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    holster making

    just wondering how many guy make there on holsters. I have done some leather work and thinking about making my own. I picked up one for my hk but thinking for a shield. let me know if you make your own and what kind you make.

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    I make holsters for many automatics and a variety of revolvers. I've been doing it for 40 years and fortunately still have leather. It's a great hobbie. Make a paper template for the gun then transfer it onto your leather. I use a scissors to cut the leather and then punch out the holes. Then I stitch everything with a double stitch.

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    I'm a retired leathersmith.
    I kept a leatherwork shop in Los Angeles, from the early 1960s through the late 1980s.
    Holsters were not my major product, but I made them for myself and for the guys with whom I shared pistol and rifle competition.

    I made some good ones, and also some flops.
    I liked to experiment, and tried every new idea which came my way.
    Some of those ideas worked pretty well, and some were utter duds. Generally, the simpler solutions were always the best.

    A longish while ago, I wrote two short, informative essays on basic holster making for a forum member who asked about it.
    If the thought interests you, send me a PM requesting them, and I'll forward them to you.

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    thanks for commenting. I have been making knifes for about 15 years and also made a few sheaths for them. I also know a guy that has a leather shop where I am sure I could get him to machine sew it if I wanted.

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    thanks Steve

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    Making holsters is an easy task,,,

    Making holsters is an easy task.

    Making quality holsters,,,
    Not so easy.

    Your first holster will cost you well over $100.00,,,
    That's for leather, tools, and supplies.

    After that they are only about $20-$25 apiece.

    A pancake holster for a semi is the easiest to make,,,
    I believe cowboy rigs are the most difficult.

    Here are a few examples of when I did it for extra cash.

    Go to Tandy leather,,,
    Tell them you want to make a holster
    They have good learning resources for starting out.

    Good luck.

    Aarond

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    Nice looking work, aarond!

    Whomever taught you leatherwork knew both how to work and how to teach.

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    Thank you Steve,,,

    Actually I'm pretty much self-taught,,,
    Well, I took one 9-week arts & craft class in junior high.

    A lot of dead cows gave up everything they had,,,
    Before I finally gained some skill.

    Back in the late 80's I walked into a Tandy Leather,,,
    I purchased just about every Al Stohlman book they had in stock.

    After I read (pored over) the books,,,
    I went back and bought some tools and supplies.

    A week later I went back and showed the manager my first floral carve,,,
    He offered me a job that day and I started working the next day.

    Talk about a great job,,,
    I got to play with leather all day long,,,
    And because I was enthused I sold a lot of supplies and tools.

    Two years later I was the manager of that store,,,
    The district manager knew I was also using it to sell my work.

    But since my store was recording very high sales,,,
    He ignored that little detail and left me alone.

    In 1996 I moved back to Oklahoma,,,
    I went to Okmulgee Tech and earned a certificate in saddle-making.

    I made and sold a few medieval style saddles to medieval re-enactors,,,
    But my main cash income was gun leather for SASS people.

    It helped put me through university.

    Now I don't do much for sale,,,
    Mainly fun projects like this one.

    A waitress at my watering hole wanted to do Lara Croft for Halloween,,,
    We went on-line and ordered two Lara Croft air-soft pistols,,,
    This is what we came up with for her costume.



    Full pig-skin lined holsters and belt,,,
    Basically a $500.00 dollar rig for $50.00 of plastic toy pistols.

    A bit silly perhaps,,,
    But lots of fun to make.

    Here's one I made for a young friend,,,
    I gave him the pistol as a graduation gift,,,
    I thought he should have a custom holster as well.



    My biggest problem in making money was,,,
    my dislike of making the same rig more than 2 or 3 times.

    Anyways, I thank you for the compliment,,,
    I truly appreciated that.

    Aarond

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    beautiful work I have some tools and the leather already. I am looking to make a pancake holster. thanks for showing your beautiful work

    dave

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    Aarond, as a fellow leather professional, I am in awe of your obvious abilities.

    'Nough said.

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    Thank you sir,,,

    Thank you sir,,,

    I appreciate the compliment.

    I'm hoping to turn this into a Micro-Enterprise after I retire (in 903 days).

    I doubt if I will take orders but will make what strikes my fancy,,,
    Then put it out on the web and see if someone buys it.

    I think as long as I stay with common handguns,,,
    Such as 1911's, J-frames, K-frames, & SAA's,,,
    I think I can make a few bucks a month.

    Aarond

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