Homemade Kydex.

Homemade Kydex.

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    Here is a holster I cooked up using a bladetech paddle that I've found the most comfortable so far. I've been wearing this about 3 months now without any problems. Compared to my Bladetech and Fobus it sits about 1/2-3/4" closer to my side. I wore it most of the summer with only an untucked tee.


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    I have seen links on how to make Kydex holsters in the past. Yours is a great example. It looks store bought to me. Maybe someday I will have to give it a try.
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    Holster looks great, question is how did you do it?

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    Looks great.
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    Wow looks "storebought" ...very nice, does not look homemade at all.
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    That looks sweet, can we get a few picks of it by itself to see how you got it to stay so close to the body?
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    Quote Originally Posted by searcher 45 View Post
    Holster looks great, question is how did you do it?
    Do tell please. I have wanted to do something like this for an IWB mag/flashlight carrier. I can't find anything commercial that works for what I want to do.
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    Nice neat job.
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    Nice work...I'd like to dabble in kydex some day.
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    Some more pics of the Bladetech and mine side by side. You'll notice I didn't counter sink the chicago screws as deep as they did, just enough to where they don't contact the 9c. I also used a thinner Kydex. You'll notice mine is somewhat more narrow than BT's.

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    First thing you have to get over is sacrificing the money for a LCP or CT grip in order to save 60 bucks. With some simple hand tools, a toaster oven, table top band saw, and heat gun, and some form sanding device. I use a sanding block and 3 or 4 different grits of paper and a dermal with a polishing wheel youíre ready to get started. The biggest thing is learning how not to overheat or underheat the Kydex. I found that you preheat the oven toss in your sheet and stare at it, youíll eventually pickup hints from the sheet when itís getting close to being ready to remove. I use a pair of machanix gloves reach in and pull it out and ďtestĒ how close it is to being ready, maybe toss it back in for a half minute more or less. Itís really a learned art, I ruined many sheets that ended up tossed out in the driveway or against the wall. Some of my first attempts were actually beat with a baseball bat, it will not break. I set my little toaster oven to 350F. The thinner the sheet the easier it is to work with. The best Iíve used so far is some I found in a X-ray room we removed from service but Iím starting to run out of that and will have to source some off the net soon. The .08 stuff off e-bay is really hard IMHO to work with and get right, it drove me so crazy I havenít tried my last remaining sheet.

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    well done. I love a good DIY project.
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    I'm actually about to drop an order for some kydex gear. Holsters down the road maybe, but first some knife sheaths, mag pouches, etc.

    Holster looks nice, did you use your M&P as the mold I assume? Can't see, do you have any kind of a press with foam you use or did you work the kydex with your hands around the gun?

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    right in front of the saw are two pieces of foam I use, just that gray foam you receive new products in. These two pieces are a little denser than most, and seem to hold up to the temps pretty good. I've thought about making a press but I've only made holsters for myself and a few people at work so it's really not worth the time to put into making a press. I fine tune the kydex with the heatgun. Yeah I use the M&P, I'd say I've wrapped it at least 100 times now and there's no damage to the poly.

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    Looks awesome. That is the one thing that I don't like about kydex paddles. They sit too far away from your body.

    Looks like you solved that problem. Good job!
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