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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. malabar

    belt slot tool size

    Weaver makes good tools. DO NOT buy Tandy -- it's junk.
  2. It's the rig Russell Crowe used in 3:10 to Yuma. He had a strange crucifix on than handle of his pistol, and the rig was dubbed "the hand of God."
  3. malabar

    Oval Punches

    When I was starting out, I bought all my tools from my local Tandy. When I started pounding on a big strap end punch, the edge crumbled. As a longtime woodworker, I can sharpen anything, but the steel in that tool was junk. I went back to Tandy and asked the manager if there was anything of better quality. He was pretty blunt. "I won't buy that crap. Get your tools from Osborne." I took his advice and have never looked back -- strap-end punched, round punches, bag punches, rotary punches, you name it. They hold up well and resharpen easily. I also have a few of the Weaver Master Tools, and they'er very nice indeed. I do still use the little edge rounders from Tandy (all my big ones are from Osborne).
  4. malabar

    Wholesale source for high-quality buckles

    Thanks for the tip. I'll check them out.
  5. malabar

    Wholesale source for high-quality buckles

    We're paying $4 a pop from buckleguy, so Weaver's price doesn't bother me. But the ones I've seen from weaver don't look as good as the ones I'm getting now.
  6. malabar

    Wholesale source for high-quality buckles

    When I posted it gave me an error and told me the post had not gone through. So I reposted. I've hidden the duplicates.
  7. We make a couple of hundred gunbelts a year. They're extremely heavy duty and made of top-quality bridle leather, veg-tan and kydex. We've been buying our buckles from Buckleguy, which has very high-quality, handcast buckles of solid brass. The problem is they don't have a very wide selection. I'd love to get some buckles that are a little more elegant, or even some that are forged steel or graphite. But I cannot find other wholesale sources that are of similar quality. I've looked at Ohio Travel Bag, but their quality is all over the place. Where can I find some really cool, high-quality buckles?
  8. malabar

    Hand Forged Buckles

    Very nice. Who makes these?
  9. Nice work. How difficult is it to actually draw and resheath over your shoulder?
  10. We make heavy-duty gunbelts that are way over 1/4" thick and put 'em together almost exactly the same way. Only differences: I never thought about putting the strip underneath to get a better grip -- I'll have to try that; you have a fancier technique for making the knuckle; we use a heavy-duty lineoleum roller instead of thw wall-paper roller. Thanks for sharing.
  11. That's a great technique for flattening worn stones, as well.
  12. malabar

    Great Service

    Buying a machine that will stitch saddles and holsters is a significant investment, and folks often question the kind of customer service they can expect for spending $3,000 and up for a machine. About five years ago, I bought a Cobra Class IV , mostly based on comments I read on this forum. It gets a couple of hours of use every day in my Florida workshop. Unfortunately, one of the drawbacks of living in Florida is that the power grid is kinda flaky. In the last couple of months, we've had a momentary power outage almost every day. About six weeks ago, we had one that was more than momentary. And when the power came back on, there was a real surge -- and the servo motor on my Cobra blew out (probably the little controller board). It's my only machine, and I had customers waiting. So I called up Leather Machine Co. and they connected me to their service department. That day they sent me out a new motor -- free of charge! Frankly, I was stunned. What great customer service! thank you Steve and co. tk
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Josh, as others have said, your work is always first rate. But do you really need tension screws for an IWB?