, 2009, 05:27 PM
LOL pretty,i wouldn't describe them as that either.
Plus who ever see's our holsters anyhow? but almost everything you see is done with leather scraps i can find cheaply and make what i need and what i do own better.

Nothing here is gonna be better than any well made high end holster from a great maker.
One day when i nail down the exact gun ill carry for many years ill buy one of those as my work isnt the same quality.

It is a fun extra hobby for when i get bored reading all the gun forums and i need a holster i cant afford.

content
December 21, 2009, 05:39 PM
Hello friends and neighbors // I've modified some for a crossdraw but not to that extent.

You have pretty much created your own holsters. They look like the firearms are protected and secure ,well done.

I used an awl with a spool (sort of a hand held sewing machine) to get through multiple layers. Wax thread or trout line for stiching have proven to be longlasting for me. What did you use?

Vern Humphrey
December 21, 2009, 06:36 PM
Here are some of my designs.

Top row, left to right:


Colt Officers Model Target (also fits Colt M357)
Ruger Blackhawk, 5 1/2" barrel
IWB for Colt .25 Automatic. Can also be worn outside the belt.
Dual purpose for Colt Detective Special. Note slots for OWB and straps for IWB tuckable.

Next row, left to right:

IWB with clip for Colt Detective Special
IWB with straps for M1911. Note "button" to hold safety engaged.
IWB magazine carrier
IWB tuckable for M1911, same basic design as above.

Bottom: Ruger blackhawk, 7 1/2" barrel.

DasFriek
December 21, 2009, 07:34 PM
I use Nylon Upholstery thread,the lady at Walmart said not to try and break it with my hands as ill have to have that finger sewn back on also.Its very strong stuff to say the least,but yet flexible.
I think ive seen the Awl for leather work at the craft store,but as long as i don't break my needles too much a pair of needle nose plyers has been working ok so far.

Safety and making them secure is my most important priority,looks come in somewhere far down the line. lol

Nice holsters Vern,great looking leather also.Have a good source? With such large guns you really need some large thick leather for those.

I know im gonna need some clips and kydex from knifekits.com as my tuckable 1911 holster im not to happy with the leather loops.

Vern Humphrey
December 21, 2009, 08:31 PM
Nice holsters Vern,great looking leather also.Have a good source? With such large guns you really need some large thick leather for those.
Try www.tandyleatherfactory.com They're having a sale right now.

Some of these holsters are made with 9 oz. leather, but for most applications, a little lighter leather is acceptable.

You can drill stitch holes with a drill press -- for speed. I also use a stitching awl made from an old screw driver -- I grind the tip to a diamond-shaped cross section, with the edges of the diamond very sharp. You can use a toothed wheel (Tandy sells them) or the tip of a small screw driver to lay out the stitches.

I made a pony -- this is a small stitching horse. Basically, it's two pieces of lath with a small piece between them at the bottom. A cross piece is placed at the bottom, so the whole assembly forms an upside down T. You place the cross piece under your thighs, with the rest of the assembly sticking up between your legs. A bolt and buttefly nut clamp the tips of the lath strips together, holding the work piece firmly between them.

I know im gonna need some clips and kydex from knifekits.com as my tuckable 1911 holster im not to happy with the leather loops.
There's a secret to making the loops and a secret to using them.

To make them, attach two straps to the toe of the holster with Chicago screws (also called post screws.) The loops are attached to the other end of the straps with modified Chicago screws -- chuck the male screw into a drill and use a file to reduce the diameter of the head until it fits easily inside the male part of your snap. Use this screw to attach the loop to the strap, with the female part of your snap. The male part goes on the other end. This method makes the straps and loops quickly detatchable so you can have multi-use holsters.

To use a tuckable made like this, hold the holster in your hand, with the straps under control. Start with your shirt tucked in. Unbuckle your belt and shove the holster into your pants. Spread the straps and fasten one loop in front of the holster, just touching the forward edge of the holster. Fasten the other loop just touching the back edge of the holster. Insert the gun.

Now pull your shirt out from behind the holster, pull it over the holster and tuck it in. Be sure to reach around and tuck the back of your shirt. Hold holster and gun where you want it, and tighten your belt.

When you have the holster properly positioned, "blouse" your shirt -- pull a bit out and let it hang over your belt.

You'll be surprised at how stable and comfortable these tuckables are.

DasFriek
December 21, 2009, 08:59 PM
All very good advice,trust me ill be referring back to this as i go.
Hopefully one day soon ill fine the "one" gun that i only want to carry.

atomd
December 22, 2009, 09:13 AM
Hey Vern, I hear Tandy is having a 40% off your total bill sale the day after Christmas.

Oh, and DasFriek, you should check them out too. Get that book "The art of hand sewing leather" or just look up some diagrams online. During that sale, you should be able to get real decent leather for around $2.50 or so per square ft or so. Good leather with a good hand stitch will last many many years. An awl and some needles/wax/thread won't cost much at all and you'll be on your way.

Vern Humphrey
December 22, 2009, 02:40 PM
Hey Vern, I hear Tandy is having a 40% off your total bill sale the day after Christmas.
Yep, and I plan to make some purchases.

Don't ignore their belt blanks -- 1 1/2" wide of good stiff leather. They make fine gunbelts. You have to cut to length and punch the holes, and add a buckle. They have some good prices on buckles, too.

DasFriek
December 22, 2009, 03:52 PM
Good point,i can always use another heavy duty belt,especially one i can design.

jfdavis58
December 22, 2009, 04:23 PM
What you lack in skill and aesthetics is more than made up for with plain old determination.

Add an awl, stitching groover, saddlers needles, beeswax and cotton thread along with the title "The Art Of Hand Sewing Leather" to your shopping list, a small stitching pony too. Skip the scrap bin and anything chrome-tanned (suede) and that artificially 'grained' stuff in your photos and grab up a clean side or a shoulder in 7-8 ounce thickness and a sharp knife.

Most everything you have already completed would make a decent pattern for re-doing with the proper materials, tools and techniques.

Tandy/Leather Factory sales border on theft when coupled with a 'Club Membership'; that and repeat patronage gets me 40-70% discounts on everything except a Tippman.

HoosierQ
December 22, 2009, 04:53 PM
I am going to be your harshest critic...but I hope it is constructive.

You clearly have a real knack for design. Your execution is lacking in the area of stitching. How do I know? My execution is lacking in the area of stitching.

The overhand stitches will be very vulnerable to wear and if they loosen, they will catch on things like slide releases. Do away with the overhand stitches if you can. They actually look kinda cool but they really won't serve you very well on holsters. Try to do a saddles stitch of some kind...basically sewing through the holes from both sides...you get a nice strong stitch which looks really good.

If you look up stitching techniques on the internet you will find some things that are easy to do and you can employ them quickly.

I think you idea of modifying the existing holsters is really a good one. Again, I too try to make holsters and after a couple of years, I am starting to get some things going that I like. Keep at it my friend...the world needs more homemade holsters in my opinion...save your money for guns because you can do the holsters yourself.

Really neat items.

Vern Humphrey
December 22, 2009, 05:29 PM
There are basically two methods of stitching leather -- one needle and two needle. In the two needle method, there is a needle on either end of the thread. You begin by pushing one needle through the leather (through a hole made by a drill or an awl) and draw the thread through until you have half on either side. For the next stitch, you push one needle through from one side, draw the thread up tight, and push the other needle through from the other side and draw the thread up tight. This method leaves no gaps between stitches.

In the one needle method, you stitch as if you were sewing cloth, leaving gaps between stitches. When you finish the seam, you continue stitching, going back through the same holes in the opposite direction, filling in the gaps. A person inspecting the stitching can't tell which method you used.

You finish both methods by back stitching, then cutting the thread flush. If you use the two-needle method, you can hook one thread with the other, and leave the cross point inside the hole.

Oyeboten
December 22, 2009, 06:44 PM
My first and only one so far, done in 1993, at my Office Desk, while on 'hold' during telephone call things...took about three days of otherwise wasted time interludes...Lol...


http://hotimg25.fotki.com/a/138_210/47_45/Porkchopinholdster.jpg (http://hotimg25.fotki.com/p/a/138_210/47_45/Porkchopinholdster.jpg)


It's a good Holster, behaves well...used to wear it when wearing a Jacket or suit.


I'd like to try making a few more...'IWB' especially...

John Parker
December 22, 2009, 07:03 PM
I haven't made a leather holster in almost ten years.
http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=111527&stc=1&d=1261526489


Recently I started goofing around with Kydex.
This one can go both IWB and OWB by changing the loops.

