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A Question For Holster Makers

Discussion in 'Handguns: Holsters and Accessories' started by ATBackPackin, Jul 24, 2011.

  1. ATBackPackin

    ATBackPackin Well-Known Member

    So as the title states I have a question about making holsters. I am making my maiden attempt in holster making. I THINK I have most of the basics covered, however..........

    My question is this, is there a formula or method for determining how far out to stitch the outline of the gun itself?

    From the research I have done, most seem to say a half an inch. The thing worries me is that the gun I am making this holster for is a Kahr and I am thinking that would be too much, but I don't want to just guesstimate. So is there a formula using the width of the slide to determine how far out to stitch?


    After I am done I will post a pic and while I can take and welcome constructive criticism, please be gentle. ;)
  2. Lonerider357

    Lonerider357 Well-Known Member

    1/2" should work, trial and error!
  3. gpr

    gpr Well-Known Member

    error on the side of tight....wet and streach
  4. swcr

    swcr Member

    1/2 the width of the gun plus the thickness of the leather
  5. possum

    possum Well-Known Member

    I would love to help you but I do work in kydex only. good luck in your endeavors.
  6. Vern Humphrey

    Vern Humphrey Well-Known Member

    The holster stitching should follow the outline of the gun, about 1/4" to 1/2" outside the gun's limits. I like to go 1/4" and use a welt -- a piece of leather sandwiched between the inner and outer parts of the holster. Then wet the holster -- you can use alcohol, but I find soaking the holster in warm water until it's floppy soft, then wrapping the gun in Saran Wrap and thrusting it into the holster is best.

    Bone the holster with a toothbrush handle or similar implement to get that crisp outline, then pull the gun out and let it dry.

    Check the gun for moisture and run an oiled rag over it, just in case.
  7. swcr

    swcr Member

  8. ATBackPackin

    ATBackPackin Well-Known Member

    Wow, thanks for all the great info. I will let you know how it turns out.

    I'm sure I will have more questions after completing it, but I want to try as much as possible on my own.

  9. Harry in OH

    Harry in OH New Member

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