DIY beltster (cheap & easy)

DIY beltster (cheap & easy)

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    DIY beltster (cheap & easy)

    I'm still trying to get a decent holster with no cash outlay, and found our sewing awl* - yay!. Having seen the Beltster:

    and having some cotton webbing handy, I put this together:

    I was pleased with how it holds the pistol, protects the trigger, keeps things snug into the body, and doesn't print. Here are some business shirt photos; T-shirts cover well, too:
    Front: 3/4: Side:

    A 'real' holster is still on the list for Father's Day/Birthday/Christmas, but I'm further down the road to proper carry than I was.

    *Sewing awl, in case you didn't know what they were. They're super for sewing leather and hefty fabrics:
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    Good job. You do what you got to do. Better than leaving the gun at home. Good luck.

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    Great idea, this way your pistol will "never be in your other pants". One question I have, as I have seen discussions on this at texaschlforum.com before, what happens when you go to the head? I guess you would just have to be extra careful...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paco View Post
    ...what happens when you go to the head? I guess you would just have to be extra careful...
    I always am... Oh, with the pistol.

    I use a stall for all operations, hopefully a handicap stall for the extra room. One hand to holds the grip, with proper-trigger-discipline finger grasping belt, and trousers are cautiously dropped. The pistol stays put between belt and waistband, only around calves (#1) or bunched around ankles (#2) so that the pistol is supported in roughly the same orientation as when it is worn. Instant ankle-holster!

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    We aim to please. You aim too, please!

    In that case I think you have found a very economical solution, I may have to go out and get me some material to do the same for myself.
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    Did you try your sewing machine? That's not a huge amount of material you're sewing through there so I'd think most sewing machines would do the trick and would be MUCH faster than the awl.

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    not my idea of a holster , however it is above and beyond just stuffing the thing in the waistband .
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    Ingenius! Good job making due with what you have!
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    Very cool. With a little creativity and time, you could make something like that every bit as secure and safe as a "real" holster. The obvious benefit would be cost and concealability. Talk about THIN!!!!

    I like.

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    As long as it works...thats all that matters...

    good job.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gg12 View Post
    Did you try your sewing machine? That's not a huge amount of material you're sewing through there so I'd think most sewing machines would do the trick and would be MUCH faster than the awl.
    gg12 was quite right: I bought some black nylon webbing and the proper blue thread this time, and fired up the sewing machine. Worked fine, and cost peanuts.

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    Update: the weight of the firearm pulls the waistband of the slacks down significantly on either side of the belt loop. I can reposition things so they look OK, but I am doing so pretty often (as in, "Way more than one should with a properly-fitting holster").

    I'm going to try a velcro patch between belt and slacks, but haven't quite gotten to it yet. Since I don't know when threads are closed I thought I should post possible drawbacks for anyone considering making one.

    Or I could just put on some more weight, and take up the slack in the waistband.

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