Something truely unique..

Something truely unique..

This is a discussion on Something truely unique.. within the Defensive Carry Holsters & Carry Options forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I'm premeiring two new things in one post here. A while ago, a female officer who works in the northwest (getting no more specific because ...

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    Something truely unique..

    I'm premeiring two new things in one post here.
    A while ago, a female officer who works in the northwest (getting no more specific because she works undercover) contacted me regarding making a female-specific holster. We had met at a law enforcement instructors training conference and discussed some details there. I told here I had a few prototypes kicking around and gave her one to take home with her and try. She contacted me to discuss some modifications to that version, and she started asking me about exotics. She stated that she understood that all the exotics use cowhide as a foundation leather, and asked me how thick the exotic hides were. I explained that I skive them down thinner than they are when I receive them, to add less bulk to the holster and allow for detail molding. She asked if they were as thick as a piece of denim? I told her a little thicker than that and she hit me with "Well then, do you think you could make a holster covered in blue jean denim?"
    Hhhmmmm...What have I gotten myself into...
    Always up to a challenge, and always tempted by the desire to produce something truely unique and one-of-a-kind custom, I said I'd give it a try with the design modifications we'd decided upon. I immediately figured the two biggest challenges would be finding an adhesive that would not bleed thru the demin. This proved to be true and the normal leather glue would not work. The second challenge was keeping the cut edges of the denim from fraying. The end result is basically a modified Nelson Professional. The rear of the holster features a folded over loop instead of the traditional belt slot. This drops the holster about 1/2 inch lower on the waist, making it more adaptable to a woman's short torso. The rear belt tunnel is not sewn at the top. It is attached with screw posts and rubber spacers, allowing adjustment of how close or far the pistol cants towards the body. A typical holster on a woman will cant the muzzle outward and push the grip into their ribs based on their hip structure. The object was to get the muzzle inward and push the grip out some.
    She's apparently a bit of a wild child, (into Harley's and horses) and asked if the mouthband could be done in black leather from a leather jacket, which she supplied. Anyway, here is the end result:

    "He who makes things with his hands is a laborer, he who makes things with his hands and his head is a craftsman, he who makes things with his hands, his head, and his heart is an artist."

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    Now that is a very fine looking rig.

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    Very nice!

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    Damm I like that .. now why hadnt anyone come up with that before ?? That has to be the definitive answer to " jacket peek " with owb carry .
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    My first thought was "denim, oh no". But looking at it I really like it!
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    I really like that. I'm looking for a holster my wife would be willing to wear. Can you post some more pics? Thanks.

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    nice work on that one!


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    Is that a P239/.40S&W?

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    That does look sharp!!

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    Well....thats what I would call an exotic exotic..... te he he.

    Leave it to you Mark! I mean that in a good way! :D ....its so simple it almost hurts! But hadnt been done before.......looks good!

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    I think you're on to something here...
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    Very Unique...

    looks like it could work well...

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    Hey Mark:
    Pretty neat look! That denim sure makes for a very unique look that I think quite a few will like....alot. You'll probably be sorry you posted the photo .

    I used that same rear loop design on my first prototype SLP/F in 95 (CRAPPY photo alert!):

    but then redesigned the SLP/F and the SLP-TL with a wrap around trailing loop (widely copied since) that was either snapped or screwed down. The reason for the redesign was because some women with more hip flare could still feel the bottom welt on the rear loop.

    Anyhow...I preferred then (and still do) the clean lines of the stitched rear loop. NICE work!!

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    Very nice mark i really like it

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