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aarondhgraham
May 22, 2013, 12:39 PM
I didn't want to hijack another man's thread,,,
So I thought I would start another one.

I have a friend who inherited a S&W Model 15 from her Father-in-law,,,
It's a nickel plated commemorative for the Treasury Department,,,
I made her a holster so she could wear it at the pistol range,,,
This is my interpretation of a Tom Threepersons rig,,,
Shown with Morgana, my Model 67.

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=184337&stc=1&d=1369236893

Post some rigs you have made,,,
I always like to see other people's work.

Aarond

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Certaindeaf
May 22, 2013, 12:56 PM
Very nice.
I'll never forget my little brother and I out camping long ago (we were teenagers), me with my Hi-Power and some Safariland shoulder rig or something and him with his Ruger .22 heavy barrel with that huge undercut front sight.. and no holster. What a dummy.
He realized his failing and cut the legs off of his blue jeans and somehow fashioned some sort of holster with that denim and some fishing line or something. Yep.. it was lame as all get out but at least he didn't have to carry it around in his hands. The "draw" was something to behold.

CraigC
May 22, 2013, 02:01 PM
Nice work!

Boxhead
May 23, 2013, 06:02 AM
Very nice.

Craig,

Throw a shot of your latest, another nice piece of work.

bannockburn
May 23, 2013, 07:22 AM
aarondhgraham

A very nice interpretation of the classic Tom Threepersons design.

ASCTLC
May 23, 2013, 09:42 AM
I'll play :) I started making my own because I couldn't find one for my little Rossi .357 mag. And I can't afford an expensive "box-o-holsters" under my bed trying to find what fits me.

The SmartCarry type was because I couldn't bring myself to spend the money on that if I didn't like it, so I sat down to play with an old piece of denim and material I had around. I like the deep concealed for the Kahr but now can't spend the money on a SmartCarry because what I have works perfectly fine :)

That S&W 686 holster will get remade to the style of my shorter Rossi. Revos work better with one style and the semiautos with another style (as my G19 is).

I use black belt loops to blend in with the belt, not for some fasion style of the holster.

Certaindeaf
May 23, 2013, 12:53 PM
The first and only holster I ever made was for a Browning Hi-Power. I was around eighteen years old. I sewed a piece of denim on the/to the inside of a pair of Levi's.. 4:00 carry or so and canted like I like. It worked great.

aarondhgraham
May 23, 2013, 03:32 PM
Those are some very nice holsters my friend,,,
I like the deep molding you did on them.

I would love to see a picture of the denim holster being worn.

Aarond

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Certaindeaf
May 23, 2013, 03:41 PM
.I would love to see a picture of the denim holster being worn..
Invisible nothing to see. teehee

aarondhgraham
May 23, 2013, 03:42 PM
I made this rig for a young lady who works at my favorite watering hole,,,
Every year they have a costume contest and she wanted to go as Lara Croft,,,
So we went online and found a pair of Airsoft replicas of the HK's she wore in the movies.

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=184373&stc=1&d=1369334129

I had originally intended to make them cheap and dirty,,,
But those plastic pistols looked so cool,,,
I got a bit carried away.

The belt and holsters are lined with pigskin,,,
The buckle is an antique from around the late 1800's,,,
And the dragon designs I appropriated from a tattoo design website.

Basically it's a $400.00 dollar rig,,,
For $40.00 of plastic pistols.

She did take first place,,,
So it was worth it.

Post some more pics people,,,
I really want to see more of your work.

Aarond

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Certaindeaf
May 23, 2013, 03:45 PM
Yea, put that on your verdant flanks and show it off.

robowo
May 23, 2013, 10:46 PM
I started making holsters for Civil War re-enactors and have made my own ever since. I often want something very specific such as in the picture below.

http://i405.photobucket.com/albums/pp134/robowo/IMG_2075.jpg (http://s405.photobucket.com/user/robowo/media/IMG_2075.jpg.html)

* The scoped GP100, I wanted an open top holster for this one . It also has a 15 degree cant for cross draw.
* The 4" GP100 is my main concealed carry gun and I wanted a high rise with a cant for carry at the 4 o'clock position.
* For my Single Ten I wanted a old west style holster.
* My wife wanted a simple range holster for her SP101 .22
* I made the bandolier belt primarily for the scoped 6" GP100 as a hunting rig/range rig. There is 8" of adjustability in the length of the belt and the holster is attached with Chicago screws so it can be swapped out with the Single Ten holster for squirrel hunting.

