What holsters should I make?


September 11, 2012, 07:06 AM
Ive been making hybrid IWB and all kydex OWB holsters for a while now. Ive been selling some in the for sale section. My question is what guns should I start making holsters for? Ive mostly been making holsters for glocks and 1911's and I will start making them for XD's and M&P's this month. (just ordered the blue guns) So whats next? FN? Sig? Revolvers? Please list make and model if you have a suggestion. Thanks.

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September 11, 2012, 08:18 AM
milsurp stuff
forget the blue guns, just get the real thing

CZ vz.52 & 82
Tokarev and variants
Walther P.1/P.38

September 11, 2012, 09:24 AM
Lol. Everyone uses blue guns to make holsters. I dont have thousands to spend on guns I dont want just to make and sell $40 holsters.

September 11, 2012, 09:32 AM
J Frame

That would be some of the ones I would think there is a market for.

September 11, 2012, 10:10 AM
Thanks dab

September 11, 2012, 10:18 AM
+1 for LCP/LC9

September 11, 2012, 12:12 PM
Consider offering to make custom holsters, and charging a little more, of course.

There are guns out there for which few makers offer in-stock holsters because the number of people who would buy them is too low to justify having the holsters in inventory. This is five times more true for LH versions for common guns, and 20 times more true for LH version of uncommon ones.

Those of us who are LH and own a less common carry gun are always "making do" with something close. There is a niche market here, especially for someone who can make a properly fitting kydex holster.

September 11, 2012, 09:59 PM
J frames for sure...

That's my next project after I build another SR holster or two.

September 11, 2012, 10:10 PM
Can you get a blue gun for those surplus handguns?

You'd be filling a niche, because very few holster makers bother. For those of us who might like to OC a conversation starter, your $40 holster would be one of very few options

September 11, 2012, 10:15 PM
TAK I think you are on the right path. Stick to those high volume guns, but may want to lean toward,the small CCW guns. Instill really enjoy mine. Hope you saw my review last week!

Texan Scott
September 11, 2012, 10:16 PM
TAK, if TX ever goes open carry, ima need a holster for a 4" .357 (model tbd) with matching belt, speed loader pouch (2fer) and smartphone case... start thinking about phone cases, mkay?

September 12, 2012, 02:36 AM
M3mhog no i didnt where is it? And beatledog its funny you mentioned LH because one of the main reasons I started making holsters is because my brothers and I are all left handed. Its nearly impossible to find good LH holsters in a shop. You almost always have to order something online. Dave I found a blue gun tokarev so I will work on getting that. Main problem I have with stuff like that is the $60 blue gun to make a $40 holster. I'll pick one up in the next couple months.

September 12, 2012, 09:58 PM
Nobody is making holsters for subcompacts with a light installed. I just ordered a custom leather one from a local maker for a XD9 subcompact with a X2.

September 12, 2012, 10:21 PM
I'd probably take a couple holsters for an M&P Shield when I get one if you're offering them.

How about mag pouches? I'm in the market for a couple (for a couple different guns) and I'd rather my money went to another THR member than a big company.

I think if you go for the concealed carry market, you can't really go wrong...

Chris "the Kayak-Man" Johnson

September 12, 2012, 10:47 PM
Kahr K and MK series.
Sig P220 Full Size and Carry.

September 13, 2012, 12:54 AM
The FN crowd is SCREAMING for holsters, they are always making due with ones made for other guns. Hint................LH FNX :)

September 13, 2012, 04:14 AM
Thanks bob. Ive had numerous requests for FN holsters, the problem is that there are no blue guns available for the models requested.

September 13, 2012, 11:19 AM
Smith and Wesson Model 10 2"inch barrel. K and L frame revolvers.

September 13, 2012, 04:06 PM
Having a good kydex option for 4" S&W K-frames would be nice. There's a TON of holsters out there for those guns but 99% of them are leather (because the revolver crowd is often more inclined that way :)). It does leave the field lacking though for those of us wanting a rigid holster. Aside from some very expensive options its basically down to Fobus (which I just can't stand).

Other than that, the Walther P-38/P-1 would be nice. No prominent kydex options there either.

That's the type of stuff I'd like to see. Just IMHO, the competition is stiff if you're making for things like Glock, M&P, etc. Have them available for sure, but there are a lot of people out there wanting niche holsters that will pay for them.

September 13, 2012, 06:19 PM
Dave I found a blue gun tokarev so I will work on getting that. Main problem I have with stuff like that is the $60 blue gun to make a $40 holster. I'll pick one up in the next couple months.I suppose I'll have to put my money where my mouth is on that one
Put me down for one so long as it will work for a Yugo Tokarev, I can send pictures to confirm.

