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Old 05-18-2013, 13:53   #1
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Kydex Holster Biz

So after toying with the idea for some time now I finally decided I am going to give making kydex holsters a shot. I have no plans of getting rich, just hope to sell enough holsters to cover my cost. For those of you that are already in the business I am looking for some helpful suggestions on starting out. Between myself and my shooting buddies I have plenty of popular guns & mags to start molding so finding cheap kydex is my my first priority. I've priced out everything based on items from both knife kits.com & harbor freight & my initial cost are pretty minimal but finding ways to cut it down even further is never a bad thing. What are your thoughts?
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Old 05-18-2013, 14:07   #2
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My thoughts are that while I admire your enthusiasm, I would be hesitant about getting into what is an already largely saturated market that already has some excellent offerings in widespread distribution, unless you have something new or unique in the way of features or craftsmanship to offer....

Not trying to be negative, but it's a tough market.
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Old 05-18-2013, 18:47   #3
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Like Ranger says, it's tough entering a saturated market, regardless of the product. The key to success is differentiation. How will you products differ from the established competition? If you can answer that, then maybe you've got a shot.

Best of luck though. I admire you willingness to take a chance. I also love to see small businesses succeed. As I've gotten older, I find myself willing to pay a premium to support local small businesses instead of the big box stores and international conglomerates.

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Old 05-18-2013, 22:22   #4
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Again this is all really just for fun. Finding a way to better meet my needs in a holster along with selling holsters to friend in order to cover cost is my only goal. If I start turning out products I feel like people will really appreciate in time selling them at cost on amazon or eBay would be nice. I understand there are a lot of people out there making a living at this but that's not what I'm going for. It just looks like a fun interest, and if I can absorb cost by making a few extras for friends then that's even better
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Old 05-19-2013, 08:51   #5
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As people said, the market is competitive. That doesn't mean there's no room for you.

You probably already have a good local start, so rather than trying to become an internet business, start taking holsters to local gun shows along with business cards and brochures. You can go to Vistaprint.com or some place like that for cheap.

When you go to the shows, have holsters for commonly made pistols and a few for pistols that don't have a lot of holsters available (Beretta 92A1 comes to mind). Move the holsters you have made to make it worth going to the show. Then you can gradually meet people that have booths and brick and mortar shops. Let them know you stand behind your product and can help them with custom work. You can get to the point where they are also helping sell your product.

It's never easy to get started because you have to make the first steps. But, if you enjoy what you do, you can find a way to make it. Good luck!

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Old 05-20-2013, 17:33   #6
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Does anyone have any do's & don't s as far as methods they have tried. I am starting to notice how most pocket holsters are folded over on the side instead of the bottom. The only reason why I can come up with is to reduce the amount of rivets used. I still have not came across any holsters that cover the business end of the gun but did see a video last night where a square was left over and heated to fold over the barrel. Any reasons as to why pocket holsters are mostly make by folding the Kydex on the side?
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Old 05-20-2013, 17:36   #7
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Another question I have is more about preference... J hook or leather straps on and IWB? Most of my IWB holsters have a standard metal hook but now that I have the option to chose, I'm not sure which one i should go with.
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Old 05-20-2013, 18:02   #8
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I prefer the snap type loops bit I would go with a plastic one like on these Blade-Tech IWB holsters.
http://shop.blade-tech.com/index.php?cPath=1_13

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Old 05-20-2013, 19:37   #9
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I would think the reason most of the pocket holsters are folded is to reduce edges and make them smoother.
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Old 05-24-2013, 19:30   #10
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So I decided to pick up a few models to look over before I get started. It took 18 weeks for the raven pocket holster to show up and only a few days(eBay) for the zero concealment holster and mag carrier to show up. Both I feel are great models & excellent models to base my ideas around

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Old 05-25-2013, 00:15   #11
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You may want to take a look at Cook's Holsters. http://www.cooksholsters.com/

His business looks similar to what you would like to start.
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Old 06-02-2013, 07:59   #12
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I'll be happy to field test them once you get to makin' e'm
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