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Old 02-10-2003, 05:53 PM   #1
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A question for the experts....

How long does it take you to make a holster, belt, etc. from start to finish? How much is hand labor, how much is machined?
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Old 02-15-2003, 04:00 PM   #2
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What you are asking is a bit vague in that some holster designs can be made in a hour, and some will take considerably longer.
Any professional holstermaker can make a world class holster with only a few hand tools( they would fit in a shoe box with room to spare). However, it would be very slow compared to what can be done in a properly set up shop. When you are paying the kind of overhead most of us are, you need to work your ass off to make a living at it, even with the machinery.
Virtually nothing in a modern holster shop is done by "machine", but rather is made by hand with the use of machinery. For example: Most all makers will start their molding process with the pressing of the holster in a hand press that resembles a bearing press. That takes 5 minutes or so. However, the holster then has to be "boned" by hand. That can take anywhere from 20 minutes to over an hour, depending upon the holster.
In short, "Momma's don't let your babies grow up to make holsters!" It is very, very labor intensive.
Old 02-16-2003, 09:14 AM   #3
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Ditto what Gary said!
Old 02-16-2003, 09:35 AM   #4
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Gee, we just pour a box of "holster mix" into the hopper, enter the model number, type of gun, barrel length, etc. and push the start button on our "ACME automatic holster machine."

After 3 or 4 minutes, out pops the finished holster, boxed for shipping.

Oh, I forgot - gotta tell the machine if it's right or left-handed, too.

Don't you guys have one of these yet? :wink:
Old 02-16-2003, 01:29 PM   #5
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As an expert on the Acme Holster machine, maybe you can help me.

I added the correct holster mix, set the controls per the manual, and the durn thing kept spitting out Gucci purses.

I "tweaked" the controls, and it started making men's Italian shoes, (you know, the kind with soles about as thick as a dime).

So, I adjusted the controls some more, and now it's turning out "leather Goods" of a very "unusual" nature.

My wife thinks I'm a pervert.

What's wrong?????
Old 02-16-2003, 02:26 PM   #6
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I wish there was an Acme holster machine. My wife might remember what I look like if there was!!
Old 02-16-2003, 05:03 PM   #7
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Holsters nad belts

I'm afraid that if most of us figgered out the time it took to make one of our holsters it might dawn on us that we're working for minimum wage or less. If we did anything else we'd miss the fame, glory, the recognition, these comments are symptoms of being around contact cement too long.
Old 02-16-2003, 05:13 PM   #8
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Roger that! Those Barge fumes keep life interesting!
Old 02-16-2003, 08:25 PM   #9
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If that ain't the dangest collection of leather masters in one place you ever saw, I'll eat my hat!!!

Thanks for the participation and comments guys...
Old 02-17-2003, 07:37 AM   #10
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And I thought you guys farmed out all the hard labor to jail convicts with Tandy leather kits.......

Very interesting. Like getting a physics lecture from Fermi or Einstein.....

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