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Anyone have a Blu Gun for a "Judge"?

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by Cogs, Apr 8, 2012.

  1. Cogs

    Cogs Washougal, WA. Volunteer Coordinator Staff Member 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    I need to make a leather holster to fit the Ruger Judge as a gift for a friend. I'd like to borrow a blue gun replica to mold the leather for that custom fit. Any luck with that? (Aren't you glad I didn't ask to borrow your real Judge?)

    Bill
     
  2. Nwcid

    Nwcid Yakima and N of Spokane Well-Known Member

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    Why not just wrap the real gun in plastic food wrap and do it?
     
  3. stmcelroy

    stmcelroy Madras, OR Well-Known Member

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    No need for the plastic wrap, I've done thousands of holsters using the real thing will very minimal wear over that time. Heck my S&W 340PD has been used for at least 1,000 holsters over the last 4-1/2 years and doesn't show any more wear than was there to start.

    Sorry but it's one of the few blue guns I don't have.
     
  4. darkminstrel

    darkminstrel PDX Well-Known Member

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    I just put mine in a zip-loc. If you want to shape it fast and accurate put the whole shebang in a vacuum sealer and let it set for an hour. Works amazingly.
     
  5. jrprich

    jrprich PNW Well-Known Member

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    Just curious, what type of vacuum sealer has the power to mold leather?
     
  6. darkminstrel

    darkminstrel PDX Well-Known Member

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    It's a Foodsaver Game Saver Sport.

    I just soak the leather untill it's like a sponge, squeeze the water out and wring it in a spiral to stretch it. Run it through the machine for the outer perimeter stitch and put it in the bag, etc etc. Works fine and makes crisp lines. The only downside is that you have to be carefull that the bag doesn't wrinkle or it leaves impressions.

    Yes, soaking the leather toughens it up. I apply saddle soap to soften it a bit.
     
  7. jrprich

    jrprich PNW Well-Known Member

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    How long do you leave the leather and gun in the shrunk bag?
     
  8. darkminstrel

    darkminstrel PDX Well-Known Member

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    On cold days; 2 hours. On warm days; a half of an hour. Just put them in the bag in a window so it 'sets' and then open, clean, stitch. I also prefer to leave the gun in untill the leather appears to be fully dry. It isn't of course, just on the surface. Takes a couple days or so for it to dry all the way through.

    Edit; This isn't a very common way to mold leather. Just the way I do it.
     
  9. Cogs

    Cogs Washougal, WA. Volunteer Coordinator Staff Member 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    I'd like to use the real gun, but, it's 2 hours away and I can't borrow it for the next two weeks til I see him again.

    I may need to make a basic pattern, a little larger, and wet mold it when I see him. Then bring it back, trim, sew, stain and finish it off. That's kind of a hassel, however, not having the physical thing to work into the leather. I've got a call out to my leather crafter buds and we'll see if any blue guns turn up there.

    Bill
     
  10. jrprich

    jrprich PNW Well-Known Member

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    What is the usual way to mold leather? :huh:
     
  11. stmcelroy

    stmcelroy Madras, OR Well-Known Member

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    By hand or with a press.