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Old 10-07-2012, 01:48   #1
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Fun with Kydex! (IWB Holster)

I finally finished a project I had in mind for a long time, a supertuck style holster. I kept dragging my feet because I needed to order components. Yesterday I discovered there was a Tandy Leather store somewhat nearby so I picked up the rivets, clips, and tools I needed. I was also excited to find that they started carrying Kydex sheets! It's not the prettiest, but for my first go at a holster like this, it works great and I learned a few things for the next one I make! Next up is a IWB mag holder. Heres some pics of my handy work:
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Old 10-07-2012, 01:50   #2
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Looks good to me! How's it work? Or have you had a chance to try it? If you don't mind my asking, what was your cost on materials?

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Old 10-07-2012, 01:59   #3
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Ive only got to wear it around the house for a couple of hours so I dont have a full verdict yet, but it is very comfortable! I think the next one I make will be with slightly thinner leather. Retention is perfect, I can shake it upside down and it wont fall out, but is easy to draw. If it is ever too hard or easy to draw, I can fix that with my heat gun. As far as materials; kydex is about $7 for a 12"x12" sheet and I used less than half of that. Rivets are about $4 per 100. The leather was about $6 per sqft, and the clips and hardware for that was roughly $7, so I put the whole thing together for under $20!
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Old 10-07-2012, 08:02   #4
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What Tandy's did you visit ? The new flyer came with the kydex advertisement.

Did you know that if you print out knifekits prices, that Tandy will attempt to match or beat the price???
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Old 10-07-2012, 09:17   #5
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You did really well! I've been making my own holsters for a couple years now myself. I started making all leather holsters, but, I really like the kydex hybrids, and I have since made a few myself. You will tweek things as you go.

If I may add a helpful suggestion.....I would allow more of an opening in the grip area by cutting the extra leather and kydex on the grip side. That would give you an easier grasp of the grip.

You actually have enough room on yours to use a pair of metal sheers to relieve some space with a "U" shaped opening by the grip. Cut down from the leather and cut right around the top rivet. You'll still have enough space to add a third rivet at the top.

Also, I would re-adjust the clips so that the belt crosses the trigger guard. The way it is set up now, your holster will be way low in your waistband and you'll be reaching down for the gun.

Keep up the good work!

Here are a couple I made:

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this was my 2nd one i have made ..
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Old 10-07-2012, 10:22   #7
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Thanks for the kind words and tips guys!

Hey buckshot, what weight leather do you use? I think the stuff I used could stand to be a little thinner.
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Thanks for the kind words and tips guys!

Hey buckshot, what weight leather do you use? I think the stuff I used could stand to be a little thinner.
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Thanks for the kind words and tips guys!

Hey buckshot, what weight leather do you use? I think the stuff I used could stand to be a little thinner.
I generally use 8-9 leather. I get it from Tandy also. I have to check if my local Tandy ( Tampa FL.) is selling Kydex. I want to experiment with some all kydex holsters.

Do you know which thickness the kydex is that Tandy sells?
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That's quite impressive! You did a great job forming the kydex to the gun, as did Livnoutdoors6.8.
Two questions: Do you use a heat gun only and hand form each section?

Where do you get the screws and nuts that you used, they look great?
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I use a kydex press and oven for the main forming, then use a heat gun and my hand to fine tune it. I used the medium length double cap rivets on the kydex. For the clips, I used T nuts, 1/2" flat head machine screws and a finishing washer. They're 8-32 thread.
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I use a kydex press and oven for the main forming, then use a heat gun and my hand to fine tune it. I used the medium length double cap rivets on the kydex. For the clips, I used T nuts, 1/2" flat head machine screws and a finishing washer. They're 8-32 thread.
Thanks for the response. I made a kydex press, but haven't achieved the results I'd hoped for even with the special foam pads. So I pretty much go oven and then finish with heat gun.
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after reading this I believe I will not be buying any more holsters. any good you tube links on seeing how to form the kydex?
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after reading this I believe I will not be buying any more holsters. any good you tube links on seeing how to form the kydex?
PhillyEDC <<< click that and look at his videos
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That's quite impressive! You did a great job forming the kydex to the gun, as did Livnoutdoors6.8.
Two questions: Do you use a heat gun only and hand form each section?

Where do you get the screws and nuts that you used, they look great?
I use a small toaster oven to heat the kydex
the screws - t-nut and washers come from a guy that i get my leather from in fla ..
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Old 10-07-2012, 16:48   #17
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The trick is to trace your gun on a piece of plywood using the thickness of a sharpie to leave enough room around the outline (about 1/4" all the way around) then cut it out with a jig saw. Put the gun in the press, lay the kydex over it and then place the template over the kydex and press. I found this to work best for me. Check out the tutorial videos on old faithful holsters website they have a good breakdown of the steps.
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lots of great info here http://www.kydexforum.com/
it was started by old faithful holsters
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Thanks for the link. I sat through almost two hours between part I and II. I found it to be very informative and interesting. I never used those eyelet type rivets, so I was really curious as to the size and how to install them. He answered those questions.
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Well, I just wasn't quite satisfied with it, so I modified it with a few tips I received. I enhanced the "combat cut" so I can get a full purchase on the gun for the draw. I removed the rivets and reshaped the edges and cut some excess off the trigger area. I also flared the opening slightly to help with reholstering. I replaced the leather spacers with ones I made from rubber tubing. I also beveled and slicked the edges of the leather and applied neatsfoot oil and edge coat along the perimeter. I'm really liking the way its looking now.
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Well, I just wasn't quite satisfied with it, so I modified it with a few tips I received. I enhanced the "combat cut" so I can get a full purchase on the gun for the draw. I removed the rivets and reshaped the edges and cut some excess off the trigger area. I also flared the opening slightly to help with reholstering. I replaced the leather spacers with ones I made from rubber tubing. I also beveled and slicked the edges of the leather and applied neatsfoot oil and edge coat along the perimeter. I'm really liking the way its looking now.
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Old 10-08-2012, 14:16   #22
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Wow! Those few steps made quite a difference. I noticed you lowered the position of your clips as well. You Done Good!!!
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Well, I just wasn't quite satisfied with it, so I modified it with a few tips I received. I enhanced the "combat cut" so I can get a full purchase on the gun for the draw. I removed the rivets and reshaped the edges and cut some excess off the trigger area. I also flared the opening slightly to help with re-holstering. I replaced the leather spacers with ones I made from rubber tubing. I also beveled and slicked the edges of the leather and applied neats-foot oil and edge coat along the perimeter. I'm really liking the way its looking now.
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not here to bust your balls !!!
but next time fill in the ejection port with a wood stick you will see in time that the port will eat the kydex up ..
I fill it and add a small coffee stir for the Loaded Barrel Indicator ( LBI )
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That's the thing about kydex, a little heat gun and problem solved. Thanks for the tip man
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Nicely done!
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