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    My uncle-in-law won a 9mm handgun in a volunteer fireman’s raffle/fundraiser. It didn’t come with a holster. He wants to wear it while bowhunting and asked if I would make him one. I was more than happy to do it.



    I make holsters and knife sheathes from 6 to 8 Oz tooling leather so I always have a good supply on hand.



    It’s a small handgun so scraps will work.



    I make all my patterns from “crapalloy” which can be found in empty cereal boxes of 24 packs of soda. It creates the rough concept or outline.



    Then the face is wet, allowed to normalize and is then wet fitted to the contour of the handgun with antlers and bones and wooden shaping tools.







    It spent Sunday afternoon in the sun to dry and forever lock in that shape.







    A backing piece is made of the same leather and contact cement holds the pieces from shifting during sewing and riveting and belt loop cutting.



    Tubular rivets are used in high stress areas.



    Then stitching holes and belt loops are made.



    After hand stitching the excess is trimmed.



    I need to make a thumb snap feature.







    So far so good.



    He wants it black and it don’t get any blacker than USMC black.



    Then edge coat is applied to all the cut edges to keep the fray and swelling down.



    The oils need to be restored.



    And then waterproofed inside and out.



    And then a good shine.









    Then I gave it a test drive.


  • #2
    How did it change from 'right' hand to 'left' in the test drive?
    When seconds count, the cops are just minutes away.
    '08 24' HCM Granite HD "River Dog"
    2018 12' Moto Jet "River Pup"

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    • #3
      Good case of a holster more than doubling the value of a gun. Didn't think I would ever see bryco back again. Nice holster for sure.
      Now left only to be a turd in the forrest and the circle will be complete.Use me as I have used you

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Music Man View Post
        How did it change from 'right' hand to 'left' in the test drive?
        Mirror shot?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Music Man View Post
          How did it change from 'right' hand to 'left' in the test drive?

          Probably a "selfie" pic in a mirror.
          AKmud
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          The porcupine is a peaceful animal yet God still thought it necessary to give him quills....

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Music Man View Post
            How did it change from 'right' hand to 'left' in the test drive?
            We have this thing called a mirror. I took a pic of myself in it. Then I got out of it ASAP as those things can really mess you up.

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            • #7
              Beautiful holster....Great job...!!! Makes me wanna give er' a go.......
              Sheep hunting...... the pain goes away, but the stupidity remains...!!!

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              • #8
                Lotta small elements that have to come out right in making a holster.

                You nailed every single one of them! Really nice work, and the end product speaks for itself.
                "Lay in the weeds and wait, and when you get your chance to say something, say something good."
                Merle Haggard

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                • #9
                  Nice job RC.

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                  • #10
                    Very nice! Do you have anything protecting the gun finish from the snap? Not an issue?

                    I've got a holster start, for a 4" DW 44, in a box some where. Started it over 30 years ago.

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                    • #11
                      Excellent job RC.
                      I really like checking out your projects!!

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