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Old 01-07-2017, 02:08 AM
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Well I picked up leather working a month ago and decided it was time to try to make a holster. It was challenging and lots of work. Next one will be much easier to do for sure.

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Old 01-07-2017, 06:36 AM
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Looks good! Personally I don't think I would want quite that much cant but would have to try it to see.
You might be giving Winthrop Holsters some competition!!
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Old 01-07-2017, 08:56 AM
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Wow great job! That looks really nice.
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Old 01-07-2017, 12:15 PM
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Looks good! Personally I don't think I would want quite that much cant but would have to try it to see.
You might be giving Winthrop Holsters some competition!!
Yeah the cant is too far for sure. This was meant to be IWB but I didn't know what I was doing and had no way of attaching a clip once it was done.....Very poor planning on my part. But it works.

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Old 01-07-2017, 12:46 PM
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incredibly nice for a first try... most try a simpler configuration for their first one... be proud of yourself... clips can be a pain and may need to be stitched into the holster as you go... my late father was a custom holster maker and I hope to have time to get back into it myself in the near future.
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Old 01-07-2017, 01:01 PM
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Nice! That's a LOT of stitching for one holster! I've done two holsters so far, and the learning curve is VERY steep.
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Slide a little more to front of body with the cant and you have a nice crossdraw system, which I found worked better for me.
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MP13 that's a good looking rig
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Thanks everyone for the kind words....It has so much cant it may work as a *** holster if I need it.

This was really a trial run for a IWB holster that I want to make for a friend. I now know that I can make a decent holster, I just need practice and a good design.

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Looks good but....
There is lotsa cant but you already knew that.
I woulda made the belt loop and reinforcement all one piece but that's just a personal preference kinda thing.
On the belt slot. I've never found it necessary to stitch around the slot. My own personal holster's lasted several years that way. Again just a personal preference kinda thing.
You're making me want to make an avenger style for myself.
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There is lotsa cant but you already knew that.
I woulda made the belt loop and reinforcement all one piece but that's just a personal preference kinda thing.
On the belt slot. I've never found it necessary to stitch around the slot. My own personal holster's lasted several years that way. Again just a personal preference kinda thing.
You're making me want to make an avenger style for myself.
I actually just tried out the holster and it's almost perfect as an *** holster.....So maybe I'm on to something.

But there was way too much stitching involved for this holster. I've got 4 hours easily into stitching alone.

Next one will be off the same pattern....But stitched in the correct order....And will have much less stitching

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That's a great job!!! Been sewing hide for many a year, (decades). Do you use a hole punch for all your holes and sew using 2 needles? Your stitching is very good!
I've started using soft leather of different colors to line the holsters to protect the finish. I did the design making for a few years, flowers and such. Still have all the tools and stamps.
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That's a very nice job for a first.
I keep my first stuck away in a dark place.
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Old 01-11-2017, 10:55 PM
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Very nice job! Congrats!
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That's a great job!!! Been sewing hide for many a year, (decades). Do you use a hole punch for all your holes and sew using 2 needles? Your stitching is very good!
I've started using soft leather of different colors to line the holsters to protect the finish. I did the design making for a few years, flowers and such. Still have all the tools and stamps.
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Thank you, I actually use a 2 prong stitching chisel just to get the spacing and I use a diamond awl to punch through. But yes, 2 needle saddle stitch I guess it's called.

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Thanks everyone, my next one will be a IWB for a friend's Glock 19. Same size as the sd9 so I'll just use mine as a template.

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I use a star wheel to mark and space the holes, and use a hand punch(like pliers) for the holes, it makes sewing easier. The more time you spend on a pattern it will show in your finished holster. I use file folders like I would use leather to fit the gun, I punch holes in the paper and cut to fit and it ends up being a pattern as well. Good luck
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Remember when doing an IWB holster to count the layers of leather including the belt and gun. That's how far the gun is gonna stick out and make a lump under your shirt or whatever.

This is a case of less is more.
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Old 01-22-2017, 05:07 AM
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For an amateur I'm amazed at the stitchwork. Aside from the leather itself, what did you have to spend on equipment/tools to do this?
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For an amateur I'm amazed at the stitchwork. Aside from the leather itself, what did you have to spend on equipment/tools to do this?
Not all that much honestly. I'm a tool junkie so I'm constantly buying new stuff but I think I had maybe $30 in tools...Most of which I didn't even use.

This project could be done with an xacto knife, wooden edge slicker, edge beveler, sand paper, adjustable stitching groover (optional), and needles and thread. All of which you can get in a kit of Amazon or eBay for $20 or less.

Forgot to mention that you also need a diamond shaped awl or diamond point chisels...Both can be had for cheap online. I just use the chisels for hole spacing.
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