Another holster project


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DIY_guy
June 10, 2014, 11:10 PM
My uncle-in-law won a 9mm handgun in a volunteer fireman’s raffle/fundraiser. It didn’t come with a holster. He wants to wear it while bowhunting and asked if I would make him one. I was more than happy to do it.

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I make holsters and knife sheathes from 6 to 8 Oz tooling leather so I always have a good supply on hand.

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c239/212007154/kermit2_zps92f2574d.jpg

It’s a small handgun so scraps will work.

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c239/212007154/kermit3_zpse718118e.jpg

I make all my patterns from “crapalloy” which can be found in empty cereal boxes of 24 packs of soda. It creates the rough concept or outline.

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c239/212007154/kermit4_zps85bbdff4.jpg

Then the face is wet, allowed to normalize and is then wet fitted to the contour of the handgun with antlers and bones and wooden shaping tools.

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It spent Sunday afternoon in the sun to dry and forever lock in that shape.

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A backing piece is made of the same leather and contact cement holds the pieces from shifting during sewing and riveting and belt loop cutting.

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c239/212007154/kermit92_zpsc2c41f3d.jpg

Tubular rivets are used in high stress areas.

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Then stitching holes and belt loops are made.

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c239/212007154/kermit94_zps46848c4b.jpg

After hand stitching the excess is trimmed.

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c239/212007154/kermit95_zps463ffad0.jpg

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DIY_guy
June 10, 2014, 11:11 PM
I need to make a thumb snap feature.

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c239/212007154/kermit96_zps4095ab3c.jpg

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So far so good.

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c239/212007154/kermit99_zps013ce1c7.jpg

He wants it black and it don’t get any blacker than USMC black.

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c239/212007154/kermit991_zps1e922131.jpg

Then edge coat is applied to all the cut edges to keep the fray and swelling down.

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c239/212007154/kermit992_zpsdca5344d.jpg

The oils need to be restored.

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c239/212007154/kermit993_zpsaf56b06a.jpg

And then waterproofed inside and out.

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And then a good shine.

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c239/212007154/kermit995_zpsdbb5fdf5.jpg

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Then I gave it a test drive.

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dab102999
June 10, 2014, 11:19 PM
Very nice and great to see the progression of the holster from concept to finish.

03fatboy
June 10, 2014, 11:19 PM
Good looking holster and nice picture's /description of your process.

ohbythebay
June 11, 2014, 12:14 AM
I have a CZ 75 SP-01 Tactical ...All the holsters I see (I like paddle holsters) are the plastic kind...some with quick release locks but

1) I like leather
2) I like the cushion so as not to create scratches for no reason..

NICE WORK

ivankerley
June 11, 2014, 01:03 AM
great tutorial and nice looking rig! ive never used one of the stitching fork thingys, i use an over stitcher and awl for my holes, how do you like it?
Gene

Greg528iT
June 11, 2014, 02:03 AM
The USMC Black is nice. So is the Buck stamp. Why are the belt loops so long? Or is your belt skinny? I've been cutting my belt loops about 2". But with a 1.5" belt that is 1/4" thick there is little play in the loop to the belt. The back of the rivets look like they have some tooth to them. Do they wear or snag the pants?

DIY_guy
June 11, 2014, 08:37 AM
great tutorial and nice looking rig! ive never used one of the stitching fork thingys, i use an over stitcher and awl for my holes, how do you like it?
Gene
Ivan it makes stitiching so much easier.

DIY_guy
June 11, 2014, 08:38 AM
The USMC Black is nice. So is the Buck stamp. Why are the belt loops so long? Or is your belt skinny? I've been cutting my belt loops about 2". But with a 1.5" belt that is 1/4" thick there is little play in the loop to the belt. The back of the rivets look like they have some tooth to them. Do they wear or snag the pants?
Not everybody wears the same width belt. My loops are 2 inch and my belt is a bit thinner. The tube rivet are hammered (peened) smooth as silk so there is nothing to catch.

bannockburn
June 13, 2014, 07:44 AM
DIY_guy

Nice job and great post! I especially liked the step by step format and the accompanying photos.

CraigC
June 14, 2014, 02:20 PM
great tutorial and nice looking rig! ive never used one of the stitching fork thingys, i use an over stitcher and awl for my holes, how do you like it?
Cutting a stitching groove and punching the holes with an awl will result in a much cleaner, tighter and more uniform stitch line. It also protects the thread from abrasion.

ivankerley
June 14, 2014, 02:28 PM
Cutting a stitching groove and punching the holes with an awl will result in a much cleaner, tighter and more uniform stitch line. It also protects the thread from abrasion.
thats how i do it, the more i do it the better im getting at it, results are looking a little better each time, the groover and over stitcher were some of my best purchases as far as making things easier and neater looking, the fork punch thingy always seemed like doing a fluid curve stitch line would be a pain in rear, dunno havent felt the need to buy any
Gene

Dr.Rob
June 16, 2014, 05:18 AM
Great step by step explanation, much appreciated.

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