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    I have made several non-retention holsters lately, and today i made a new retention holster. It turned out ok, but i think i could do it a little nicer if i practice on a few more.

    I also tried out my new pink leather dye on a holster i made for the ol lady.












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    Nice holsters Lapeer. I have to admit the pink on that holster looks good.

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    Hey Lapeer,

    I've been making my own holsters for just a little bit and have learned a great deal from the helpful people over at www.leatherworker.net They have an entire forum dedicated to holsters/sheaths with some pro holster makers that will answer questions and give advice.

    I have a few suggestions that might help if you'd like to hear 'em.

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    can someone make a left handed retention paddle holster for hi point 9 mm

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    nice job, the wife likes the pink one a lot
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    nice job, the wife likes the pink one a lot
    i can make your wife a pink holster non-retention holster just like that one for $35 bucks. black or brown non-retention ones are $25. Black rentention type would prob cost more like $40...they are a lot more work!


    to the above poster, I do not feel comfortable trying to make a paddle holster. Isn't a paddle retention holster a bit of an oxymoron?
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    I have been wanting a thigh holster but i do not like nylon holsters, i am a big leather fan. i have a galco shoulder harness, and a bianchi waist holster, would bewilling topay to have it shipped oreven pick it up myself. if you would be interested in taking on this task PM me witha quote/details. if not at least let me say.Nice Work. the pink one would look good on my ol lady if that were the only thing she were wearing. . .

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    lapeer20m wrote:
    nice job, the wife likes the pink one a lot
    i can make your wife a pink holster non-retention holster just like that one for $35 bucks.* black or brown non-retention ones are $25.* Black rentention type would prob cost more like $40...they are a lot more work!


    to the above poster, I do not feel comfortable trying to make a paddle holster.* Isn't a paddle retention holster a bit of an oxymoron?
    how about just a nice left handed holster for my hi point 9 mm

    have not been able to find a nice left handed holster unless its nylon and to big for that gun

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    Lapeer20m - I really like the holsters and I'm very impressed with your skill. One question though... Shouldn't the thumb break be on the inside of the holster so your thumb is on the correct side of the gun when you draw? Just curious as to why you put yours on the outside.
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    EM87 wrote:
    Lapeer20m - I really like the holsters and I'm very impressed with your skill. One question though... Shouldn't the thumb break be on the inside of the holster so your thumb is on the correct side of the gun when you draw? Just curious as to why you put yours on the outside.
    you sir, have an excellent eye for detail!

    i copied a buddies left handed holster to make that one.....everything needed to be a mirror image of the original since my holster is for a righty.....I forgot to reverse things when i did the thumb break. basically, i accidentally put a left handed thumb break on a right handed holster.
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    Are you planning on stitching it together?

    Here are some things that helped me out quite a bit:

    This article by JD Lawhon got me started. I've changed some things to better suit me but it's a good place to start---http://www.jdlawhon.com/tutorial.html

    The book "The Art of Hand Sewing Leather" by Al Stohlman is a MUST have.

    "How To Make Holsters" also by Stohlman is a handy reference. It has a bunch of old timey patterns in it but the beginning has some very useful tips on layout and construciton thatare still applicable with modern holsters.

    "Leatherwork Manual" by Stohlman, Patten, and Wilson has some great general info on leatherwork and construction methods.

    You know about the location of the retention strap so no need to cover that one.

    The first thing I'd recommend is to cut it for a full firing grip and expose the mag release, at least on the left side. For the firing grip the leather where the trigger guard meets the grip needs to trimmed away so it doesn't interfere with your normal grip of the pistol. Notice on this holster from UBG Holsters the space between the top of the holster mouth and the grip/trigger guard junction? That's needed to obtain a good grip.



    Exposing the mag release on the side of the button will actually reduce the occurences of having your mag get popped loose.

    Next would be get it all stitched together and dress the edges. Also, round off all pointy corners. These will catch on things and dog-ear over time and generally be a big hassle.

    If I can help in any way please feel free to ask. Also, try to take advantage of the very talented makers out there that are willing to answer questions over on www.leatherworker.net. They have helped me immensely.

    Good job and keep at it

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    I'm starting to get really interested in making a holster of my own because of this thread. If only I had more time to do things like this... or maybe that's just an excuse. I was telling myself today that I need another hobby, and leather working (especially holsters) might be right up my alley in terms of being able to make something both creative and useful. But then again, I already have three different types holsters for my one gun. Maybe I need to buy another gun... :P

    How much does it cost for the basic materials to do something like this?
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    It's a great hobby but it won't save you any money. It's like taking up bass fishing because you think it'll be cheaper than buying fish at the store :P

    The basic tools aren't too bad but you'll soon find yourselfwith more than the basic tools. Then you'll need a place to put them. Then you'll need better leather. Then better dye. Then a hydraulic holster press (I'm putting mine together right now). Then a sewing machine (that'll be a while, I can't justify multi-thousands of $$ for a hobby). The list goes on and on.

