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Topic: Holster-making
Posted By: AndyC
Subject: Holster-making
Date Posted: 01 Aug 2019 at 5:53pm
I have never really wanted to get into making leather holsters but since meeting up with a custom leather-maker 2 months ago and hearing silence since then, I have little choice.

I want an OWB holster for my AutoMag so I guess I'd better do it myself. To that end, I found a picture of sorta-kinda the style that would suit me (Safariland 103 for inspiration) and looked at a Sam Andrews video on how he traces a handgun to make a pattern for a holster and how to use a leather strip to make sure the thickness of the leather is accounted-for. Interesting stuff and I'm sure I'll mess it up, but I have plenty of leather left and can always start again:


I'll add to this as I progress; it'll likely be slow as I'm doing this all manually with no machines.


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Posted By: AndyC
Date Posted: 02 Aug 2019 at 2:49pm
Cut out and dyed; I like the marbled texture:



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Posted By: WVWRZ500N
Date Posted: 02 Aug 2019 at 3:57pm
Andy,

I kinda thought that too so I found a local leather smith to work up custom piece.  I consider myself a bit unique and thus wanted something to match that personality so I order up some black stingray skin to have the holster made from.  It turned out incredible!  Touch as nails, quick release snap strap and 100% retention.

I'm going to have a few more made up for those interested and will advertise on the for sale section later but wanted to share the initial results with you.

https://s5.photobucket.com/user/wvwrz500n/media/Auto%20Mag/20190531_124914_zpsdmkg8qxu.jpg.html" rel="nofollow">

https://s5.photobucket.com/user/wvwrz500n/media/Auto%20Mag/20190618_212253_zpsighbo15h.jpg.html" rel="nofollow">

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Regards,
Bill Wilson
Wilson Performance
Lee's Summit, MO
816-377-3185


Posted By: AndyC
Date Posted: 03 Aug 2019 at 8:48pm
That's slick, Bill - very unique!

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Posted By: USA 1776
Date Posted: 04 Aug 2019 at 12:04am
I’ll take a lefty version with a belt clip (not loop). PM me for my info if you’re taking orders...thx

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Posted By: WVWRZ500N
Date Posted: 05 Aug 2019 at 2:59pm
Originally posted by USA 1776 USA 1776 wrote:

I’ll take a lefty version with a belt clip (not loop). PM me for my info if you’re taking orders...thx

You're wanting outside the belt clip on style I would guess?  Let me do some research with the maker and see if he can get those clips.  The lefty is no problem I'm sure.

Text me your contact info to start a dialog please.

Regards,
Bill Wilson
Wilson Performance
Lee's Summit, MO
816-377-3185


Posted By: AndyC
Date Posted: 08 Aug 2019 at 8:17am
First-ever saddle-stitches done holding the belt-loop in place (more to come for strengthening, but this will do for tonight). Edge holes added - I had to count that there were the same number on each side...



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Posted By: AndyC
Date Posted: 08 Aug 2019 at 5:00pm


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Posted By: AndyC
Date Posted: 09 Aug 2019 at 5:26am
Here we go - dunked in warm water for 5 seconds to make it pliable, then folded over the pistol like a taco. It'll dry overnight (without the pistol for now) then get stitched:



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Posted By: USA 1776
Date Posted: 09 Aug 2019 at 8:00am
I assume you wrap the gun in plastic before covering with wet leather?

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Posted By: AndyC
Date Posted: 09 Aug 2019 at 4:01pm
Originally posted by USA 1776 USA 1776 wrote:

I assume you wrap the gun in plastic before covering with wet leather?
That was just a quick wrap over the pistol to make sure I got the stitching-holes lined up - but yes, after everything is stitched, I'll dampen the holster and saran-wrap the pistol before shoving it in.


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Posted By: AndyC
Date Posted: 09 Aug 2019 at 8:48pm
Went back home during lunch to stitch the bottom (pain in the ass - almost every single stitch fought me), checked for fit and now forming the holster to the pistol:



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Posted By: AndyC
Date Posted: 10 Aug 2019 at 5:21pm
Done. Not super-awesome, but it'll do fine for a first-ever attempt:




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Posted By: USA 1776
Date Posted: 11 Aug 2019 at 12:16am
Looks ok to me. Better than ok. No need for retention strap?

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Posted By: edkel1
Date Posted: 11 Aug 2019 at 3:38am
That is your first attempt at making a holster ??????????
Very impressive
Ed


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Posted By: AndyC
Date Posted: 11 Aug 2019 at 9:43pm
Thank you kindly.

No strap (yet) - this is just for the range, but I may add one.

First leather-work ever, yep - scary stuff. I may yet try and "bone" it around the barrel-rib - a plain brown tube doesn't look very appealing, but I'm glad that the holster works and isn't horrible.


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Posted By: edkel1
Date Posted: 12 Aug 2019 at 1:13am
Gotta ask
How did you get that indention made inside the trigger guard and so symmetrical ???????
All I could figure is a finely detailed wood plug cut to that correct size and shape with routed edges, clamps and maybe water / heat but wanted to know, also how long as total time to do the work and maybe broken down per what was done.
Again very well done Clap
Ed


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Posted By: AndyC
Date Posted: 12 Aug 2019 at 1:51am
Literally just dampening the leather and pressing into it with my thumb to make a dent - then running gently around inside that dent with the base of a rounded wood-handled tool. Apparently that's called "boning".

Time, hmmm. Excluding overnight drying of the leather-dye (and a lot of Youtubing to look at techniques, running to Tandy Leather to buy tools and materials), probably 6 hours total. I could probably make the next in 4 or 5...

This video on making the pattern was invaluable: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PdKDmcmu8k" rel="nofollow - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PdKDmcmu8k

Without that, I'd have had no idea how to even start - and his trick of using a strip of leather to allow for the thickness of the leather (for spacing) worked like a champ.

Also, doing neat saddle-stitching: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zTOqJCWbfY" rel="nofollow - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zTOqJCWbfY




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