http://i405.photobucket.com/albums/pp134/robowo/IMG_2085sm.jpg (http://s405.photobucket.com/user/robowo/media/IMG_2085sm.jpg.html)
http://i405.photobucket.com/albums/pp134/robowo/IMG_2106sm.jpg (http://s405.photobucket.com/user/robowo/media/IMG_2106sm.jpg.html)
http://i405.photobucket.com/albums/pp134/robowo/IMG_2114sm.jpg (http://s405.photobucket.com/user/robowo/media/IMG_2114sm.jpg.html)
http://i405.photobucket.com/albums/pp134/robowo/IMG_2025-1.jpg (http://s405.photobucket.com/user/robowo/media/IMG_2025-1.jpg.html)
http://i405.photobucket.com/albums/pp134/robowo/Bandolierfor1080high.jpg (http://s405.photobucket.com/user/robowo/media/Bandolierfor1080high.jpg.html)

ASCTLC
May 24, 2013, 10:36 AM
Thanks. Deep molding is the only retention method I use for IWB and OWB. Gun slides in with a snap in to position and just tight enough to retain should I fall half way down a mountain out here. The G19 is usually my everyday carry and the holster is starting to show a little wear after more than 3 years of use, and I carry every day. Pictures are showing it could use a little touch up.

Those LC style holsters of yours are awesome!

To see how the SmartCarry is worn/positioned go to their site and select "instructions" and "photos" http://smartcarry.com/

A lot of mixed reviews on this but for me I call it dangerously comfortable. Not because of the perceived danger of barrel position but because it is a little slower to draw than simple IWB 3:30-4:00 position. The Kahr P9 is as big and thick as I can carry in it though, the G19 no way! I'm not fat but certainly not skinny (5'11" 180 lbs) so the G19 is just too much. I can sit in the car all day in perfect comfort with that holster or go to a meeting and no one is the wiser - which is the primary benefit of such a holster method.

Andy

aarondhgraham
November 7, 2013, 01:50 PM
I made this for a young lady who I take shooting,,,
She recently graduated from Oklahoma State University.

http://aarondgraham.com/pics/SarahsNewRig-02-lr.jpg

I also made a belt with her date of graduation stamped in the back,,,
And a flap pouch for cartridges rather than cartridge loops.

I made the patter for this Texas Jock Strap holster,,,
From a picture in the book Packing Iron (http://www.amazon.com/Packing-Iron-Leather-Frontier-West/dp/0939549085/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1383846735&sr=8-1&keywords=packing+iron).

I couldn't find a nice used revolver for a reasonable price,,,
So I purchased a new Heritage revolver for her.

Please don't rag me about the Heritage,,, :neener:
It shoots to point of aim,,,
And she loves it.

Aarond

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ivankerley
November 7, 2013, 05:27 PM
for my Uberti 1860... hope to do more, ive got along way to go to ever consider myself a proper "holster maker" but i loved doing it
alot of great looking rigs in here
Regards
Gene

http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n161/IVAN_666_evil/IMG_0626_zps48d39baa.jpg

aarondhgraham
November 7, 2013, 05:36 PM
ive got along way to go to ever consider myself a proper "holster maker"

I must disagree my friend,,,
That Mexican Loop is very nice indeed.

I especially like the pattern you tooled into the body of the holster.

Nice work my friend,,,
Please post more of your work.

Aarond

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back40
November 7, 2013, 06:54 PM
some fine looking leather in this thread! nice job fellas.

ivankerley
November 7, 2013, 08:03 PM
thanks aarond! appreciate the kind words and encouragement
Gene

DT Guy
November 9, 2013, 03:11 PM
Can plastic play? :)
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y197/larry1096/SDC12406.jpg (http://s5.photobucket.com/user/larry1096/media/SDC12406.jpg.html)

Larry

bamabiker
November 10, 2013, 09:25 AM
I tried a couple of half flaps recently.
3" K frame
http://i286.photobucket.com/albums/ll108/bamabiker1159/Holsters%20and%20leather%20work/FAPictures1011_zps65ec7e26.jpg (http://s286.photobucket.com/user/bamabiker1159/media/Holsters%20and%20leather%20work/FAPictures1011_zps65ec7e26.jpg.html)
And a 4" N frame
http://i286.photobucket.com/albums/ll108/bamabiker1159/Holsters%20and%20leather%20work/FAPictures1009_zpsceade5a3.jpg (http://s286.photobucket.com/user/bamabiker1159/media/Holsters%20and%20leather%20work/FAPictures1009_zpsceade5a3.jpg.html)

ivankerley
November 10, 2013, 12:18 PM
Bamabiker, wow those are beautiful, excellent carving!
Gene

v8stang289
November 10, 2013, 07:02 PM
Here are a couple of holsters I've made. Nowhere near as nice as the ones on here. 1st is for a friends SAA clone, 2nd is for my 8 3/8 model 29. How do you guys get the dye so uniform? It always seems streaky/blotchy for me when I try to dye a holster.