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=111528&stc=1&d=1261526489


http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=111529&stc=1&d=1261526489


Saddle stitiching is THE way to go, as others have noted. I did all my stitching by hand, even on the saddle I built. It gives ya a very firm handshake! Other than that, invest in a few quality tools and practice, practice, practice. It's easy to make a functional holster. The real trick is in making them both functional and attractive.

Husaberg Man
December 23, 2009, 08:52 AM
Part 2

This is a fully designed 1911 IWB,but i think ill replace the clips with some better ones ive found online.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v447/deathstar13/holsters010-1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v447/deathstar13/holsters013-1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v447/deathstar13/holsters012-1.jpg

Next was originally a IWB Galco Sto-n-go i reinforced the clip and recovered with leather for more padding.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v447/deathstar13/holsters014-1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v447/deathstar13/holsters015-1.jpg

This is another Uncle Mikes pancake reinforced with leather on both sides of the flaps so it wouldn't fold up also.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v447/deathstar13/holsters016-1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v447/deathstar13/holsters017-1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v447/deathstar13/holsters018-1.jpg

The next is one of my favorite one,it takes a gun that usually cant be back pocket carried,but with this cover and the way it disguises the profile works perfect.The top is fully covered so the gun is not seen.Guess the gun!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v447/deathstar13/holsters019-1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v447/deathstar13/holsters020.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v447/deathstar13/holsters021.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v447/deathstar13/holsters022.jpg
Walther PPS 9mm!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v447/deathstar13/holsters023.jpg
Das Friek,
I have a PPS, and that holster is exactly what I want. Function before form, so I don't care much how it looks. Let me know if you're willing to make one for me, and how much.

Thanks!

TPS
December 23, 2009, 10:33 PM
here is a S&W model 29 and a baretta jet fire .22 holster iv made for customers. hope the pics post?

DasFriek
December 24, 2009, 02:08 AM
Wow this thread really took off!
I take criticism very well,especially i did all this just learning as i go and guessing.So ANY advice is always helpfull.Im not so sure on how much money im willing to invest into tools due to my finances,plus this is for fun.I dont want it to be a job or perfect.That takes the fun out of it to me.
But i do want to do things better and more correctly when possible so i will be looking into all the advice given.
Plus some of you guys posting your work is amazing looking and as good as any professionals work ive seen here on the forums and ive seen alot of holsters.

Husaberg Man- Ill be sending you a PM and see about helping you out.Shipping is all i would ask,and mainly doing it since i doubt no one makes anything like this cover you could buy.
It does a well enough job i can wear a tucked in tshirt with the pocket fully exposed and the gun cant be made or even partially seen as the top flap hides it well.I use my PPS as a bug so i need to pocket carry it since my main gun is holstered on my belt.
Its hard to see in the pics but the upside down one shows the bends cradle the gun in one position so it cant shift around.I use a flexible plastic under the leather so the shape is retained.I do need more felt for backing,but i need that for my projects anyhow.
I also want to test lowering the bottom more to almost the end of the muzzle and see if it still fits a pocket well,that will further hide the profile.
That Darker triangle piece of leather may look like decoration,but its there for a purpose,it grabs the seam at the top of the pocket when drawn so the cover stays in the pocket when drawn.
I do question one thing,im not sure if all jeans pockets are all a standard size? I wear a 38/36 pants personally.

Ill also be going to Tandy,ive looked there before but was lost is a sea of sizes and weights.
Can someone tell me what weights are good for what?
Stiff leather for belt making and backing holsters is what weight?
Medium flexible is what weight?
Lite weight for easy flexing is what weight?

Oyeboten
December 24, 2009, 03:34 AM
It does not require much in expense or in Tools.


'Tandy' has discounted scrap Leather in various weights and kinds in Scrap Boxes/Bins...


Heavy Cotton Thread...Wax...a stout Needle...an Awl, or a shaped-sharpened end Nail or Screwdriver...needle noce Pliers or Haemostat/Clamp maybe for pulling a tight Needle...thought...planning...execution.


Rivets are good for re-inforcing areas of strain.

Balog
December 25, 2009, 05:22 PM
What gun is that in part 3 with the grey grip scales with vertical lines in them? Nice work on the holsters, btw.

DasFriek
December 25, 2009, 06:29 PM
Tandy and i will be aquainted real soon,i need more supplies.
Balog- That is the Sig P238 .380 its the basic model with no night sights and sells for $460.But lately i have been seeing them for $429 at my local dealer for one with black grips.
Its a great mouse gun to say the least.

w_houle
December 25, 2009, 07:16 PM
Here's the one I made in 1999, and still have, for my first BP revolver
http://img507.imageshack.us/img507/7431/517095.jpg

AZ_Rebel
December 25, 2009, 08:03 PM
Here are some of my kitchen table creations - for Glock and 1911.
Two needle saddle stiching with waxed linen thread.

An IWB copied from a Sparks Summer Special
http://dickdejong.fileave.com/134f.JPG

My favorite - and daily carry - holster
http://dickdejong.fileave.com/135f.JPG

A metal re-inforced Training Holster and matching Mag Pouch
http://dickdejong.fileave.com/136f.JPG

A Thad Rybka Design in Brown Saddle Leather
http://dickdejong.fileave.com/137f.JPG

An Inside-the-belt Slide for a Glock 17/19/26
http://dickdejong.fileave.com/141f.JPG

The next one is a SOB for a 1911
http://dickdejong.fileave.com/144f.JPG

The last one is a "Driving Holster" for use in the car.
http://dickdejong.fileave.com/145r.JPG

Vern Humphrey
December 26, 2009, 09:23 AM
Now that is fine worksmanship!

David E
December 31, 2009, 10:51 PM
Here are a few of mine:





http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g311/Sooper1/MVC-038F.jpg

http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g311/Sooper1/MVC-039F.jpg

http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g311/Sooper1/MVC-035F.jpg

http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g311/Sooper1/MVC-002F-6.jpg

Randyc74
December 31, 2009, 11:28 PM
Great thread guys. Keep up the good work on them holsters. My first few holsters made great chew toys for the dog. Check out the holster section of www.leatherworker.net
There's quite a few hobby and professional holster makers hanging out there and all are willing to help. Now get busy and build more holsters!!!!

Randy

MCgunner
January 1, 2010, 11:30 AM
One for the pocket, one IWB. Both are used a lot and work great. :D

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=54670&d=1173546757

atomd
January 3, 2010, 04:32 PM
Here's my very first attempt at holster making. I didn't really have the right tools for the job at the time and I pretty much freehanded the whole thing which was a mistake. The stitch lines were too tight to the gun and it could have been cut and molded better. Beginner's mistakes. It ain't pretty but it's functional. :D

http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/cc214/atomd777/holster.jpg

atomd
January 5, 2010, 07:03 PM
Anyone have any nice 1911 patterns or any pics of pocket holsters they've made? My next project is going to be a pocket holster for an LCP and then I'll probably make an IWB design for the 1911 similar to the VM2 style.

Vern Humphrey
January 6, 2010, 03:08 PM
Go here to find a pattern for my IWB for the M1911.
http://www.paul.desertskyone.com/vern/iwb_instructions.htm

atomd
January 6, 2010, 07:05 PM
That's a good idea to put the snaps on the end of the belt loops to make them removable. I'm thinking of going with the belt loops on either side of the pistol instead of on the pistol to keep it as thin as possible for iwb. Although something similar to yours would be handy...kinda like the summer special style. My next owb one will probably be an askins style one since I haven't made anything like that yet.

atomd
January 6, 2010, 07:10 PM
Oh, and I forgot to mention that I like that button idea to keep the safety from clicking off. I've been molding the safety in just as a precaution but the button idea seems like it would work well.

Vern Humphrey
January 6, 2010, 07:14 PM
Oh, and I forgot to mention that I like that button idea to keep the safety from clicking off. I've been molding the safety in just as a precaution but the button idea seems like it would work well.
I do both. I locate the button by molding the safety in, then stitch the button so as to force the safety lock into the "on" position should the gun be holstered with the safety lock in the "off" position.

ShadyScott999
January 6, 2010, 07:53 PM
I don't have any pics of the holsters I have been making on my home PC. I will post some tomorrow. I plan on debuting them at the NRA convention this spring. I have been wanting to show you guys for a while. My stuff is comparable to the best in the business. Only with out the wait.

Pocket
Scabbards
IWB
Belts, etc

The name of the company is Seth's Custom Gun Leather

More to come.

