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    Custom Holsters and alterations Hampton roads/ Richmond

    I was wondering if anyone could recommend any places in Hampton roads or Richmond that do either custom holsters or make alterations to existing leather holsters. Thanks.

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    Backwoods Leather in Portsmouth can make a holster for just about any gun, I believe.

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    Agree with Justine. Doesn't hurt that they are next to a real cool gunshop D&R Arms..
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    Another vote for Backwoods Leather. I travelled from Richmond because he both could and would make a custom holster - and then he suggested a slight change that made it even better.

    Depending on the type of alteration you are wanting, your local shoe repair shop might be able to do it for you. I had a holster that the belt loop was "too big". My shoe repair guy put a few rows of stitching in and not only was it then "just right", the Three Bears never even showed up. He's also repaired stitching that "wore out", and put in a row of stitches to increase the retention on a third holster. (The best part is he & his wife are Koreans who keep supplying me with kim chee when I come to pick up my holsters. Well, that and I get to see the faces of the Carytown ladies who are coming in to pick up their shoes with the new soles & heels or the whole high heel put back on when they see a holster passed over the counter.)

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    Another vote for Backwoods. A few years ago I was I need of an IWB holster for a new custom compact STI in .45 ACP which is a 1911 clone with a square trigger guard. It would not fit all the way into 2 Galco 1911 holsters I have for my Colt 1911. James was at a gun show I attended. He happened to have an IWB holster for a Colt Double Eagle Commander length that was a perfect fit. The holster has served well as my main carry holster. I'll be needing another holster for a second STI and will be seeing him again.

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    Backwoods does beautiful leather carving on custom holsters, but doesn't bring that to the gun shows.
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    +1 to James at Backwoods if your looking for leather. High Threat Concealment in the Hampton/Newport News area for custom thermoformed kydex or boltaron (plastic).

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    Lets see some pics of the backwoods holsters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skew12 View Post
    Lets see some pics of the backwoods holsters.
    He has never to my knowledge had a web site - says he is too busy and doesn't need the hassle that would bring.
    Think he is still a one man shop. I know he has tried to train others, but they don't last.

    Maybe someone can download some pictures of theirs.
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    As long as he has stock Backwoods should be at the Hampton show this weekend. He's normally in one of the middle rows right before the cross aisle.

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