Kydex hybrid holster making

Do you have any tips to help others? Please post them here.

Moderator: carlson1

Kydex hybrid holster making

Postby schufflerbot » Fri Jul 01, 2011 3:03 pm

in the process of collecting the required supplies to create my own hybrid holster.

this thread will be a repository for any and all tips, step-by-step instructions and images.

ill update it regularly once the materials start arriving... any and all advice is welcome!

im looking forward to learning how to do this.
Image
User avatar
schufflerbot
Senior Member
 
Posts: 712
Joined: Thu May 05, 2011 9:03 am
Location: Houston

Re: Kydex hybrid holster making

Postby 40khammer » Sat Jul 16, 2011 12:14 am

Where are you getting your materials from?
User avatar
40khammer
Member
 
Posts: 183
Joined: Thu May 19, 2011 3:25 pm

Re: Kydex hybrid holster making

Postby Blindref757 » Sat Jul 16, 2011 8:34 am

This seems to be one stop shopping for supplies and a good video on how to do it.
http://oldfaithfulholsters.com/
User avatar
Blindref757
Senior Member
 
Posts: 454
Joined: Wed Jun 29, 2011 6:40 pm

Re: Kydex hybrid holster making

Postby Warhammer » Sat Jul 16, 2011 11:45 am

I most often buy from Knifekits.com. I bought my Kydex press foam from them, and them made my own press from 1/2" plywood. Much cheaper than buying the whole press and works just like the professional model. Kydex is fun to work with and the learning curve for it is pretty short.

All of my leather and leather working tools/supplies I buy from Tandy leather. Their local stores are great and their employees are really helpful.
"Broad-minded is just another way of saying a fellow is too lazy to form an opinion." - Rogers, Will
User avatar
Warhammer
Senior Member
 
Posts: 555
Joined: Thu Aug 26, 2010 6:33 pm
Location: DFW

Re: Kydex hybrid holster making

Postby schufflerbot » Thu Aug 11, 2011 3:53 pm

i grabbed a sheet of .90 Kydex in 12"x12" for about $10 after shipping from 'fleabay.'

i've spent the last 3 weeks looking for a good source for leather, other than old faithful - i want to be able to grab more in case my friends want one done as well. (assuming they turn out ok)

my life has been hectic, to say the least, and i haven't had time to really pour into this project yet.
Image
User avatar
schufflerbot
Senior Member
 
Posts: 712
Joined: Thu May 05, 2011 9:03 am
Location: Houston

Re: Kydex hybrid holster making

Postby SQLGeek » Thu Aug 11, 2011 5:55 pm

schufflerbot wrote:i grabbed a sheet of .90 Kydex in 12"x12" for about $10 after shipping from 'fleabay.'

i've spent the last 3 weeks looking for a good source for leather, other than old faithful - i want to be able to grab more in case my friends want one done as well. (assuming they turn out ok)

my life has been hectic, to say the least, and i haven't had time to really pour into this project yet.


Have you tried Tandy Leather Factory on 1960? Doesn't look too far from Spring.

921 FM 1960 W, Suite 104-B
Houston, TX
Psalm 91:2
User avatar
SQLGeek
Senior Member
 
Posts: 2278
Joined: Sun Feb 28, 2010 1:48 am
Location: Richmond, TX

Re: Kydex hybrid holster making

Postby schufflerbot » Fri Sep 02, 2011 1:34 pm

outstanding suggestion! Tandy leather was THE place for holster making!

my holster is now complete, so ill start my instructions below this post.
Image
User avatar
schufflerbot
Senior Member
 
Posts: 712
Joined: Thu May 05, 2011 9:03 am
Location: Houston

Re: Kydex hybrid holster making

Postby schufflerbot » Fri Sep 02, 2011 3:24 pm

STEP 1:

Leather - I purchased this piece of leather for $20 on sale. It's obviously more than enough to do several holsters, the finish is near perfect and the thickness is more than sufficient to retain the shape and provide the support needed to distribute the weight of the gun across your back, rather than keeping it in one spot like the single clip holsters do.

