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Dwight

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  • Birthday 11/17/1944

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    Central Ohio
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    Church Pastor, Shooter, Leatherworking, Hunting, making most anything for the first time (yeah, I get bored easy)

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    gun leather
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  1. If you go to Joann Fabric . . . get their 40 or 50 % off coupon off the web . . . go to their back end . . . look for the vinyl that is about 24 bucks a yard . . . has a cotton backing . . . buy a couple yards of it . . . it is I think . . . 45 inches wide . . . gives you a bunch of product to work with. Then make your beginnings of the pattern with old manila file folders . . . transfer that to the vinyl . . . sew up the vinyl in cheap thread . . . once you get the thing you want in the pattern . . . cut the threads . . . and use it to mark and cut your leather. Just remember to add a tiny bit for the thickness of the leather . . . being thicker than the vinyl . . . it is my "go to" for making patterns . . . virtually never fails. May God bless, Dwight
  2. Looks spot on to me . . . the rivets combined with the holes being big enough to allow leather to move in and out of them . . . combined to make just enough extra leather come into play . . . bullets fall out. BUT . . . and I didn't mention it before . . . rifle bullets are some heavy animals . . . need a pretty good piece of leather holding them . . . beyond that little loop that holds handgun ammo. I don't do like tsunkasapa and make two loops . . . but I'm sure it holds them well. AND . . . if you look at say M-60 machine gun ammo . . . the metal holders for them are the full length of the wide part of the ammo . . . not a small loop by any stretch. May God bless, Dwight
  3. This is my "go to" manner of making ammo loops. Have no clue how many I've done. NEVER had this problem. Off the top of my head . . . something has to be happening allowing more leather to get around the bullet . . . loosening up the grip. I have always tried to curtail that possibility by making my loop leather wider by at least 1/16 to 1/8 of an inch. It makes pulling the straps pretty tough at times . . . especially since both pieces are in the same hole . . . and I do not rivet the loops either. I make all my belts double layer . . . so you never see the inside of the loop area . . . and that is all contact cemented into one piece anyway. I get my loop leather "wet" not slippy/sloppy . . . but wet . . . pull it tight around each round . . . then let it get back to casing color before I remove the round and let it completely dry. Again . . . never have had your problem. Let us know what you figure out . . . my interest is peaked in this. May God bless, Dwight
  4. If the customer doesn't like it . . . you won't have much trouble finding one who does. May God bless, Dwight
  5. Since the holster is done . . . we cannot add good quality veg tan leather . . . which would have stopped that completely. 3 or 4 good coats of 50/50 Resolene / water . . . "might" cure it. Vinegaroon will not make it substantially stiffer. Being very careful how and where you put it . . . a small concho (or 2) on the strap should hold it . . . and the strap should be so tight on it that you have to work serious hard to get the holster up thru it. Honestly never had the problem. May God bless, Dwight
  6. What he ^^^^^ said. May God bless, Dwight
  7. If I were concerned about scratching a knife blade . . . I would offset a piece of leather on the sheath . . . locate the snap there . . . and forever be free of worries. Or . . . as I have done on a very few holsters . . . put a decorative piece on the front of the sheath . . . locate the snap in it. You also want to follow Josh Ashman's advice of using T nuts to hold the male snap piece. The T nut will also hold the male snap piece better than a regular snap piece, . . . as well as making it a simple task to replace that piece in the future . . . even years from now. May God bless, Dwight
