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    Central Florida
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    We specialize in holsters and accessories for civilians who carry concealed.

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    Holsters for civilian CCW
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  1. Willie, Very nice design, lovely workmanship. A+ in my book. Minor criticism: The retention strap is in the wrong spot. It needs to be down at the base of the hilt. The bowie sheath is perfect. When they are up high, the knife can ride up and expose the blade. Ideally, you want to be able to grasp the hilt of the knife, and pop the strap loose without changing your grip. Again, lovely work.
  2. That is a VERY nice piece of work. Two thoughts: The rivets are unnecessary, and might even shorten the life of the sheath. Also, if you reverse the side that the safety strap sits on, it can be popped off with your thumb without having to shift your grip on the handle.
  3. Josh, as others have said, your work is always first rate. But do you really need tension screws for an IWB?
  4. You've done some really innovative things here, especially the magnets. But is gator really a good choice for a handle? I would think it would get slippery when wet, and that the acids from your hand would chew up the finish on the leather. Stingray might work better
  5. Unfortunately, this is true. I find myself using this method more and more. Instead of the knife, I use a Japanese chisel, which literally takes a shaving-sharp edge. It makes it very quick.
  6. SC, When I started doing leatherwork, I was buying all of my equipment from Tandy. One day I got to talking to the manager of the store, and I mentioned that the edge of one of my Tandy punches had crumbled. He told me in no uncertain terms that I needed to buy my tools from Osborne, which Tandy does not sell. I took his advice and haven't look back. The quality is much higher and the price is not that different. I've got a couple of dozen tools from Osborne. I use them on a daily basis and have no gripes with them.
  7. Dave, the safety strap would work better if it were up against the guard. Two reasons: -- it prevents the knife from rising out of its sheath -- you can snap the strap off in one motion when you grip the knife tk
  8. Punch sharpening

    The first couple of punches I bought were from Tandy. They all arrived dull, and they simply don't take a good edge. I've since bought more than a dozen from Osborne and have been much happier with them. They take and hold a much better edge. BTW: The fellow who told me to buy Osborne was the manager of my local Tandy store.
  9. Since I've started keeping records of such things... -- I've made about 75 holsters for the 1911and its variants -- 60 holsters for the Sig P938. -- I've made 34 holsters for the G-19 -- 21 for the G-17 -- 17 for the G-43 -- 15 for the P226/220 -- 14 for the G-42 -- 12 for J-frames ( I think it should be more but my records say not)
  10. Very nice job! How do you do the stitching down the center of the back? tk
  11. I've seen these for sale. There isn't any debate about this. They're unsafe in multiple ways. First, any holster that allows that much muzzle to stick out is hazardous because rubbing up against another object can cause the gun to be pushed out of the holster. And yes, that includes holsters like Yaqui slides. Try to use on in an IDPA match or at a tactical class and see what the officials say. It's impossible to reholster without sweeping your support hand. The edge of the belt can press the mag release, disabling the pistol. You can't get a proper grip for your drawstroke. To effectively draw from that position, the handle of the pistol needs to be canted a good 20 degrees to the right. It's very easy for clothing to get snagged in the pistol, both because the pistol sits so low and because the pistol is unprotected. Those things are a hazard.
  12. I'm curious: Why set the left-hand slot at such an angle?
  13. Sure, no problem. $70 in black, drum-dyed hermann oak cowhide, and $80 in natural horsehide. tk
  14. Yep. It's not unheard of. More common with chrome-tanned or aluminum tanned leathers, more common when the fleshy side is in contact with the skin. A true allergic reaction is caused by an auto-immune response to particular foreign protein. But you also can have rashy responses to any number of chemicals. tk
  15. Ken, That's good information. Thanks for the insight.