ShadyScott999
January 6, 2010, 08:25 PM
Here are some prototypes that were in my truck....

http://i638.photobucket.com/albums/uu106/shadyscott999/Seths%20Holsters/Group.jpg

ShadyScott999
January 6, 2010, 08:26 PM
IWB

http://i638.photobucket.com/albums/uu106/shadyscott999/Seths%20Holsters/Wraith1911.jpg

ShadyScott999
January 6, 2010, 08:27 PM
Pocket LCP

http://i638.photobucket.com/albums/uu106/shadyscott999/Seths%20Holsters/LCPCompanion.jpg

ShadyScott999
January 6, 2010, 08:29 PM
Gator Tomcat...

http://i638.photobucket.com/albums/uu106/shadyscott999/Seths%20Holsters/GatorCompanion.jpg


These are just a few that I had at home. Let me know what you guys think. Thanks.

atomd
January 6, 2010, 08:40 PM
Nice lookin stuff there Scott. I'm going to make something like that LCP one except I'm thinking about adding a sort of rectangular back flap on it to make it look like a wallet in the pocket.

That IWB is the exact thing I'm looking to make for 1911 IWB carry. Non-tuckable with the reinforcement strip and a bit of a cant to it. Good stuff! What are you stitching with?

ShadyScott999
January 6, 2010, 08:56 PM
Thanks Atom.

I have a wallet panel that snaps on the LCP and similar holsters. That way you can use it as a front or back pocket. Just didn't have one at home.

I am using a industrial machine(Pfaff) to stitch. Right now I can make about 25 holsters per day. I have more equipment coming that will increase that to about 60 shortly.

ShadyScott999
January 17, 2010, 09:33 PM
Couple more I made this week...

http://i638.photobucket.com/albums/uu106/shadyscott999/WraithCommanderLERigBGWT.jpg

http://i638.photobucket.com/albums/uu106/shadyscott999/Seths%20Holsters/StanWraithWtBG.jpg

http://i638.photobucket.com/albums/uu106/shadyscott999/Seths%20Holsters/Wraith5inSaddleTanCombowtbg.jpg

ShadyScott999
January 17, 2010, 10:06 PM
http://i638.photobucket.com/albums/uu106/shadyscott999/Seths%20Holsters/DSC01419.jpg

ShadyScott999
January 17, 2010, 11:19 PM
http://i638.photobucket.com/albums/uu106/shadyscott999/Seths%20Holsters/Continuum3inwtBG-1.jpg

atomd
January 19, 2010, 08:34 PM
Here is a pocket holster I made for a Ruger LCP. The back is removable and it's only molded on one side. Kind of quick and dirty but that's ok. I did it rough side out but I don't think I'll bother doing that anymore.

http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/cc214/atomd777/pocket.jpg

gunnutery
March 14, 2011, 10:16 PM
I realize this is an old thread but my post still applies to the original question (and I didn't think I needed to start a new thread).

I've worked with kydex before and plan to do so in the future, but I had an old plastic picture frame sitting round and started applying heat with a heat gun to see if I could mold it similar to kydex. It worked and I realized that my Dad needed a holster for his Glock 17. I've got a Glock 22 so I knew it would be the same size. It looks goofy, but it works.

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=138342&d=1300155207

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=138343&d=1300155215


138342 138343

joepa150
March 15, 2011, 08:02 AM
Wow I never seen a clear holster before.

Saturnine
March 16, 2011, 06:51 PM
I've been working on a holster for my M57; just finished cutting out the belt loops and molding the leather to the gun. This is my first attempt at a holster.

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a347/Saturnine138/Holster.jpg

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a347/Saturnine138/WearingHolster.jpg

I've still got to sand and burnish the edges some more, but I'm excited and don't want to stop wearing it. I think it fits well; the gun will fall loose if I turn it upside down and shake it, but when I'm wearing it my hip keeps snug. I tried a handstand, and determined the gun isn't going anywhere unless I draw it. So far, the position pictured (roughly 5-ish) works best, but that's mostly because the belt loops elsewhere are inconveniently spaced and the holster lifts the belt up a bit when I draw if the loops don't hold it in place. I need to fuss with it some and maybe try a new belt and see what works best. This is my first holster besides the milsurp holster that came with the gun, so I have nothing else to compare it to, but so far I'm happy with it.

I haven't decided on a dye, I only have mahogany on hand and I don't know if I want to go with that. I might wait until my Marschal Grips come in so I can try to match the walnut. The idiot mark under the trigger guard was from me thinking I was smart and using a ruler along with the spacer thing on the stitch groover to get a straight line, but didn't realize the spacer part would leave a crease too. Live and learn.

bamabiker
March 18, 2011, 11:24 PM
I read this forum more than I post on it but leather work is one of my hobbies. I always enjoy seeing others' leather work, esp. holsters since this a gun forum. Here's a few I've made.
A brown and a black for the S&W model 17
A full size 1911
And my second pancake ever for a S&W model 65 Ladysmith. (hey don't laugh, it's a 3" 357 magnum)

Leatherman-Cowboy
March 27, 2011, 02:00 PM
I shoot SASS,so I wanted to make a custom double gun rig for my two 45 long colts.This was my first rig and I hand stiched the lining and all the tooling is fone by hand.I use it all the time and I even had a chance to use it at Universals Studio for a photo shoot we did Nov 2010.
The others are for my 1911 a1.
Thank you,
Henry
http://i351.photobucket.com/albums/q473/Leatherman-Cowboy/Cowboy%20Gear/holster2-1.jpg
http://i351.photobucket.com/albums/q473/Leatherman-Cowboy/Cowboy%20Gear/2003_0104Image0002-1.jpg
http://i351.photobucket.com/albums/q473/Leatherman-Cowboy/Cowboy%20Gear/2003_0104Image00112.jpg
http://i351.photobucket.com/albums/q473/Leatherman-Cowboy/Cowboy%20Gear/008-Copy-2.jpg
http://i351.photobucket.com/albums/q473/Leatherman-Cowboy/Cowboy%20Gear/009-Copy2.jpg
http://i351.photobucket.com/albums/q473/Leatherman-Cowboy/Western%202010/T5184x3456-00006.jpg
http://i351.photobucket.com/albums/q473/Leatherman-Cowboy/Western-Universal%202010/Western-407.jpg
http://i351.photobucket.com/albums/q473/Leatherman-Cowboy/Western%202010/T5184x3456-00006.jpg

Eaglestroker
April 4, 2011, 12:47 AM
Great thread! Leather work is a lot of fun - I'm not yet gutsy enough to try home brew gunsmithing so this does well for me. I recently started a thread but will add my pictures here as well:

http://i961.photobucket.com/albums/ae95/Ssthis07GT/Guns-P/DSC_0323.jpg

http://i961.photobucket.com/albums/ae95/Ssthis07GT/Guns-P/UC-day1/DSC_0331-1.jpg

http://i961.photobucket.com/albums/ae95/Ssthis07GT/Holster%20FS/DSC_0360.jpg

http://i961.photobucket.com/albums/ae95/Ssthis07GT/IMAG0252.jpg

http://i961.photobucket.com/albums/ae95/Ssthis07GT/DSC_0341.jpg

http://i961.photobucket.com/albums/ae95/Ssthis07GT/DSC_0338.jpg

http://i961.photobucket.com/albums/ae95/Ssthis07GT/DSC_0335.jpg

http://i961.photobucket.com/albums/ae95/Ssthis07GT/Holster%20FS/DSC_0353.jpg

http://i961.photobucket.com/albums/ae95/Ssthis07GT/DSC_0369.jpg

http://i961.photobucket.com/albums/ae95/Ssthis07GT/DSC_0048-1.jpg

http://i961.photobucket.com/albums/ae95/Ssthis07GT/16.jpg

http://i961.photobucket.com/albums/ae95/Ssthis07GT/20.jpg

Leatherman-Cowboy
April 4, 2011, 01:12 AM
Hey Eaglestroker
Leather is a great way to create something from nothing,and make it functional and nice.I'm working on some new Alligator holsters for my Cowboy gun's.
Your work look's good and solid.
Thank you,
Henry

Eaglestroker
April 4, 2011, 01:26 AM
Hey Henry,
The work your doing is classified as art in my book - not just another holster and that is something to be proud of my friend. Do show off the gator when your done with it!
I am similar to the OP as there is only so much money to go around and I would rather make my own holster and spend that good money on other things. The more I do for myself and friends the better I am getting though.
Take care!
-Robert

Leatherman-Cowboy
April 4, 2011, 01:39 AM
Hey Robert
Thank you for the word's,and keep doing what gives you pleasure.I will post the pic's when it's done.I know there was no Cowboys with Alligator holsters,but I cant resist,lol.
I will send you a pm to my web site,and perhaps you will get some new idea's.
Thank you,
Henry

Eaglestroker
April 4, 2011, 08:56 PM
Hey Henry,
Thanks for the link and the ideas - the gears they are a turnin'!

