chiefjason

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  1. Well, I know have a gun mold that I never even knew existed. The Commercial version of the CZ 83. Awesome! Good communication and fast ship.
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    Slicking and Burnishing

    Get better leather. Being serious, not smart about it. I fought it early on. When I went to buying better leather, I don't have the issue as much anymore. If you are trying to lay down the nap, you could try water and a glass slicker. But what is really going on is you are getting what is most likely belly leather or leather from something like the neck that moves a lot and is softer.
  3. Check the measurements but most any steel bodied double stack 9mm mag should work. You want to check though, because there are some proprietary mag designs out there. Just bought a Sig P365 mag because of the shape where it feeds. But could have likely gotten away with any double stack mag and just not had the taper in the mag holder.
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    speedloader pouch

    I did one similar to Josh's except the T part of the pouch attached to itself and the snap cover was also the belt attachment. Loop it under the belt and snap it on. When you unsnap it the belt holds it in place.
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    How do you make a leather strop?

    Scrap 2x4. Glue one side on grain out. Other side on flesh out. White jewelers rough on the flesh/rough side. Flesh side first, then grain side, then cardboard with jewelers rouge on it. Been doing it that way for years.
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    How do I keep from cracking

    Oil it. Wet it before hand. Worse case, you have bad leather and don't use it in that capacity. I bought a strap a while back and every thing I made from it broke. Some leather just gets brittle.
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    Sharpening head knife gah!!

    My entire knife sharpening process involves up to 4 stones of various grit, a 2 sided strop, and cardboard with white jewelers rouge on it. Once it's sharp the strop and cardboard keep it that way for a long time. Occasionally I'll drop back to the finest stone too. A head knife with a decent edge just needs to be taken care of. If the edge got really dull, or wasn't sharp to begin with it will need more work. And I tell folks there is not much science to pass along with sharpening a knife by hand. It's feel. It's art. And its sound. I can hear a knife when the edge is right. It kind of sings as you sharpen it. If it feels gritty or sounds wrong it is wrong. You just have to get a feel for putting that edge on it. Some of us have spent years getting there.
  8. Assuming that is a pocket holster? If so, you don't want a tight mold anyway. Fingers will do the trick. A bag might deform the stamping, or some of the bags have patterns inside them that can transfer to the leather too.
  9. That's probably more than just 3 pieces. But not a complete 4 piece either. Two options. The back piece is grain side out so it can be stamped with flesh side to the body. That's the easy way, but I doubt the sheath is done like that because the belt slots are stitched. And the workmanship is too nice to skimp on that. Most likely the loop is 2 layers with a thin grain side out layer going just into the welt. And the main piece is grain side to the body. That lets you stamp the outside of the loop and would require the loop to be stitched.
  10. So I finally got talked into making a shoulder holster a while back. What can I say, I usually quoted high and got turned down but money talks. Made a couple of them since, including one for myself that I'm very happy with. I had a customer come to me with an odd request and I took it on. The closest thing to the holster I made is one Mattel made for a cap gun back in the 60's. The off side strap wraps around the shoulder and back to the the holster across the back. There were a couple other requests including wider shoulder straps. Short answer, he's not real thrilled with it. But since it was a special order he's not upset about it and just wants to buy a different strap set. Not a big deal. His main complaints were that it rode too high on his neck and the yoke was a bit too stiff. To my questions. I used 5-6 oz leather for the straps. Maybe slightly heavier on the yoke. I'm considering cutting the weight for the straps and yoke down more to make them more flexible. Good idea or not? Or what are you using? And I really don't want to go to fabric or nylon. Any secrets to how to get the yoke to ride lower towards the shoulders? Honestly, all of the ones I have made seem to ride high. But I've not worn anyone elses shoulder holsters so not much to compare. And he sent me pics and it rides considerably higher on him than it did on me. Because I wore it around the house one afternoon to be sure it was worth sending out. It also looks to fit tighter around his neck than mine, but I'm pretty sure my neck is wider than his. FWIW, he says he tried several adjustments and could not get happy with it. Which is odd becasue I liked it. Go figure. But comfort is subjective. So what say you? And I have a few pics if it helps that I can post.
  11. What he did. ^^^ If you wanted too you can angle the loop to change how the sheath carries. I use the same process for cross draw sheaths.
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    Double mag holster/pouch

    One thing that "might" stop that flare is to make the top wider. Don't make it square. Not drastic by any means but about as much as the bottom looks like it flared. Because the bottom does not flare, the top gets pulled in when you shove the mags in the pocket. When I do mag holders I flare the stitch line at the top to give them a little more room so they don't change the shape of the mag holder as much. That said, looks good and I wouldn't think twice about sending it.
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    Gaps in edge gluing

    It helps weld the contact cemented pieces together. I use a 1lb dead blow hammer. I pay particular attention to getting the edges. I'm usuing 8-10 oz leather so I just hammer straight on the edges of the holster. I have used clamps, linolium rollers, burnishers, etc. I start off with the roller and burnishers to get started. But since I started finishing with the hammer my edge issues are gone.
  14. The K, P, T, and CW series should have the same or very similar dimensions if that helps. I actually own a CW, a real one, and have done decent with it but they certainly don't fly out of here either.
  15. Looks good. Assuming you are going to use the belt loops? If you build the wrap to accommodate the belt you can just wrap it around the belt and it will hold when open. I built a 2x2x2 pouch that carries that way. Just a thought.