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Old July 7, 2014, 04:44 PM   #1
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Big Holster Tips?

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.
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Old July 7, 2014, 05:03 PM   #2
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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?
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Old July 7, 2014, 05:57 PM   #3
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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.
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Old July 7, 2014, 06:17 PM   #4
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a good pair of suspenders will help
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Old July 8, 2014, 08:41 PM   #5
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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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Old July 8, 2014, 08:46 PM   #6
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Great looking rig! All that leather in the back makes for almost a weightlifting belt--perfect for this hogleg.
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Old July 14, 2014, 03:36 PM   #7
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Dr.Rob, mailed the pattern to day. Good luck. Joe
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Old July 16, 2014, 03:49 AM   #8
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I would suggest adding D rings on the belt and including a removable strap which would offer a "Sam Brown" option.
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Old July 16, 2014, 04:47 AM   #9
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THAT is a great idea!
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Old July 17, 2014, 09:36 PM   #10
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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.





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Old July 21, 2014, 06:41 AM   #11
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So this is not going to have an ankle holster option?

Really going to need a stout belt or suspenders for that beast
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Old July 26, 2014, 11:00 AM   #12
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So this is not going to have an ankle holster option?
Only if you are built like Lou Ferrigno.


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Old July 26, 2014, 02:27 PM   #13
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I suggested he's going to need a heavy belt.
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.
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Old July 26, 2014, 03:13 PM   #14
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May I suggest something like this...
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Old July 27, 2014, 09:04 PM   #15
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Old July 28, 2014, 07:15 PM   #16
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These folks make a 2-ply belt that is pretty heavy and pretty at the same time.

http://www.bullhidebelts.com/Rich-Br..._ep_119-1.html
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Old July 28, 2014, 08:32 PM   #17
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May I suggest something like this...
hey rick, beautiful work as always, cant make out whats behind the ruger though? under your arm there?
Hope all is well
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Old July 28, 2014, 09:55 PM   #18
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I'd try something along the lines of a pancake holster -- to pull the gun in close and keep it from flopping around.
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Old July 29, 2014, 06:17 AM   #19
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hey rick, beautiful work as always, cant make out whats behind the ruger though? under your arm there?
Hope all is well
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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.
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Old July 30, 2014, 09:19 PM   #20
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Big Holster

Dr.Ron, how are you doing on the big holster project. I'm curious.
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Old August 1, 2014, 04:35 PM   #21
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Working on my patterns. Haven't decided to line it or not. I'd like to, as I want to use copper rivets for part of the assembly.
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Old August 1, 2014, 05:29 PM   #22
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Try using stainless steel Chicago Screws (post screws.) They don't react to acids in leather like brass and copper do.
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Old August 23, 2014, 11:15 AM   #23
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Dr.Rob, I haven't seen any comments from you about your big holster project. Joe
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Old August 27, 2014, 06:55 AM   #24
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I haven't forgotten I just had to clear a bunch of other projects to get started.

My basic pattern took a few tries to get right. I want nice high riding slightly canted forward design that I can mate up with a heavy almost weight lifting belt (using one as a pattern).

Have good heavy weight veg tan for the outer and belt loop, a thinner grade for the lining should give me a heavy and durable wearing holster. The snakeskin is a bull snake I ran over in Mexican Hat, Utah in 2005. The rest of him went to a hatband. It will be an accent piece in an oval cut out in a decorative overstrap. Color will be a light brown Fiebing's dye with bronze beads.

I am not set on the 'bucket' style throat yet, there's some refining to do there and before I cut any leather I am still torn between a retention strap (not like anyone will RUN with this) and a sturdy hammer thong.

I still think riveting the belt loop (before doing the lining) with heavy copper rivets is the way to really SET the loop. The rivets will be totally covered and never touch the bluing. I a going to look at Chicago screws as well.


Amazon boxes and gorilla tape make great patterns.
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Old September 3, 2014, 04:48 AM   #25
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Basic shaping, wet forming (with 50 pounds of sand) and rough stitched fully lined holster.

I broke 5 needles sewing that damn thing together.

Still need to create the decorative and functional cross strap.

You guys that do this for a living have my envy. This is HARD work and my craftsmanship is not up to snuff.
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