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Making my own IWB "crossbreed" type holster, tips?

Discussion in 'Carry Issues' started by Roundabout136, Dec 9, 2011.

  1. Roundabout136


    Oct 10, 2011
    I can't justify spending $90 on a holster and having to wait a month to ship. Sure the warranty is nice on the crossbreed holsters, and sure the quality will be spot on. But I figure I can make one for ~1/3 of the price. So here's my plan, feel free to comment and give tips. Poor college student here for those who are going to say don't be cheap.

    As I do not have a crossbreed holster handy, this is what I'll be basing the dimensions off:


    Here is some horsehide I found online. Anyone know of any other sites with good pricing? With 4 sq ft I can make 3-4 probably....or make a few errors :whistling: ($15)

    I was planning on using the crossbreed clips shown here ($10):,ProductName

    Next up is kydex. This is the part I need help on, I have read that the thickness of the kydex is much more important than the thickness of the horsehide/leather.

    Shown below is some kydex at 1/8" thick. Thick enough??? ($10)

    Rivets and bolts for the clips/kydex would be dirt cheap/free. I have access to all the needed tools. So I'm looking at $35 plus shipping and an hour of my time for a holster that will fit my body perfectly. Plus I'll have tons of extra material to mess around with.

    If anyone knows of websites with better pricing please let me know. Any tips will be appreciated greatly. I plan on ordering the items this weekend/next week and start building asap.

    Thanks guys!
  2. Sikiguya


    Feb 27, 2009
    Try Cleveland holsters in Wisconsin.

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  3. janice6

    janice6 Silver Member

    Apr 4, 2006
    I did this recently for a Chiappa .357 revolver. I wish I had some 9oz horse butt, to give it a thicker back. For decoration I used Ebay, Chicago Screws.

    To vacuum mold you might want a .062 " or .090" thickness, Heat to about 350*. You will have a hard time vacuum forming .180" Kydex. But, good luck anyway.

    Forgot: I used 0.090" Kydex for belt clips.
  4. Lampshade


    May 11, 2010
    Check out Kholster and CrossbreedSeconds.

    You'll be spending the same amount but getting a professionally made product.
  5. vista461


    Jul 10, 2006
    S.E. WI
    My Theis holster was $55 shipped. I had it in six days from ordering.:supergrin: