Recent holsters - RKBA


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GunNut
March 11, 2012, 08:34 PM
Busy lately building holsters and thought I'd share a few of my recent builds.

Kahr K9 - OWB/IWB Convertible Holster

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v655/stmcelroy/Holsters/004.jpg

Colt 1911 5" - OWB/IWB Convertible with Belt Loops and Pull the Dot Snaps(Horse Hide)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v655/stmcelroy/Holsters/IMG_9736.jpg

Colt Detective Special - High Ride OWB Holster (Horse Hide)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v655/stmcelroy/Holsters/IMG_9738.jpg

Glock 19 Clear "kydex" OWB Holster

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v655/stmcelroy/Kydex%20Holsters/IMG_9650.jpg

S&W M&P kydex OWB Holster

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v655/stmcelroy/Kydex%20Holsters/MP-1.jpg

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hariph creek
March 13, 2012, 08:46 PM
I have the the 1911 and Detective Special holsters pictured above. I mean literally those are pictures of the holsters Steve made for me. He also made me a few other pieces.
His work is exceptionaly well done. He's also a great guy to deal with.
I can't recommend him highly enough.
I look forward to putting them through their paces.

Thanks, again!

GunNut
March 14, 2012, 12:05 AM
I have the the 1911 and Detective Special holsters pictured above. I mean literally those are pictures of the holsters Steve made for me. He also made me a few other pieces.
His work is exceptionaly well done. He's also a great guy to deal with.
I can't recommend him highly enough.
I look forward to putting them through their paces.

Thanks, again!
Thank you!

Great working with you on the holsters.

GunNut
March 28, 2012, 07:04 PM
Here are some more that I've finished lately.

Glock 21SF w/Surefire X300 - Urban Digital Camo

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v655/stmcelroy/Kydex%20Holsters/521895_403146446363403_100000041537720_25989895_1597625213_n.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v655/stmcelroy/Kydex%20Holsters/IMG_9773.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v655/stmcelroy/Kydex%20Holsters/IMG_9770.jpg

Caracal C - Urban Digital Camo

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v655/stmcelroy/Kydex%20Holsters/530895_400141619997219_100000041537720_25980953_829399228_n.jpg

Horse hide OWB holster for S&W K-frame 4" .357mag, very heavy leather.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v655/stmcelroy/Holsters/IMG_9649.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v655/stmcelroy/Holsters/IMG_9774.jpg

On the belt prior to putting the sealant on it.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v655/stmcelroy/Holsters/538229_403166733028041_100000041537720_25989924_1111631490_n.jpg

rswartsell
March 28, 2012, 07:35 PM
I just bought a Detective Special on Gunbroker for CC, and that holster looks like just the ticket. I also have a 2" Colt Lawman .357. What kind of price would you quote for cooking up a match for the Lawman?

GunNut
March 28, 2012, 08:15 PM
I just bought a Detective Special on Gunbroker for CC, and that holster looks like just the ticket. I also have a 2" Colt Lawman .357. What kind of price would you quote for cooking up a match for the Lawman?
Sent you a PM.

rswartsell
March 28, 2012, 09:59 PM
I'm in for the Colt Detective Special - High Ride OWB Holster (Horse Hide) pictured above. I like the idea of the frame coverage up to the grips, I'm thinking it will break up "printing" a bit.

I'll be back to this when I've had a chance to work with it a bit. So far looks good!

I'm excited.:D

GunNut
March 28, 2012, 10:14 PM
I'm in for the Colt Detective Special - High Ride OWB Holster (Horse Hide) pictured above. I like the idea of the frame coverage up to the grips, I'm thinking it will break up "printing" a bit.

I'll be back to this when I've had a chance to work with it a bit. So far looks good!

I'm excited.:D
Can't wait to get your holster to you.

Thanks,
Steve

rswartsell
March 30, 2012, 09:42 PM
Damn, that 1911 holster just above it keeps looking good for my Kimber too.....so many toys, so little drachmas.

GunNut
March 30, 2012, 10:15 PM
Damn, that 1911 holster just above it keeps looking good for my Kimber too.....so many toys, so little drachmas.
I understand that.

Luckily I don't have to buy any holsters:evil:

GunNut
April 3, 2012, 01:39 AM
New holster for my M&P 9mm with threaded barrel today.

Forest Digital Camo :evil:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v655/stmcelroy/Kydex%20Holsters/IMG_9790.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v655/stmcelroy/Kydex%20Holsters/IMG_9788.jpg

rswartsell
May 4, 2012, 08:10 PM
OK so I had Gun Nut (RKBA Holsters at http://rkbaholsters.com/) build for me the Colt Detective Special - High Ride OWB Holster (Horse Hide) pictured above and received a week and a day ago. Ordered March 28 so custom holster delivered in under a month.

The first thing I noted was just how stiff the holster seemed out of the box, the second thing I noticed was the exceptionally heavy and precise stitching. This holster just screamed substantial and solid.

I have never owned a horse hide holster before, but I am already sold on it's properties for quality holster building. Fitting the Detective Special into the holster for the first few times was also gratifying. The "boning" or molding of the holster was performed very well and I could anticipate immediately that I would experience a secure yet "easy enough" to present from the holster draw.

It felt initially that the holster was stiff and rigid enough that it might put unnecessary wear on the finish of the recently purchased 36 year old Colt revolver. This proved to be a superfluous concern as the holster with a solid weekend of work loosened a bit and the precision of the "boning" became apparent. This bad boy grips enough for a solid sense of security, spits the iron out on demand with a bit of discovery and practice, and makes contact wear where necessary and desirable and not a bit more. This is going to be a love match.

The somewhat unusual design with a full coverage profile with the grip only exposed is working as I hoped to break up "printing" even with attire appropriate for the Louisiana heat. I mostly worked with a tucked in T shirt and an unbuttoned "Hawaian" short sleeve and felt perfectly concealed carrying at 4 o'clock and crossdraw at 10 or 11.

I asked specifically for "sweat guard" treatment (as I said, it's Louisiana Bubba), and I do not yet know whether this contributed to the initial stiffness and don't yet know what to do about "wet forming" with a platic bag or possible leather treatments to grant the piece some suppleness.

I feel that asking Gun Nut to provide some guidance on these issues will complete a lifelong success in need for a CCW DS holster. I feel good enough about this holster that I am going to order immediately the Colt 1911 5" - OWB/IWB Convertible with Belt Loops and Pull the Dot Snaps(Horse Hide) for my Kimber with complete confidence.

I think these holsters are a rare bargain.

rswartsell
May 4, 2012, 11:34 PM
BTT

GunNut
May 4, 2012, 11:44 PM
Glad you like the holster.

I did the sweat guard with matching front piece to help keep the gun in place in place of using some kind of thumb strap. The sweat guard on back also helps to protect the gun from body fluids.

The holster will wear in with use, but the horsehide will not absorb fluids like cow hide can.

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