Post By acepilot
July 7th, 2013 09:07 PM
My 3rd attempt at holster making
Pretty proud of this one. It is my best to date. Actually made it for a co-worker's Ruger SR40c. It's made with 9-10 Oz. Hermann Oak leather which is about 3/16" thick. I soaked it in near boiling water for 30 seconds to wet form it. That temperature water makes the leather a bit brittle, which helps even more to keep it open for easy reholstering...
Hand stictched using the two needle method. I pre-drill the holes with a 1/16" drill bit in my drill press. Works like a champ! Took about 2 hours from start to finish.
Gotta Fly or Gonna Die
July 7th, 2013 09:53 PM
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July 7th, 2013 10:53 PM
Nice little holster there.
July 8th, 2013 01:58 AM
Just a suggestion for future holsters. Skip the near boiling water, that really risks damaging the leather, a 4 or 5 second dunk in warm water and let the leather sit for a few minutes before inserting the gun and forming is the best way. Force drying at 120 to 130 degF will cause the leather to firm up nicely.
Originally Posted by acepilot
July 8th, 2013 02:28 AM
I just run mine under warm water a couple times in the sink. There is a method for boiling leather to make it hard. But you still want some flexibility in that holster too.
If you have a shoe rack for your dryer just run it through a cycle on the rack for about an hour. I put mine in the oven for about 20 minutes, about as low as it will go now. Be kind of careful with the oven until you get it figured out. You can ruin leather if you are not careful.
I would also recommend a solid stitch around the perimeter to reinforce the glue. I usually run a stitch between the belt slot and the gun too. You can see it in my avatar. Speaking of stitches, try to connect that top stitch to the trigger guard stitch instead of letting that one stitch hang out there on it's own.
And keep at it. It's addictive. Each one get's a little better.
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July 8th, 2013 06:35 AM
It still has some flexibility...seems about the same as before I soaked it. This one is pretty darn thick (about 3/8" where the belt slots are since the leather is about 3/16" thick), so there isn't as much flexibility to start with...
Originally Posted by chiefjason
There is stitching running around the perimeter of the glued area for the most part. So far, I haven't had any issues with glued areas de-bonding. That one stitch by the trigger guard is completely back-stitched, so it's doubled up.
Yes, holster making IS addictive. I need to make one for my wife's Sig and another one for my SR9c with laser...
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July 8th, 2013 07:23 AM
Congrats! That is a very solid looking holster. I tip my hat to you!!
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July 8th, 2013 08:01 AM
July 8th, 2013 03:43 PM
Since you're using your drill press to make your stitch holes instead of a drill bit mount a diamond awl. Follow your stitch tracing with the awl set at an angle not straight up and down. Makes a neater stitch line and makes it stronger.
July 8th, 2013 06:52 PM
You're off and running :)
Others picked up on your wetting method, so I'll mention what shows as big as a barn: safety and design, which are immutably linked. This pic tells the story:
If we accept that Gaylord was the first to create what we call concealment holsters today, and Theodore made them better, and Bianchi made them popular; note how Theodore took the Gaylord design (they were mates) and removed the portion where the knuckle of the hand must go. Original Gaylord on the left, Paris' version on the right:
What looks like a styling choice by Paris where the leather runs along the forward edge of the pistol grip, is actually done to clear the mag button, which is at that level on the other side of the pistol.
50 years later it's still a struggle to incorporate the basics, that are necessary to accomodate what is a weapon, not a toy.
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