A Question For Holster Makers


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ATBackPackin
July 24, 2011, 03:07 PM
So as the title states I have a question about making holsters. I am making my maiden attempt in holster making. I THINK I have most of the basics covered, however..........


My question is this, is there a formula or method for determining how far out to stitch the outline of the gun itself?


From the research I have done, most seem to say a half an inch. The thing worries me is that the gun I am making this holster for is a Kahr and I am thinking that would be too much, but I don't want to just guesstimate. So is there a formula using the width of the slide to determine how far out to stitch?

Thanks
Shawn

After I am done I will post a pic and while I can take and welcome constructive criticism, please be gentle. ;)

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Lonerider357
July 24, 2011, 08:41 PM
1/2" should work, trial and error!

gpr
July 25, 2011, 12:51 AM
error on the side of tight....wet and streach

swcr
July 25, 2011, 11:56 AM
1/2 the width of the gun plus the thickness of the leather

possum
July 25, 2011, 04:54 PM
I would love to help you but I do work in kydex only. good luck in your endeavors.

Vern Humphrey
July 25, 2011, 05:02 PM
My question is this, is there a formula or method for determining how far out to stitch the outline of the gun itself?

The holster stitching should follow the outline of the gun, about 1/4" to 1/2" outside the gun's limits. I like to go 1/4" and use a welt -- a piece of leather sandwiched between the inner and outer parts of the holster. Then wet the holster -- you can use alcohol, but I find soaking the holster in warm water until it's floppy soft, then wrapping the gun in Saran Wrap and thrusting it into the holster is best.

Bone the holster with a toothbrush handle or similar implement to get that crisp outline, then pull the gun out and let it dry.

Check the gun for moisture and run an oiled rag over it, just in case.

swcr
July 25, 2011, 05:03 PM
You will find all knife of holster making tips and answers to just about any leather working questions at leatherworking.net

http://leatherworker.net/forum/index.php?showforum=29

ATBackPackin
July 26, 2011, 10:44 AM
Wow, thanks for all the great info. I will let you know how it turns out.

I'm sure I will have more questions after completing it, but I want to try as much as possible on my own.

Thanks
Shawn

Harry in OH
July 29, 2011, 11:44 AM
Maybe you've already seen this...?
http://www.shanewhitlock.com/photo/v/leather/holsters/tut/

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