Leatherman-Cowboy
April 4, 2011, 09:55 PM
Hey Robert
As you can see by my web site,I make all kinds of leather gear.Working on a Thorshammer with rune writing tonight.
Do you have a web site where you can display your work?
Thank you,
Henry

Eaglestroker
April 4, 2011, 10:03 PM
Hey Henry,
No site for me. I very seriously considered doing one and selling some BUT I'd rather enjoy it than have it become a chore. I'm currently working on a pretty neat set that includes a knife sheath, holster, double mag pouch, belt, flashlight pouch, a nice display box for all of that and a sling to go with all of it. Should be a pretty neat rig - something fun to take to the range with me.
-Robert

Leatherman-Cowboy
April 4, 2011, 10:29 PM
Hey Robert
I still have my first leather wrap I did for my lever action rifle I use for my cowboy shooying.That's how I got started-just a hobby,and now I make all kind's of stuff,lol.
Post pictures when you get the rig done.
Thank you,
Henry

possum
April 5, 2011, 03:16 PM
Here is a small cross section of gear that I have made.
http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a98/rollins_joshua/DSC_0235.jpg
http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a98/rollins_joshua/DSC_0234.jpg
http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a98/rollins_joshua/DSC_0232.jpg
http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a98/rollins_joshua/DSC_0233.jpg
http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a98/rollins_joshua/DSC_0211.jpg
http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a98/rollins_joshua/DSC_0210.jpg
http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a98/rollins_joshua/DSC_0183.jpg
http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a98/rollins_joshua/DSC_0182.jpg
http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a98/rollins_joshua/DSC_0083.jpg
http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a98/rollins_joshua/DSC_0081.jpg
http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a98/rollins_joshua/DSC_0082.jpg
http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a98/rollins_joshua/DSC_0149.jpg

possum
April 5, 2011, 03:17 PM
http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a98/rollins_joshua/DSC_0035.jpg
http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a98/rollins_joshua/DSC_0062.jpg
http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a98/rollins_joshua/DSC_0019.jpg
http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a98/rollins_joshua/DSC_0061.jpg
http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a98/rollins_joshua/DSC_0033.jpg
http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a98/rollins_joshua/DSC_0011.jpg
http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a98/rollins_joshua/DSC_0006.jpg

Leatherman-Cowboy
April 5, 2011, 03:30 PM
Hey possum
Very nice work.All I work with is leather.
Thank you,
Henry

possum
April 5, 2011, 10:25 PM
thank you.

Eaglestroker
April 23, 2011, 02:45 PM
That Kydex looks really great :)

Well it's not a total rig, but I just couldn't have a naked gun sitting around the house!

http://i961.photobucket.com/albums/ae95/Ssthis07GT/DSC_0136.jpg

http://i961.photobucket.com/albums/ae95/Ssthis07GT/DSC_0134.jpg

http://i961.photobucket.com/albums/ae95/Ssthis07GT/DSC_0125.jpg

Axel Larson
July 20, 2011, 12:43 PM
This is a great thread, just came across it. I am thinking of trying to make holsters for the fun of it and this thread gave me some ideas. Thanks all.

possum
July 20, 2011, 12:56 PM
This is a great thread, just came across it. I am thinking of trying to make holsters for the fun of it and this thread gave me some ideas. Thanks all.
If you have any questions, or need help while working with kydex just ask. I do it professionally and I have no issues sharing knowledge.

Vern Humphrey
July 20, 2011, 01:44 PM
If you have any questions, or need help while working with kydex just ask. I do it professionally and I have no issues sharing knowledge.
I'll take you up on that.

I notice many holsters show here have Kydex beltloops -- which I use on mine. However, mine look hand-made, and I notice other people are able to achieve that crisp machine-made looks.

My method is to heat the Kydex with a heat gun and wrap it around slabs of steel -- but I still get rounded edges and a convex surface.

Any tips on bending Kydex into belt loops or hooks neatly?

Axel Larson
July 22, 2011, 12:45 PM
Where do you buy supplies for making these holsters? IS there a good online store that sales the needed material?

SCBradley
August 5, 2011, 03:49 AM
Vern,

I use wooden jigs. Two strips of .5" thick poplar glued to plywood, spaced far enough apart to accommodate a third strip and the width of the kydex which is to be wrapped around it.

I find the key to making them look neat is in the finishing steps. I sand the edges square and then bring them to a matte polish with increasing grits and then a buffing wheel.
http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=146868&stc=1&d=1312530444

Eaglestroker
August 5, 2011, 08:20 AM
This is my latest holster:

http://i961.photobucket.com/albums/ae95/Ssthis07GT/DSCN1591.jpg

With a little rifle leather as well:

http://i961.photobucket.com/albums/ae95/Ssthis07GT/DSCN1584.jpg

Vern Humphrey
August 5, 2011, 08:42 AM
I use wooden jigs. Two strips of .5" thick poplar glued to plywood, spaced far enough apart to accommodate a third strip and the width of the kydex which is to be wrapped around it.

I find the key to making them look neat is in the finishing steps. I sand the edges square and then bring them to a matte polish with increasing grits and then a buffing wheel.
I've been using the same approach with steel bars -- maybe I'm just clumsy.

Lonerider357
August 5, 2011, 10:49 AM
My latest IWB holster
http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd133/LoneRiderLeather/MVC-480S.jpg

Vern Humphrey
August 5, 2011, 11:00 AM
That's very nice work.

Next holster, try making the leather back higher, so that the butt and beavertail don't touch your hide when you wear your gun next to your skin.

Lonerider357
August 5, 2011, 12:01 PM
Back
http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd133/LoneRiderLeather/MVC-481S.jpg

Ratshooter
August 24, 2011, 03:03 PM
Between this thread and several "how to" articles in The Backwoodsman magazine I have decided to try making a couple of holsters. I just got back from Tandy Leather with a piece of shoulder leather, snaps and snap setter tool, thread and needles. It cost me $60 but I should have enough leather for about 4-5 holsters.

I have made a couple of knife sheathes and the holster shouldn't be to hard to do. I do have a question. How do you get that smooth, burnished look on the edge of the leather where it is stitched? One BWM article said to use egg whites. Is there anything else that works?

I am looking foward to trying this. I am so tired of rubber grips and nylon holsters.

bamabiker
August 25, 2011, 04:28 PM
Take a look on this site. Lots of good info. I use bee's wax on the edge. Post some pics when you get one done.
http://www.cascity.com/forumhall/index.php?board=57.0

Eaglestroker
August 25, 2011, 06:28 PM
I use a method based on this, only I apply my a 50/50 paraffin/bees wax mixture to the edge via a hard felt wheel chucked in a drill press.

http://leatherworker.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=16609&st=0

rayban
August 27, 2011, 08:04 AM
I just made a couple for an LC9....

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb277/RGleather/misc039.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb277/RGleather/misc033.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb277/RGleather/misc037.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb277/RGleather/misc038-1.jpg

EVIL
August 27, 2011, 02:30 PM
I have found making my own holster to be fun, cost effective and a rewarding hobby. I also enjoy seeing what others have made.

Here are just a few I have made:

http://i894.photobucket.com/albums/ac150/Viking_Leather/olddeploymenpics-2006061.jpg

http://i894.photobucket.com/albums/ac150/Viking_Leather/olddeploymenpics-2006057.jpg

http://i894.photobucket.com/albums/ac150/Viking_Leather/13DEC09020.jpg

Eaglestroker
August 29, 2011, 01:56 PM
I have found making my own holster to be fun, cost effective and a rewarding hobby. I also enjoy seeing what others have made.

I agree with what you've said, and yours look nice! Here's one I recently finished for a 6" K38:


http://i961.photobucket.com/albums/ae95/Ssthis07GT/DSC_0015-2.jpg

http://i961.photobucket.com/albums/ae95/Ssthis07GT/DSC_0011.jpg

http://i961.photobucket.com/albums/ae95/Ssthis07GT/DSC_0019.jpg

EVIL
September 1, 2011, 06:32 PM
looks great Eaglestroker ... I still haven't cracked the code on edge burnishing yet ... but once I figure that out I will be decent. Though it takes a lot of practice to get as good as some of yours or lobo's are ...

Lucas_Y
September 6, 2011, 07:25 PM
A few that I've made over the last 4 years or so

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v160/96xj4ltr5sp/gun/g19g4.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v160/96xj4ltr5sp/gun/g19iwb.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v160/96xj4ltr5sp/gun/IMG_7293.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v160/96xj4ltr5sp/gun/holsters.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v160/96xj4ltr5sp/gun/bdevil73-5.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v160/96xj4ltr5sp/gun/bdayholster.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v160/96xj4ltr5sp/gun/leather.jpg

Eaglestroker
September 6, 2011, 09:12 PM
Lucas_Y, I love that Ranger styled belt and holster rig. Something similar will be my next personal project!