http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg214/v8stang289/saaholster_zps4c15dc95.jpg


http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg214/v8stang289/29holster_zps12e90b04.jpg

ivankerley
November 10, 2013, 09:59 PM
Here are a couple of holsters I've made. Nowhere near as nice as the ones on here. 1st is for a friends SAA clone, 2nd is for my 8 3/8 model 29. How do you guys get the dye so uniform? It always seems streaky/blotchy for me when I try to dye a holster.
actually they look pretty good to me, what kinda leather and dye are you using?
bring your stitch line in a smidge, and adding a welt helps keeps from undo strain on your stitches and looks more professional.
Personally ive never had too much streaking, but i have had it on a few knife sheaths, its a pain, on those i just go with the flow and try for a more mottled/antique appearance, ive become good at covering my mistakes:D
hard to diagnose the problem your having without being there if ya know what i mean
Keep at it! your off to a solid start
Gene

v8stang289
November 10, 2013, 10:26 PM
I'm using 7-9 oz vegetable tanned cow hide. For dye I have used Fiebing's and Tandy. Tandy dye seemed to cover more evenly with less blotching/streaking than the Fiebing's.

DT Guy
November 11, 2013, 09:47 AM
An airbrush give more uniform coverage, in my (admittedly limited) experience dying leather.


Larry

bamabiker
November 11, 2013, 10:58 AM
For a while I used Preval sprayers to spray Fiebings leather dye on my holsters. Now I keep enough dye on hand that I pour it into a tub and submerge the leather into the dye. That's what I did with the 2 holsters above.
I've recently been trying Tandy's EcoFlo professional water stain and so far have liked the results. I apply it with a sponge.
I used medium brown EcoFlo on this next holster. A light coat was used to get the color of the floral design and then 2 more coats were used on the body of the holster. The background has Fiebings medium brown applied with a small paint brush.
http://i286.photobucket.com/albums/ll108/bamabiker1159/Holsters%20and%20leather%20work/FAPictures953_zpsfc91a3a2.jpg (http://s286.photobucket.com/user/bamabiker1159/media/Holsters%20and%20leather%20work/FAPictures953_zpsfc91a3a2.jpg.html)
This 1911 holster has dark brown EcoFlo on it.
http://i286.photobucket.com/albums/ll108/bamabiker1159/FAPictures1006_zps2c1a00fc.jpg (http://s286.photobucket.com/user/bamabiker1159/media/FAPictures1006_zps2c1a00fc.jpg.html)
Keep at it and try different things on scrap pieces until you get something you like.
To all the leatherworkers out there, post some pictures, I love seeing other's work.

ivankerley
November 11, 2013, 11:12 AM
I'm using 7-9 oz vegetable tanned cow hide. For dye I have used Fiebing's and Tandy. Tandy dye seemed to cover more evenly with less blotching/streaking than the Fiebing's.

ive never had much streaking with the water based tandy stuff, im using it up then ill try fiebings... are ya keeping the leather clean and free from oil and grease etc? also how many coats of dye? ive had to do a couple coats in some cases
Gene

aarondhgraham
November 11, 2013, 11:28 AM
Can plastic play?

Sure you can play,,,
Just be prepared for some kidding about "soul-less" materials. ;)

There is a place for Kydex holsters,,,
It's hard to beat them for pure functionality.

But they are something I could never take pride of ownership with.

Dang difficult to tool Kydex. :rolleyes:

There's something about dead cow that seem right,,,
Perhaps it's just tradition that gives it that feel,,,
Then again, I feel the same way about nylon.

There is someone on a different forum who makes lovely nylon rigs,,,
The beauty comes from meticulous workmanship,,,
And very intricate machine embroidery.

I believe he uses Kydex to line parts of his nylon rigs,,,
But all in all I will always prefer traditional leather.

