Making a holster?

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    Making a holster?

    I was thinking about looking for a new "hobby" and holster making crossed my mind. Now I'm not thinking of making them to sell or anything, just something for myself but mainly just something to work on from time to time. I'm sure some people have experience in this and I'm just looking for any advice on where to buy supplies or any advice in general. Thanks and have a blessed day.
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    I just started making kydex holsters as a hobby...

    WARNING: extremely addicting!

    If you're into the idea of using kydex, a Google search will get you all the info and instruction you need.
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    Here's a nice tutorial. It's what I started with.

    Holster Making Tutorial

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    i wonder if all the guns you'd need to buy for patterning could be written off as business expenses.
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    I've been pondering this as well. Does anyone have a link to getting set up to do Kydex holsters? Been wondering on how to order the material and what equipment one needs to do this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChadliusNH View Post
    I just started making kydex holsters as a hobby...

    WARNING: extremely addicting!

    If you're into the idea of using kydex, a Google search will get you all the info and instruction you need.
    Hey ChadliusNH - Got any sources on starting up making Kydex holsters?
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    Here is a STEP BY STEP with pictures.
    Procedure For Forming Kydex
    You can buy Kydex on Ebay - right when you first start out you might want to buy a few sheets in odball colors because they are usually selling cheaper.

    Just search ebay for Kydex Sheet - Buy It Now - Lowest Price First and start shopping from there.
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    Oh...BTW - The OP did not say if he wanted to start making holsters in leather or Kydex. ???
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    I had kydex in mind when asking the question but any and all comments are welcome because nothing is set in stone. Thanks for all the responses so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QKShooter View Post
    Here is a STEP BY STEP with pictures.
    Procedure For Forming Kydex
    You can buy Kydex on Ebay - right when you first start out you might want to buy a few sheets in odball colors because they are usually selling cheaper.

    Just search ebay for Kydex Sheet - Buy It Now - Lowest Price First and start shopping from there.
    QKShooter - the link you posted seems to be bad. Would you mind trying it again?
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    Link is working for me. Scroll down the page that you get taken to.
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    Glad to see that tutorial still gets some play! Wow, how things have progressed over a few years!

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    PM me with any questions.
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    It's a fun hobby, I have made a few for my self and relatives.

    one for my sr40c



    one for a kimber


    I still need to make a couple more full kydex holsters for owb carry.

    I picked up some kydex sheets online, pack of 8 for $30 on Amazon. built my own press out of thick foam, a couple Velcro straps and 2 one foot square pieces of partical board. Cut the amount you need of the kydex sheet, heat the oven to 160, bake it for approx 5-6min place the gun on the foam, kydex over the gun and sandwich the foam sides together and hold until it's cool. a little trimming and sanding and you're good.

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    Nice work AZ40. Particularly the last one. As a novice leather worker and holster maker I use the ones I make right now while I learn the little tricks about belt loop placement and like in the case of the ones you pictured; a place for the fingers to make full contact with the stock and grips. You will notice you have a clean shot at doing this on the last one pictured but not the first one. Maybe it was a lesson you learned instinctively after trying it on.

    Good coverage on the trigger guard, support above and below the kydex so it doesn't ride on your skin, the right cant for the customer, and belt loop placement are some of the most important things to think about when designing your own holster.

    Leather working isn't a cheap hobby though and one needs to think about how far into it to go. I'm not into doing a lot of art work so I buy embossing plates and use a press to do those kind of things. An embossing roller is good too. I find a small band saw and belt sander gets used a lot. Unless someone plans on doing the stitching by hand; a good leather sewing machine will cost around $3k. Expensive but worth every penny when doing more than just a couple of items.

    I got the Cobra Class 4 machine that stitches through 3/4" of leather at one time. It truly is a dream machine for a leatherworker. I started out thinking a few hundred bucks would get me to where I needed to be with tools and some leather. Ten grand later I have transformed a bedroom into a full blown leather shop. It's fun though and I will disappear in there for full days sometimes... I currently make a few bucks here and there making thigh heat shields for the Victory bagger and touring bikes. At the time of this writing; I am the only person in the world doing it to my knowledge.

    I bought some Kydex to play around with so I guess I should go ahead and build a press. I understand you can do some touch up work with a heat gun. For occasional use I have found Harbor Freight a good way to keep some tooling costs down. YouTube is a great resource for learning and figuring out what you will need and how big to go with tools and other items.
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    Here is a very nice example of an IWB holster from The Holster Store.

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