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Question about tooling leather & Holster making

Discussion in 'Handguns: Holsters and Accessories' started by jaredb03, Jan 20, 2011.

  1. jaredb03

    jaredb03 New Member

    Jan 20, 2011
    Sorry if this is the wrong place to post this type of question but i am new to this forum as well as new to making leather holsters. I have made a total of 3 holsters so far and they turned out fairly well for the first few attempts.
    I am out of leather as i only order a small amount to see if i enjoyed making them and i am now ready to place another order for leather.
    So to my question. I am planing to order a double shoulder 8-10oz, but i was also looking at horse-butt. The website says it is good for making holsters and i like the natural color of it so i wouldn't have to stain it. I was wondering if horse-butt was good for making holsters as it is only 6-7oz which seems low for holsters, and also can you tool horse-butt? I am more concerned about the tooling of horse-butt. Thanks in advance.
  2. Old Fuff

    Old Fuff Senior Elder

    Dec 24, 2002
    I'm not sure about tooling "horse-butt," :D but I suggest you call the leather supplier and ask.

    6-7 0z. is light for most holsters, especially for larger guns. I believe that in many cases where it's used a piece of 3-4 or 4-5 ordinary cow-leather is glued to the horsehide with the finished side out. However I would consider a total 8-plus thickness might be a bit much for a shoulder holster pouch - depending on the style of the rig you have in mind. Also if you use the 2-piece method you may have to do an additional 1/3 to 1/2 more stitching - which could matter if you were doing it my hand rather then machine.
  3. denster

    denster Active Member

    May 18, 2006
    NW Ohio
    The horse butts will not tool well at all and dyeing them anything but black will not work well. Getting them to absorb moisture takes a lot longer than vegtan cowhide but it can be done. Molding the holster takes longer also. The 6/7 OZ weight is plenty by itself for most holsters as the grain is so dense that it is much more rigid that cowhide. Makes a really nice holster just more work than cowhide.

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