Image

This is a shot of the leather after it was trimmed down. You want to make sure the back of the slide is covered and leaves enough space for a 'hook up' spot: basically a place where you can place the muzzle of the gun for reference before you slide it into the kydex to secure it. This is an exaggerated shape and will be trimmed down before it's complete.

Image

STEP 2:

Gun 'frame' - this is simply a 1/2" piece of scrap wood with a cutout of the weapon to be holstered in the middle of it. the shape is important - it should be traced around the gun leaving approximately 1/4" of space (about half the width of a sharpie marker) EXCEPT FOR the sight channel... this needs to be almost 1/2" to allow snag free presentations. As for the muzzle end of the tracing, simply connect the lines. (from the top of the sight channel to the bottom of the muzzle, creating a flat line and 90* angles for the muzzle side)

Image

Step 3:

Kydex shaping - simply put, toast 6" x 6" kydex in a toaster oven for 5-7 minutes at ~350* to get it soft enough to work with. The consistency should be similar to a slice of cheese when it's ready, you'll know pretty quickly if it's not soft enough. The nice thing about the kydex is that you can reheat it and try again if it doesn't work out!

Once the kydex is heated and pliable, carefully remove it from the toaster oven and place it over the 'frame' where you want the gun to sit. make sure the trigger well is covered completely, as long as that is in place the rest will fall where it should. no need to worry about being lined up straight, most of the areas will be trimmed anyways when it's done cooling. place the gun on TOP of the warmed kydex and push down into the frame, making sure the edges of the kydex lay flat before you sandwich it in. Using two 1/2" boards roughly the same size as your frame, sandwich the frame between the two boards and add some cushioning between the layers of wood boards. i used an old folded up towel that i cut in half and it worked just fine. some people prefer 'bleacher seat' foam pads... the choice is yours, the material just needs to give enough for the kydex to shape, but not so much that it muddles the details. this is what it will look like after 5-7 minutes of cooling:

Image

Image


STEP 4:

Place the gun on the leather and the kydex on the gun. Mark and trim (i used tin snips) the kydex to remove any overhang and level out the 'top' or 'entry point' of the kydex to your liking. Sand the edges well, using 180-400 grit sandpaper. Leave at least a 1/2" space between the gun and the screw location, you only need 2 screws per side. mark and drill holes in the kydex and leather for the screws, attach the kydex then attach the belt clips.

Make whatever adjustments you need, then whammy!!...

Image

Image

spent less than $45 total and i have enough material to make 4 holsters. clips, screws and leather were purchased at Tandy Leather factory and can be purchased online as well. Kydex i bought off of Ebay for less than $10.

hope this helps anyone looking to make their own!
Image
User avatar
schufflerbot
Senior Member
 
Posts: 712
Joined: Thu May 05, 2011 9:03 am
Location: Houston

Re: Kydex hybrid holster making

Postby george » Fri Sep 02, 2011 6:57 pm

Hey, I am certainly no holster maker, but I have heard that there are different tanning processes used. Chrome, vegetable, oak, etc. Just my two cents, but some tanning processes cause corrosion in metals. I think most only use vegetable tanned leather for holsters. Do not take my word for it, as I am no expert, but it is something you may wish to look in to.
... holding His hand.
NRA endowment member
TSRA life member
george
Senior Member
 
Posts: 914
Joined: Sun Jul 03, 2005 8:55 pm
Location: South Carolina

Re: Kydex hybrid holster making

Postby schufflerbot » Sat Sep 03, 2011 9:09 am

george wrote:Hey, I am certainly no holster maker, but I have heard that there are different tanning processes used. Chrome, vegetable, oak, etc. Just my two cents, but some tanning processes cause corrosion in metals. I think most only use vegetable tanned leather for holsters. Do not take my word for it, as I am no expert, but it is something you may wish to look in to.


hey, thanks for the heads up! ill have to research that.
Image
User avatar
schufflerbot
Senior Member
 