I finished this for myself this weekend and it's the first in a while. There are two flaws in my eyes but not too terribly noticeable. This was my first pouch of this style as well.

http://i961.photobucket.com/albums/ae95/Ssthis07GT/DSC_0028.jpg

http://i961.photobucket.com/albums/ae95/Ssthis07GT/DSC_0034.jpg

http://i961.photobucket.com/albums/ae95/Ssthis07GT/DSC_0036.jpg

Eaglestroker
October 31, 2011, 12:22 AM
Here's a few more I finished this passed weekend, pretty happy with the results :)

http://i961.photobucket.com/albums/ae95/Ssthis07GT/10-28/DSC_0137.jpg

sixgunner455
November 5, 2011, 11:03 AM
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c334/sixgunner455/holsters/SWM19pancakeholster2.jpg

Recently completed this one for a S&W 19, 2.5". Working on one for a 7.5" Vaquero, should be done today or tomorrow, depending on when I find some beeswax.

savetheclaypigeons
November 10, 2011, 08:38 AM
White Stag Holsters (http://www.whitestagholsters.com) :p

BConklin
November 16, 2011, 02:02 PM
I started making holsters last year when I wanted one for my Ruger Old Army. I made these all from my own patterns. They're all oak tanned cowhide lined with calfskin, hand dyed and hand stitched.

Here's the first one I ever made...

http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc24/Beeconk/gun%20leather/DSCF4359.jpg

http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc24/Beeconk/gun%20leather/DSCF4358.jpg

http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc24/Beeconk/gun%20leather/DSCF4355.jpg

http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc24/Beeconk/gun%20leather/2.jpg


The second one I made for my Ruger MarkII Govt target model. I designed it with a piggy back mag holder that could be removed and worn on the belt instead.

http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc24/Beeconk/gun%20leather/DSCF4379.jpg

http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc24/Beeconk/gun%20leather/DSCF4383.jpg

http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc24/Beeconk/gun%20leather/DSCF4384.jpg

http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc24/Beeconk/gun%20leather/DSCF4386.jpg

http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc24/Beeconk/gun%20leather/DSCF4387.jpg

http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc24/Beeconk/gun%20leather/DSCF4390.jpg

http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc24/Beeconk/gun%20leather/DSCF4393.jpg

BConklin
November 16, 2011, 02:04 PM
the third one is a cross draw for an 1858 Remington target model

http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc24/Beeconk/gun%20leather/1858%20Remington%20target%2044/DSCF4407.jpg

http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc24/Beeconk/gun%20leather/1858%20Remington%20target%2044/DSCF4408.jpg

http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc24/Beeconk/gun%20leather/1858%20Remington%20target%2044/DSCF4409.jpg

http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc24/Beeconk/gun%20leather/1858%20Remington%20target%2044/DSCF4412.jpg

http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc24/Beeconk/gun%20leather/1858%20Remington%20target%2044/DSCF4415.jpg

http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc24/Beeconk/gun%20leather/1858%20Remington%20target%2044/DSCF4423.jpg

Eaglestroker
November 16, 2011, 03:16 PM
I would like to know where you get your calf skin, and what color that is. I LOVE that Mark II holster.

leatherworker
November 16, 2011, 03:23 PM
Thats some really nice work, that first one is exceptional for a first holster. Nobody will EVER see my first holster. In fact daylight may never see my first one again..

leatherworker
November 17, 2011, 09:57 AM
Here are a couple I finished up this week. The brown one is a Avenger style for a H&K UPS9 and the black one is a Pancake for a SA XD40 sub compact.

BConklin
November 17, 2011, 11:23 AM
Thanks Eaglestroker and Leatherworker.

All of my supplies came from a Tandy store about an hour's drive from my home. The color I used for the first two holster was Fiebling's Tan for both the outside and the liner. I thinned it lightly with denatured alcohol for the outside then thin it more to get a lighter shade on the liner. I mixed in a little Fiebling's Oxblood for the outside of the Remmie holster. In each case I applied it in light coats with one of those Preval spray can kits you can get at Home Depot. I'd recoat it as needed until I got the desired shade.

BConklin
November 17, 2011, 11:26 AM
leatherworker - those are nice pieces! I like the way you have the color darken towards the edge of that brown holster. I picked up an airbrush late last winter..haven't used it yet...but I figure I'll be trying to get that effect on some of the holsters I have planned for this winter.
Question - do you put anything in to reinforce the mouth of that brown holster? or is it just doubled leather?

leatherworker
November 17, 2011, 11:56 AM
It is a reinforced mouth but the reinforcement piece is the belt loop on the back. Here is a picture of the back.

BConklin
November 17, 2011, 01:26 PM
that's a cool design - is the reinforcement piece 6-7 ounce and the rest 8-10?

leatherworker
November 17, 2011, 02:41 PM
It is 9-10 oz for the entire holster.

JustSomeDude
November 18, 2011, 09:42 PM
It is a reinforced mouth but the reinforcement piece is the belt loop on the back. Here is a picture of the back.
Pretty slick idea!

leatherworker
December 16, 2011, 03:44 PM
Here is a belt and holster set I did for my father in law for christmas. For his Charter Arms 357, a thumb break rig.
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc376/mattsanne/Thumbbreakandbelt001.jpg
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc376/mattsanne/Thumbbreakandbelt003.jpg
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc376/mattsanne/Thumbbreakandbelt006.jpg

Smith357
December 17, 2011, 11:01 PM
So many nice home made holsters here I'm almost too embarrassed to show mine, almost.

So here it is an IWB appendix carry for a 4" M&P.


http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y266/smith357/armory/IMG_6906.jpg

dovedescending
December 19, 2011, 11:30 PM
The first one I have made, hopefully not to be the last. I've learned a few things about design in the process:

1. Next time angle the belt slots.
2. Next time don't use saddle leather.
3. Next time let the holster dry with the gun in it for more than 12 hours.

Used a #1 leather punch, an awl, and my daddy's old Barlow knife. Oh, and I used wood glue instead of leather cement.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-utQPkg_gulA/TvAI7kHc5cI/AAAAAAAAACw/K5WBvmsTXkU/s640/IMG_6311.JPG

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-bbh7AF5Ofns/TvAI9QU4r9I/AAAAAAAAAC8/WuQ5BCrivhs/s640/IMG_6313.JPG

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-dRmxRP94mWs/TvAJD76gRAI/AAAAAAAAADs/w_APtfNjAAM/s640/IMG_6319.JPG

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-6evLh8mgP6Q/TvAJEprm54I/AAAAAAAAAD4/FgkEJfqwydo/s640/IMG_6320.JPG

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-RyTuFdgqQuA/TvAJMfaicQI/AAAAAAAAAEo/SZaauuT3ieU/s640/IMG_6325.JPG

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-PBWD5dxHruI/TvAJL0ONPfI/AAAAAAAAAEg/-hwDKNxWNbk/s640/IMG_6326.JPG

bamabiker
December 21, 2011, 10:52 AM
Hey guys, keep it up. It's like anything else, the more you do it the better you'll get.
Here's a couple of my latest.
http://i286.photobucket.com/albums/ll108/bamabiker1159/Holsters%20and%20leather%20work/FAPictures532.jpg

rayban
December 22, 2011, 09:03 AM
Kinda hate to post this right after BamaBiker's, but holsters like his have inspired me to get back to doing a little carving......kinda rusty....no, truth is, I've always sucked at it....time for a lesson.
But as I continue to play "dress up" with my 442, here tis in "old school".

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb277/RGleather/misc244.jpg

bamabiker
December 22, 2011, 02:44 PM
Hey Ray, I think that looks pretty nice and you've got some really nice stuff on your website.

rayban
December 22, 2011, 09:47 PM
Bama, you're too kind, and I thank you...but I know enough about it to know my carving is not in the same league as yours....but Ill be working on it:banghead:

EVIL
December 23, 2011, 08:07 AM
Rayban, Bamabiker - your holster are works of art! Thanks for suppling the rest of us flegeling leatherworkers with inspiration. I don't carve leather yet (only stamp) - but I need to get started!

I love checking out all the holsters made by folks on here...keep them comming.

Eaglestroker
December 24, 2011, 06:05 PM
Great looking carving guys! A few Christmas presents:

http://i961.photobucket.com/albums/ae95/Ssthis07GT/DSC_0007-6.jpg

http://i961.photobucket.com/albums/ae95/Ssthis07GT/DSC_0017-1.jpg

http://i961.photobucket.com/albums/ae95/Ssthis07GT/DSC_0021-3.jpg

http://i961.photobucket.com/albums/ae95/Ssthis07GT/DSC_0025-1.jpg

rccolt.45
January 2, 2012, 02:27 PM
I started out like several of you. Keep at it and you can soon make something like this

http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj275/rccolt-45/IMG_1318-1.jpg

This is all hand made. YOu can see more at my web site landsharkleather.com

Joel
January 12, 2012, 01:05 PM
Older thread I'll resurrect for a bit of insight. I do this as a part-time business but do not consider myself any sort of expert and these are just my humble opinions.

