Home made holster for Ruger .44 mag.


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Loosenock
March 18, 2011, 12:10 PM
Finally got around to making a holster for my Ruger Bisley Vaquero .44 mag. I thought a Mexican loop holster would be appropriate for this revovler.

The Mexican loop holster is made from a single piece of leather.

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y220/loosenock/comboleather001.jpg

Heres a couple of pics of the finished holster.

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y220/loosenock/comboleather002.jpg

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y220/loosenock/comboleather006.jpg

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y220/loosenock/comboleather007.jpg

The Bisquero is half of my combo guns in .44 mag. The other being a Marlin 1894 in same caliber.

Commentsa appreciated, thanks.

'Loose

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NMGonzo
March 18, 2011, 12:46 PM
WOW!

Johnonthebass
March 18, 2011, 12:48 PM
That looks great. Good job!

Jeb21
March 18, 2011, 01:19 PM
That is a very nice holster. Great job.

Remllez
March 18, 2011, 04:40 PM
Loosenock,

You done good!! It is what I would call period correct and fits in with the lever gun very well...you should feel proud. I've never attempted to make a holster but you have piqued my interest.

bamabiker
March 18, 2011, 10:43 PM
Simple but effective, I like it. Goes good with those guns.

jgiehl
March 28, 2011, 03:30 AM
That's pretty dang slick!!

Ruger GP100 fan
March 28, 2011, 10:12 AM
Just curious how you came up with the design of the one-piece you started out with. Did you find the pattern somewhere,purchase the leather pre-cut or is it your own original design? I want a holster for my 6" GP 100 and kinda like the idea of making it myself,though it's been over 45 years since the one time I made something out of leather and that was just a simple junior high school project. Any stitching would have to be by hand if I did make one.
By the way,I think your holster looks great. I'd be very pleased if I could make one anywhere near as fine.

bamabiker
March 28, 2011, 10:37 AM
I can't speak for anyone else but what I do is use a yellow office file folder to make my pattern. Cut it out and staple it together to see if it's about what I want then trace it onto the leather. If I mess up a folder it's no big deal.
http://i286.photobucket.com/albums/ll108/bamabiker1159/Holsters%20and%20leather%20work/FAPictures351.jpg
http://i286.photobucket.com/albums/ll108/bamabiker1159/Holsters%20and%20leather%20work/FAPictures357.jpg
A couple I've made. Do all my stitching by hand.

Ruger GP100 fan
March 28, 2011, 10:53 AM
I can't speak for anyone else but what I do is use a yellow office file folder to make my pattern. Cut it out and staple it together to see if it's about what I want then trace it onto the leather. If I mess up a folder it's no big deal.

Nice work. I gotta think the satisfaction of making your own holster would be somewhat like having loaded your own ammo...something I enjoy very much. A couple of months ago my son and I took my 22-250 (he'd never shot it) to the range,but at the time I had no reloads and had to buy new. Just wasn't the same. It was kinda like I was shooting someone else's gun.

doubleh
March 28, 2011, 11:59 AM
Nice looing work, everyone. I also make my own holsters. I though I would throw in a couple of pictures but can't find them on this computer. I guess I haven't transferred them from the old one yet.

swcr
March 28, 2011, 02:02 PM
Just curious how you came up with the design of the one-piece you started out with. Did you find the pattern somewhere,purchase the leather pre-cut or is it your own original design? I want a holster for my 6" GP 100 and kinda like the idea of making it myself,though it's been over 45 years since the one time I made something out of leather and that was just a simple junior high school project. Any stitching would have to be by hand if I did make one.
By the way,I think your holster looks great. I'd be very pleased if I could make one anywhere near as fine.
If you're interested in learning to make your own holsters I highly recommend that you buy this book. It's $13 well spent. It has instructions on making a pattern from your gun, sewing your holster together, various retention straps, etc.
http://www.tandyleatherfactory.com/home/department/Books-Patterns/6055-00.aspx

For information on making concealed carry type holsters as well as general leather working information you should visit the holster forum at Leatherworker.net
http://leatherworker.net/forum/index.php?showforum=29

I have been making holsters for 15 years and with a little practice it isn't that hard to make a nice looking holster.

Ruger Bearcat cross draw
http://i675.photobucket.com/albums/vv114/etsoppe/RugerBearcat4.jpg

Sig P228
http://i675.photobucket.com/albums/vv114/etsoppe/SigSauerP228OWB1.jpg

5" 1911 with ostrich leg inlay
http://i675.photobucket.com/albums/vv114/etsoppe/5inch1911IWB-OWBwithostrichleginlay.jpg

Ruger GP100 fan
March 28, 2011, 07:14 PM
If you're interested in learning to make your own holsters I highly recommend that you buy this book. It's $13 well spent. It has instructions on making a pattern from your gun, sewing your holster together, various retention straps, etc.
http://www.tandyleatherfactory.com/home/department/Books-Patterns/6055-00.aspx

For information on making concealed carry type holsters as well as general leather working information you should visit the holster forum at Leatherworker.net
http://leatherworker.net/forum/index.php?showforum=29

I have been making holsters for 15 years and with a little practice it isn't that hard to make a nice looking holster.

Thank you very much,swcr. Great looking holsters,too!

Ruger GP100 fan
March 28, 2011, 07:18 PM
Isn't there a way of stressing leather (I've heard that native American women chewed the leather to soften it. No disrespect intended...I have significant NA blood on both sides of my family.) to make it more pliable? Wooden mallet or such?

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