Aarond

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doubleh
November 11, 2013, 07:48 PM
Here is some of my work from '08. First is a holster using Al Stholman's 1911 pattern. I added just enough material to allow for the lining. Contains my Series 70 Colt Gold Cup.

http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h26/arrowhead_2006/2008003_zps295f9359.jpg (http://s60.photobucket.com/user/arrowhead_2006/media/2008003_zps295f9359.jpg.html)

Next up is a three screw single six with a set of refinished rosewood grips from another Ruger. Holster is lined. Not a great picture.

http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h26/arrowhead_2006/knivesampguns2-26-08021_zps59bcac6f.jpg (http://s60.photobucket.com/user/arrowhead_2006/media/knivesampguns2-26-08021_zps59bcac6f.jpg.html)

And last is one containing a Taurus Guacho with grips I made from some very old nicely grained walnut. It also fits my super BlackHawk that has grips made from the same piece of walnut. It is also lined.

http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h26/arrowhead_2006/knivesampguns2-26-08022_zps73edf839.jpg (http://s60.photobucket.com/user/arrowhead_2006/media/knivesampguns2-26-08022_zps73edf839.jpg.html)

bamabiker
November 11, 2013, 09:21 PM
doubleh, thanks for showing those. They are outstanding.

JTQ
November 12, 2013, 08:26 AM
aarondhgraham wrote,
Dang difficult to tool Kydex.
It can be done, though.

I'm not the maker, but I have had the opportunity to try a Garret kydex holster with checkering on the body. It is very well done.

Here is basket weave http://www.giholsters.com/basketweave-engraving-holsters/

On the home page he has, spiderweb, swirl, and basket weave shown on the demo. http://www.giholsters.com

aarondhgraham
November 12, 2013, 01:47 PM
Dang difficult to tool Kydex.

It can be done, though.

As soon as I say that water is wet,,,
Someone shows me a block of dry ice. ;)

Now you know that wasn't hand tooled,,,
But even though it was pressed it looks "not bad".

The last few posts have shown some truly fine floral carving examples,,,
I think I was that good at one time but my 62-year old eyes just can't see that well anymore.

Now I mainly stick to silhouette carving and geometric patterns,,,
At one time I tried figure carving and wasn't bad,,,
But no one ever said I was good either. :o

This is one I made for a female cop in Riverside, CA,,,
Her co-workers commissioned it when she passed probation.

http://www.aarondgraham.com/craftsman/images/gl-009-tracy.jpg
http://www.aarondgraham.com/craftsman/images/gl-010-tracydetail.jpg

She was a tiny little thing,,,
Just a fraction of an inch tall enough to enter the academy,,,
And she had that squeaky little valley girl voice to go with her valley girl good looks.

This holster became her "barbeque gun" rig,,,
I was surprised when she actually started wearing it of duty.

Aarond

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JTQ
November 12, 2013, 03:33 PM
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bamabiker
November 12, 2013, 04:13 PM
Hey Aarond, that is really pretty cool and very good. I've never tried anything like that and don't think I'd be very good at it if I did.

aarondhgraham
November 12, 2013, 05:06 PM
I made that holster back in 1996,,,
When I still had sharp eyes.

I had studied the Al Stohlman book, Figure Carving Finesse (http://www.tandyleatherfactory.com/en-usd/home/department/books-patterns/61951-00.aspx),,,
At that time I was managing a small Tandy Leather store in Riverside, CA.

I had a lot of time and near unlimited resources,,,
Perfect job for an aspiring leather-smith.

If you start with a good pattern drawing,,,
It's really not any more difficult than floral carving.

You're gonna laugh but comic books are great figure pattern sources,,,
That particular one came from a Cherry Poptart comic book,,,
They seem to have just the right amount of detail,,,
But not so much as to be impossible to tool in.

Dang but I miss my good vision. :(

Aarond

P.S. I hope you don't mind but I'm going to copy the design of the revolver holster you posted,,,
Not the floral pattern but the physical look of the modified pancake,,,
That is one very fine rig you made.

I need to make a gift holster for an H&R Sidekick revolver,,,
I think one like yours would be perfect for my friend.

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bamabiker
November 12, 2013, 05:39 PM
Help yourself and I'm glad you like it.
I love the comic book idea and need to remember that in case I ever try some human figures.
I know what you mean about your vision. Just in the last couple of years I've had to start using glasses and find myself reaching for them more and more. Aggravating!

Chas.
November 13, 2013, 01:22 PM
My first holster/belt - it was a bit ambitious. Holster is for a BFR .45-70 10-inch. Problem is, whenever the rig is fully loaded, you can't keep your pants up. BTW rifle is Marlin .45-70 Cowboy.

doubleh
November 13, 2013, 01:51 PM
Nice looking rig. Make an over the left shoulder belt to fasten on each side of the holster so you can keep your britches on.

jon_in_wv
November 13, 2013, 11:11 PM
Wow, I almost passed this thread over as another crappy home made holster thread but you guys have some real skills. Good work!

aarondhgraham
November 14, 2013, 04:08 PM
Yep, some of these old boys have serious skills,,,
I would be proud to wear anything that has been posted so far.