When designing a holster three things need to be considered and should be considered in this order:
1) Safety
2) Function
3) Form

Not to pick on Eaglestroker, but when I see a 1911 with a fully exposed trigger, I almost jump back away from the screen. This fits into the safety aspect. Make sure for all but single-action-only cowboy holsters your trigger guards are covered and the leather in that area can NEVER find its way into the guard. Additionally, ensure that the handgun is well retained. Either do this through the molding process or by adding a retention strap.

Regarding function, the holster must meet the purpose of the handgun. I make leather holsters but often times wear plastic for IDPA. Why? It is what works for me. I carry leather and make sure that at least one practice out of the month I use my carry gear. If you add a thumb-break, you must practice with it. When taking orders, I try and talk customers out of thumb-breaks because I know 90% of them will not practice enough with it to commit it to muscle memory. If the holster is hard to get to or hard to pull the handgun from, it will do you no good when TSHTF. Pocket holsters are popular with the micros and work fine when standing. What about being car-jacked? How about having to take cover before drawing and crouching behind cover? Can you get to it. Some can, some can't. Consider these things when designing.

Final consideration is form. If I make ugly holsters, I don't sell many holsters so this is a business thing for me, but it does tie into the above two points for you. Stitching and molding are a part of the form. Stitching too close to the holster edge, not using a stitching groove, using thread that is too light-weight, using stitches like chain-stitches (the stitch produced with those stitching awls) will all cause premature wear of the thread. Even if you are using industrial glues (Barge Original comes to mind which you need a tax ID # to purchase in any significant quantity here in PA), your stitching is the lifeline of your holster. I did an experiment with one of my double-layer belts and left it glued with Barge Original and un-stitched. Started separating in 3 months after daily wear. Since most do not own a sewing machine large enough to handle T69 and bigger thread punching through 1/4"+ of leather, hand sewing is your only option. Diamond awl, harness needles and saddle stitching take time, but are easy to master with practice. Get the above tools plus an edge-guided stitching groover, a free-hand stitching groover, stitching spacer (pricking iron or overstich wheel), descent beeswax thread and buy or make a stitching pony. All can be had from either Tandy Leather Factory, Springfield Leather or any of the other leather supply merchants or even on Ebay (which has tools that are made much better than most produced today and will work fine with a little TLC).

Leather used should be Veg-Tanned sides, shoulders, backs, or bends (or butts if you want to get into horsehide). Belly leather will work for a bit but will soften up over time and loose the retention and drawing properties you need. Best to stick with leather weights between 6oz and 10oz. Smaller weights are to flimsy unless doubled-up and larger weights are too thick.

Again, these are my opinions based on my experiences so take the advice for what you paid for it and YMMV.

Vern Humphrey
January 12, 2012, 01:41 PM
Not to pick on Eaglestroker, but when I see a 1911 with a fully exposed trigger, I almost jump back away from the screen. This fits into the safety aspect. Make sure for all but single-action-only cowboy holsters your trigger guards are covered and the leather in that area can NEVER find its way into the guard. Additionally, ensure that the handgun is well retained. Either do this through the molding process or by adding a retention strap.
I agree. I call my holsters for the .45 "Four Safety Holsters." That includes the grip safety, the manual safety lock, the covered trigger and the leather cam that keeps the safety lock positively engaged.

As for single action revolvers, the uncovered trigger was basically for fast draw. While some 19th century holsters had uncovered triggers, most didn't. Ironically, when you look at the ultimate "fast draw" holsters, you see they were so insecure, they needed a leather thong over the hammer -- a prescription for suicide in a real fast draw situation!

I make my SAA holsters with covered trigger guards. Draw a line from the hammer to the back of the trigger guard, that that describes my SAA holster. A holster like that, well moulded to the gun, has no need for a safety strap -- and that includes carry on horseback.

Eaglestroker
January 12, 2012, 02:21 PM
Joel, you obviously have no problem throwing my designs under the bus but I will keep this factual. Can you in fact show me a case involving a 1911 going off because of an exposed trigger? How, exactly, do you propose that the gun would go off because of an open trigger guard when you have a safety molded into the on position AND a grip safety that must be depressed before firing? I've tried and can't get the hammer to drop in one. I prefer to think of my most important safety feature as the one between my or my customers ears. This obviously isn't for everyone.

You won't ever find a Glock holster with that style of holster and there is a reason for it.

I will ask as it is a bit perplexing, what scenario is created where an exposed trigger on a single action revolver caused one to fire? This would require not only the hammer to be cocked (never seen a SA revolver carried cocked and locked) and someone fired in the holster? I don't make single action holsters but am curious.

Vern Humphrey
January 12, 2012, 03:57 PM
Can you in fact show me a case involving a 1911 going off because of an exposed trigger?
Yes. As you shove the gun into the holster, you hold it in the firing position -- often depressing the grip safety. If the safety lock is disengaged and your finger is on the trigger, BANG! I know of one instance where an M1911 went off under those circumstances -- it was being carried in a locally-made buffalo leather holster in Viet Nam that was designed like a "fast draw" holster.

I will ask as it is a bit perplexing, what scenario is created where an exposed trigger on a single action revolver caused one to fire? This would require not only the hammer to be cocked (never seen a SA revolver carried cocked and locked) and someone fired in the holster? I don't make single action holsters but am curious.
Not at all uncommon to have an ND with an exposed trigger SAA holster -- Sammy Davis, Junior had one during the "fast draw" craze of the '50s and '60s. What happens is the finger enters the trigger guard while the gun is still in the holster. At the same time, the hammer is cocked. You can wind up holding a cocked SAA, finger on the trigger, and the gun still partially or wholly in the holster.

In fact, SAA "fast draw" holsters of that era had steel stiffeners designed to allow the cylinder to rotate (and the gun to be cocked) while still completely in the holster.

Eaglestroker
January 12, 2012, 05:16 PM
Thanks Vern, for the informative post. I should also add that I have never made an open trigger guard for anyone other than myself. I like a minimalist holster when working that doesn't take up a lot of real estate. Notice I stated that the best safety IMO is the one between our ears? I don't trust everyones' and that is why I have and never will sell a version of that holster to the public. Thanks for your honest concern and upfront explanation.

-Robert

rayban
January 13, 2012, 07:27 AM
Robert, I started out with that same Al Stohlman design but went off it a little.....well, maybe a lot.......but I elected to cover up more of the trigger guard, next time, maybe a wee bit more.
I really like the looks of yours.

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb277/RGleather/IMAG0070.jpg

Eaglestroker
January 13, 2012, 01:40 PM
Glad someone else recognized the pattern, Rayban. Nice looking rig. Let's get this thread back on track:

http://i961.photobucket.com/albums/ae95/Ssthis07GT/2-2.jpg

leatherworker
February 9, 2012, 10:56 AM
I thought I would try and revive this thread. Here is a little black and white XD Gear..

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc376/mattsanne/blackandwhite.jpg

kenjabroni
February 9, 2012, 11:21 AM
very very nice holsters there leatherworker. There are some very talented guys out there

bamabiker
February 11, 2012, 12:29 PM
leatherworker that is some very professional looking goods you have there. What stitching method do you use?
Beautiful work!
The last two I made.
For a M19 snubbie
http://i286.photobucket.com/albums/ll108/bamabiker1159/Holsters%20and%20leather%20work/FAPictures559.jpg
For a Highway Patrolman
http://i286.photobucket.com/albums/ll108/bamabiker1159/Holsters%20and%20leather%20work/FAPictures561.jpg
I guess this flower pattern has become my favorite. Not necessarily because I like it the best but it does seem to come out pretty good.
Keep up the good work all you leather workers.

rayban
February 12, 2012, 07:01 AM
Leather worker, I've never been a fan of white stitching on black leather.....until I see your work...beautiful!

Bamabiker....yes I see that floral pattern has become your signature...and along with the pancake style it really looks great.

leatherworker
February 13, 2012, 09:09 AM
Thanks Rayban and Bamabiker,
Bama I use a Tippmann Boss for my stitching with 277 thread on top and bottom with a angled chisel point needle. You have some beautiful carving there Bamabiker.

smalls
February 13, 2012, 03:41 PM
Leatherworker, that's some very nice looking leather. Very classy looking :). I feel like I'd need to wear a suit with that, haha.

saitek
February 13, 2012, 10:44 PM
here are a couple that i made to fit 2" web belt's or big leather belt's one for my 1911 and the other for my amt long slide . just tooled up some leather and laced it up .

