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Big Holster Tips?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Holsters and Accessories' started by Dr.Rob, Jul 7, 2014.

  1. Dr.Rob

    Dr.Rob Moderator Staff Member

    A friend asked me to tackle making a holster for a Taurus Raging Judge Magnum. I noted the thing has some SERIOUS heft.

    Any pointers/tips for working with a BIG handgun?

    Looking to make a strong side open toe lined model that straddles the line between a Hunter 1100 and a western high ride.

    The gun just seems too big to let it flop over a belt like the 1100 series so I want the belt loop nice and tight and lower down on the holster body... maybe even at the cylinder.

    I am planning a wet form with a good sized sandbag for a nice tight fit.
  2. Sunray

    Sunray Well-Known Member

    Hi. I'd be thinking something other than a belt holster given the weight(upwards of 57+ ounces with the 8 3/8" barrel). Depends on the chambering, barrel length and what the guy will be doing with it, of course. The quality of the guy's belt will make a difference too.
    Shouldn't need a sand bag to wet form. What weight leather you using?
  3. Dr.Rob

    Dr.Rob Moderator Staff Member

    Already suggested better methods of carry, he wants a belt holster, strong side. I suggested he's going to need a heavy belt.

    It's a 6.5 inch .454/45 Colt 410 in blued steel.

    If you don't use weight like a sand bag for your wet form how do you do it? Worked like a charm when I did it for a knife sheath.

    LUCKYDAWG13 Well-Known Member

    a good pair of suspenders will help :D
  5. el indio

    el indio Well-Known Member

    Dr.Rob, I made a holster and belt for a customer. Strong side,6 inch barrel. If I can figure out how to post photos, I'll post them here. I also have the pattern that I made for the revolver. If you want a copy, PM me and I'll mail you a copy. To wet shape you can use a piece of antler to form the leather around the revolver. Any more questions, feel free to ask. Joe

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  6. Dr.Rob

    Dr.Rob Moderator Staff Member

    Great looking rig! All that leather in the back makes for almost a weightlifting belt--perfect for this hogleg.
  7. el indio

    el indio Well-Known Member

    Dr.Rob, mailed the pattern to day. Good luck. Joe
  8. owlhoot

    owlhoot Well-Known Member

    I would suggest adding D rings on the belt and including a removable strap which would offer a "Sam Brown" option.
  9. Dr.Rob

    Dr.Rob Moderator Staff Member

    THAT is a great idea!
  10. v8stang289

    v8stang289 Well-Known Member

    This is one I made for an 8 3/8" model 29. It is open toed and the belt loop is right at cylinder level. It carries pretty well, though the elbow does have to come way up to draw that long barrel over waist level.



  11. rwehnau

    rwehnau Active Member

    So this is not going to have an ankle holster option?

    Really going to need a stout belt or suspenders for that beast
  12. Big Shrek

    Big Shrek Well-Known Member

    Only if you are built like Lou Ferrigno. ;)

    Last edited: Jul 26, 2014
  13. TRX

    TRX Well-Known Member

    You might suggest a Sam Browne strap for his belt. They help "holster sag" a lot.

    57 ounces is asking a lot for a 1-1/2" or 1-3/4" belt without additional support.
  14. rayban

    rayban Well-Known Member

    May I suggest something like this...

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  15. Iggy

    Iggy Well-Known Member

    Last edited: Jul 28, 2014
  16. judgedelta

    judgedelta Well-Known Member

  17. ivankerley

    ivankerley Well-Known Member

    hey rick, beautiful work as always, cant make out whats behind the ruger though? under your arm there?
    Hope all is well
  18. Vern Humphrey

    Vern Humphrey Well-Known Member

    I'd try something along the lines of a pancake holster -- to pull the gun in close and keep it from flopping around.
  19. rayban

    rayban Well-Known Member

    Gene, I can't take credit for that one, I was asked to do something similar for a S&W .500 and I found that picture on the web while I was researching.
  20. el indio

    el indio Well-Known Member

    Big Holster

    Dr.Ron, how are you doing on the big holster project. I'm curious.

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