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This is how I built a custom holster for my s&w 686 revolver. The scraps were procured at hobby lobby for 8$. It's not tooling leather but does the trick. Be safe when handling fire arms, I claim no responsibility for your stupidity!
 
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Step 1: Tools And Materials

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Tools: 4 hole punch, multi- hole punch, hammer, carving knife, edger, leather/wood burner, rivet and snap setter, crush rivet gun, needles, torch, belt sander. Materials: scrap leather, nylon thread, leather cement, crush rivet, rivets, snaps.

Step 2: Cutting And Sizing

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Scrap leather from hobby lobby can be very different from package to package. You need to find something that will work for you best ( or multiple pieces). Fold the leather around the pistol to ensure a proper fit. Trace around where you want to cut. Be sure to leave plenty of room for stitching. Plan out any straps or belt loops as well. Wet the leather thoroughly. With a hammer punch the stitching holes. Encase the pistol in Saran Wrap and tinfoil to make it water proof. Using clamps, sinch the leather around the pistol snugly and let dry.

Step 3: Embellishing

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I did a few custom thing to this holster. First I I carved and burned the model of the pistol into the strap. It was a little difficult because of the type of leather, but came out well. I also added a lighter color leather upper. Finally, my favorite, I used the end of a 38 special Casing as the front snap button. To fix the casing to the snap with a crush rivet. I had to make an adapter to make the rivet go in correctly.

Step 4: Stitching And Rivets

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I prefer to stitch by criss crossing the thread, as pictured. One thing I have a problem with is tying off the finished thread, so with nylon thread, you can melt it together. Be sure to use leather cement in between your seams for added strength. Punch any holes and rivet the holster as needed.
desertsniper (author) 7 months ago
When I was making it I anticipated the snagging issue, so it's not a huge issue. You just have to allow for the sight to slide all the way through with ease.
jgborell7 months ago
Awesome design. Definitely inspired me to try for my Raging Judge. Does you front sight post snag very much? If so, any particular remedy?
This is really cool. If it didn't say scrap in the title you wouldn't even know it. It looks like you just designed it that way.
desertsniper (author)  The Rambler1 year ago
Thanks! I was going for an organic look while trying new techniques.
actionjksn1 year ago
If you get an upholstery awl which it looks like you may already have, Harbor Freight sells them, and look online at y tube for how to do a lock stitch, it is a great way to finish out some stitching like that. It's also great for reinforcing any other areas that might need it. I've used the lock stitch to sew entire areas it's very strong. It is a little harder than it looks at first.
desertsniper (author)  actionjksn1 year ago
Thank you, I'll give it a try!
3366carlos1 year ago
extremely nice.
desertsniper (author)  3366carlos1 year ago
Thank you
AKDoug1 year ago
With the weapon resting that low, you will either need a really stiff backing the length of the holster, or a loop for a string around your leg. Otherwise it is really difficult to draw, because the holster follows the weapon.
desertsniper (author)  AKDoug1 year ago
You are correct, and I have been thinking about adding a leg strap. If you draw straight up then its pretty smooth.