Step 2: Cutting And Sizing

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.
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.
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.
Thanks! I was going for an organic look while trying new techniques.
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.
Thank you, I'll give it a try!
extremely nice.
Thank you
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.
You are correct, and I have been thinking about adding a leg strap. If you draw straight up then its pretty smooth.
see old cowboy movies, their holsters were tied down low around their legs, nice work, I see you have found Tandy Co. ! Nice tool collection. Yes the sewing aw does a nice lockstitch, easy once you figure it out! Only tricky part is allowing enough thread on both sides of the two pieces you are going to stitch together, once you get that its easy. hey, do you need a permit to have such a nice S&W ?