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Old 04-07-2014, 12:48 AM
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It's been a long time since I posted here with anything resembling regularity. I'm hoping to change that.

I took up leatherwork a couple of years ago, so I thought I'd share some pics of what's been occupying my time.

Wes

Wes, you make me proud. I've got a couple Utah built holsters and yours look just as good theirs.



One by Eric Larsen and the other Lane of Lasco Leather.

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Old 04-07-2014, 08:50 AM
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You certainly have a talent there....

How are you doing the stitching? By machine?

I dabbled a few years back as well, even made one for my son as a Birthday gift. I struggled with keeping the stitching uniform. I was using a toothed rotary hand tool to mark the stitch holes and hand drilling each hole.

What kind of leather you using ? I'd love to see more of your work.

Again, beautiful work. You've certainly found your expressive medium!!
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Old 04-07-2014, 01:07 PM
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That is some very nice leather. I assume you have or are designing an identification logo that you can stamp into the leather. You do too nice work not to brand it.
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Warthogge's right; your work looks nice enough it should have your name or mark embossed on it.
Thanks, guys. Yes, I'm working on the logo. I can draw fine, but making a sketch into a vector drawing on the computer is very slow.

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You certainly have a talent there....

How are you doing the stitching? By machine?

I dabbled a few years back as well, even made one for my son as a Birthday gift. I struggled with keeping the stitching uniform. I was using a toothed rotary hand tool to mark the stitch holes and hand drilling each hole.

What kind of leather you using ? I'd love to see more of your work.

Again, beautiful work. You've certainly found your expressive medium!!
Thanks, eicas. I do the stitching by hand. I use an overstitch wheel (like you mention) to mark the stitch line. I use the traditional Al Stohlman method, which means you stab a hole with an awl and run the needles through, then stab the next hole, and so on.

Lots of guys drill the holes, but the disadvantage to that is that it actually removes material, and the holes don't close. With the diamond-shaped awl blade, it makes a hole that closes up around the stitch.

I use Hermann Oak vegetable-tanned leather. It's one of two brands that is reputed to be the best (the other being Wickett & Craig, which I haven't tried yet). I have not been disappointed.

Anyway, here is the picture of the 1911 IWB I promised. This one has a more traditional cant angle, and rides a little bit higher.

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Old 04-07-2014, 09:26 PM
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Old 04-07-2014, 09:36 PM
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Whom is the maker of the grips on the HI-Powers?
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Old 04-07-2014, 09:39 PM
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I got them from Mil-Tac Knife & Tool. I believe they are manufactured by Larry Davidson, but I have only ever seen them for sale at Mil-Tac.
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Old 04-08-2014, 04:20 AM
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Old 04-08-2014, 06:26 AM
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Thanks for the info. I might go back to the awl if I pick it back up again. The contouring and boning are remarkable as well. I know better than to ask about that
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Old 04-08-2014, 08:06 AM
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I like the holsters plus they look very well made and what eicas said.

Well done and thanks for sharing.

What grips are they on the HP's
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Old 04-08-2014, 04:44 PM
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Thanks for the info. I might go back to the awl if I pick it back up again. The contouring and boning are remarkable as well. I know better than to ask about that
Oh, it's no big secret... just lots and lots of practice.

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I like the holsters plus they look very well made and what eicas said.

Well done and thanks for sharing.

What grips are they on the HP's
Thanks, BHP9. The grips are from Mil-Tac Knife & Tool.

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Old 04-08-2014, 05:09 PM
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Old 04-08-2014, 08:51 PM
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I've been looking for a quality OWB holster for my BHP. The one you have there looks perfect for my needs. It even has the sweat shield. If it is set up for a 1.5" belt, I'd be interested in picking one up. (or I can buy your "used" one!( Please pm me with details for a sale. Thanks!
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Old 04-09-2014, 06:07 AM
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Nice. I have 3 questions.

Do you make holsters for other guns?

How long is the wait?

How much?
While those are good questions, the most important one would be does he make one for a HP in 40 S&W.

Those are hard to find.
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Re: Mil-Tac Grips

How comfortable are they to hold?
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While those are good questions, the most important one would be does he make one for a HP in 40 S&W.

Those are hard to find.
I don't yet... but I want to. I'm not aware of any molds available for the .40 BHP, so I'd probably just have to get an actual gun. What a shame.

