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Old July 23rd, 2012, 11:54 AM   #136
 
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jrprich,
Thank you!
A crossdraw is my preference when I'm carrying a slung rifle. I was always getting the sling hung up with the revolver butt or banging the butt of the revolver up against the stock. The crossdraw gets my revolver out of the way and still accessable. Thats why I made it...



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Old July 23rd, 2012, 12:09 PM   #137
 
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Here are a couple of leather magazine pouches I made. They have seen some use...I do like them.

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Old July 23rd, 2012, 01:56 PM   #138
 
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Some wonderful work there, gentlemen! Truly inspiring.

I love those P90 holsters! I was thinking about trying to do a holster for either my P90 of My FNP 45 tactical (which is a monster, to be sure). Definitely going to have to see if there is a Tandy's or something anywhere within reasonable distance to check out.

Keep up the excellent work!
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Hi All,

Having been off getting parts replaced on my person has sort of kept me somewhat busy of late. But I am now recovering from such things, gotten a little bit of funds ahead and was able to add to my collection with a used NMB .357, 6.5" barrel to add to my 4.62" NMB. I shipped the shorter one off to Newport today to get its' cylinder replaced as I have been threatening to do.

That left me with the time and opportunity to start working on a new holster for my latest acquisition, the 6.5" barreled NMB. I got out my Tandy copy of "How to Make Holsters" book by Al Stohlman to get a pattern that I could adapt to work with. Using the same basic pattern as the one I used for the old 1851 Colt Navy holster I used some masking tape to increase the size of the pattern to be able to hold the bulkier NMB frame and barrel. I came up with this.



Laying it down over a nice sized chunk of 8 to 9 ounce weight leather I trimmed out a piece and a short strap that was 1 and 1/4" wide. This will be the start of my NMB holster for the new/old purchased revolver.



As it will be lined with another piece of lighter weight leather, I made sure to allow for a little extra size when I was making the pattern up. I am going to do a little different pattern than the original suggested one from the Tandy Book that I drew this pattern from, just repeating the same patterns can get to be a little boring. So stay tuned to see how this works out.
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treadhead1952 Wow you do some beautiful leather work, I have been following this thread enjoying it. Your double holster rig I have a Ruger Vaquero Bisley with a nice ammo belt that originally was for a 45 long colt. My Ruger Vaquero is a .357 I restitched the ammo loops to fit the .357. This ammo belt was given to me by a good friend I told him I was looking for a nicer ammo belt for my Ruger. Well I found a nice leather holster for my Vaquero but jazzed it up by taking leather shoe lacing and a drill & then looped stitched my holster & then using what lacing was left to use as a tie down strap for the holster. It turned out ok nothing as nice as I have seen in this thread. I want to find either a Ruger Single Six or a Ruger Bearcat & find or make a cross draw holster for it. Then use it on my holster belt rig for my .357, have both guns when I go out shooting your double rig with the cross draw looks nice! Gotta find a Single action .22, I am really now more into revolvers. I have semi autos but enjoy revolvers more. Thanks for sharing your pictures!
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Thanks gqucool, making up leather to pack my firearms is just an added benefit to the hobby of handguns for me. I almost picked up a Ruger Vaquero 7.5" in .45 Colt in Stainless Steel at the gun shop where I scored my NMB .357. Because it was in Stainless Steel and I really had my heart set on a second .357 to go with my other one, the NMB got the nod. I like blued steel and walnut, the Stainless Steel ones just don't float my boat.

Tightening up the loops on your cartridge belt to hold the smaller .357 rounds was a good call. I make up most of my gun belts with sewn cartridge loops for the security of holding the rounds. I made up a new gun belt and holster for my .45 Colt Hombre 4 and 5/8" model, making sure to have a generous supply of reloads handy.



Nothing like carrying 4 full reloads for your hand gun, just in case the outlaws come in a swarm....



My new project for my NMB .357's will also be set up to carry at least a half a box of ammo if not more.
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Hi All,

Aside from doing chores around the homestead, fixing grub and making sure the coffee was nice and hot and fresh, I have been working on my latest holster project. I used the grooving tool ( the handle with the little "L" Shaped widget on the end of it) to run around the edge of the holster form and set a recessed groove to put the stitching into. This helps to keep it from getting snagged or chewed on as if it were just on the surface of the leather.



The next item on the list was to use the Edge Beveler to trim the edge all around of it's sharp angle left from cutting it out from the sheet of leather. This edge will get smoothed and shaped down even further and then the leather will get wet and a slicking wheel will round it off and make it nice and smooth all the way around. This takes place in stages as the leather will be sewn together with a second inside piece. The top and bottom of the holster will get stitched up first before the holster is folded up and then sewn together. This requires doing the slicking down in two stages.

