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Anybody Out There Make Their Own Holsters?

Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by HoosierQ, Apr 22, 2008.

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  1. HoosierQ

    HoosierQ Member

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    I do and I find the whole thing rewarding...cheaper...and I get what I want. I haven't yet done any photo uploads but I am going to start. Just can't see paying $75 for something I can make for materials.
     
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    Yep!
    Holsters, grips, knives, sheaths.
    Been doing it for 50 years.

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    Sometimes that's the only way to get what you want!

    rcmodel
     
  3. SRT1

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    Very nice rcmodel! Impressive.
    Thanks for posting those pics.
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  4. HoosierQ

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    Wow. That is just great...you are an artist in this medium. I am just starting again (at 50) after working in leather as a youth...wish I'd kept going.

    What do you use to stitch? Do you have a leather sewing machine?

    Really great work.
     
  5. Floppy_D

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    Wow rcmodel, fine work! I was just thinking about this the other day. My grandad made me a belt with my last name on it, out of hand tools, back when I was little.

    I might give this a shot, any starting ideas or resources you recommend?

    Thanks!
     
  6. the_fallguy

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    I make my own holsters, but it would probably be really bad advertising if I didn't :D
     
  7. rcmodel

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    No sewing machine. Wish I did sometimes!
    Just can't justify the expense for one as I only do leather to support my own needs, and also to get the quality of sheaths my custom knives require.
    I'm doing less & less of it anymore, as my hands are getting old. Makes them hurt too much after the ambitous projects!

    Anyway, I just use hand tools and a saddlers awl.
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    Layout with an over-stitch tool.
    http://www.tandyleatherfactory.com/products.asp?number=8091-00

    Pre-drill holes with a 1/16" bit in drill press.

    Sew with a Speedy-Stitcher saddlers awl & waxed polyester thread.
    http://thevermontshopper.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=35&language=en&cPath=25

    Tandy Leather Factory is a great on-line resource for anything leather.
    http://www.tandyleatherfactory.com/index.asp

    Also, many cities have at least one leathercraft store. You can just go there and pick thier brain while figuring out what you need.

    rcmodel
     
  8. PCRCCW

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    Ive been known to make a couple of them...from time to time.
    Shoot well and god bless
     
  9. CypherNinja

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    Pretty sweet work guys!

    I've just decide to start into this. I literally ordered books from Tandy 5 minutes ago and then found this thread. :)

    Eric (PCRCCW) was actually sort of a mini-inspiration, as well as not being able to find exactly what I want (nevermind the weird ideas).

    Jeff (the_fallguy), your doing some pretty awesome work, too.
     
  10. dubious

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    Holy smokes RC Model... I already pay extra attention to your advice on this forum... now I'm going to pay EXTRA extra attention! :what:

    I have a huge cow hide sitting in salt... any advice what I should do with it? No, I don't have the brains. I'm thinking of using watered down battery acid. I heard you should use something called "Neats Foot oil"... but I have no idea where to get it or if its really necessary.
     
  11. zxcvbob

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    I made a holster 20-something years ago for my Ruger Old Army (my Ruger Bisley also fit it.) I bought a whole pigskin from Tandy leather, and used tools just like in rcmodel's picture. I made the pattern out of a brown paper bag.

    I know now that pigskin wasn't a great choice, but it's what I could afford back then. And the holster is "unique". :) If I can find my kid's digital camera, maybe I'll post a pic later.
     
  12. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    No idea at all, whatsoever!

    Tanning hides is one skill that has escaped me all these years.

    I doubt whatever you do with it would make good holster material though. Salt & acid would have a very detrimental effect on gun bluing!

    You might look here for tanning supplies:
    http://www.tandyleatherfactory.com/products.asp?Dept=140

    rcmodel
     
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    I've made one thus far. Skinned the deer, tanned it and created a novelty holster for my brother (he wears it out with the scouts).

    Next time I'm planning to get some rawhide and shape it into a western rig for my dad's single six.

    Not sure how to tan rawhide (if it's different than deer) but I've found books at the library to be very helpful.

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    i seen a show on the discovery channel,they were tanning leather ,did a few methods including using brains,i think you might be able to find it on the web,might be helpful anyway,nice leather work also
     
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    (1) Old sweat sock
    (2) Can of shellac
    (3) Can of black spray paint.
    (4) Tin snips / heavy scissors

    Place handgun into old sweat sock. Spray sweatsock with a generous amount of shellac. Allow to dry and harden overnight.

    Next day: Remove handgun, trim excess material off of sweat sock. Spray the outside with black spray paint.

    Congratulations: You've just made an Uncle Mike holster. :neener:
     
  16. Kipling79

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    Tanning

    Dubious:

    There are several tanning methods available to use at home... but some take forever (like tanning with tannins). I was going to look this subject up in my Foxfire book, so as to provide some insight) but the volume containing tanning instructions is missing! :(

    I did find this article regarding brain tanning though. It seems very helpful: http://www.jumaka.com/tanning/tanning1.html

    THe lady in this article bought brains from a butcher, but i am pretty sure you can make a comparable tanning solution out of eggs and other things. I am also pretty sure that some of the old timers used ashes (and/or the lye from these ashes) as a tanning solution - or maybe that was used to remove the hair... i can't remember.

    You have many options it seems.
     
  17. soutex50

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    Here is my first holster ever........ First, I messed up in the selection of leather thickness, too soft....Second, I cut the forward belt loop too close to the gun........Third, I didn't quite cut it to barrel's correct length although a three incher would look awesome.

    Anyways, my first holster, hand stitched and boned all the way.....

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  18. XPLSV

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    Anyone with experience/recommendations for leather stitchers?
     
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    Very nice work!
     
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    I'm like those other guys. I kick-out a few here and there.
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  21. JeepGeeek

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    where are you gents getting your leather from?

    There are no leather supply houses locally. Can you tell me what sort of tanning, what weight of leather, etc, I should look to order online?
     
  22. rcmodel

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    Read post #7.

    If you mean leather sewing machines, I can't help.
    They start at a thousand bucks and go up way from there.


    Tandy Leather, if you can't find a cobbler or tack shop locally that sells leather..
    http://www.tandyleatherfactory.com/

    Vegetable tanned tooling leather.
    Shoulders or double shoulders.

    Avoid belly & leg cuts because it is soft, stretchy, and won't hold it's shape at all.

    4-5 oz for pocket holsters.

    6-8 oz for most belt holsters.

    rcmodel
     
  23. Deus Machina

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    I'm curious how you guys are forming it to the gun. Considering I can't find a decent IWB for my old piece, I'll have to make a project of it.
     
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    Deus- this is how I understand it:

    vegetable, not chrome, tanned leather is able to be formed when it is wet. So you saturate the leather with water, insert the firearm in a baggie to keep it dry, then use various bucks (your fingers, pencils, smooth dowels and such) to form the leather to the project.

    I'm sure if I have this wrong, they'll correct me.

    Folks- when RCmodel speaks, listen up!
     
  25. JeepGeeek

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    As in, Boy Scouts?

    I was under the impression that personally-owned firearms were not allowed
     
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