September 14, 2012, 03:30 PM
TAKtical, where do you live? If we're close enough maybe we can work out a "blue gun exchange".

I buy Blue Guns when possible unless I already own the pistol. I also try to buy the newest guns on the market so I can get to production right away making the hot models. It's expensive but if I time it right I can have the gun paid for in a few weeks. I'll be lisitng a line for the Springfield XD-s 3.3 45acp on Gunbroker this weekend.

el indio
September 19, 2012, 05:13 PM
Hey TAKtical, I too make holsters and other leather goods for firearm owners. I don't know where you buy your blue guns. I bought blue guns from Blackwater Tactical.us/ for $37.99 each. I bought two and shipping was $4.95 and no tax. I live in South Carolina and received them in about a week. I also left and right hand strong side and crossdraw holsters mainly for revolvers. Hope this helps.

September 19, 2012, 09:02 PM
I had a heck of a time finding one for a third generation S&W. Had to have one custom made and I'm still waiting for the brown truck to show up.
I'd like to have one made for my GP 100

September 19, 2012, 10:01 PM
Tak, there is a serious dearth in Sig P210 holster makers. So much so that I have given up and figure, I will have to make my own. You asked.

September 21, 2012, 02:34 AM
I have thought about it a lot, done some research, and ordered these blue guns this week.
1.) M&P
2.) XD
3.) M&P shield
4.) LCP
5.) Sig P226
Looking for a j frame, an FN and a CZ but no luck yet.

September 21, 2012, 02:55 AM
List price, but they have them in stock and free shipping, you'll probably have them late next week.

CZ 1 (http://www.amazon.com/Rings-Blue-Guns-Training-Weighted/dp/B007RJRJJM/ref=sr_1_212?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1348210052&sr=1-212&keywords=bluegun)

CZ 2 (http://www.amazon.com/Rings-Blue-Guns-Compact-Training/dp/B007RJQLY6/ref=sr_1_270?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1348210129&sr=1-270&keywords=bluegun)

J 1 (http://www.amazon.com/Rings-Blue-Frame-2-Inch-Training/dp/B007RJQQQY/ref=sr_1_1?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1348210447&sr=1-1&keywords=bluegun+J)

J 2 (http://www.amazon.com/Rings-Training-Weighted-Frame-2-Inch/dp/B007RJRZAU/ref=sr_1_2?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1348210447&sr=1-2&keywords=bluegun+J)

J 3 (http://www.amazon.com/Rings-Blue-Model-60-3-Inch-Training/dp/B007RJQR1I/ref=sr_1_222?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1348210080&sr=1-222&keywords=bluegun)

September 21, 2012, 04:09 AM
Im in no hurry to pay that much. Blackhawk makes a j frame that im going to order for $27. The others will have to wait a while

September 21, 2012, 07:48 PM
I would probably be interested in and owb for a m&p9c if you could offer it

September 22, 2012, 04:00 PM
I would love to have a comfortable IWB holster for a 4" K frame Smith, and I'm sure there are many more like me out there.

September 22, 2012, 04:43 PM
Thanks doc. Im looking for a k frame. I'll shoot you a PM if I find one

September 22, 2012, 06:15 PM
Starting october 1st I will be offering IWB hybrids for the following,
1.) springfield xd
2.) s&w m&p
3.) s&w m&p shield
4.) sig 226
5.) ruger lcp
6.) k frame revolvers
7.) j frame revolvers
8.) all glock models
9.) most 1911 models

September 22, 2012, 08:13 PM
If the smith with cover full size 40 put me down for one, and a mag carrier. Message me your address and I will get some money off to ya. Do you think you might be getting a XD sub compact anytime soon??.

October 12, 2012, 08:56 PM
I'd like to see a Colt Detective Special/Cobra hybrid.

October 12, 2012, 10:37 PM
Dave I found a blue gun tokarev so I will work on getting that. Main problem I have with stuff like that is the $60 blue gun to make a $40 holster. I'll pick one up in the next couple months. was thinking about this earlier ... got the Tok blue gun yet and/or know if it is compatible with a Yugo M57?

October 13, 2012, 05:29 PM
I forgot about that one. I will order it tonight. It is compatible with the M57

October 13, 2012, 05:39 PM
A weak side holster that houses one magazine for the primary weapon and a LCP/P3AT/BG380 right behind it.

Note: Last time I made this suggestion a bunch of people posted links for a holster that has the LCP/P3AT/BG380 and a magazine for one of those pistols. That is NOT what I'm talking about, read please.