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How comfortable are they to hold?
I find them to be very comfortable. They texture is aggressive, but not so aggressive that it hurts or abrades skin. They've also got a nice palm swell, but are still quite a bit thinner than factory wood stocks.

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Old 04-11-2014, 05:49 PM
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I know this is a thread about holsters, but am interested in getting a set of these grips. Could you post pics of your HP from the side and rear, or point me to them elsewhere?
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Old 04-11-2014, 06:51 PM
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This might help you out if you are looking for some Mil Tac grips.

http://www.handgunsandammunition.com...-hi-power.html

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Old 04-11-2014, 07:01 PM
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The other morning I was hand loading some 9mms' in my workshop in anticipation of some handgun/AR shooting with some buddies when I was interrupted by a knock at my side door. I ran up the stairs to find my mail lady standing on my stoop with a red/white and blue box for me. Great Timing ! My holster from Andrews Custom Leather:

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This is the third HP holster I've bought from them and can't begin to speak highly enough of the quality of their work and their customer service. This holster is very comfortable to wear while driving or wearing concealed when shopping, walking around etc.

Now admittedly a thumb break holster will not win you any fast draw contests but at the above mentioned shooting with my buddies I could consistently - with my hands at my side - draw and hit a soft-ball size circle on a piece of cardboard at about 10 yards in 3.25 seconds (electronically timed) and I'm looking at 70 in a week or two .

Again I highly recommend Andrew's for your HP holster needs.

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Didn't mean to hijack the original post, thought it would be about HP holsters in general - again my apologies and can't seem to delete my reply.

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Old 04-11-2014, 07:34 PM
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Old 04-12-2014, 10:38 AM
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This might help you out if you are looking for some Mil Tac grips.

http://www.handgunsandammunition.com...-hi-power.html

Vern
Those are better photos than I'm capable of taking. Thanks for the link!

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Didn't mean to hijack the original post, thought it would be about HP holsters in general - again my apologies and can't seem to delete my reply.
No worries, I enjoy seeing good leatherwork. I haven't messed with a thumb break design before, but someday I might. That is some fine work.

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Need an OWB for a HP in 40 and a IWB for a 4-1/4" 1911 Colt. If these become available, let me know.

If you had a blue gun for a S&W J frame, you'd sell a ton. It seems as if everybody has a least one.
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Need an OWB for a HP in 40 and a IWB for a 4-1/4" 1911 Colt. If these become available, let me know.

If you had a blue gun for a S&W J frame, you'd sell a ton. It seems as if everybody has a least one.
I really want to be able to offer holsters for .40 BHPs, but I have yet to find anyone that makes a mold for it, which means I'd have to get an actual gun. Don't get me wrong -- that's about the most awesome excuse to buy a gun ever -- but I don't have the budget for it at present. It is a goal, though.

I actually have a Colt Commander mold on order right now, so it should be here in the next week or two.

A J-frame mold is at the top of my list of molds to get, also.

Getting all of these is a process, but I'll get there.

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Old 04-16-2014, 06:08 PM
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Having owned both 9mm and 40 S&W Hi Powers, I can assure you that a leather holster made on a HP 9 mold will fit a 40 S&W Hi Power.

Depending on the design, it may or may not end up being too loose for a 9mm Hi Power, but probably not.
In the days of yore, I remember it taking 2 men and a mule to get the thumb snap secured over the hammer of a new Bianchi or Safariland K or L frame duty holster. Invariably it was just fine in a couple of days and too loose a year or two after that.

Although I carry HP40s just about full time and have many Hi Power holsters, all of these holsters were ordered as Hi Power holsters with no mention of caliber.
Also, a lot of good holsters, like the Davis 453 Liberty have tightening screws, so the wearer can get his preferred level of retention on day one. The nice designs pictured in this thread are secured to the belt in front and back of the pistol, this pulls the holster tight and helps secure the pistol in the holster.

Now, I have read that with Kydex holsters the 9mm/40S&W fit may be more critical, but I have no direct experience with this since I'd rather drag my gun down a concrete road by a string than put it in a Kydex holster.
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I can assure you that Milt Sparks makes a leather holster for the 9mm that makes a .40 SEEM impossible to get into. I no longer have a .40, but if ordering from Sparks, make sure you specify caliber. The same might go for Kramer holsters. They mold so close, your gun seems to "snap" into the them.
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Now, I have read that with Kydex holsters the 9mm/40S&W fit may be more critical, but I have no direct experience with this since I'd rather drag my gun down a concrete road by a string than put it in a Kydex holster.
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