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Old 05-27-2020, 05:23 PM
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Lining holster half shells

Recently bought two AlienGear holsters for my FNX45. One OWB and one IWB. My FNX is the model with a stainless slide. I didn't like the way that the black boltaron shell rubbed off onto the slide. Easily removable, but still.

While I like the holster very much, and it's very comfortable, I didn't want to put my 1911s or other nice pistols into a naked boltaron or kydex shell. I like leather holsters best of all but there are very few holster makers that use a completely flat backing where the holster rides against the wearer, and most good leather holster makers have wait times measuring in months. AlienGear itself currently has about a 4-5 week wait time.

So, I ordered extra boltaron shells for my 1911s, and a couple of other guns. While waiting for them to be shipped I bought a goatskin on eBay that is about 4sq.ft. and averages about .8mm in thickness. The particular piece I bought comes with with some sort of smooth and shiny finish on one side, and the other side raw, somewhat like very smooth suede. The shells arrived and so far I've lined three of the them with the goatskin, using Aleene's Leather and Suede Glue. I cut the material a little big, roughed up the inside of the shells with sandpaper and then washed them, and then cleaned them with alchohol before applying and spreading the glue to the shells and hand-pressing the leather into them. The shell for the FNX I did with the shiny side out (toward the gun), the one for my DW Commanders with the shiny side in, and the last one also with the shiny side in. I let the glue dry thoroughly and trimmed the leather. The guns slide into each with ease but I didn't want to chance either having them drag against the shiny side while drawing or having whatever it that shiny stuff is ending up on my guns or affecting their finish.

Bottom line is that I how have some very nice leather-lined holsters for my guns. They're quiet, the guns fit snugly (the adjustable tension of the AlienGear holsters comes in handy here), and I don't have to worry about marring, or worryabout wearing the finish on the guns. And they're as comfortable as an IWB holster can be.

While the .8mm worked fine if I order any more skins I'll try to find one that is .5 or .6mm, or at least make sure they do not exceed .8mm anywhere on them.
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Old 05-27-2020, 05:33 PM
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I already put the 1911 shell on the holster back so I don't have a picture of it, but here are the other two that I've done so far. You can clearly see the difference in the finish on each side of the leather.
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boltaronShells.jpg   CougarHalfShell.jpg   FNXShell.jpg  
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Old 05-27-2020, 05:46 PM
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Tucker Answer https://tuckergunleather.com/the-answer-holster/

Tucker Deep Carry https://tuckergunleather.com/deep-ca...wb-configured/
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Old 05-27-2020, 06:11 PM
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Yep, I'm sure both of those would be very comfortable.
Difference though is that at $15.88 for an additional shell I can make one holster work for another gun. And the AlienGear version I'm using has no metal against the skin. I won't say they're better than a Tucker, but they'll serve my purpose and for the same money and a little of my labor I can make one holster hold five or six different guns.
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Old 05-27-2020, 06:22 PM
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Old 05-27-2020, 06:43 PM
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Well, you can get thinner leather - you want "1oz" lining leather:
https://www.tandyleather.com/en/category/lining-leather

And, make sure it's chrome tanned - because acid-tanned will eat the firearm unless you treat it. Plus, the chromed is "harder" (smoother, less abrasive)
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Old 05-27-2020, 08:26 PM
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Garrett doesn't appear to make flat-back holsters

Thanks for the Tandy Leather link. I don't see any that are chrome or non-acid tanned but I do so one that is chrome-free tanned. I guess all the rest are chrome-tanned? Is that the same or the equivalent of non-acid tanned?
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Old 05-27-2020, 09:07 PM
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well, chrome-tanned always have a bluish interior to the flesh. Literally "chrome". If you can get NON-acid tanned, that will likely work. Particularly if you are treating it with something.

https://www.tandyleather.com/en/leat...ing-guide.html

Just stay away from the acid-tanned or "oak-tanned" (tannic acid) and so forth.

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Old 05-27-2020, 09:36 PM
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Thanks Longarm.

I won't be storing my guns in these holsters so there is that. I'll take a close look at them each time I take them out of the holsters after being out and about with them holstered.
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Old 05-28-2020, 09:57 AM
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In the video in this thread

https://forums.1911forum.com/showthread.php?t=1017214

Bill Rogers talks about the goo they ended up using to keep the leather (and the leather they chose) stuck to the kydex.
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