Holster making...initial investment?
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February 22nd, 2012 02:51 AM
February 23rd, 2012 02:16 PM
some help in making your first holster
I to believe the Stohlman book is good for a beginner to learn leatherworking basics (not for modern holster design) however it does show how to make a basic pattern. Below are a few sights that will help you decide if you want to tackle a holster and give you step by step tutorials on making a modern holster. Chuck burrows gives a great tutorial on stitching. I have also listed a real basic list of tools that will get your first holster made. Not everyone will agree with the list however I know for a fact you can get a holster built with this list, I have done it. For your first holster get a piece of Tandy leather ( later if your still making holsters get the good stuff). You need 8-9oz Veg tanned leather perferably shoulder.
List of tools and material:
Waxed nylon thread small spool about $4.00
Needles- a 10 pack about 2.00 Tandy can help you size the needle for the thread you buy.
Adjustable groover (to cut a stitching channel) about 13.00
Over stitch wheel #5 or 6 (I usually use #5) About 12.00
A sharp knife such as a carpet knife $6.00
Stabbing awl (to make holes for stitching) $6.00
Edge beveler (#2 or #3) $10.00
A snap setter (if you will have retention strap) about $14.00
you need something to hit the snap setter with a dead blow hammer for $4-6.00 from harbor freight will work to start with.
There are lots of other tools you could get but this will get your first holster put together. The tutorials will give you some more ideas and you will find you probably already have some tools that will be useful
JDLawhon.com - Holstermaking 101
Holster Making Tutorials
Holster Making Tutorial
Tutorials | Old Faithful Holsters
Holsters and Gun Leather Design
WIld Rose Trading Co - Leather Sewing
These should get you well on your way to making your first holster. Also go to Gun Holsters, Rifle Slings and Knife Sheathes - Leatherworker.net you can get just about any question on holster making answered and find many holster designs. you will need to register to see the pictures but well worth a few minutes of your time. Hope this helps.
February 23rd, 2012 04:46 PM
Extremely helpful post.
February 24th, 2012 02:58 AM
Images of this design from circa 1970 as in production circa 1990; it doesn't seem that Bianchi produces it any longer:
Originally Posted by rednichols
February 24th, 2012 03:06 AM
Images of hand stitching, saddle stamping, from a rig I built for old Joe Bowman, r.i.p. He was one of those amazingly fast trick shooters that we've all heard of, but few have seen in action - in person. A colourful character who roamed the industry's SHOT show.
Originally Posted by rednichols
February 24th, 2012 09:16 AM
Somehow I think the original topic was lost.
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February 24th, 2012 01:43 PM
Take a look at this kit:
Tandy Leather Factory - Deluxe Hand Stitching Kit
This book is a very good "basic" book on working with and sewing leather. QKShooter is right about starting with a book. You'll notice 3 tools. One is a guide that let's you put a slight groove in the leather a set distance from the edge. this is where your sewing will go. The tool with the pokey wheels runs over the leather leaving a patter for where you'll make holes for the thread. This keeps the spacing good and even. The 3rd tool is a hand sewing awl. These are the basic three plus a very sharp knife to cut the leather. You'll need die's and thread.
This gets you started on basic hand sewing. A BIG step up is a sewing machine (not your wife's :) ) but that can be quite a bit of money. There are special tools for burnishing the edges of leather (rounding the edge) but you can do that with common hand tools around the house. A dremel works well to make the holes.
I've got some of these tools and would like to make my own becasue I'd like to make a holster exactly the way I'd like it but I haven't started becasue of the time. I know the first few are going to be crude. I have a friend who builds saddles and horse tack. He's also done some holsters but he prefers the larger horse leather work. He makes hand sewing look easy but it's like everything else, it takes a fair amount of practice.
I've found some good info on different web sites on how to form, shape, mold, etc.
I've always wanted to do this and handload ammo but have never had the time to take the plunge. I hope you do and enjoy it!
February 25th, 2012 06:59 PM
This custom maker appears to be put more of a production maker's effort into building a holster:
Brigade Holsters- M-11 Exotic Ultimate IWB Holster
The pics of construction on that page are educational for newbies and oldies alike.
It intrigues me that Brigade's paddle holster is a copy of my trademarked design for Aker, and the paddle itself is my patented invention:
Originality is its own reward, chaps; give it a try.
February 25th, 2012 07:02 PM
Use a cordless drill to make the holes, you likely already have one and a cordless' top speed (1,500 rpm) is more suitable to the task than an awl: faster and safer and straighter, and the hole is the same size front to back of your holster.
Originally Posted by Gideon
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