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    All, I have had a number of shooters email me about a budget holster, after experimentation I found that the outer shell of a holster can be molded to your handgun and work FINE for most CCW use. I have tried 1911/Glock 17 for molding and it looks like it’ll fit the M9 and other large autos.
    This is a “Mold it yourself” holster, wet the leather in some warm water (add a drop of a soap!) lay the leather atop your pistol and start hand molding. Use a spoon to press the leather in. (see my molding, all done by hand in a few minutes!) Note: IF you have a smaller firearm it MAY not work with this.

    $25 shipped, email me to send one! Paypal accepted! andy@shottist.com
    http://andysgunthoughts.wordpress.com/simple-holster/


    For a completed $45 1911 holster, go HERE:
    http://andysgunthoughts.wordpress.co...-holster-sale/

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    Whereas this may well be something of value for the forum members, I'm pretty sure that you aren't supposed to use the forum for commercial self-promotion. We'll be overrun with "herbal viagra" ads and the like if this is tolerated. Then again, I don't run the forum and it is at least obliquely gun-related...

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    Not against the rules, last time I checked.

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    Just before the Cuban Conflict, a fella in my platoon covered his revolver in vasolene, soaked holster in water, inserted revolverinto itandmolded holster to revolver. He thenletit dry next to barracks radiator. Worked good.

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    You can make your own with kydex:









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    cREbralFIX, old boy...

    What does the rest of that revolver look like? Do you know who altered the grips?

    Regarding the holster, what keeps the front end of the holster from sliding down in one's trousers?

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    Brother Langlois,

    What sort of stitching do you do on these holsters? I make my own holsters, but that looks like a fair to middling useful holster if it's assembled correctly. Do you hand sew those or run them on a machine?

    I presume you're using vegetable tanned leather?
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    I stippled the grips using a dremel with round bit. I put tung oil on them afterward and had to cook them at 180 degrees for around 2-3 hours.

    The strap and the curve of the belt around the point of the hip keep the holster front from slipping down. I haven't had a problem with it yet, though the holster is still in testing.

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    cREbralFIX wrote:
    I stippled the grips using a dremel with round bit. I put tung oil on them afterward and had to cook them at 180 degrees for around 2-3 hours.

    The strap and the curve of the belt around the point of the hip keep the holster front from slipping down. I haven't had a problem with it yet, though the holster is still in testing.
    That's a very nice example of a real revolver. I have a serious weakness for those big .357 Magnum revolvers. I have two M27s, one in 5.5 inch barrel and one 6 inch. I really have the hots for a 3.5 inch. It looks in very nice shape, as well.

    But...

    I wish you'd have talked with me first. A set of Herrett's grips would do a much better job and probably cost less than those collectible diamond grips you altered.

    Back to holsters, I've found IWB work better when either hung so they balance (which puts the loop right on top of the cylinder and I don't like that) or mounted fore and aft. Usually I make them from leather rough side out and that tends to grip a bit better. If I understand correctly, Kydex doesn't have a 'rough side'.

    Do be careful with that setup, Kydex will rub the blue off anywhere it touches the gun. That would be a tragedy.
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    Well, I think the grips are not collectable because they're not serial numbered to the gun. I can always just order a new set from S&W. I like Herrett's Stocks (had a great set for a Browning Hi-Power), but I need stocks that don't extend past the bottom of the grip. This was the cheap solution and doesn't require trying several sets of stocks. I'm only willng to go so far for a revolver.

    Besides, by the time I'm done with it, the gun will have had 10,000+ rounds through it and no finish left anyway. She's not a safe queen and will get dragged through mountains and just about everywhere else.

    BTW, you can get one of these. Get on Lew Horton's website...just don't pay more than $1,000 for it.



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    cREbralFIX,

    Have you considered adding a Tyler T-grip adapter to those grips? It fits in between the rear of the trigger guard and the front grip strap; keeps your middle finger from getting too high and getting whacked when shooting.

    I don't mean to beat a dead horse - and it is your revolver - but those diamond center grips are worth more than the newer ones. Still, it looks like a good shooter; and I find most offensive the idea of good .357 Magnum revolver never seeing the light of day or the flame of discharge.

    Carry on.
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