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  1. I used to sweat the double stitch finish. A few hundred holsters later and no one has ever mentioned it. In other words, it's part of the process. IMO, machine finishes on some production holsters look much worse. Not all mind you. But some of those folks just don't care, and it shows.
  2. To flesh out Dwights thoughts, here is how I do what he is talking about. GP100 4" made the above way.
  3. IMO, better to just buy real mags. Figure I can always re sale them later. 99% of mine are real and loaded. Yeah, the unloaded rings mags are silly.
  4. No I have not. And my LGS has not gotten one back in yet. I think they had one and I didn't even bother to look. However, the only real difference is they are slightly thicker on the frame. And with the odd shape of the 9/40 mag, who knows. If I see one I'll try to get some measurements. As to Rob, great guy to deal with. That's where the .45 came from. Even had my computer screw up the order and got it within the usual time frame. Working on stitching the holster now.
  5. Use this to cut out the trigger guard and port. Just did it on my new Shield .45 last night. Way easier than a drill bit.
  6. "I got into tying flies to save money", said no serous tier ever. lol I don't even tie much anymore but I have a tying desk full of stuff, a dresser beside it half full, and stuff in the garage to include assorted dead critter skins. lol All that to chase tiny trout.
  7. I do all my brown holster mottled on purpose. I've figured out how to make it mostly repeatable, though I never try for exact anyway. I prefer my brown with some character and graduation of color. Have not messed with elephant yet though.
  8. New school pistol buckets. Nice.
  9. Stud in the strap with it poking through the back? That would be an interesting idea. I use them in a few things and have a buddy that uses them in his belt "buckle". The main issue would be getting the hole for the stud just right. That can be a bit finicky. Oh, and I hate thumb breaks.
  10. You want fun, huh? I've never not sold an X frame holster I've made. lol I've made 3 for the X frame and one for a stealth hunter. Realistically, the S&W K and N frames do best for me. Took me forever to find an N frame mold, got one used from this site. And you have to be careful with the K frames. Most molds are the 38 special only frames with the bare ejector rod. The .357 one's have a beefed up underlug. I had to build my mold up a bit to make it work. That said, I still don't move a lot of revolver holsters. They can be fun though.
  11. I just put the shoe rack in my dryer and run if for 40-50 minutes. I have a solar one I use for small stuff in the summer time if I don't want to use the dryer or don't need it fast. Mag holders and such mostly. Clear Plastic box with foil in the bottom, a small metal rack, and some holes in the top.
  12. OK, it might take some imagination here. This holster is for a S&W X frame and it's cross draw. However, the trailing loop is the last thing I do here. So it would be easy to beef up the bottom trailing section. Making it a larger glued section lower on the frame. Stitch the back belt loop. Mold the holster to your liking. Then figure out the exact cant you want and place the rear loop and trim the holster to your liking. This assumes you are hand stitching the line around the firearm since it is done AFTER molding. But this is how I make my holsters. Obviously you will need to change some things, but this method might be helpful to you. One thing you will have to do first is figure the rough angle of the rear belt loop because you stitch that in. I do that with the cardboard. I make the full size pattern then draw in the reinforcement pieces. Then I re copy the full size pattern and trim out my reinforcement patterns from the first pattern. That give me a full size pattern and the pieces cut in exactly the shape I need of for the final product. Personally, I would do away with the cut out in front. At that high cant, the gun is coming out at an angle where that cut may not be necessary. As to the sweat shield, notice mine is stitched in with the reinforcement. That really stiffens things up which might help with this thing riding pretty high. Link to the build. BuildingThe Beast - S&w Stealth Hunter
  13. No mold that I know of right now. The rail if full length, all the way to the front. And the frame is squared off without the cut out of the standard 1911. I've turned a couple down, but have not had a lot of requests for them. Unless you can get the gun, or fake the rail on a railed 1911 it's going to be hard to do a well molded holster. Maybe something more generic?
  14. Just built one for a Taurus 605 that is my new woods gun. Behind with the snap on the front. Which leads to another question, can you actually make a thumb break that does not grab the cylinder or anything else? Hateful things. Think I'll require all revolver straps snap on the front from now on.
  15. It's a good thing to be your own worst critic. Keeps you on your toes. I bring stuff in and show my wife, complaining the whole way. She usually looks at me and tells me to get over it. lol FWIW, since that leather looks a bit distressed anyway I bet you could have used a modeling spoon and worked it out. I've fixed worse.