CaptQuirk

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About CaptQuirk

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    Middle of the woods in Georgia, where on a quiet night you really can hear banjo music... and sometimes, Barry Manillo

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    holsters and gunshots
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    looking for answers to life's persistent questions

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  1. Here is the last couple of holsters I finished- Cool little .22 Heritage Roughrider, with a 3" BBL. 5oz inside and out. And this is a cross draw I made for my 357 Uberti... right before I traded it up for a Ruger SBH .44. 8oz outside, 5oz inside. I used acrylic paints for color.
  2. Lacing Sizes And Lacing Hole Sizes

    Sorry to dredge up the dead, but I am getting to a point where I could try lacing. I got some 3mm flat lace, only to discover that my chisel is 2mm. I wish I knew about waxing the lace first, it might have made it easier. Anyways, I just got a 1 prong 3mm chisel, and would like to know whether horizontal or diagonal slits are better? Would 1/8" spacing from the edge and between the slits still apply?
  3. I make them, so folks don't need to hold extra ammo in their pocket... Barney Fife could have used one.
  4. @noobleather- those are 45LC, but I also do them in .357/.38.
  5. Leather dye technique

    I have been diluting the Fiebing's with water, and using a large ziplock, pour the dye into the bag, throw the leather in, shake it up. After a couple seconds, you should have decent coverage. Lay the leather flat on some newspaper, so that it dries evenly.
  6. These are the cartridge straps I make, using belt scraps. I don't care for stitching the loops, so I weave it in and out through slots. They clip to belt loops, or many other options... but I found out that you don't want to hang it from the front belt loops. When you get to walking, the strap starts swinging back and forth. It isn't pleasant when you have a full strap of ammo slapping you in the privates.
  7. Hand Stitching With White Thread

    I'm having the same problem, and that is using the Tandy waxed nylon thread. In some cases, I have hit the seam with a little saddle soap, and it sometimes cleans it up. I am so tempted to try hitting it with a cotton swab dipped in bleach.
  8. Locking thread to needle

    I just loop the thread through the needle twice. It seems to hold ok, but sometimes it causes the needle to stick. Using the "Large Eye needle for blind old fools" doesn't help that either.
  9. Odd Custom Requests

    I can honestly say, my leather requests haven't been as funky as when I was doing web design. Had one lady, wanted her site to look like the card she designed. Problem there is, her card looked like Don Ho threw up on it. Another customer wanted a website for his Real Estate company. As I would make changes to the site, he and his wife would print out the page. I could never get them to understand that the monitor displayed the actual wide format, and the printer would cut off whatever didn't fit in the portrait format. Now days, I get sideways requests. A lady tracked me down, to do a knife sheath. This knife was special to her, yet she couldn't find it. Could I make a bracelet for her, while she finds the knife? I told her that when she found the knife, I'd do both at the same time, saving time and shipping. Never heard back from her. Another fella had a belt he needed some extra holes for. He had also cut off the end, and was worried about it fraying. I go to look at it, and it is a cheap plastic belt that he had bought at a thrift store for a quarter. I told him to go back to the thrift store, and buy a belt that fit.
  10. Someone said to add a drop or two of green, to subdue the red.
  11. This is a small example, of a semi closed toe. Normally the hole is just a little larger.
  12. Instead of leaving the toe open, close all but a small pencil sized hole near the muzzle. This keeps most stuff from going in, but allows the other stuff to fall out.
  13. I'm pretty compulsive about making sure the client knows which hand, what position the holster sits. Just for fun, I also ask when they order slings, whether it is for the right or left shoulder. But, I have one or two guys that wear more than one gun, and have a favored side for that particular pistol.
  14. That is a good job on a flap holster. I would have done two things differently, because of the size and weight of the gun... First, either heavier leather, or lining it. 8-9oz should be fine, but, heavier wouldn't hurt either. Second, make the belt loop just a bit wider, to keep it from seesawing on your belt. All in all, a bang up job Sir.
  15. Latest Rifle Sling

    Nice work, I like the color too. Did you freehand that Buck, or was it a craftaid? I've had a few folks ask me for slings, after one person asked for a thumbhole sling, padded, and non-slip. They are a pain! You get a lot of calls for these?