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Old June 19th, 2012, 04:50 AM   #121
 
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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...
Those are called "Blue Guns" for obvious reasons, but you may be able to locate some locally through your favorite gun store. If not, type the name in a search box and you should be able to track one or ten of them down easily enough. Prices will run anywhere from $10 for used and abused models to $75 for new models, some slightly higher. They are great for making up holsters all right, all the correct dimensions without having to worry about the "is it loaded?" factor.



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Old June 19th, 2012, 09:26 AM   #122
 
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I use Rings Blue Guns. I buy them from a vendor called CopsPlus.
About 50 bucks shipped each.
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You can wrap your pistol in a plastic bag too...
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If I am wanting to make a holster that is molded to fit the shape of a particular handgun. I oil the handgun, wrap it in saran wrap, wet the leather and mold it to the handgun, let it sit for a while, an hour tops. Gently remove the handgun from the molded leather and let the leather finish drying. I haven't rusted one yet...lol
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While I really enjoy gettin' a new shootin' iron and goin' down the primrose path to leather Nirvana to find that perfect holster, for someone who just wants to produce usable-salable gun leather, a blue gun will let you make up a number of holsters to sell without the purchase of an expensive firearm. After you peddle a half dozen or more holsters, then you can go out and buy the real deal to enjoy.

I am making black powder revolver holsters right now in order to finance the purchase of a new 1860 Colt Army .44. The "try" guns that I have available to let me make the holsters are an 1858 Remington and an 1851 Colt Navy. Once I get the 1860 Colt Army, I will be making some holsters for all of them up along with others so I can afford the purchase of a Ruger Old Army. So you see there is a method to my madness.



I am also making up Powder Flask Holsters, Spare Cylinder Pouches, Ball/Bullet Pouches and other Black Powder related items towards that end. It may take me a while and I will be checking out the pages of more than a couple of the Gun Sales Sites to feed my Jones, but I figure that this is the least expensive way for me to acquire the collection that I desire and so richly deserve.
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First, Jay that's a mighty fine looking rig that I'd be proud to wear/own. After SASS, my shooters are a little more modern now.

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If I am wanting to make a holster that is molded to fit the shape of a particular handgun. I oil the handgun, wrap it in saran wrap, wet the leather and mold it to the handgun, let it sit for a while, an hour tops. Gently remove the handgun from the molded leather and let the leather finish drying. I haven't rusted one yet...lol
Seneca, I totally agree with what you've posted. Have you tried bags of shot to help mold the leather to your wrapped gun? Nothing takes the place of boning in the leather to the model, but shy of a bag of shot, I once used carefully placed lead ingots to achieve a similar result. Shot would have worked a lot better. Smithy.
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I haven't tried making anything that required weight to mold the leather. I might give it a try, if it seems to be needed...

Although I have made and used wooden tools to add sharper definition while molding a holster, sometimes it's necessary, depends on the holster.

For me leather working is simply an enjoyable and relaxing hobby...

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I haven't tried making anything that required weight to mold the leather. I might give it a try, if it seems to be needed...

Although I have made and used wooden tools to add sharper definition while molding a holster, sometimes it's necessary, depends on the holster.

For me leather working is a simply an enjoyable and relaxing hobby...
I have wet formed a few holsters, mostly more modern types. I use bone folders and nylon tubes to shape things once they get wet as well as finger pressure and such. Never have tried using weights or lead bags or anything. And as Seneca says, "oil 'em up, stuff 'em in a plastic bag and shove them down in the wet holster for an hour or so."

Once the holster takes a shape, if you carefully remove the pistol or revolver and let it dry completely it should work perfectly.



The shoulder holster has been lightly wet formed to the 1851 Colt Navy shape, mostly around the cylinder and area immediately ahead of it. Most of the older gun leather was not wet formed so much, more of a pouch to hold it.
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Nice looking holster Treadhead...

Reminds me of a time when I repaired a similiar holster for a friend. I don't remember the brand of holster, though I do recall the stitching had rotted and that the holster was in pretty rough shape.

It was something he wanted so I said ok, I'd clean it up and repair it as best I could...It turned out well, I was suprised. It reminded me thast there was another dimension to working with leather that up to that point I hadn't really thought about. It doesn't take a lot of money or tools to restore old holsters and leather gear and the end results can be pretty amazing...
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Thanks,

My P-95 9 sillimeter, I need to get off my duff and make up a magazine pouch for it to match now that I have a couple of them.