October 13, 2012, 05:45 PM
Jon, do you mean an IWB mag carrier for your primary gun that is also a holster for an LCP as a backup gun?

October 13, 2012, 09:35 PM
jon - this is as close as I've come to that, I tried it for fit once and found it amusing enough to take a picture of


That's a tucker gunleather double IWB mag carrier for 1911 magazines, with a NAA mini revolver stuffed in the aft mag slot

October 13, 2012, 09:37 PM
and I like the concept, as a purpose-built item

Something to hold a .45 mag in front, with a holster for a mousegun behind ... I'd use that, I use the second mag slot for a flashlight or oversize SAK half the time already, why not a BUG?

October 13, 2012, 09:43 PM
I would love to give that a try.

October 13, 2012, 10:25 PM
singlestack .45acp mag in front, Colt Mustang/SigP238 in back, perhaps?

no, the wrong-side safety lever on the 238 makes it a lousy left-hand gun

KelTec PF9 mag in front, P32 in back?
A bit closer, but the PF9 approaches BUG size, but takes up too much holster real-estate to have a mag carrier on the same leather backer.

October 14, 2012, 06:14 AM
I have a bunch of holsters to make this week but when I have some free time Im going to make a mag carrier/bug holster, a convertible holster, and another design that I have been working on.

The Tokarev has been ordered but it may take a couple weeks to get here.

October 15, 2012, 09:53 PM
Yup. Thats is pretty much what I'm talking about but much less bulky. Maybe kydex or a hybrid with belt loops. I think my LCP barely take up more room than a spare mag for a 1911 or expecially the double stack mags. Heck I wouldn't mind one for an LCP and a flashlight.

October 15, 2012, 10:03 PM
I could do that.

el indio
October 16, 2012, 04:37 PM
Hey tak, You need to check out thebluegunstore.com. His in NC and has almost all blue guns in stock. Hope this helps.

October 17, 2012, 02:17 AM
Yeah, Ive been getting my blue guns there lately. I wish they were a little faster though. Sometimes it takes weeks to get my blueguns from them.

October 22, 2012, 01:30 PM
My top requested holsters are guns that dummy guns don't exist of them. When I tell people I can make it, but I will need their gun 90% back out. Otherwise, you need to go wit

M&P compact, full size and shield
XDsc and I believe they call it combat
Glocks in all sizes
Various 1911's

If you can make those you can stay busy, and I charge $60 on up for holsters, takes too much work and time to sell a holster for $40. Standard pancakes go for $60, IWB go from 75 to $100+ depending what the customer wants, one guy wanted Elephant accents, cost him $130 because it cost me a small fortune for the elephant.

October 22, 2012, 02:51 PM
Sig sp2022?

October 22, 2012, 05:15 PM
Sig sp2022?
I personally will make a holster for any gun that rings makes a blue gun for with a 50% deposit if I don't already have the gun. I have been burned a few times since I don't take customers payment until I am ready/almost ready to ship on guns I bought blue guns for. I don't have an sp2022 but I am pretty sure rings has one.

tightgroup tiger
October 22, 2012, 07:51 PM
I have never been able to find a decent IWB holster for a 3 1/16" SP101.

All anyone has is for 2" barrels.

Please let me know if you ever make any of these.

October 22, 2012, 08:55 PM
I can make an IWB hybrid for sp101 and the sig 2022

October 22, 2012, 09:47 PM
Pretty sure I have a full size SP101 model gun, I only make leather holsters, no hybrids here.

October 23, 2012, 01:06 AM
Kcinnick, if you would like to sell some holsters, you can start a thread in the for sale section. That is not what this thread is about.

October 23, 2012, 01:54 AM
I didn't see one for the Browning Hi Power?

October 23, 2012, 07:58 AM
Kcinnick, if you would like to sell some holsters, you can start a thread in the for sale section. That is not what this thread is about.
Sorry boss, I was just Answering your question and other questions posed in this thread. I usually just browse THR, but there was a belt thread I just had to step in on. If you ever need anything just let me know. If you make your own clips I might be interested in ordering a few...dozen

October 25, 2012, 01:48 AM
Ordering a browning highpower, cz 75, xds, xdm, beretta 92, kahr pm9, and a ruger lc9

October 29, 2012, 06:48 AM
this is the new convertible style ive been working on

October 31, 2012, 12:48 PM
No one makes for the CZ series of pistols,,,
Practically no one at least.



November 1, 2012, 12:56 PM
Which CZ do you need a holster for?

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