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About JWheeler331

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  1. If the holster fits properly then a strap is not as necessary. I have found that most people wanting a holster these days want a strap. It makes them feel better I guess. I myself like to build historically accurate holsters and prefer not to put the straps on them but realize that many customers may want the strap.
  2. JWheeler331

    scrap works

    Functionality and necessity is what started leather work. This appears to serve it's purpose. Great job.
  3. Some great looking holsters guys. Lots of great info in this thread also.
  4. Thank you. I am always looking to improve and try new things. On this one I ended up using a smooth pear shader for that. Not typical but was trying something out.
  5. Quite possibly so. You don't see many period holsters with any sort of hammer thong at all. I don't have that book so I am not sure of its Authenticity, or age I should say. Edit: Just looked up the book and it states that the gear in there is from 1860-1920. I would venture to say that this holster is prob. from later in that time frame and like mentioned above the hammer thong may have been added even later.
  6. The washer is not intended to stop and keep the gun in. The washer is just there for possibly decoration or to just keep the long end from every coming up through the loops. The tension on the leather thong as it runs through the strap loops on the holster is what keeps the thong in place. The leather hammer thong is meant to just have a friction hold on it. Its not meant to be a full stop. In most cases they are really not even needed but when used they only require a very small amount of friction to keep them in the holster. Hope that makes sense. By the way, what book is that? They are very rare on actual historical holsters.
  7. Indeed. I may do that or I will just scratch these and do a new proper pair. Thanks for the kind words though.
  8. I am not really fretting over it. Just thought I would ask more experienced people than me. Unfortunately this is not my first holster. Just got in a rush and made a mistake. I will not use the holster if it will scratch the gun. That is why I was seeing what options I had out there. Thanks. I have thought about doing that. I should have just done that from the moment I realized it but my better judgement did not come through on this one.
  9. I did think about putting something like that in there and just gluing/cementing it in but wanted to get other ideas before doing that. It may be the only option.
  10. I recently got a sewing machine and in my excitement in finally getting to try it out after a week or so of practicing my stitching on it I made an absolutely dumb mistake on my part. I was making a pair of holsters for myself and I rushed. I rushed because I was so eager to try to sew an actual holster with it that I sewed it up before putting on the belt loop effectively making the holster useless. After racking my brain some I managed to rivet a belt loop on the holsters but was not able to bang the rivets in the leather enough so that they won't scratch the guns. My question is simple (maybe), Is there a way to do anything to make the rivets not scratch the guns? I would normally not use rivets this way but was just trying to salvage the holsters and since they are for myself I figured I would try. Is there anything that can be done now?
  11. Yeah, there are all sorts of ways to carry one's gun. I enjoy seeing all the different styles out there.
  12. Sure. I normally sew the belt loop but when he mentioned that he would like to be able to turn the gun when he sits down on his tractor or side by side so with the rivets it allows for some movement.
  13. Thank you. If you look at actual holsters from the 19th century you wont see the hammer spurs either. I don't know if I have ever actually seen one. Seems to be a Hollywood thing once they started wearing the low hung holsters in the old westerns. If your gun is riding on your leg it would increase the desire for something to keep it held in. In the 19th Century they mostly wore their guns up high on their actual waist.
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