Playing with kydex.... Again

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  1. truckin151

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    New holster for a little p22

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    Got one more to make later this week /weekend but I like this one quite a bit.
     
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    Nicely done!
     
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    I was gonna give it a try but I already have to many unfinished projects
    I actually have a bunch of leather but never got any kydex so I guess this is technically one I started and never finished too haha
     
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    Thank you,
     
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    I just can't see spending $80+ on a holster that may or may not work the way I want it t, instead for that price I can make 8-10 of them that I can modify or adjust without feeling like I wasted a bunch of mone.
     
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    sweet. where do you get your supplies?
     
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    How hard is it to do? I have not heard of doing it yourself. I would be interested on how you did it and where you got your supplies also. Thanks!
     
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    Looks good btw!
     
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    That is awesome. I didn't realize that was a DIY type project. Looks good.
     
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    Its not horribly difficult to do, just takes a couple hours out of your day and a lot of looking at what parts you like and what parts you dont from various holsters out there already. You can pick up an 8-10 pack of 12"x12" kydex sheets on Amazon for $60-$70, rivets or chicago screws and belt clips from Tandy leather. Total for the IWB holsters and OWB holsters I have made for myself and others I've barely touched 4 sheets. If I were to out right buy the holsters I would be sitting around the $200-$300 mark easilly so the inevestment is well worth it.

    Basic things you need,

    Oven
    Heat gun
    Press (I use some Hi-Density foam and 2 - 2ft square pieces of partical board and some velcro straps, really crude press)
    Dremel
    Drill
    Neopreine Washers/O'rings

    - Take some blue painters tape and a wooden dowell and tape it to your gun along the slide between your front sight and rear sight, idea is to form a sight channel when molded otherwise you will never be able to get the gun out. Also add tape to any areas you want smoothed out or show less deffinition.
    - Heat the oven to 350*-370*
    - Place kydex sheet (usually just use half a sheet) on cookie tray and pop it in the oven for 5-7min. (it will smell up the house so do it when wife or parents are not home).
    - Layout the press and gun (UNLOADED) so you can quickly take the sheet of kydex out of the oven and lay it on the press.
    - I usually lay the sheet down on one half of the press, and then depending on type of holster, either place my gun on top and fold the kydex over it OR place a small piece of partical board ontop of the gun, and put the top piece of the press on. Sandwich the two together as tighly as possible and strap it down. Many use clamps to get the tightes possible fit, I strap it down and sit on it for about 5min.
    -Take the press apart and kydex should have molded to the gun. If it has not you will have to reheat the kydex and leave it in longer until it is very plyable.
    - Once you have the desired form, pop the gun out of the kydex and layout the look of the holster with a pencil, marking the holes for the screws/rivets and belt clips or loops.
    -Once everything is laid out, take a dremel and cut away the excess kydex and then take a sanding bit and go around the edges.
    -Drill the holes for the screws/rivets
    -WASH the inside of the holster out
    -Assemble (use some thicker Neopreine o-rings inside the 2 pieces of Kydex for an OWB type holster, this will give you some retention adjustments).
    -Take a heat gun or hair dryer to heat and form any places that need a little extra bend or a little more definition.
    - Then draw/holster/draw/holster your firearm until it feels right, making adjustments here and there to get the fit nd finish just right. Just remember that after every cut or grind to smooth out the edges and wash the inside of the holster out. Otherwise you end up with plastic shavings coating the gun and getting into places you dont want it to.

    It sounds like a lot but it really isnt that bad and there are TONS of information on it out there. You really just need to get it laid out a head of time to aviod any issues that may arrise during the molding process (if there is a latch at the end of the barrel that sticks out, make sure it has a path to travel to get in and out).

    This is my method, there are many many others out there.
     
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