GUN Made a leather holster for my 22/45 *PICS*

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  1. skeletor25rs

    skeletor25rs Yetis & Deer

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    For my first try I think I did ok. My design wasn't great to start with, so I had to add the extra flap/belt loop. I also could use some practice dying. I'm still working on the mag holder, so we'll see how that goes.
    I marked all the holes with a center punch, drilled the holes with the smallest drill bit I own chucked into a Dremel. Then stitched it with waxed twine and needles I found in the leather section of Hobby Lobby. Wet sanded the edges from 100 up to 600 grit, then rubbed it with a sock until it shined good enough. Finished it off with some green dye I ordered from Tandy's and I'm in the process of adding multiple coats of Mink Oil.

    There are a few stitches I'd like to add, but I'm planning on changing the sights eventually so I wanted to leave a little room for them.

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    Why green dye? I just wonder how it would look with a dark dye.
     
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    skeletor25rs Yetis & Deer

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    I like green.
     
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    Is there only one belt loop? Just wondering if there was another belt loop to keep the holster stabilized.

    How hard was it to make? How many hours did it take?

    Might be fun to do the same thing for my 22/45. I would do something fairly simple such as your design for a first try.
     
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    skeletor25rs Yetis & Deer

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    Yeah, there's a regular loop on the back. The flap on the front was an afterthought. If I had thought about it I would have just left it in the original cut instead of stitching it on the outside.

    It really wasn't that hard.
    Trial runs included, I probably have 6-8 hours in it. Mornings before work and afternoons/evenings.
    I was mainly keeping myself busy so I didn't accumulate any honey-do's.
     
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    You color reminds me of nasty fruit roll ups mom used to buy me.

    Anyway some tips for the future. A stitching groover and overstitch wheel will help you out a great deal by first putting your stitches in an evenly spaced trough (that also drops them below the surface to protect them) and by spacing them equally. You'll probably eventually want to make other shapes and maybe use a couple or few lines of stitching. Personally I dye even before I stitch. Working the leather seems to make it a little more dye resisant down the road. Looks like an edge beveler might be in order too. I like to rub my edges down with a piece of canvas (think the texture of like a carhart coat) wetted with just a little bit of dye. They look seamless in a hurry that way. Mink oil sucks (you don't want a soft holster), get an acrylic leather sealant. The molding doesn't seem to be too form fitting, how are you doing that?
     
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    skeletor25rs Yetis & Deer

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    Soaked the holster in the bath tub.
    Gun oiled up in a ziplock.
    It fits in there really well. The leather I was given was pretty thick.
    The color is darker than the pictures make it look. It really looks cool in person.
    Like I said, it was my first try. I know all that stuff would make it look better and maybe make things easier on me, but I wanted to do it on the cheap....and ASAP, so ordering stuff wasn't really going to happen.
    I did go between each hole with a razor blade, maybe I didn't cut deep enough.

    Thanks for the tips.

    How do I get the Mink oil out to do the other sealant? :o

    Before the dye.
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    Sure better than my first try ;) I think alot of it is finding what works well for you. I'm not really a fan of the gun in the bag, holsters are supposed to be tight. It also really doesn't take much water at all, in fact too much and it doesn't hold the detail until it dries out more. What I find works well is to run my bathroom sink for a minute until the water is hot, fill the sink with the hottest water that comes out and submerge the holster for about 30 seconds. Take it out and let it sit until it feels just cool to the touch, which is usually say 10-20 minutes depending on the temp/humidity that day. Then I stick the gun in (no bag) and start shaping it with my thumbs and tools. When I'm done I pull the gun out and push the mouth of the holster closed a little bit and put it somewhere to air dry for at least 24 hours before sealing. Wipe gun down with oily rag. No worries about the gun because we're not trying to work with a soaking wet holster dripping and squirting water on the gun, it takes detail well since its not overwetted, and we wind up with a tighter more secure holster.
     
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    skeletor25rs Yetis & Deer

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    There's no reason I can't shape it again right? Or is the oil I put on going to hinder anything I try?
    Do I remember you talking about doing it with alcohol before? How does that work?
     
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    That green one looks like a vegetable in the last picture
     
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    I don't know how well it take on water now that is has oil in it. Can't hurt to try but long term you'll probably toss this one in the bin as you refine your technique.

    I use an alcohol based dye but only water for caseing. I think some guys do use alcohol but I don't see it being worth the trouble as opposed to just learning to do it "right"
     
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    green huh? hrm.....interesting....
     
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    skeletor25rs Yetis & Deer

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    It does fit really well, no wobble side to side or front to back. Holding it upside down I have to shake it really hard to get the gun to come out, but I don't have to grab it to unholster the gun.

    I'll make another one someday, maybe a pocket holster for the LCP.:noes:
     
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    skeletor25rs Yetis & Deer

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    I guess I'll try to get you guys some pics in the daylight..... unless the only colors allowed are brown and black, did I miss a memo?
     
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    That's actually pretty nice looking.
     
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    skeletor25rs Yetis & Deer

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    it looks like you made a good holster. the green dye is pretty nasty though, the before pic looked much better imo. but it isn't my holster so if you like green why am i even saying anything lol nevermind
     
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    skeletor25rs Yetis & Deer

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    Please tell me I need to mow and water.

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    skeletor25rs Yetis & Deer

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    We're in a drought, and with the bad economy I can't afford to pay my wetback to mow as often as necessary:wtc:
     
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    skeletor25rs Yetis & Deer

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    You forgot to mention that the holster looks better in those pictures.:wavey:
     
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    might want to paint your gun red so you can find it in the lawn easier
     

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