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    Bronson wrote:
    It's a great hobby but it won't save you any money.
    Darn, I guess I can't really afford it then. Money's already tight as it is. Maybe in the future, who knows.
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    EM87 wrote:
    Bronson wrote:
    It's a great hobby but it won't save you any money.
    Darn, I guess I can't really afford it then. Money's already tight as it is. Maybe in the future, who knows.
    +1

    I bought a used industrial machine to sew leather, spent $150 in leather so far, $100 on dye and other leather finishing products, plus small things like snaps, chicago screws, thread, needles, razor blades, dremel tool attachments, not to mention all the tools i already have, like drill bits, dewalt drill, dremel tool. paint brushes, paint sprayer, air compressor, hammers, etc.....

    So far, i've spent less than $1,000. It's a loosing proposition selling a few holsters trying to get all my money back....not to mention all of my time. Like bronson said, it would be a lot cheaper to buy a holster, even if it is an expensive one.

    leather making is addictive. I just can't stop!

    here is one of my non-retention holsters. I just didn't think they were as interesting here since non-retention isn't appropriate for OCing in most circumstances.

    i can make these non-retention holsters in right or left hand. I've been selling them for $25 each.

    these two are both the same as the pink one (although the pink one is a newer one with slight modifications) I have made a bunch of these. The molding/boning process makes it custom to each gun.




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    cabman1 wrote:
    how about just a nice left handed holster for my hi point 9 mm

    have not been able to find a nice left handed holster unless its nylon and to big for that gun
    I'd need to have your gun for a bit. I have a CPL so no worries about legality and I'd write you a reciept when I took possession of it. I also have a safe for when it is stored.

    PM me and maybe we can work something out.

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    this is my latest prototype. I spent hours working on this today, it's actually quite complicated compared to the others. It's not quite finished..actually this one will be torn apart and used to make a pattern.

    It'll look nice strapped to my leg while out riding my motorcycle.





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    lapeer20m wrote:
    this is my latest prototype.* I spent hours working on this today, it's actually quite complicated compared to the others.* It's not quite finished..actually this one will be torn apart and used to make a pattern. **

    It'll look nice strapped to my leg while out riding my motorcycle.
    Looks nice!
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    Wow, lots of really great looking leather here. Nice work, guys.

    My only question is the practicality of carrying in a thigh rig on a motorcycle. I've spent a lot of time on two wheels, and I know how the roads in Michigan can get... the thought of my firearm in that position (barrel roughly parallel to the road) would make me a little nervous. Not only for the muzzle direction (yeah, I know the likelihoods, but...), but also the higher risk of a bounce-out. Carried vertically on a belt is pretty secure. Horizontally in a thigh rig on a bike? I dunno... thoughts?
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    lapeer20m wrote:
    this is my latest prototype. I spent hours working on this today, it's actually quite complicated compared to the others. It's not quite finished..actually this one will be torn apart and used to make a pattern.

    It'll look nice strapped to my leg while out riding my motorcycle.




    just wondering how you think it feels. one of the first rigs i had kept riding up/shifting. really been wanting a thigh rig. looks nice, keep up the work.

    Devery

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    Taurus850CIA wrote:
    Wow, lots of really great looking leather here. Nice work, guys.

    My only question is the practicality of carrying in a thigh rig on a motorcycle. I've spent a lot of time on two wheels, and I know how the roads in Michigan can get... the thought of my firearm in that position (barrel roughly parallel to the road) would make me a little nervous. Not only for the muzzle direction (yeah, I know the likelihoods, but...), but also the higher risk of a bounce-out. Carried vertically on a belt is pretty secure. Horizontally in a thigh rig on a bike? I dunno... thoughts?
    I've ridden my bike with my thigh rig several times. It's active retention and bouncing out hasn't worried me at all. When I get home I usually do a quick barrel swab to remove the few stray bits of dirt that get into the barrel (If it really worries you, stick a cork in the end. I guarantee it won't slow down the lead lol). Remember, most of these guns are made to be tough and still work after taking some horrendous punishment. Obviously I wouldn't carry a competition precision machined target pistol like this, but my bargain brand 1911? Sure.

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    Dirt bouncing up into the barrel seems like it should be easy to fix by putting tape over the bottom of the holster.
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    manicdevery wrote
    just wondering how you think it feels. one of the first rigs i had kept riding up/shifting. really been wanting a thigh rig. looks nice, keep up the work.

    Devery
    I don't have any photos, but i re-designed the thigh rig to have two straps that go around the leg. not because i thought it needed it, but because all of the thigh rig holsters i looked at online have two sets of straps.

    as far as dirt/rain getting in the barrel, i had not thought of that. It would be easy enough to redesign the holster with the end closed.

    I think that future thigh rig holsters i make will have nylon webbing straps. Leather straps are too time consuming to make, and i think webbing would do just as good a job.
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    my latest retention holster:




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    here is the thigh rig...it's finally dry





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