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    Leather gurus!

    Can anybody give me a rough estimate on what they would guess the cost would be to take a typical OWB leather holster such as the Holster Store Pro Carry HD and close the bottom of the holster up, as well as add a retention strap?

    I would call a local leather worker, but they are all Amish, so I would have to go see them. I wanted to get a guess/rough estimate before I go check it out.

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    If your town/city still have shoe cobblers, they should be able to hook you up with what you want. In the past, that is who I have use. For me, the work was high quality and cost was low (relative speaking), Mine was 10 bucks to supply the leather and to add the retention strap. So you can leave a big tip if you are pleased. I gave him 15 bucks. This was ten years ago in small town Kentucky, so you big City Folks may pay more.
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    Look for a boot repair or alteration shop


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    You could also try a saddle/tack shop. When I was thinking of altering a leather holster I stopped at a local holster guy. Unfortunately he only did his leather work in the off season, he was a farmer. So that is when I found the saddle shop. I was going to have a suede backing put on one of my holsters, they quoted me $40 for the work to include the suede. I ended up changing my mind and not having the work done.

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    If you begin messin' with the fit of the holster (e.g. closing the bottom up) you're changing a lot - the depth, the balance, the retention (natural).........

    Why bother? Just hunt for one that has the features you want.

    Or call the Pro Carry maker and talk to them. This is from their website:

    If you have questions about carry positions, additional options or general questions, feel free to contact a member of our sales team prior to placing your order. Our sales team can be reached toll free at 1.866.998.7254, Monday thru Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm, by live chat at the top left hand corner of our website and by email from our “Contact Us” page.
    Looks clear to me.
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    The pro carry looks like a single clip IWB holster, or I'm missing something.

    FWIW, a well made OWB pancake holster does not need a thumb break. Some people may prefer them. But there should be enough retention on a well made holster to keep the gun in place. Also, thumb breaks are built into the holster at the start. Adding one later will most likely look terrible, and might function just as bad.

    Also, the open toe allows for debris to move out of the holster away from your firearm. A closed toe will hold debris in the holster. Debris in the holster is one of the main reasons for finish wear on a pistol.

    I make holsters and here is what I would tell you. I would rather make a holster than fix one, so I could make one cheaper than fixing one. And I would make sure of that on the price side.

    Best bet is to find someone to sell that one too and buy one that is built the way you want. Or keep that as a spare.
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    This is meant as humor folks = Type Leather Gurus into an internet search engine................ LOL!
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    IWB and leather with synthetic formed holder for the big pistols. All you all with those cute little firearms can do what you want.

    Comfort, quick access and not printing.

    As for a preferred brand. I do not recommend specific products.
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    Leather gurus!

    Quote Originally Posted by chiefjason View Post
    The pro carry looks like a single clip IWB holster, or I'm missing something.

    FWIW, a well made OWB pancake holster does not need a thumb break. Some people may prefer them. But there should be enough retention on a well made holster to keep the gun in place. Also, thumb breaks are built into the holster at the start. Adding one later will most likely look terrible, and might function just as bad.

    Also, the open toe allows for debris to move out of the holster away from your firearm. A closed toe will hold debris in the holster. Debris in the holster is one of the main reasons for finish wear on a pistol.

    I make holsters and here is what I would tell you. I would rather make a holster than fix one, so I could make one cheaper than fixing one. And I would make sure of that on the price side.

    Best bet is to find someone to sell that one too and buy one that is built the way you want. Or keep that as a spare.
    When purchasing, you can choose IWB or OWB.

    Also, I want the bottom closed up to keep dirt and other stuff from getting thrown up into the barell, as I would be using this holster for my handgun when I'm bowhunting. I want the retention strap so that I can climb a tree stand without having to worry about the gun falling out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rock and Glock View Post
    If you begin messin' with the fit of the holster (e.g. closing the bottom up) you're changing a lot - the depth, the balance, the retention (natural).........

    Why bother? Just hunt for one that has the features you want.

    Or call the Pro Carry maker and talk to them. This is from their website:



    Looks clear to me.
    It's not like I'm going to get the bottom closed up by squeezing it together and having it sewn. I know that would effect retention. I want to just add another piece of leather to the bottom and have it wrapped around the bottom and closed up. I don't see how that would hurt anything.

    Also, I want to stay with the Pro Carry HD because I bought one for IWB and really liked how well made the holster was, especially for the price. I only sent it back because it didn't hide the gun as well as my Alien Gear holster. But if I'm going to wear it deer hunting, I don't care if the gun is showing.

    As for the additional features, a magazine carrier, cant option, and a slide guard are the only ones I'm aware of.

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    Listen, I'm not trying to be a jerk just save you some time. There is no point in reinventing that holster.

    It's a $35 holster. It will cost more to get someone to cut, glue, and stitch a piece in the bottom. It's all hand work. And it will not look very good, same with the strap. Now, if you want to learn how to do it it might work out. You'll have as much in materials to try it as you have in the holster though.

    I almost never recommend this. But if it's for bowhunting just get one of the nylon uncle mikes with thumb break. It WILL be cheaper than the repairs you want.

    I use a fobus paddle for hunting and a blackhawk SERPA for fishing. I've not had an issue with a lot of debris getting in the barrel. I'll get some falling in from the top that I have to clean out.

    Good luck though.
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    Adding a retention strap is one thing, closing the end of the holster is another. Anyone who could possibly close the end of the holster will need the gun to insure the job is done correctly. Further, a fitted (molded) open ended holster doesn't have enough leather, so leather will have to be patched on to make it work. I wouldn't trust anyone who is not a holster maker to do the job. Lastly, considering the cost of having it done, you can add just a few bucks and buy a new rig. Take your old one and sell it on ebay.

    I'm a leather worker, but I don't make holsters. Patching on a piece of leather will not be easy.

    Quote Originally Posted by haldermand View Post
    Can anybody give me a rough estimate on what they would guess the cost would be to take a typical OWB leather holster such as the Holster Store Pro Carry HD and close the bottom of the holster up, as well as add a retention strap?

    I would call a local leather worker, but they are all Amish, so I would have to go see them. I wanted to get a guess/rough estimate before I go check it out.

    Thanks!

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    Seems like you got some good advice from some very experienced folks in here, some of them in the holster making business. Also doesn't sound like you want to hear what they have to say. You might want to reconsider.
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