  8. Davm . . . when I make a cowboy gun belt . . . there is only one way I do it . . . in and out the same hole. I have NEVER had a problem with it. I use 6 oz leather (calf leather when I have it) and the holes I punch are 1/16 of an inch smaller in width than the leather I'm pulling thru. I wet the leather good . . . not sopping wet . . . but much wetter than for tooling . . . and keep it wet throughout the process. I pull thru the hole . . . go back . . . and slip a cartridge into the loop . . . pull it tight . . . go on to the next one. I leave the cartridges in the loops until the loops dry back to natural leather color . . . then gently ease them out to let it finish drying. When laid down flat . . . my loops gently touch each other. I can make this belt pretty much as fast as I can sew one . . . just don't like sewing the things . . . plus I think it is a stronger belt . . . and it looks nicer in my opinion as well. The picture is my personal cowboy belt . . . some 20+ yrs old . . . laying across the back of a chair. The other pictures are "how I do it". May God bless, Dwight
  9. As I only do mostly gunbelts and holsters . . . items that can and will get abuse . . . my preferred finish is Resolene. 1. Never had any dye rub off with it. 2. It is not "water proof" . . . but it sheds water easily 3. It is easy to apply . . . and looks good when it is done. I mix it 1 to 1 with tap water . . . put on with a bristle brush . . . have never had one complaint about the finish on anything I've ever done. May God bless, Dwight
  10. It is actually something most of us lose in the translation . . . which is a simple geometry problem. The top of the belt is actually slightly shorter than the bottom . . . so when you buckle it . . . it becomes a belt that is sort of like the sides of a bell . . . and becomes somewhat of a girdling effect when pulled tight. There used to be an old fellow in my neck of the woods years ago . . . tried to break into the cowboy line . . . didn't really know what he was doing . . . his answer to belts falling was to line the back with suede leather. Nobody bought them and he quit the busines so I was told. And the girdle works. My gunbelt is heavy . . . but I don't have any real problem keeping it up . . . because of the trick John Bianchi showed us. OH . . . one important thing I forgot to say earlier . . . print those pics landscape . . . full size on the paper . . . you then have a perfect full size pattern . . . cut it out and transfer it to something more sturdy. Mine is cut out of bag stiffener . . . works like a champ. I just line up the outside edge with the waist size number on the top of the back piece of the belt pattern . . . tape the two together temporarily . . . lay out my belt pieces on the leather . . . outline them . . . and start cutting leather. May God bless, Dwight
  11. James . . . Here is how I make gunbelts for cowboys. Take 5 sheets of regular printer paper . . . copy the enclosed pictures with no margins . . . tape the 5 pieces together . . . shows how I make a 2 1/2 inch wide gun belt. I've made 3 inch wide . . . most guys like the 2 1/2 better. Pretty much all the info is on there . . . holler if you have any questions. This is the "technique" I got from John Bianchi's old VHS tape series a guy loaned me about 20 years ago. The only think not on here is the belt loops for the cartridges. May God bless, Dwight
  12. IT IS a buscadero if it does one thing . . . the holster hangs from a loop on the bottom of the cartridge belt. That is the only requirement to turn a normal holster into a buscadero. My comment comes from the teaching of John Bianchi . . . (super master holster maker) . . . who stressed that any gun belt that was cut so that most or all of it was pretty much one straight piece . . . you just couldn't get it to hang on a buttless cowboy . . . an age related thing that happens to a lot of men. Their butt does not disappear . . . it just moves around front above the waist line . . . leaving bones and cheek skin . . . needing a curved belt to keep up the three pounds of shooting steel and 2 or three pounds of ammo from falling to their ankles every time they cough or sneeze. May God bless, Dwight
  13. JamesRiley has it all correct from my understanding as well. Plus . . . I personally would never make one like that. Without the proper curvature of the belt . . . lots of the "buttless cowboys" would never be able to keep the gun belt from sliding to their knees every time they coughed or sneezed. May God bless, Dwight
  14. I never worried about the blue gun (or green gun or red gun) popping . . . I was just afraid some day I'd get a Glock or other plastic fantastic wonder . . . and the "pop" would not be a friendly sound. I know the odds of it happening are really infinitesimally small . . . but I'm the guy who collects those small odds. Bought the Vac pump at Harbor freight . . . made the bags myself . . . sold off the rubber and dismantled the press. Haven't been sorry for a second. May God bless, Dwight
  15. Hmm . . . I do it a lot on different things I make . . . never had a problem at all. May God bless, Dwight
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