I have seen some old saddles that you would swear were beyond any sort of redemption that a couple of real pros worked over and turned back into something that you could slap on a horse and work with. One of them was an old Cavalry model that was mostly just straps and rotted leather. Admittedly they did replace some of it, but it was pretty rough to start with. Once completed it rivaled some brand new replica leather stuff that didn't have near the history behind it.
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9 sillimeter?...I never heard one called that before...good one...

I made up some magazine pouches for 1911 magazines. I wanted something I could put on and take off without undoing my belt and didn't require a metal clip.

I came up with a homebrew design that locks the pouch to the belt using the magazine. Remove the magazine the pouch can be put on taken off. With the magazine in the pouch it isn't going anwhere. It is nothing special, just a pouch for carrying an extra magazine.

Took a while to get the design perfected, and it is really just another thing to do with smaller scrap leather thats are too big to throw away and too small to do much of anything else with.

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Hi Seneca,

9 sillimeter comes from having gone over to .45 caliber for all serious social carry obligations. But since I do still have it and it does shoot so nice as all Rugers do, I have a hard time considering getting rid of it. I am thinking about getting some sort of semi or full auto carbine sized piece in the caliber so I can carry two weapons in the same caliber while out wandering in the desert.

I have made a few Magazine Pouches for myself and others. Right now I have obligations to complete a few projects for other folk before I can get back to making my own again. I have done both single....



And doubles....



Those two have full on belt loops that support the weight of the loaded magazines quite well. I have also made a few that use the Tandy Spring Steel Belt Clips so they can be easily removed if need be. Those were mostly for duty carry where one has to remove the Pistol and Magazine(s) for security reasons. I like the idea of using up scrap to work out small projects. I have lace cutters that I can use to take up some scrap and small pieces for other projects are always in demand.
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Hi All,

I have been wanting to come up with a new holster for my little CZ-82 Semi Auto for a while and with the discovery of the Tandy Border Patrol style holster pattern pack it looks like this would be an interesting one to tinker with. Taking one of the many patterns, in this case the one that is designed for Walther PPK and other similar .380 autos and adapting it to fit the CZ-82 was not really that difficult. These holsters are originally designed to be a closed bottom and as such have a bit more room on the lower end. I like mine to be open so I shortened it and broadened out the dimensions to fit the just a tad larger Czech designed pistol.



I also want to get away from the snap button belt loop, while that is one of the features that make it a true Border Patrol design, I feel more comfortable with one that is more stable. I will also be coming up with a safety strap that while snapped on the one side, it will be sewn on the other. That being the case I designed a belt loop to fit. Cutting the leather out of a chunk of 8 to 9 ounce material should make for a stiff holster that will hold the little pistol nicely. In case you aren't familiar with the CZ-82, it is an all steel little monster and pretty heavy for it's size. This does help in fire control with the 9X18 MM Makarov, a true in between the 9 MM Parabellum and the .380 Auto.



I first worked over the belt loop, skiving the sides where the belt will be passing through it and then slicking them down to smooth things over. With that operation complete, I moved on to grooving the inside area where the top of the loop will be sewn to the back side of the holster with two rows of stitching. This will help to carry the weight of this little monster.



Forming the other end of the belt loop was a matter of grooving a roughly triangular area on the bottom outside of the belt loop. Making up all the pieces and then tooling, dyeing and finishing them before assembly will be my aim with this project.



Part of this holster project will be a tooling pattern. While I do have tooling patterns that are included in the pattern pack, since I changed the size of the holster, I will have to redraw the tooling pattern. I just drew it out on the leather with a pencil and when I get to that part of the tasks, I will wet it down, cut it in with a swivel knife and then stamp it out. You will get to see all of this as I progress through this one.



More to follow as I get to it.
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looking AWESOME Jay! Love the floral carving! Can't wait to see it after stain and molding.
looking forward to updates!
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Really enjoy watching your project progress...

This is the one I did for my Single Six, it's a crossdraw...I wanted to try something new with the muzzle end of the holster so I changed it up a bit so a bit of the muzzle would peek out...




I also make 5 round shotshell belt sliders, I gotta do something with the scrap leather from holster projects...or it piles up!
That is a beautiful holster !
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