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Old 02-14-2008, 10:45 PM   #1
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Accidentally made a 1911 holster...

Sat down to make a holster for a S&W M&P 9, and it turns out I layed out the stitching all wrong.

Thought about it for about two seconds, and grabbed a Springfield Champion that was in need of leather, and wouldn't ya know it...



Well, now that I had that done, I still needed one for the M&P 9, but dangit, an M&P 45 entered the picture.

Before the final finish...



:P
 
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Old 02-15-2008, 05:37 AM   #2
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Nice looking holsters!
 
Old 02-15-2008, 07:40 AM   #3
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Phew! That worked out well. I did that once, and it took three months before I found a suitable dummy for the stitch pattern. The dumbest thing I've done lately is fill out a custom order and forget it was left handed. Oops!
 
Old 02-15-2008, 01:20 PM   #4
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I know the feeling. I started building a IWB holster for a Glock 23. I screwed it up and decided to use the same leather for a IWB Makarov. After screwing that one up, I made a pocket holster for a NAA Mini .22.
At least your mistake turned into a couple of fine looking holsters

Randy
 
Old 02-15-2008, 03:35 PM   #5
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I'm impressed, they look excellent. I like the boning, did you use a press or do it by hand?
 
Old 02-15-2008, 05:45 PM   #6
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I know the feeling. I started building a IWB holster for a Glock 23. I screwed it up and decided to use the same leather for a IWB Makarov. After screwing that one up, I made a pocket holster for a NAA Mini .22.
At least your mistake turned into a couple of fine looking holsters

Randy
The incredible shrinking holster!
 
Old 02-15-2008, 05:53 PM   #7
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I'm impressed, they look excellent. I like the boning, did you use a press or do it by hand?
I start molding by hand and use a Sharpie marker for boning. Seriously.

I use the back end (the gray part) since it's nice and smooth and won't mar the leather. I clean the black markings off the marker's shaft since they'll rub off on leather.

I start the dimples in the trigger guard with the butt end of one of my leatherworking tools (groover, awl, whatever has a rounded butt end and lets me add a bit of pressure).
 
Old 02-18-2008, 01:33 AM   #8
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I start molding by hand and use a Sharpie marker for boning. Seriously.
Cool! It ain't just me! Those Sharpie's are excellent.
 
Old 02-26-2008, 10:28 AM   #9
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Holster finish?

Nice looking holster, very impressive!

I am curious, what finish did you apply to the leather?
is it some kind of atom wax or leather balm?

Thanks
Clint
 
Old 02-26-2008, 11:13 AM   #10
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I been using Fiebing's Leather Dye (USMC Black) with a final sprayed-on finish of Fiebing's Leather Sheen out of a rattle can. Seems to be working okay for me. It's a bit shiney, but it seems to be holding up well.

I'm running low on the Leather Sheen. I'm working on a holster now, so I think I'm going to try some Resolene sprayed on with a Preval sprayer and see how that turns out.
 
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I been using Fiebing's Leather Dye (USMC Black) with a final sprayed-on finish of Fiebing's Leather Sheen out of a rattle can. Seems to be working okay for me. It's a bit shiney, but it seems to be holding up well.

I'm running low on the Leather Sheen. I'm working on a holster now, so I think I'm going to try some Resolene sprayed on with a Preval sprayer and see how that turns out.
Lay down a layer of neutral Kiwi to take cut the shine down some. It also helps with the tackiness from the coating.
 
Old 02-29-2008, 10:57 PM   #12
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Lay down a layer of neutral Kiwi to take cut the shine down some. It also helps with the tackiness from the coating.
I'll try that out. Thanks for the tip.

Here's the final outcome of the M&P45 holster along with a mag pouch I whipped up.



I'm also about to put the final finish on this belt slide I made:



By the way, invariably, when I show off one of my new holsters, someone asks for a step-by-step, so I decided to do one for this last holster here. I'm sure the pros would find some areas laughable, but I figure it'll work for a basic DIYer like me.
 
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