How to make your own Molded Leather Gun Holsters

Howdy Gents,
   For those who want to try making their own gun holsters ( instead of paying the high prices for store bought ones ) I have posted step by step instructions in my photo section to show you how I make mine.
   If you have any questions on any of the steps involed in making these , please feel free to e-mail me and I'll answer them for you.

       JT

For the rest of the photo's on how to make your own molded gun holsters please visit my photo page.

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that's outstanding.  good job.

Thanks Lan.
   The same process I used to make this holster works for any handgun.

      JT

Really nice work there. I just purchased a Colt Dragoon and am contemplating making a holster for it. I have made knife holders and a cover my hatchet before, but this would be a larger undertaking for my leather working skills. 

You can do it Colt,
   Just take your time and think it through before glueing or sewing anything together and you'll do just fine. It's really not as hard as it looks.

 

   JT

Hi JT

As a newcomer to both leather work and "TAO manliness" can you answer/ point me in the right direction with a few points?

Leather Thickness;

Is the leather pre-treated prior to moulding ( soaked)

Any web sites which would help a bumbling beginner.

I have a Webley Alecto air pistol ( all one can own in France with out jumping through more French language legalese hoops than you can shake a stick at) Its a large pistol and I have tried the purchase route, but with no luck. So it's back to my roots and make one, but at present a little out of my depth;

Look forward to hearing from you.

John D

Hi John ,
   I use Horse Hide on all my gun holsters because it has a tighter grain than cow hide , so it's less likely to get mold or mildew . The horse hide I use is about 1/8 inch thick . That said , you can use almost any kind of leather as long as it's not to thin . You can also glue two pieces of cowhide back to back together to make a nice holster , that will give you a smooth leather finish inside and out .
  I soak my leather in water to get it wet and pliable so it will mold right .

Many thanks JT.

I feel yet another project coming on. If it's ok with you, when, not if, I make a "cock up" can I come back to you for advice?

Kind regards

John D

Biggest thing you need to remember John is to think everything out carefully before you cut , glue or sew anything , it will save you a lot of headaches , believe me I know. LOL
Everywhere your going to sew something , glue it with leather glue first , this way your leather pieces don't move around on you when you sew .

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