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Thinking of making holsters
#1
Well, with losing my job, I have alot of time. And only a little money. I have been wanting to make a holster for my 1911. I have my serpa, and it works great. But I would like a nice leather one as well.

Looked around, and most prices are between $65 and $165.

It isn't a bad price. But if I am going to be spending that kind of money, it is going to be everything I want in a holster.

I have not done any real leather work in a few years. I have made a few belts, and things like that in the past. So, I think I might order some leather and see what I can come up with.

While looking at different types of leather, and different patterns, a thought crossed my mind. I could make a few, and maybe sell them. I don't think this would be a way to make a living. But, a few dollars here and there could defenitely help.

Questions though.

What would you all like to see in a leather holster?

These are the styles I am looking into right now.

[Image: ross-leather-1911-5.jpg?w=950]

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So both pancake, and paddle.

Now, I am not 100% on making a few. And I am not even sure what to charge for something like that. Any one want one though?

I just hate to buy a bunch of leather, make myself a holster, and then have a bunch left over sitting around.
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#2
I like holsters that ride high and tight to the body. I like a 10 to 15 degree cant because I carry between 3 and 4 o'clock. I'm also a black leather guy because I have a black leather belt. I also like tension screws with my leather holsters. I don't mind thumb breaks for owb, but I hate thumb breaks for iwb.
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#3
How about some nice wallet holsters?
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I actually purchased a handmade leather OWB holster from a guy and then ended up to where I mostly use my SmartCarry (ugly as it is). I just have a real hard time concealing around my waist on a belt, both OWB and IWB.

Do you do any leather tooling? Ornate patterns are so cool on leather holsters. Except I'm unemployed myself at the moment so could not buy one. :-(
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#4
Nothing really ornate. Most ornate thing I had done was names an dates across a belt. And that has been a long time ago.

I was going to make something like a pocket holster for the wife's lc9 though.

I might end up getting ahold of some scraps to try some patterns out though.
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#5
What do I look for in a leather holster?

The word Galco pressed into it....

Not the most helpful reply but the Galco FLETCH and Summer Comfort are my "go to" holster for every pistol I get.
I would like to see a Summer Comfort with a sweat guard or some type of layer to keep the slide out of my side. Like in your first pic, but make that IWB, and not $140 or whatever Milt Sparks is charging for a Versa Max II these days...
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#6
I will admit, the fletch was one of the ones that inspired me. And I have been thinking of some sort of sweat barrier. As I am 1/2 wookie.

I have been drawing up some patterns tonight, seeing what might work, and what might not. First thing first, I am going to get some scrap leather, and some new tools. Nothing fancy. But enough to get started.

Might make a belt or two as something easy to get back into the swing of things.

I have a few of my other holsters out now, looking at what parts I like, what parts I don't. This could be really fun.
This will be the best security for maintaining our liberties. A nation of well-informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the religion of ignorance that tyranny begins. -Ben Franklin
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#7
Quote:As I am 1/2 wookie.

LOL, I'm a more like a Hobbit that has a dickiedo*....


*(That's when your stomach hangs out further than your dickie do)


The problem I find with most homemade or (no offense) "unprofessional" leather holsters is that they are too soft. I don't know much about leather though but whatever Galco does I like it. Their holsters are ridged yet will "break-in" just enough while maintaining their shape.
I hope your holster adventure works out.
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#8
I'd like a pancake holster that holds a full-size 1911 just a little bit higher on my belt. So I can reach into my pocket and get my hand back out without scraping the skin off the back of my thumb and to keep it from poking out of my shirt so much when I bend over.
It would also be nice if it had an extra mag pouch on it somehow.
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silkworm;62643 Wrote:I'd like a pancake holster that holds a full-size 1911 just a little bit higher on my belt. So I can reach into my pocket and get my hand back out without scraping the skin off the back of my thumb and to keep it from poking out of my shirt so much when I bend over.
It would also be nice if it had an extra mag pouch on it somehow.

I agree. When I reach into a pocket, I either have to move everything, or carry a different gun.

I just need to get a few more patterns on paper, and order some of the new tools.
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#10
Connal;61934 Wrote:Well, with losing my job, I have alot of time. And only a little money. I have been wanting to make a holster for my 1911. I have my serpa, and it works great. But I would like a nice leather one as well.

Looked around, and most prices are between $65 and $165.

It isn't a bad price. But if I am going to be spending that kind of money, it is going to be everything I want in a holster.

I have not done any real leather work in a few years. I have made a few belts, and things like that in the past. So, I think I might order some leather and see what I can come up with.

While looking at different types of leather, and different patterns, a thought crossed my mind. I could make a few, and maybe sell them. I don't think this would be a way to make a living. But, a few dollars here and there could defenitely help.

Questions though.

What would you all like to see in a leather holster?

These are the styles I am looking into right now.

[Image: ross-leather-1911-5.jpg?w=950]

[Image: 557890.jpg]

So both pancake, and paddle.

Now, I am not 100% on making a few. And I am not even sure what to charge for something like that. Any one want one though?

I just hate to buy a bunch of leather, make myself a holster, and then have a bunch left over sitting around.

As long as the different types of leather you are looking at are all Veg-tanned you are on the right track.
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