SniperStraz
February 14, 2012, 01:13 AM
^^^
Nice work!
Do you carry a 1911 with the trigger exposed?

saitek
February 14, 2012, 09:53 AM
no unfortunitly i do not carry,just for the range.

leatherworker
February 14, 2012, 03:04 PM
Thanks Smalls, I appreciate that..
Saitek, thats some nice looking stuff there but if you don't mind I have a recommendation, I wouldn't put any metal hardware on a holster in a spot that will rub on your pistol, just a little movement and it will start really wearing on your nice expensive gun. The lacing is a nice touch, I've never seen it on a 1911 holster before, keep at it.

saitek
February 14, 2012, 04:12 PM
yeah the snaps are not hitting at this point ,the leather is rigid enough the hold away from the gun was thinking about brushing some leather contact cement over them and using some thin pig skin to insulate them from any contact . not any ware as good as my grandfather that i picked it up from he did it starting back in the late forty's . was just needing a couple at the time and felt to cheap to buy them !!!!!

markush
March 8, 2012, 04:12 AM
I've made a couple, just finished #10 today. You won't see #1 but here's

#2
http://i234.photobucket.com/albums/ee125/markush1/8568afef.jpg

#3
http://i234.photobucket.com/albums/ee125/markush1/2f3824f5.jpg

#4
http://i234.photobucket.com/albums/ee125/markush1/42e19822.jpg

#5
http://i234.photobucket.com/albums/ee125/markush1/b11f5c4b.jpg

#8
http://i234.photobucket.com/albums/ee125/markush1/cfb178cf.jpg

and #10
http://i234.photobucket.com/albums/ee125/markush1/11378b4c.jpg

Vern Humphrey
March 8, 2012, 09:46 AM
Those are some good looking holsters. What's your source for leather?

markush
March 8, 2012, 02:58 PM
Thanks, those are all Hermann Oak bought from Springfield Leather. Even the Elephant and Frogskin was bought from them.

leatherworker
March 8, 2012, 03:25 PM
Nice looking holsters there Markush. Question for you, how is the frog to work with, I have been thinking about ordering some for a while but from what I hear it is hit or miss on quality of it.

markush
March 8, 2012, 06:09 PM
The Frog skin wasn't at all difficult to work with. It took a little more to burnish the edges then cowhide or Elephant but it wasn't bad (I still haven't figured out how to burnish Ostrich yet).

The quality of my skins wasn't the greatest. They came to me with several rough patches where the "warts" or raised parts had lost their top layer. The rough spots stand out in my photos but it really doesn't look that bad in person. On the plus side they haven't gotten any worse through me working with it or wearing the holster for a couple of months now, so at least it seems durable. The skins weren't cheap and I used about 1 1/2 skins on that one holster (the belt loops are just over 2"x6" each). If I ever buy it again I would need to be certain of the quality I was getting.

You can see there is actually much more belt loop and therefore frog used on the back side.
http://i234.photobucket.com/albums/ee125/markush1/f164d3ba.jpg

AJumbo
March 11, 2012, 04:35 PM
A few from my bench; a Mexican loop holster for my Bisley Vaquero, and a Slim Jim for my '58 Remington repro-

http://i236.photobucket.com/albums/ff32/tonka1911/Mobile%20Uploads/0222121546a.jpg

The Bisley rig has some real, authentic trail dust on it, picked up while trail riding. It was my first attempt at a "real" holster, so I used some rather second-rate hide that was cut from too close to the belly, so the leather at the muzzle is pretty soft. Still, this rig has been all over Arizona, and copies of it see action at SASS matches.

The '58 rig is fairly new. I tried to keep it simple. The only decoration (hard to see in these awful cell phone pics) is two small oak leaf stampings and a double shadow line made with a stitching groover.

AJumbo
March 11, 2012, 04:42 PM
A thumb-break concealment rig for my girlfriend's Taurus snubbie-

http://i236.photobucket.com/albums/ff32/tonka1911/Mobile%20Uploads/0227121754a.jpg

I couldn't resist putting a a half-breed scoop on it, and the border stamping was the natural next step. Even with the strap attachment for the male end of the snap, the revolver re-holsters and re-snaps quite easily.

There's a lot of nice leather-bending on this thread, keep it coming!

Eaglestroker
May 2, 2012, 12:20 AM
Two new pieces for me to test drive. The Glock 36 is interesting, I call it lipstick on a pig, wore my prototype for a few weeks and didn't get the tip out I expected form such a high rise. In any case it's going to a local trainer for some R&D. The black rig is staying with me.

http://i961.photobucket.com/albums/ae95/Ssthis07GT/photo-2.jpg

smalls
May 2, 2012, 02:58 PM
Markish, do you have a website? That's great looking work.

gpwelding1
June 10, 2012, 06:31 PM
you guys,those are some beutiful holsters!!!
i just partialy finished a pocket holster for my model 1908 colt pocket .25,and started a cross draw for my m-43 firestar.
in order to finish them both i want to add skin i tanned from a HUGE copperhead i killed 4 years ago.
the problem i have is i dont know what to use to atach the snake skin to the leather.
any suggestions?
http://i1140.photobucket.com/albums/n577/gpwelding1/copperhead.jpg
i will have plenty to work with.it is 52" long 5 1/2"wide at the center.

Eaglestroker
June 10, 2012, 06:35 PM
Lay out a pattern for your overlay, scuff up some veg tan and glue them together. Then sew that on top, then you should be able to awl your holes as usual.

gpwelding1
June 10, 2012, 06:46 PM
ok,i know this is going to sound dumb.but what is veg tan?im new at this and have no idea what it is.

Eaglestroker
June 10, 2012, 08:03 PM
You know the leather that your making your holster out of? The good stuff, and what every maker uses, is vegetable tanned. There are different methods of tanning but they can do harm to the finish on your gun and should be avoided. Use a piece of whatever leather you have as a backing for the snake. You just wanted to thicken the skin up enough to make it usable. You can sand or skive some of the thickness out depending on the weight of leather you have on hand. You can also do what is called an inlay, here is an example of each from google:

Inlay:

http://i961.photobucket.com/albums/ae95/Ssthis07GT/xdgator-1.jpg

Overlay:

http://i961.photobucket.com/albums/ae95/Ssthis07GT/W6629SI_MG_9139.jpg

If you to an inlay you basically use two pieces of leather, if it is a pancake style holster that means 4 total pieces. You cut a 'window' out for your inlay and don't forget to burnish your edges before assembly.

centermass
July 28, 2012, 12:17 PM
I initially started to figure out leatherwork by making a sheath for a kit knife I made (also in these pics). When I was shopping for a slide holster for my Taurus TCP, I couldn't justify spending $35-$40 for one, when I had extra leather and supplies laying around after the sheath project. With a little know-how, some patience, and some free time in front of the TV, I made this one. I experimented with white thread for the stitching on this one. It didn't turn out like I expected, but I'm still satisfied with the results. It's comfortable, holds the firearm high, and retains well.

Vern Humphrey
July 29, 2012, 08:28 AM
Making holsters and similar gear is like handloading -- you get more and better products as well as an enjoyable activity.

Loosenock
July 30, 2012, 08:08 PM
Some really nice rigs have been posted here.

Here is one I made for my Glock 17. It is made from a single piece of leather, folded and wet formed. No stitching, no glues. Just a folded piece of leather. Nearly hard as Kydex.

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y220/loosenock/G17holster001.jpg

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y220/loosenock/G17holster002.jpg

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y220/loosenock/G17holster003.jpg

'loose

JustSomeDude
July 30, 2012, 08:34 PM
Interesting, how does it attach to your belt?

Loosenock
July 30, 2012, 08:44 PM
You can probably see it best in the middle picture. When the section that is formed around the pistol is pushed through the first slot, under the backing, and backout the second slot it forms the loop for the belt.

loose

Loosenock
July 30, 2012, 09:15 PM
Here is a couple of more pictures.

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y220/loosenock/holsterdetail005.jpg

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y220/loosenock/holsterdetail004.jpg

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y220/loosenock/holsterdetail002.jpg

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y220/loosenock/holsterdetail001.jpg

loose

JagerRanger
July 30, 2012, 09:28 PM
I've made a couple, just finished #10 today. You won't see #1 but here's

#2
http://i234.photobucket.com/albums/ee125/markush1/8568afef.jpg


They're all beautiful and great photos.

Congratulations.

JustSomeDude
July 31, 2012, 11:03 PM
Here is a couple of more pictures.

