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    Still have some small pieces of leather left, and saw a couple of y'all have been forming leather to the piece, so thought i would try it.

    Been looking for a holster, and some of my scraps were black, thought I would start with that as a trial.

    Needed a pattern, so traced out the pistol, and cut out a wood pattern, gluing layers together so as to be the correct thickness.

    Soaked the top piece, clamped down over the pattern, and let dry a couple of days.

    Then started cutting out the pieces, riveting them together, then sewing it.
    Seems to have worked out pretty well.

    As most of the leather I have left is small pieces, maybe a couple of stiff leather formed bags for round balls.

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    Nice post. I did that for my first Chief Special back around 1976 and it still works well. Great way to get that "just right" fit
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    I make my own holsters too. I like your design. We have much in common. I make mine a bit different.

    I first draw a line down center of leather.

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    Then center sights on the line.

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    For right hand holsters roll gun to the right for left handed holsters roll to left. Then just trace pattern about 3/4 of inch away.

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    After I cut one side I fold it over to duplicate on other side. I am making this one a cross draw which explains the angle of belt loop.

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    All leather work needs to sewn in order so blt loop is wetted with warm water to form it. I also used edge to mark and cut some spacers to relieve stress on seam. the two smaller pieces are tapered on the end.

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    I glue it together.

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    Then I use a ruller and something pointed to mark where strches go and drill and stitch them.

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    I then soak holter in warm water and oil oup gun and use it to shape holtster. I do not leave it in holster after shaping but will put it back in a few times to maintain shape as holster dries.

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    I then trim edges and burn to seal

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    I treat with Neets foot oil until preffered darkness is achieved It looks a bit blotchy but it is still wet in photo and evens out when dry.

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    I had to learn this. Have you ever tried finding a holster for a 9 1/2 barreled handgun? Most stuff I can just look at and figure out how to make it myself. Thats why I post so many pictures.
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    Awesome AS! You are the first I have seen burn the edges the way I do....An electric stove eye works well too! More rep coming your way!
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    Excellent work on the holsters guys. Very nicely done.
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    Jeeze Louise, you guys do great work!

    Hunter, I love that thing. You missed your calling. Nice post, too. Great tutorial.

    AS - You are a man of many talents. I would have been more inclined to use Hunter's technique. It just shows there are always several roads to the same place. You gave me another insight into how to do that. Thanks.

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    This one isn't finished...It is a quick draw at about 10 degrees. Still workin on the length...I made it extra long because I thought of playin with some round balls. I do use it to carry at home in the yard, just for practice though! I am considering adding a steel angle at the pointy end to keep from shootin' my leg~!

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    I love this gun for around the house~! My buddy Colt~!
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    AS, nice job, I like it.

    I used your method on a covered holster I made for the Navy colt.
    I did have a big piece of leather at the time.

    Was patterned after a Ruger Old Army .45 BP revolver holster.
    I used the glued in spacers as well.
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    This time I wanted to try the wet forming.
    I also has a thinner suede piece glued inside to cover the rivets so as to not scratch.

    Need to dig up a bigger piece of leather, as I looking for a cross draw sholder rig my self.
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    My wife uses similar lacing stitches making Ak Native style mukluks and clothing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alaskan Survivalist View Post
    My wife uses similar lacing stitches making Ak Native style mukluks and clothing.
    Looks like you have about 15 to 20 degree's for getting her out quick?
    Keep in mind the problem may be extremely complicated, though the "Fix" is often simple...

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    Quote Originally Posted by hunter63 View Post
    AS, nice job, I like it.

    I used your method on a covered holster I made for the Navy colt.
    I did have a big piece of leather at the time.

    Was patterned after a Ruger Old Army .45 BP revolver holster.
    I used the glued in spacers as well.
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    This time I wanted to try the wet forming.
    I also has a thinner suede piece glued inside to cover the rivets so as to not scratch.

    Need to dig up a bigger piece of leather, as I looking for a cross draw sholder rig my self.

    Hunter your entire period setup just makes me druel! I love the trail hawk holster the most and the kit bag! Sweet!
    Keep in mind the problem may be extremely complicated, though the "Fix" is often simple...

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    Quote Originally Posted by hunter63 View Post
    AS, nice job, I like it.

    I used your method on a covered holster I made for the Navy colt.
    I did have a big piece of leather at the time.

    Was patterned after a Ruger Old Army .45 BP revolver holster.
    I used the glued in spacers as well.
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    This time I wanted to try the wet forming.
    I also has a thinner suede piece glued inside to cover the rivets so as to not scratch.

    Need to dig up a bigger piece of leather, as I looking for a cross draw sholder rig my self.
    Nice period looking stuff. Most of what I make is more utiltarian like cases for tools to protect them. Leather is so great for making so many things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by COWBOYSURVIVAL View Post
    Looks like you have about 15 to 20 degree's for getting her out quick?
    Oh Yeah! I grew up watching westerns.

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    Dad has a cross draw he made that is tooled to the hilt! I wish I had his tools!
    Keep in mind the problem may be extremely complicated, though the "Fix" is often simple...

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    Quote Originally Posted by COWBOYSURVIVAL View Post
    Dad has a cross draw he made that is tooled to the hilt! I wish I had his tools!
    You can make simple stamps yourself but when I want to get fancy I burn a pattern into it. Wood burning is something I learned in Boy Scouts and just applied to leather.

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    I am a dye hard Cowboy...Born too late! I have some intricate wood burnings mostly in wood. One is on my "hiking stick or Thor" it has it's own post. I plan to do alot more with this holster just been using it as is to get a feel for what I want to do. I tend to bounce around with projects...I hope it all comes together one day....when I have more time to use 'em!

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    Just so there's no confusion, CS is in the first picture. His *** is in the second one.

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    Hell CS, you'd be right at home around here!

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    Cool pic's.
    CBS, y'all use the donkey to break horses?
    SIL does, and my DD has a filly coming from her FIL.
    Mare was really nasty, so I asked her whaqt she did to deserve the new addition?

    Looks like y'all got a good start on that quick draw going on there.
    Really kind of fun knowing what you want, then having your own project come out good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick View Post
    Jeeze Louise, you guys do great work!

    Hunter, I love that thing. You missed your calling. Nice post, too. Great tutorial.

    AS - You are a man of many talents. I would have been more inclined to use Hunter's technique. It just shows there are always several roads to the same place. You gave me another insight into how to do that. Thanks.

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    Thanks, guys, WOW just noticed the I now have TWO, (2), dose, green thingies, make it easier to walk straight now, balanced and all, any way...Thanks
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