Posts: 712
Joined: Thu May 05, 2011 9:03 am
Location: Houston

Re: Kydex hybrid holster making

Postby 40khammer » Mon Sep 12, 2011 1:59 am

If you put a piece of foam underneath the whole thing when you press down you'll get a more detailed mold. Just a thought.
User avatar
40khammer
Member
 
Posts: 183
Joined: Thu May 19, 2011 3:25 pm

Re: Kydex hybrid holster making

Postby schufflerbot » Mon Sep 12, 2011 1:03 pm

40khammer wrote:If you put a piece of foam underneath the whole thing when you press down you'll get a more detailed mold. Just a thought.


i used old towels this time and didnt heat the kydex enough, hence the 'vague' imprint.

next time i will be using the foam and heating it to the proper temps.

thanks!!
Last edited by schufflerbot on Wed Sep 14, 2011 3:29 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Image
User avatar
schufflerbot
Senior Member
 
Posts: 712
Joined: Thu May 05, 2011 9:03 am
Location: Houston

Re: Kydex hybrid holster making

Postby 2up1down » Mon Sep 12, 2011 2:58 pm

schufflerbot wrote:
george wrote:Hey, I am certainly no holster maker, but I have heard that there are different tanning processes used. Chrome, vegetable, oak, etc. Just my two cents, but some tanning processes cause corrosion in metals. I think most only use vegetable tanned leather for holsters. Do not take my word for it, as I am no expert, but it is something you may wish to look in to.


hey, thanks for the heads up! ill have to research that.

c
Looks like a vegetable tanned quarter shoulder, (usually 7-9oz weight) perfect for your purpose.
The key is if the leather is 'tool-able' then no chemicals were used in tanning. Tool-able (vegetable tanned)
meaning you can carve, stamp the leather etc. good job. The guys at the 1960 Tandy's will probably show
you their own holsters if you strike up the right conversation, one of them worked on the original
design for one of the commercial models. (think it was comtac, may be wrong on the name)
Awareness is your first defense, avoidance your first tactic.

Support the NRA, TSRA and TFC

“The way you get shot by a concealed weapons permit holder is you point a gun at him,”
Sheriff Chuck Wright - Spartanburg South Carolina
User avatar
2up1down
Member
 
Posts: 159
Joined: Thu Jun 03, 2010 5:47 pm

Re: Kydex hybrid holster making

Postby schufflerbot » Wed Sep 14, 2011 11:12 am

2up1down wrote:
schufflerbot wrote:
george wrote:Hey, I am certainly no holster maker, but I have heard that there are different tanning processes used. Chrome, vegetable, oak, etc. Just my two cents, but some tanning processes cause corrosion in metals. I think most only use vegetable tanned leather for holsters. Do not take my word for it, as I am no expert, but it is something you may wish to look in to.


hey, thanks for the heads up! ill have to research that.

c
Looks like a vegetable tanned quarter shoulder, (usually 7-9oz weight) perfect for your purpose.
The key is if the leather is 'tool-able' then no chemicals were used in tanning. Tool-able (vegetable tanned)
meaning you can carve, stamp the leather etc. good job. The guys at the 1960 Tandy's will probably show
you their own holsters if you strike up the right conversation, one of them worked on the original
design for one of the commercial models. (think it was comtac, may be wrong on the name)


thats awesome! thanks for the info. ill definitely be heading back there when it's time for more supplies.
Image
User avatar
schufflerbot
Senior Member
 
Posts: 712
Joined: Thu May 05, 2011 9:03 am
Location: Houston

Re: Kydex hybrid holster making

Postby Target1911 » Wed Sep 14, 2011 12:51 pm

:cheers2: The cut out frame is an awesome idea. I have everything I need but the leather. I guess I need to go down the street to the locaL tandy and start making my own holster.
DAD, You are missed
6-5-54 ~ 4-16-10
rwhedgeart.com
Target1911
Senior Member
 
Posts: 953
Joined: Wed Apr 11, 2007 9:26 pm
Location: Ft Worth

Next

Return to "How To" Tips

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest