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Old June 7th, 2012, 07:32 AM   #106
 
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Hi Seneca,

The Powder Flask Holster is pretty handy, I got to take mine out the other day and aside from it being new and having to work the flask out the first few time until it broke in a bit, reloading the cylinder with it was made a bit quicker not having to fish the flask out of the possibles bag. This design came from the Tandy Leather Websites' Percussion Pistol Pattern Pack that they had on sale for $4.99. There are holster designs for full sized and sheriff model revolvers in a couple of styles as well as a Military Flap Holster for an 1860 Army Colt and even a skirted holster for the 9 inch barreled Walker. That holster pattern is huge and would look great wrapped around that old horse pistol. They also have a Buscadero styled 3 inch wide belt pattern, a ball or bullet pouch and two sizes of Powder flask holsters. I made up the belt, shortie styled quick draw holster to fit my Remington and bullet pouch along with a Arkansas Toothpick knife sheath using that pattern pack and really like it.



Now I am off on a shoulder holster pattern for black powder revolvers, something that I have had a few folks asking about.



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Old June 7th, 2012, 12:42 PM   #107
 
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treadhead,

You definitely have it going on...lol

I'm still kicking around (how to) ideas for a Becker Bk 2 sheath. I'm leaning towards a traditional style sheath yet I may do a simple sheath backer with front pouch and keep the kydex.

I've made one maybe two sholder holsters, they are fun and, not all that complicated to make, just a bit different. I prefer a chest holsters. Thats just me...lol
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Hi Seneca,

I finalized the pattern that I want to use for my shoulder holster, this first one is going to be for a Sheriff's Model Colt 1851 Navy .36. Of course, that same holster pattern could be used for any of the Colt 1851-62 Navy 5.5 inch barrel types up to and including the .44 caliber variants as well as the Remington 1858 short barreled revolvers. I have to pick up a strap, a couple of pieces of latigo leather lace and a couple of small buckles to complete the parts list. After skiving and slicking up all the pieces lots of stitching to go and dyeing it. But with the parts cut out, it is on its' way.

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Looking good...
You going to tool it?
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Hi Seneca,

Nah, this is for a buddy on another forum site and he wants to keep the price down. It is more to get his revolver off his hip which is killing him to move it where he can carry it.
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Man,I want to get into leather making..but I can tell it's going to cost me a fortune to start!
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May cost you but look at the neat stuff these guys are kicking out!! This thread is like "Leather making 101 and 201"!! ; ) Keep up the great work you guys. I've got to get of my butt and get in on this party...... ; )
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Man,I want to get into leather making..but I can tell it's going to cost me a fortune to start!
Surprisingly, it is the leather that really costs you more than anything else. When you take into consideration what a custom made holster and gun belt is going to cost, doing it this way makes it much, much less expensive. A good sharp pair of scissors and a hole punch set from Harbor Freight Tools is all that was used to cut out and punch the holes in the leather parts that you see in the shoulder holster pieces above. I had to buy two .72 cent 1/2 inch nickel plated buckles, a $9.20 72 inch strap of 1/2 inch leather and a $2.50 72 inch long strip of latigo Leather Lace. Mix those along with about $2 worth of waxed poly thread and a .25 cent pair of saddle needles and you have a holster that I would put up against commercially made holsters that will run up over a Cee Note easily if not more. The single shoulder that the leather above was cut from cost me just under $40. I still have enough leather left over to make a couple of other holsters as well as some accessory items.

Acquiring the tools required can be done over time so that you don't have to take a big hit all at once. I am putting all this information out here so that if you are so inclined you can do some reading, pick up some information, see what tools are really required and go from there. If you have any questions, just ask, if we don't know the answer, we can point you in the direction of where you will most likely find it. Here in the States, Tandy Leather is a good place to start. There are also several other places online that have information, tools, materials and friendly assistance. Don't think that Tandy Leather is the only place to purchase leather, there are tanneries as well as other vendors locally that you may find to help you out there. If you are fortunate enough to have a tannery in your area, I would definitely go check them out.

Getting crazed and buying up a bunch of tools and equipment that you have no idea of what it is for is a sure way to quickly lose your ardor for a new hobby like this. Better to get one or two items, learn how to use them and go on from there. Experiment around a bit, read a bunch and learn from others to get the experience you need to make a better choice on what you really have to buy to get started. Some of the guys have posted items that they have made up from old purses, boot tops and such. This is a good way to get started to see if you really do want to keep on going with this as a hobby. I have a couple of buddies who have done a few things and just lost interest even though what they produced is quite usable and useful even now. By the same token, I have a nephew who got started doing it and is still making his own and selling even more, enough so that he has a trade to fall back on if his primary job ever falls through, a school teacher.....
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Some of the guys have posted items that they have made up from old purses, boot tops and such
My first holster was made from a scavenged old pancake holster that I cut the threads, alcohol-ed the leather and weighted it down to flatten it out. I then had two rather large rounds of leather to make my small revolver holster from. Smithy.
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My first holster was made from a scavenged old pancake holster that I cut the threads, alcohol-ed the leather and weighted it down to flatten it out. I then had two rather large rounds of leather to make my small revolver holster from. Smithy.
Necessity being the mother of invention, you get your raw materials from where ever you can.