I then took a piece of 4 to 5 ounce leather and laid out a line just outside the holster body that was already trimmed out. This is done to make sure that when I fold things up there is more than enough material to work with and give me a little room to smooth things out as I fold and glue the two halves together. As light as this leather is a pair of scissors was all that was required to cut it out.



The next step is to get the pattern that I want to add to the outside of the rig laid in, cut out and then stamped in the leather. The body of the leather will get glued down to a sheet of light weight card board, this helps to keep the leather from spreading out as the pattern is tooled into it. Stamping the leather with out being glued down to some sort of anchor like sheet card board would allow it to spread out as it is stamped, changing the dimensions that I have worked out for this one.

Before I get busy gluing and sewing, I will take my Pounce Wheel that is 5 holes to the inch to go around the edge of the leather in the groove that I put in it. This gives me a guide to poke the holes through with my Stitching Awl before I get busy with the thread and needle.
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Hi All,

Just a short side note to the ongoing project here. I have one design for a cartridge belt that I have been using which works quite well. However in an effort to branch out just a bit I picked up a pattern pack from the Tandy Leather Store on my last visit. This is one of Will Ghormley, a talented leather worker who has done more than a couple of leather set ups for the movie industry, Pattern Packs, He has made the "Hand of God" rig from the movie, "3:10 to Yuma", the Johnny Ringo Rig" from "Tombstone" and The El Dorado of John Wayne fame. The last one being his copy of the money belt and holster style that The Duke used in his last few movies.

There are a number of these Pattern Packs that will help you come up with some really nice leather projects provided you have a little bit of previous knowledge from doing some leather work on your own. As he suggests in each one of these Pattern Packs, if you don't have any prior experience, you would do well to get something like Tony Laier's book on "Leather Crafting" to act as a primer on doing this sort of work. If you are a little experienced and can follow instructions included with the Pattern Packs, you can probably handle making the items included.

He includes three different styles of billets to make the ending belt parts for the belts, advice on the style of belt buckles to use. There are four different belts in two sizes, although one is more suitable for a kid's cap pistol set than any real gun leather. He also gives you cartridge loop directions for either .45/.44 size and .38/.357 sized loops and either riveted or sewn cartridge loops. I much prefer to sew my cartridge loops in place as they are much more secure that way. So you can come up with either 3 inch or 2 and 1/2 inch width belts in three styles plus the kids model. With all these directions and instruction it would put you well on your way to dreaming up your own cartridge belts in just about any size and caliber that you might care to build up once you work your way through a couple of projects or more.



Of course, I will be using one of these designs to come up with my own belt for my NMB holsters. Using the pattern packs it is suggested that you either use tracing paper or just copy and cut out the patterns on your home printer, thereby saving the original for future reference. I am using my scanner/copier to do the deed for my own purposes. It also enables me to make up custom sized tracing patterns that I can transfer to leather to make things easier.
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Here are a few holsters I've made, and some patterns I've designed at the bottom. Feel free to use the patterns if you like, or let me know how to improve them.

Basic Threepersons style:




Crossdraw version:




Concealment 1:


Concealment 2:




Patterns:



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Love this stuff...I tinker a little with leather here and there too...

Sash... I like your border patterns...
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Hi All,

Have to agree with ZommyGun, some pretty nice work there Sash.

Most of the holster patterns that I am finding from Tandy fail to come up with anything designed to fit anything Ruger larger than a Single Six .22LR. That being the case if you want to fit any of the Blackhawks or Super Blackhawk models you are on your own and have to draw them out using the revolvers in question to make your pattern. The Vaquero models are a lot more forgiving being close enough to the Colt SAA design that those patterns are included with most of the stuff that Will Ghormley is putting out under the Tandy Brand name.

The old "How To Make Holsters" book by the late Al Stohlman does go into the process on how to make a pattern to fit your particular choice of handgun and offers a few of the older models of the late 50's and 60's as direct patterns that it can get you started. Studying the patterns and directions can pretty much let you become self taught without going through too much leather in the process. This is one of those hobbies that you can delve into a little at a time and accumulate the tools and materials so you can learn the "how to". Once you start to get adept at it, people will notice and ask you to make up things for them if you get anywhere near good enough. That furthers your education by letting you sell your products and reinvest the money right back in more and fancier tools to help you take less time to make things. If you are handy with tools and wood, you can make up things like Stitching Pony's and pattern blocks for magazines that allow you to build up things from scraps.
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Great thread, really enjoyed going through it. About to begin my own adventure into leather craft, have merely dabbled a bit in the past, nothing serious. Projects in this thread are an inspiration and I need to go back through in more detail. Thanks all for sharing your work here.
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Nice work gentlemen! I have been home stitching for some years now. Last year I started working with Kydex as well. For those of you with foodsaver machines, if you bag your pistol with light weight plastic then soak your leather in hot water for 15-30 min then put it in the food saver bag a seal it over night you will get a perfect form! Remove the pistol the next day and leave it to dry. They will hold their shape for years.
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Very nice!
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