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Old 02-14-2008, 11:45 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, 06:37 AM   #2
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Nice looking holsters!
 
Old 02-15-2008, 08:40 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, 02:20 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, 04:35 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, 06:45 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, 06:53 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, 02:33 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, 11:28 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, 12:13 PM   #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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