I have even seen a couple of guys substitute canvas for leather in order to get something workable as soon as possible.
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Surprisingly, it is the leather that really costs you more than anything else. When you take into consideration what a custom made holster and gun belt is going to cost, doing it this way makes it much, much less expensive. A good sharp pair of scissors and a hole punch set from Harbor Freight Tools is all that was used to cut out and punch the holes in the leather parts that you see in the shoulder holster pieces above. I had to buy two .72 cent 1/2 inch nickel plated buckles, a $9.20 72 inch strap of 1/2 inch leather and a $2.50 72 inch long strip of latigo Leather Lace. Mix those along with about $2 worth of waxed poly thread and a .25 cent pair of saddle needles and you have a holster that I would put up against commercially made holsters that will run up over a Cee Note easily if not more. The single shoulder that the leather above was cut from cost me just under $40. I still have enough leather left over to make a couple of other holsters as well as some accessory items.

Acquiring the tools required can be done over time so that you don't have to take a big hit all at once. I am putting all this information out here so that if you are so inclined you can do some reading, pick up some information, see what tools are really required and go from there. If you have any questions, just ask, if we don't know the answer, we can point you in the direction of where you will most likely find it. Here in the States, Tandy Leather is a good place to start. There are also several other places online that have information, tools, materials and friendly assistance. Don't think that Tandy Leather is the only place to purchase leather, there are tanneries as well as other vendors locally that you may find to help you out there. If you are fortunate enough to have a tannery in your area, I would definitely go check them out.

Getting crazed and buying up a bunch of tools and equipment that you have no idea of what it is for is a sure way to quickly lose your ardor for a new hobby like this. Better to get one or two items, learn how to use them and go on from there. Experiment around a bit, read a bunch and learn from others to get the experience you need to make a better choice on what you really have to buy to get started. Some of the guys have posted items that they have made up from old purses, boot tops and such. This is a good way to get started to see if you really do want to keep on going with this as a hobby. I have a couple of buddies who have done a few things and just lost interest even though what they produced is quite usable and useful even now. By the same token, I have a nephew who got started doing it and is still making his own and selling even more, enough so that he has a trade to fall back on if his primary job ever falls through, a school teacher.....
Thank you for the info Jay, I really am going to start leather working and will follow your advice of starting slowly! I appreciate your time and advice.

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Hi guys, I ran across this thread and got excited. I concider myself an entry level holster maker. So take what ever I say with a grain of salt, I still have a lot to learn.
Jay, just by reading the full thread I can see you making fantastic improvements, keep it up.

I only have two words of advice for you "Stitching Horse"
I saddled stiched for over a year without one because I could not justify the cost.
One day I made a deal with a wood worker, he needed a cpl of holsters and a belt. I needed a stiching horse.
The horse with cut your labor time in half or better. There's no way to explain the diff it made in quality of stitching too. As a bonifideeee here's a cpl of picks
PS: I just gave him the plans out of the back of sthalmans book on stiching.





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Hi Fredo,

Welcome aboard the site and to the thread here as well. Those are two very well made items and your stitching is pretty darned happening too. I have seen Stitching Pony's in Professional Leather shops that didn't look as nice as the one your friend whipped up for you, congratulations.

I have a Pony that I made up from scrap stuff that I had laying around the shop. It differs from yours in that it isn't made to be sat on, the bottom cross piece is just placed under your thighs as you sit on a chair. The uprights are at the right height for my 6'3" as I sit. One is attached with a chunk of angle iron and is stationary, the other uses a strap hinge to be able to adjust out to fit the project at hand and a 6 inch long bolt with large flat washers and a wing nut provide the grip. I added short strips of hard wood at the upper end of each upright to help grip the project with leather covers over them for padding. While it ain't pretty, it does provide a stable holding device to place the seams in reach for the same sort of thing.

Right now I am up to my ears in making up some Black Powder Flask Holsters, Spare Cylinder Pouches, and a Shoulder Holster for a 5.5 inch barreled Colt 1851 Navy revolver for some other guys on another forum site and don't even have time for my own projects. But that is all right, once they are all done and paid for, I will have enough to purchase up a side or two and get back to making my own stuff up again.

Jump right in here and show us some more of your work, we all live for pictures. I really like that inside the waistband Derringer Holster you made.
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Thanks Jay.
I'm going to watch this thread, love seeing peoples work. Here's a cpl I've made. Dont blame me, you said pics...

Stingray grips and inlay for my personal compact 1911.



Rear/front pocket convertable for ruger LCP





Convertable IWB/OWB I made for a star M40 I used to have. I miss that gun.
The belt is what finaly won me over to a stitching horse. That thing took me 3 nights after work!



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Where do you guys find the gun "blanks" for lack of a better word? Might be nice to have one to use while building instead of using my real SR9c, especially if I want to make "several" holsters for it...
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