Well a year later I have upgraded the snaps to the brand name "pull the dot" fasteners. If you haven't tried them in your holster/belt stuff; they are amazing. On the belt snap no amount of tugging from the belt side will make the snap come loose, but if you give it a tug on the leather extension it comes off. One way on and off you have to rotate it into place. I think I have a few extra pieces of hardware if anyone else has the same problem and wants to try mine out so let me know and I'll go digging.
Took a while to get motivated and stitch the thing back up but I just finished it... I used one of the inner strands from a piece of paracord. It works in a pinch but I don't recommend it, it tends to twist and fight as you pull it through.
Just need 2 3/4" d-rings and 2 conway buckles (I ordered 1" by mistake...)
Gigag04, I missed your post last year! I appreciate the offer, if you have any leather dye equipment I'll take you up on your offer belatedly. I'm going to order some as soon as I can find some 3/4" hardware.
I think it better to do right, even if we suffer in so doing, than to incur the reproach of our consciences and posterity.
Robert E. Lee