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y220/loosenock/holsterdetail005.jpg

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y220/loosenock/holsterdetail004.jpg

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y220/loosenock/holsterdetail002.jpg

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y220/loosenock/holsterdetail001.jpg

loose
Ok, now I get it. Very clever design.

25cschaefer
August 2, 2012, 07:23 PM
Here is one I just whipped up today, I only had some heavy chrome tanned scraps so it isn't as good as if I would have had some veg tanned. I think it'll work though; I plan on puting an elastic string and button as a retainer. Watch out squirrels!

http://i1249.photobucket.com/albums/hh518/25cschaefer/P8020173.jpg

http://i1249.photobucket.com/albums/hh518/25cschaefer/P8020172.jpg

TAKtical
August 16, 2012, 07:06 PM
See my thread in the buy/sell/trade accessories section.

TAKtical
September 20, 2012, 02:34 PM
http://i1266.photobucket.com/albums/jj536/gunsandgearguy/Snapbucket/DB05F0CA_zps704833d0.jpg

leatherworker
September 21, 2012, 09:27 AM
Looks very nice, I don't mean to be critical as I know you take a lot of pride in your work and you sell these but why doesn't it cover the trigger completely. It looks like the trigger is exposed. Otherwise it looks very nice.

steelhawk
September 21, 2012, 09:51 AM
I made this up not long ago the the M&P Shield.

http://www.bearriverholsters.com/sm_IwbBlkMah.jpg

TAKtical
September 21, 2012, 10:18 AM
The trigger is in the fired or safe position. When a round is chambered the trigger is not exposed. I dont have holsters pre-made and in stock. My holsters are made to customer specifications. Some request more or less coverage, sweat shields, etc. Many times a customer will show me a picture of a holster and say "I want something like this".

Eaglestroker
September 21, 2012, 05:08 PM
This one turned out pretty well, for a 6.5" N-framed Smith.

http://i961.photobucket.com/albums/ae95/Ssthis07GT/Rons_Belt2_zps03c8233a.jpg

Marc257
September 21, 2012, 07:27 PM
Here's a kydex holster I made for a Kahr. Convertible from IWB tuckable, to OWB.

Eaglestroker
December 20, 2012, 10:08 PM
Here's a pretty nice one I finished this week.

http://i961.photobucket.com/albums/ae95/Ssthis07GT/DSC_0305_zps7097e88a.jpg

dhcustomwork
December 20, 2012, 10:54 PM
Here's a few of my recent works.

Straight draw & cross draw rig built for twin Ruger Single Sixes:
http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e10/ashlea30/photo-151.jpg

Cross draw for a S&W 32 Lemon squeezer:
http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e10/ashlea30/photo-159.jpg

Up front IWB prototype for an XD45:
http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e10/ashlea30/photo-199.jpg

Double 1911 SOB w/ custom "tattoo" tooling:
http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e10/ashlea30/photo-187.jpg

Custom one-off 1911 "engraved slide" OWB:
http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e10/ashlea30/photo-143.jpg

Wingman IWB w/ caiman trim & straps for Colt Commander 1911:
http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e10/ashlea30/photo-145.jpg

dhcustomwork
January 3, 2013, 05:02 PM
Here's a pair for a 1921 4" & a 1923 6" Colt Police Positive:

http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e10/ashlea30/photo-1048.jpg

Haystacker
January 4, 2013, 10:14 PM
My "Old School" thumb break holster for my Smith and Wesson model 36 Chief's Special.

Eaglestroker
January 5, 2013, 11:44 AM
I really, really like that Haystacker. Nice work.

Theholybull
January 6, 2013, 10:09 PM
Made some Holsters today, I'm so dang tickled with them I gotta show them off.
http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/543876_383812841708062_115810170_n.jpg
http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/543876_383812845041395_434573360_n.jpg

http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/270357_383878738368139_530295797_n.jpg
http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc6/270357_383878735034806_258164547_n.jpg

both are for the mares leg. What do Ye'all think?

Haystacker
January 7, 2013, 07:52 PM
Looks good. I like the design.

Sam Cade
January 8, 2013, 12:13 AM
Double 1911 SOB w/ custom "tattoo" tooling:

The "tramp stamp" holster?

That is hilarious. :D

Armatus
January 11, 2013, 09:43 PM
Sorry for the size of the pictures :what: I don't know how to resize them.

Anyways, here are some of my holsters.

http://i1215.photobucket.com/albums/cc516/b7tac/iwb_zps2f6d6e5a.jpg

http://i1215.photobucket.com/albums/cc516/b7tac/Leatherman_zpsfcba312d.jpg

http://i1215.photobucket.com/albums/cc516/b7tac/Comparison_zpsc708a6b5.jpg

http://i1215.photobucket.com/albums/cc516/b7tac/IMG_7440_zps8304752a.jpg

dhcustomwork
January 17, 2013, 12:00 PM
Cowboy rig - straight & cross draw.

http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e10/ashlea30/474FFA3A-85B3-41F3-B31A-51306E3FBF5E-908-000000D995D685EA.jpg

wally247
February 25, 2013, 12:42 PM
My first.
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f223/74_ironhead/IMG_2870_zpsf363c3b5.jpg

and my second
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f223/74_ironhead/IMG_2879_zps93a341ec.jpg

This is turning out to be quite a hobby. Great way to pass a South Dakota winter though!

robowo
March 12, 2013, 08:26 PM
Some of my recent work.

1st pic - Ruger LCR 357 Magnum OWB
2nd pic - Ruger SP101 357 Magnum
3rd pic - Ruger Vaquero 45 Colt Crossdraw
4th pic - Ruger Single Ten

robowo
March 12, 2013, 08:40 PM
Some more of my recent work.

1st pic - Ruger GP100 4" 357 Magnum OWB
2ndpic - Ruger GP100 6" 357 Magnum
3rdpic - Ruger GP100 6" Scoped 357 Magnum
4th pic - Bandolier
The bandolier is primarily used for hunting and range use. Both GP100 6" holsters will attach to the bandolier. So will the Vaquero and Single Ten holsters in my previous post. It was originally made specifically for the Scoped GP100 as this revolver weighs 59 ounces with the scope. I use it this way for deer hunting and also switch over to the Single Ten holster for hunting rabbits and tree rats (squirrels). It is versatile and has 8 inches of adjustability built in for wear over a heavy coat or by people of different sizes.

dhcustomwork
March 14, 2013, 06:24 PM
If you're gonna carry a 1903; you might as well do it in style.


http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e10/ashlea30/new%20pics/image_zpsdac9cee7.jpg

http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e10/ashlea30/new%20pics/image_zps4c72e0f1.jpg

http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e10/ashlea30/new%20pics/image_zps035072e5.jpg

bigfatdave
March 15, 2013, 08:32 PM
If you're gonna carry a 1903; you might as well do it in style.
NICE!
You forgot the 1903 silver dimes

Vern Humphrey
March 15, 2013, 09:46 PM
I like it, but next time consider bringing up the leather back until it completely covers the gun butt. That way, when you carry IWB the whole pistol is protected against contact with your skin, sweat, etc. and you skin from abrasion by the gun butt.

You also want to have a cam -- a leather button or ledge that engages the safety lock and keeps it positively engaged.

dhcustomwork
March 16, 2013, 10:13 AM
Thanks guys! The coin shop was closed. They will be added soon. :)

Interesting suggestion on a full coverage back. Never considered it. This one is so comfortable at the 4-4:30 position. Didn't notice the pistol ever touching my skin. With the form molding, that safety isn't moving while holstered. I vac molded it with the safety engaged.



Good to have options:

http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e10/ashlea30/new%20pics/image_zpsa7dcfec8.jpg

http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e10/ashlea30/new%20pics/image_zpsb666bf1f.jpg

http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e10/ashlea30/new%20pics/image_zps9ed6c773.jpg

Eaglestroker
March 17, 2013, 03:36 PM
686 6":

http://i961.photobucket.com/albums/ae95/Ssthis07GT/Leather/2-17-13/IMG_3452_zps203e22f4.jpg

Glock 23:

http://i961.photobucket.com/albums/ae95/Ssthis07GT/Leather/2-17-13/IMG_3460_zps7a75fdf2.jpg

S&W 3" k frame

http://i961.photobucket.com/albums/ae95/Ssthis07GT/Leather/2-26-13/IMG_3514_zpsd2e87fc0.jpg

Ruger SBH:

http://i961.photobucket.com/albums/ae95/Ssthis07GT/Leather/3-3-13/3_zps969df6ed.jpg

5" 1911:

http://i961.photobucket.com/albums/ae95/Ssthis07GT/Leather/1-29-13/5_zps5cad3ae0.jpg

nyc71
April 21, 2013, 07:49 PM
To keep this thread going here's one taken with my crappy cellphone. I mad this for a friend
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