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  1. Nice lookin' belt, but - is that buckle on upside down?
  2. I really really hate this crap. People send me 'stuff' all the time-- I didn't ask for and don't want. Insurance sales seem to be the worst lately - and mostly state farm. I put in new windows, and got "offers" from a place that sells "window dressing" (us "straight" guys usually just say "curtains"). I think they got the address from the local county office from teh building permits (?). And while I know people more "green" than me - I really don't like seeing trees cut unnecessarily. Or fossil fuels used to make ink for crap (if you print flyers, better to just not tell me). So, I don't throw it in a landfill. Or even "recycle" it (which, some think makes it "okay"). No. I set it over there for a few days. And once or twice a week, I put it all in a big envelope and mail it to whoever is on teh top of the pile. So, Mediacom -- if you're wondering why you get state farm "offers" that say 'to Jeff", or if you work for Kohl's and wonder why you can save 30% on your residential cable bill, here's your answer. But I never send this poo to anyone who hasnt' sent me any --- it all ships to someone IN THE PILE. So, you fellas is safe ...
  3. Just call 'em. Same products you get elsewhere, but better pricing. I haven't used their tooling leathers, since I'm good with what i'm using. But the kidskin and billfold sides (chrome) have always been good (since the 80's). They're leather distributors - not web developers That kid that does the plumbing on our places doesn't do roofing worth beans... but then, that's not what we need him to do!
  4. I been tellin' 'em about that place for about 6 years (ish). Don't know why more people don't go there .. that's where I get most of my dyes, and much of my chrome lining leathers.
  5. The pic Dwight put up there is from a pattern. The front and back are the same except for the 'sweat guard' portion. You can download that free. Also, there are some quite general instructions about making holster patterns (also free) including "pancake" holsters. A revolver is going to be only slightly different in the way it's done. It's the same idea, though. I've thought to include a version for revolver pattern making, as well - but currently no time for that. "Western" or "bucket" style patterns are everywhere at the cost of about a dime a dozen, and if you haven't already, I would suggest picking up a copy of the book How To Make Holsters -- even if you don't make THOSE holsters, there is some very useful information in there, for very little money. I think I have the short route, once a pattern is made. But there are a LOT of people making holsters the style you want WITHOUT a pattern. The SHORT version... Sketch the shape you want, with the gun. Cut two pieces of leather a bit larger than you know you'll need, and transfer your sketch to the inside of the back piece. Glue both back and front from the front seam to the front edge, line up the front edges, and stitch your front seam. Wet the front panel [only]. Place your gun in plastic, or at least oil it well, and put it between the layers of leather, TIGHT up against the front seam. NOTE: If you have a high front sight, you might want to place a dowel or pencil along the top of the gun frame for a "sight channel"... something the height of the sight, or slightly more) Form the back of the holster to the firearm, including any form you want in the gun area. Clamp the back end of the leather down to the table.. being sure to put something between the leather and your clamp (don't want marking on the leather - a piece of aluminum is popular, or light wood with no sharp edges). When it's dry enough (couple hours will do it if you set it in front of a small fan) remove the gun (and clean / oil it). Let it dry completely (overnight makes it easy to know it's 'enough'). Now mark on the back piece where your front piece ends (which is now "short" of the back). Open the holster slightly (to avoid wrinkling the front panel at the front seam) and glue both pieces from the back "seam" (where you formed them together) to the back edge of the leather. When the glue is ready, stick the front back down in place. Let the glue set up (depends on the glue you use) and then stitch the back where you formed it. Punch both slots where you want them, through both layers. Trim the outside edges to even them up, and then stitch around the outside. Again, I'll get around to doing this with some illustrations. Or perhaps someone will notice that much of what Im describing is already depicted around here somewhere, and link to the proper pics
  6. For a full-size, I like 7/8 oz or 8/9 oz. Each his own, really.
  7. Meh... I'm over it now. Somebody wanna tell me how wonderful it's going, how they've improved, how they do it 'different".... whatever - if i can't see it, then I can't see it. No matter - not me they need to show it to. Just tough to sell it consistently without someone seeing it.
  8. Sweet Clean, simple, quick, effective... nice. But I don't see the one like that for the Bersa Thunder .380 the guy asked for yesterday and he really wants it!
  9. I used the 'field notes' thingie, but really the idea was just to make an example of how to make any similar small folding case. I don't see people using notebooks.. like almost any at all. But I do see small cases for phones, tablets, or music to be included with a driver license and credit card to go... I personally don't want one. In fact, though I've made a bazillion wallets in many styles, I currently carry a simple folded front pocket wallet. But other people ARE going to buy small cases. SOMEBODY get em using leather PLEASE.. there is enough plastic staining the planet already.
  10. If I had call for that, I might make 1000 of those right quick. I mean, I wouldn't want to do that simple stuff ALL the time, but realistically, a guy got what.... $150-200 invested in clicker dies, $10 in materials, and 30 minutes (if you have a coffee cup in one hand). Oh, and $1 if you include the pen It looks like it might be a little tight in the middle.. maybe want a tad more room between the sides once there are things in it. 1/2" would likely help.
  11. You must be out a way from downtown a bit... glad you liked the leather, but it does seem that took a bit to get to you! UPS doesn't like weekends, too
  12. Yeah, it does allow a bit more "wrap". Had some things to do first, but wanting to 'trim the fat' down where it won't NEED to wrap
  13. There ya go.. that'll cut'er down some on the width!
  14. It's been out for nearly 6 months.. it's the blue one that isn't readily available
  15. Next time you're talking with the folks down there, ya might ask 'em about shelf life. I personally can't imagine a die costing $1k -- that must be quite detailed!