Man, you should have seen some of the crap I was proud of when I first started. :barf:

At one time I searched out some of my earliest efforts,,,
And offered a free replacement for them,,,
Just to get them out of sight.

But I encourage everyone to show their work,,,
Perhaps those with skills can help mentor a beginner.

Twenty years ago there was this young lady who came into my Tandy store,,,
She had inherited a nice Colt SAA and wanted to make a rig for it.

She bought the generic holster kit and the basic tools,,,
And turned out a rig that I wouldn't be caught dead wearing.

She was so very proud of it though,,,
long story short she kept at it,,,
And became extremely good.

Before I left California she was making cowboy rigs to sell at SASS events,,,
She always kept that first horrible holster hanging in her booth,,,
I haven't seen he or her work in way over 17 years now,,,
But I'll bet she still displays that first effort.

Aarond

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aarondhgraham
November 14, 2013, 04:17 PM
Sorry I misspelled your name,,,
I tried to go back and correct it,,,
But wasn't able to edit the title line.

doubleh might have the solution,,,
You might consider turning your belt into a Sam Brown belt (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_Browne_belt).

I've also seen belts for heavy guns that have two crossover straps,,,
As well as some that have leather suspenders that are integral to the belt.

My other idea would be to retain the cartridge belt,,,
And then make a shoulder holster for the gun.

I must say though,,,
You did a nice job building that rig.

Very clean work indeed.

Aarond

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aarondhgraham
November 15, 2013, 04:20 PM
Here's one I made for an H&R rimfire revolver,,,
It's not the H&R in the picture though,,,
That's a plastic cap pistol.

http://aarondgraham.com/craftsman/images/g-l002-hr22cal.jpg

Unless a customer absolutely insists and will pay extra,,,
I never sew or weave .22 cartridge loops,,,
A small pouch is sufficient for them.

In this case I used the Tandy Cap & Ball pouch pattern,,,
Sometime I'll make the gusset a bit wider,,,
But it's near perfect as it is.

Aarond

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CraigC
November 15, 2013, 04:49 PM
I like that! I agree that .22 loops aren't worth the trouble or expense. I use a traditional cap pouch for loose .22's in the field. For range use, I made a leather box that holds a 550rd bulk pack and has two heavy belt clips.

DNS
November 16, 2013, 12:03 AM
Doubleh, the 70 holsters beautiful!

My last holster looked like I must of rode the short bus to school. The dog enjoyed the heck out of it though.

doubleh
November 16, 2013, 12:41 PM
Thanks for the kind words, DNS. I haven't made another holster since those. I quit doing paid leather work years ago but still make something for myself once in a while.

rayban
November 22, 2013, 05:52 PM
Just did these for a customer...wanted the mag pouch to not look like a mag pouch...not sure why, the gun holster still looks like a gun holster...heh, I just do what I'm told.

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb277/RGleather/Picture419_zps5a9cea85.jpg (http://s211.photobucket.com/user/RGleather/media/Picture419_zps5a9cea85.jpg.html)

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb277/RGleather/Picture420_zpsfb182101.jpg (http://s211.photobucket.com/user/RGleather/media/Picture420_zpsfb182101.jpg.html)

mikebravo
November 24, 2013, 04:12 PM
I have a fever... and the only cure is MORE PLASTIC! ;)

Guy B. Meredith
November 25, 2013, 12:40 PM
Do you gents all own leather capable sewing machines?

bamabiker
November 25, 2013, 01:07 PM
All my stitching is done by hand.

ivankerley
November 25, 2013, 04:21 PM
All my stitching is done by hand.

me too, all hand stitched!
Gene

aarondhgraham
November 26, 2013, 02:27 PM
I do own a Tippman Boss machine (http://www.tippmannindustrial.com/tippmann-boss-leather-sewing-machine-p-29.html),,,
But all I use it for is sewing linings onto things.

For a buscadero style belt it takes about 2 DVD movies (3-4 hours),,,
Just to sew in the lining if I saddle-stitch it in by hand,,,
I can do that same job in about 30-40 minutes,,,
With no quality problems using my Boss.

Since there is no strain on those stitches,,,
I don't mind a lock-stitch machine.

Everything else, and I do mean everything else,,,
Gets stitched with two needles and an awl.

If I were working commercially,,,
Repeating the same thing in volume,,,
I would definitely own a powered sewing machine.

But since I only do custom work,,,
And darn little of that is for pay or profit,,,
I saddle-stitch everything because it's stronger.

