My new IWB leather for 3 inch Ruger SP101


June 30, 2014, 09:05 PM
Well I'm learning quickly on my new Cowboy leather sewing machine, and would like to share here pictures of two IWB holsters I've come up with for my 3 inch SP101. A little rearward cant on one and a vertical orientation on the other gives me a choice. I use vegetable tanned 8-9 ounce Hermann Oak leather, and my black is from home-brewed "vinegaroon", with brown coming from a strong tea and coffee mix I made. Pure neatsfoot oil followed by a triple topcoat of rubbed 50/50 mix of beeswax and neatsfoot oil gives them a sheen I like. I'm moving on to the full flap styles I most enjoy for my CZ75B, several Ruger revolvers and especially Ruger Old Army 7 1/2 inch adjustable sight versions. I'll post as I make them. Thanks for looking, and all constructive criticisms are appreciated. Don

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June 30, 2014, 10:13 PM
Handsome work. Appears the revolver could easily be gripped firmly for a draw.


June 30, 2014, 10:20 PM
Thank you. Yes that was a criteria for me. I scrapped another holster I designed because only my fingertips could be inserted between grip and holster. These are made so I can get a firm grip easily. Don

June 30, 2014, 10:48 PM
No criticism from me, man. That's nice. I'll be watching for more of your work.


July 1, 2014, 01:40 AM
Thank you for the kind words! Don

July 1, 2014, 01:44 AM
Really nice work.

July 1, 2014, 08:27 PM
Hey Colt thank you for the kind words! Don.

July 1, 2014, 08:51 PM
Very nice! :)

I'm looking forward to seeing the flap holster for your CZ.

BTW, what grips are those?

July 1, 2014, 10:08 PM
Thank you all for the compliments! My SP101 has worn those grips since day one 12-14 years ago (don't remember for sure). They are old rubber Uncle Mike's Boot Grips that I contoured on my belt sander. That way they don't peek out of my jeans pocket as they did from the factory. Don't know if Uncle Mike's still makes them, but I highly recommend them if you can find them. The checkering and rubber texture is great wet or dry, and the rear roll fits my palm perfectly. Don

July 2, 2014, 12:11 AM
Very nice work.

Many cudos.


July 2, 2014, 08:30 AM
Talented work my friend. You have a gift.

July 3, 2014, 05:07 PM
wow those look great. and the vinegaroon looks really nice, i may try this as ive not been happy with the black dye ive used.
Nice looking holsters

Mike Kerr
July 4, 2014, 01:06 AM
Don, the grips look quite nice. I'm a little confused though. I thought the holster with grips from the SP101 showing was a new creation of yours. I was really ready to send you a PM asking about cost, availability, so on etc.
Then later in the thread you mentioned an Uncle Mike connection.

So either way you are to be complimented. Nice, neat looking work. Were you going to bring any of these to market or just for personal use??



July 7, 2014, 11:59 PM
Just saw your post Mike, The grips on my SP101 are modified Uncle Mike's Boot grips from years ago. Yes, I designed and made the holsters for myself. It's Hermann-Oak vegetable tanned 8-9 ounce leather sewn on my Cowboy 3500 leather sewing machine. I'm hoping one day to be able to put some holsters out there for others but I'm still learning the workings of my new machine. Don

Mike Kerr
July 8, 2014, 11:17 AM
Well, You certainly have a lot of potential.


July 8, 2014, 02:49 PM

Very nice work. Well made and very functional.

July 8, 2014, 09:12 PM
That's very nice quality! The best way to get what you want us to do it yourself. If I had your skill I would never buy another holster.

July 10, 2014, 06:53 PM
Thank you everyone. Really. At my age and being on the downhill side of life the compliments mean so much! Don

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