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First attempt at making a kydex holster!

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by Dannicus, Apr 8, 2013.

  1. Dannicus

    Dannicus Tacoma Active Member

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    I think It turned out pretty good. This may be my new go-to holster for walking the dog.:D

    Tips and criticisms? I already wish I had made the back portion extend up the slide to keep it from pinching me when I re-holster.

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  2. Born2hunt

    Born2hunt Linn cnty Member

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    Dude thats sweet! Looks good to me
     
  3. jrprich

    jrprich PNW Well-Known Member

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    Looks good !
    I wonder about the lower edge being turned in toward your body.......does that touch you?
    As to the part you wished you had included, just cut it out of kydex and glue it to the back of the holster.
     
  4. Dannicus

    Dannicus Tacoma Active Member

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    If that bottom edge does touch me, I dont notice it.
     
  5. nwtech

    nwtech Oregon Member

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    Might consider using some Chicago screws in place of 2-4 of the rivets for added strength. Looks good.
     
  6. Dannicus

    Dannicus Tacoma Active Member

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    I did pick up some Chicago screws for attaching belt loops, but didn't think about using them in place of rivets for strength.
     
  7. Oregonhunter5

    Oregonhunter5 2C IDAHO Well-Known Member

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    Looks good.
    What about making the gun go deeper in the hoster.
    Looks like its a bit top heavy
     
  8. Dannicus

    Dannicus Tacoma Active Member

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    I based the level of the opening on a bladetech holster I have. I think it's that way to give you a full grip on the gun. It would look more normal if it weren't for the stubby nature of the G26. A problem I had with the bladetech was that the holster ended at the barrel and it was "floppy" if I didn't wear a stiff duty type belt. That's why I have the bit of kydex at the bottom; to kind of extend it and stabilize it. This thing hugs close and secure. It might come down to the belt loop design more than the extra kydex at the bottom, tho. The bladetech uses screw on plastic loops that
    make it stand off a little more.
     
  9. Oregonhunter5

    Oregonhunter5 2C IDAHO Well-Known Member

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    Is that material hot?
     
  10. Dannicus

    Dannicus Tacoma Active Member

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    I don't think it will be a problem. In Florida it could get a bit damp behind it.
     
  11. Dannicus

    Dannicus Tacoma Active Member

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    I just thought it would be kind of a cool hobby and to make holsters and sheaths that fit the way I like them to rather than pay and settle. I'll end up making some for friends, I'm sure.
     
  12. nwbobber

    nwbobber Longview, Wa. Active Member

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    I think your work looks good. Anything you can tell the rest of us about the process? Things you learned making this? I have been thinking about this myself.
     
  13. stmcelroy

    stmcelroy Madras, OR Well-Known Member

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    They won't add any strength, just stick with the eyelets.

    I make a ton of kydex holsters and have never had an eyelet break or pull out.
     
  14. Dannicus

    Dannicus Tacoma Active Member

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    Good to know, thanks!
     
  15. Dannicus

    Dannicus Tacoma Active Member

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    I used the oven to heat it and used the foam press method to form it. There are tons of videos on YouTube that show different ways to do it.
     
  16. Mac_Fan

    Mac_Fan Beaverton Active Member

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    Excellent work.
     
  17. Spad

    Spad Kennewick,WA, the desert side Active Member

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    Nice job and thanks for sharing with us...Spad
     
  18. benjohson

    benjohson Oregon Member

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    Nice job, man. Got an estimate of cost of materials and time to make? I'm thinking about getting into I myself and am wondering if its worth the time. Thanks.
     
  19. Dannicus

    Dannicus Tacoma Active Member

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    I'll have to figure that out. The kydex and eyelets are cheap. Took me maybe an hour for the work. I already had a coping saw, drill, vice, dremel, and belt sander. Had to buy the eyelet tool, clamps, foam, and wood.