The instructor where I got my saddle-making certificate (http://www.aarondgraham.com/student/cert-saddle.htm) thought I was nuts,,,
Every saddle I made there was completely hand stitched,,,
Except the sheepskin lining of the skirts.

There is nothing wrong with machine stitching,,,
Bianchi, Galco, and DeSantis certainly don't hand stitch their products,,,
I tout this as a matter of pride that my work is done using old world hand techniques.

Aarond

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aarondhgraham
November 26, 2013, 06:51 PM
That is a nice rig my friend.

...wanted the mag pouch to not look like a mag pouch

I can understand that,,,
Probably wants people to think it's a knife case.

Aarond

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doubleh
November 26, 2013, 07:49 PM
All my sewing is by hand. Use a groover, overstitch wheel, stabbing awl, two needles, a cake of bee's wax, and a lot of time. I'll confess to adding a pair of pliers when thick leather is involved.

Many years ago when I was doing quite a bit of custom work I would take everything to the local bootmaker that would go in his hot stitch machine. It saved a tremendous amount of time and blisters on my fingers.

rayban
November 27, 2013, 08:57 AM
Thanks Aarond.....btw, I machine stitch...with pride :-)

aarondhgraham
November 27, 2013, 12:46 PM
I'm starting a new rig this weekend.

A young lady friend of mine just received a Tri-Star 9mm as a gift,,,
She also received a nice commercial holster for it,,,
Very functional but not pretty at all.

She, being a very stylish girl, wants a pretty rig to wear to the range,,,
Apparently when her family clan gets together they dress up,,,
And make a picnic/party out of their family shooting days.

So I'm thinking of something very non-traditional,,,
I like costuming and am somewhat intrigued by SteamPunk fashion,,,
So I'm considering a rig that resembles a tactical leg holster but with lots of rings and straps (https://www.google.com/search?q=steampunk+thigh+holsters&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=xh2WUrGFLYaNkAe6-IGwAg&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAQ&biw=1371&bih=840#imgdii=_).

The challenge will be to make the rig look good,,,
And still maintain comfort and functionality.

I made a Lara Croft rig for a girls Halloween costume one year,,,
http://www.aarondgraham.com/pics/croftrig-lr.jpg
http://www.aarondgraham.com/pics/laracroft-final-lr.jpg
The rig I'm thinking of now will be somewhat similar,,,
With the belt more resembling a harness.

She has a small Egyptian tattoo so I'm thinking maybe,,,
The Eye of Ra on the holster and Egyptian tribal designs on the straps.

Anyways, this should be a fun project for me,,,
It will break me away from the boring traditional stuff,,,
And who knows, I might find a new market for my more unique creations.

Aarond

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Red Cent
December 8, 2013, 12:05 PM
Machine.

http://i.imgur.com/20c4LEe.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/TVlXhNe.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/u2AH07Q.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/m6QwMJT.jpg

royal barnes
December 16, 2013, 07:07 AM
Red, I have been waiting on you to show some of yours. You have come a long way in a very short time. Very nice!!!!:)

TAKtical
December 16, 2013, 03:24 PM
just to be different
http://i1349.photobucket.com/albums/p760/takticalholsters/C84FDF06-67A6-4C81-9CF5-18CDFBEF1377_zpsjafr8hty.jpg (http://s1349.photobucket.com/user/takticalholsters/media/C84FDF06-67A6-4C81-9CF5-18CDFBEF1377_zpsjafr8hty.jpg.html)
http://i1349.photobucket.com/albums/p760/takticalholsters/64A416BA-F915-4DED-A474-F064B20512C7_zpsuobmclrg.jpg (http://s1349.photobucket.com/user/takticalholsters/media/64A416BA-F915-4DED-A474-F064B20512C7_zpsuobmclrg.jpg.html)

http://i1349.photobucket.com/albums/p760/takticalholsters/D88DCA3E-FFD5-408A-A4CE-8B13D1CF0387_zpsz2jtmywk.jpg (http://s1349.photobucket.com/user/takticalholsters/media/D88DCA3E-FFD5-408A-A4CE-8B13D1CF0387_zpsz2jtmywk.jpg.html)

http://i1349.photobucket.com/albums/p760/takticalholsters/2F423727-1950-47E8-A573-1D4BBCF790BA_zpsuxkn8m6d.jpg (http://s1349.photobucket.com/user/takticalholsters/media/2F423727-1950-47E8-A573-1D4BBCF790BA_zpsuxkn8m6d.jpg.html)

Jim NE
December 16, 2013, 08:46 PM
I made this rig for a young lady who works at my favorite watering hole,,,
Every year they have a costume contest and she wanted to go as Lara Croft,,,
So we went online and found a pair of Airsoft replicas of the HK's she wore in the movies.

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=184373&stc=1&d=1369334129

I had originally intended to make them cheap and dirty,,,
But those plastic pistols looked so cool,,,
I got a bit carried away.

The belt and holsters are lined with pigskin,,,
The buckle is an antique from around the late 1800's,,,
And the dragon designs I appropriated from a tattoo design website.

Basically it's a $400.00 dollar rig,,,
For $40.00 of plastic pistols.

She did take first place,,,
So it was worth it.

Post some more pics people,,,
I really want to see more of your work.

Aarond

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Wow, nice work aarondhgraham! If a young lady walked into a watering hole wearing that rig, I'd leave, pronto! :) I especially like the weave job you did for that Smith and Wesson.

I like all of the other holster from other folks, as well.

You've got me wondering if I should take this up as a hobby. It would be a lot less expensive than buying guns. And I have more guns than holsters.

Are the start up costs for making nice leather holsters expensive?

Jim NE
December 16, 2013, 08:48 PM
For a while I used Preval sprayers to spray Fiebings leather dye on my holsters. Now I keep enough dye on hand that I pour it into a tub and submerge the leather into the dye. That's what I did with the 2 holsters above.
I've recently been trying Tandy's EcoFlo professional water stain and so far have liked the results. I apply it with a sponge.
I used medium brown EcoFlo on this next holster. A light coat was used to get the color of the floral design and then 2 more coats were used on the body of the holster. The background has Fiebings medium brown applied with a small paint brush.
http://i286.photobucket.com/albums/ll108/bamabiker1159/Holsters%20and%20leather%20work/FAPictures953_zpsfc91a3a2.jpg (http://s286.photobucket.com/user/bamabiker1159/media/Holsters%20and%20leather%20work/FAPictures953_zpsfc91a3a2.jpg.html)
This 1911 holster has dark brown EcoFlo on it.
http://i286.photobucket.com/albums/ll108/bamabiker1159/FAPictures1006_zps2c1a00fc.jpg (http://s286.photobucket.com/user/bamabiker1159/media/FAPictures1006_zps2c1a00fc.jpg.html)
Keep at it and try different things on scrap pieces until you get something you like.
To all the leatherworkers out there, post some pictures, I love seeing other's work.
Dude, those are NICE! Good job!

mk70ss
December 16, 2013, 09:55 PM
http://i123.photobucket.com/albums/o300/mk70ss/0F0D6676-8979-47EE-BBA4-11903EDC195B-2454-00000364AED9B055_zps8ecb268e.jpg (http://s123.photobucket.com/user/mk70ss/media/0F0D6676-8979-47EE-BBA4-11903EDC195B-2454-00000364AED9B055_zps8ecb268e.jpg.html)
http://i123.photobucket.com/albums/o300/mk70ss/CAC4E906-54C6-4698-92D6-6AD2E0182C83-2454-00000364A505A4EF_zpsf6af100f.jpg (http://s123.photobucket.com/user/mk70ss/media/CAC4E906-54C6-4698-92D6-6AD2E0182C83-2454-00000364A505A4EF_zpsf6af100f.jpg.html)


My buddy made this one for me. Sweet little crossdraw.

ivankerley
December 17, 2013, 12:46 AM
just to be different
thats really cool! Nice work
Gene

TAKtical
December 17, 2013, 09:07 AM
thanks Ivan

Red Cent
December 18, 2013, 01:24 PM
Thanks Royal.

tomrkba
December 18, 2013, 01:48 PM
I added a wedge to my Glock 19 holster. This makes it much more comfortable to wear for more than an hour.

http://i1205.photobucket.com/albums/bb425/tomrkba/Holsters/photo-25.jpg

http://i1205.photobucket.com/albums/bb425/tomrkba/Holsters/photo-27.jpg

smovlov
December 18, 2013, 03:11 PM
Ok, I'm inspired! Ive been wanting to make a holster for a while and I'm going to pick up the tools to begin. Can you guys give me some info on where to start? First holster will be a pancake style holster for a 4" K frame. Any good tutorials out there? I have a lot of experiences in making things I just need to know mainly how to dye the leather and what kind of goop to put on it to seal it. Thanks!

aarondhgraham
December 18, 2013, 03:52 PM
Hello smovlov,,,

Get thee to a Tandy Leather store (http://www.tandyleatherfactory.com).

Buy this book (http://www.tandyleatherfactory.com/en-usd/search/searchresults/6055-00.aspx).

It doesn't cover pancake holsters,,,
But it will give you a good start on leather work in general.

Then talk to the people at the store,,,
Not all of them are professional leather workers,,,
But they will at least be familiar with how to use their products.

Pancakes are about the easiest to make,,,
Tandy used to have a pattern pack for pancake holsters.

But I am sure that the manager can get you started,,,
Dive on in and have some fun.

With tools, leather, dyes & finishes, and hardware,,,
Your first holster will cost you quite a bit,,,
But they are all cheaper after that.

Aarond

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smovlov
January 3, 2014, 05:42 PM
Got to the Tandy store in Tampa while i was there for Christmas. Got the book too. Made a collar for the dog to start off then jumped into making the holster. I would like it to sit a little tighter at the front. I think I need to lower the stitch line there so it moves a bit better. Also I think I should of wet the front first and pushed the gun in so its flatter on the back and tweak the stitch line around the gun. I was looking a lot at the Simply Rugged Sourdough Pancake. Thanks for the inspiration!

aarondhgraham
January 8, 2014, 01:26 PM
Man, that's not bad at all,,,
Especially for one's first holster.

With pancake style holsters I usually make the outside piece,,,
Just a wee bit longer (on the vertical axis) than the inside piece.

Make your pattern like you normally would,,,
Then cut the pattern in half right down the middle,,,
Then separate the pieces by about 1/4 to 1/2 inch and tape it up.

Then when you wet-form the holster to the gun,,,
The outside will form a bit bigger and eliminate that fold on the inside piece.

Seriously though,,,
Very nice first holster. :)

Aarond

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Greg528iT
January 8, 2014, 02:06 PM
http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x349/jaggoett1/TankerHolster1_zpsd1c16ac4.jpg (http://s1177.photobucket.com/user/jaggoett1/media/TankerHolster1_zpsd1c16ac4.jpg.html)

http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x349/jaggoett1/TankerHolster3_zpsd61fa67c.jpg (http://s1177.photobucket.com/user/jaggoett1/media/TankerHolster3_zpsd61fa67c.jpg.html)
Repost from my thread to get into this one.

powder
January 8, 2014, 05:41 PM
Assort of kydex stuff: 226, PPQ, AR-10 mag holder, PPQ AIWC.....

aarondhgraham
January 9, 2014, 10:37 AM
Greg528iT and powder need to get together,,,
That sandblasting technique might just be the trick for Kydex holsters.

I don't sneer at Kydex holsters,,,
For pure functionality they are near perfect,,,
But I'm a person who is very much into the aesthetic possibilities of leather.

Now imagine one of powders fine Kydex holsters,,,
With some tribal design work sandblasted by Greg528iT,,,
That could bring the level of aesthetics up to where I would like them.

Just a thought,,,

Aarond

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aarondhgraham
January 9, 2014, 10:45 AM
I gave a base model Ruger 22/45 4.5" slab-side to a young friend as a gift when he graduated from Ok State University,,,
He is a bicycle trail rider so I thought a Tanker holster would be appropriate for his purpose.

http://www.aarondgraham.com/pics/22-45_M7-01.jpg
http://www.aarondgraham.com/pics/22-45_M7-03.jpg

It was fun designing this one,,,
I need to make one for my S&W Model 12.

Aarond

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Greg528iT
January 9, 2014, 05:05 PM
aarondhgraham and other tanker holster makers. I originally put the slide side strap on in the same position you did.. at the trigger, pointing 90 deg to the barrel. I see and understand that's so it can be mounted high and the strap can head straight back under the arm. I found that when I bent over, that the majority of the mass of the gun caused it to flip / fall away from the body. How did you solve this problem?? just don't bend over? Strap it tight? I know there is a retention strap, I built in a flap.. I didn't like it tilting away from me.

Greg528iT
January 9, 2014, 05:08 PM
Greg528iT and powder need to get together,,,
That sandblasting technique might just be the trick for Kydex holsters.

I'm willing to sand blast most anything.. I didn't think it'd work on leather.. was I wrong.

Greg528iT
January 9, 2014, 05:12 PM
http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x349/jaggoett1/stainedleather_zps2bb0cc85.jpg (http://s1177.photobucket.com/user/jaggoett1/media/stainedleather_zps2bb0cc85.jpg.html)

Here is the sandblasted leather with a quick swipe of mahogany stain AND the vinyl decals left over from the other blasting. The stain soaked in good into the open grain. The vinyl sticker would have worked better, but they had been on a couple days of showing folks, bending.. moving them around.

Deltaboy
January 9, 2014, 09:41 PM
Great work folks.

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