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jamesbern
12-31-2011, 20:55
Just last week I decided I wanted to try my hand at making kydex holsters. I figured out what I needed and started to get everything together.

I will be able to make IWB/OWB holsters, knife sheaths, mag pouches (AR & Pistol), and I hope to try some other stuff as well.

Maybe i'll do good enough to sell some. :)

This is my kydex press I made today. I'm waiting for the foam to arrive from Knife Kits. I made two of everything so I can make another press to speed up holster making.

The area for the foam is 12" x 11.5". There is a 1/2" of MDF on the bottom board that the foam won't cover. I will mark it with a protractor for different angles of cant.

There is no glue holding this together so this can be totally taken apart if needed.

http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j98/jamesbernatchez/Photography/eda6e89f.jpg

http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j98/jamesbernatchez/Photography/f683b97e.jpg

http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j98/jamesbernatchez/Photography/b294677b.jpg

http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j98/jamesbernatchez/Photography/2e441d5d.jpg

http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j98/jamesbernatchez/Photography/17446d97.jpg

NeverMore1701
12-31-2011, 22:59
Let me know when you can make me a $20 holster for my PF9 :supergrin:


:tongueout:

Folsom_Prison
12-31-2011, 23:27
I'd try out your holsters, and here's the best part, I won't charge you a dime. :supergrin:

bchand01
12-31-2011, 23:29
I am definitely subscribing. I'll take a holster mag pouches and an iPhone holster;)

NeverMore1701
12-31-2011, 23:31
I'd try out your holsters, and here's the best part, I won't charge you a dime. :supergrin:

Good plan, we can be your product testers! No charge! :supergrin::supergrin::supergrin:

Folsom_Prison
12-31-2011, 23:34
Good plan, we can be your product testers! No charge! :supergrin::supergrin::supergrin:

I wish OP would give a List of holster options. :rofl:

dr_hefley
12-31-2011, 23:40
I built a few but went back to making leather ones. I never was happy with how the belt loops turned out, probably should've slowed down and fine tuned my process. Good luck & post some pics.

jamesbern
01-01-2012, 01:35
You guys are too funny. Tell you what if they are good enough to sell i'll only charge you $10 per holster.....shipping will be $50 though :tongueout:.

I've read that the blue training guns are actually smaller than the real thing so if the holster is tight to the blue gun it will probably be too tight for the real deal.

To begin with i'm going to use the actual firearm to mold.

Firearms I have available to me (thanks to friends) to use are:

CZ SP-01 Shadow Target
Tanfoglio EAA Witness Elite Limited
M&P9 Full size w/ and w/o TLR-1S
Walther P22
SIG P229 Dark Elite w/ and w/o TLR-1S
Full size 1911
SIG P239 .40
HK USP 9 Full size
Glock 26

Want to do a 19 and 17 as well as those are popular.

I built a few but went back to making leather ones. I never was happy with how the belt loops turned out, probably should've slowed down and fine tuned my process. Good luck & post some pics.

I'm going to make jigs for different belt loop sizes and types. That way it is easy to recreate.

It is 3:30 am and I just finished the second press. I just need two more hinges, foam, and tee nuts to finish it.

Picking up two toasters next and then i'm just waiting for my kydex to arrive.

bchand01
01-01-2012, 03:08
And a surefire x300 along with a dummy iPhone :) haha good luck with the project.

EDCholsters
01-01-2012, 20:12
Good luck my friend :wavey:

jamesbern
01-05-2012, 01:27
Well that was fun! Took a lot of man hours but the end result was definitely worth it! I already have local guys asking for them. This may turn out to make me some money to at least recoup the cost of supplies.

This holster is for my M&P9. Retention is wonderful. Easy to draw, but doesn't move around on me.

http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j98/jamesbernatchez/Photography/ceacbc31.jpg

http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j98/jamesbernatchez/Photography/df93a0aa.jpg

http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j98/jamesbernatchez/Photography/2b1b4172.jpg

http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j98/jamesbernatchez/Photography/c72ed6a2.jpg

http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j98/jamesbernatchez/Photography/898624b6.jpg

Specs:

Pancake style OWB/IWB holster
Two different height settings for the 1.5" belt loops
Multiple adjustments for IWB to set up for the individual
Designed with .080 Kydex for strength and durability

Any questions or comments please feel free to post. I would love to hear what you have to say.

NeverMore1701
01-05-2012, 02:17
Well that was fun! Took a lot of man hours but the end result was definitely worth it! I already have local guys asking for them. This may turn out to make me some money to at least recoup the cost of supplies.

This holster is for my M&P9. Retention is wonderful. Easy to draw, but doesn't move around on me.

http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j98/jamesbernatchez/Photography/ceacbc31.jpg

http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j98/jamesbernatchez/Photography/df93a0aa.jpg

http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j98/jamesbernatchez/Photography/2b1b4172.jpg

http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j98/jamesbernatchez/Photography/c72ed6a2.jpg

http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j98/jamesbernatchez/Photography/898624b6.jpg

Specs:

Pancake style OWB/IWB holster
Two different height settings for the 1.5" belt loops
Multiple adjustments for IWB to set up for the individual
Designed with .080 Kydex for strength and durability

Any questions or comments please feel free to post. I would love to hear what you have to say.

How much you chargin'?

vego
01-05-2012, 03:05
is there a write up, or would you explain to me how the process works? promise not to steal your business on the site, but I would like to make my own holsters and mag pouches. I would like to make a holster for my usp with the light and some horizontal mag pouches for my glock and HK. also, if you can make me an ankle holster for my 2.25 sp101 i would happily pay you for it. I would like to learn to do it my self though. I bet you could make a killing at gun shows and flee markets. hopefully you have a few teenagers to crank out holsters when they get bad grades lol

Deployment Solu
01-05-2012, 06:28
I've been making kydex holsters, mag pouches, light pouches, and knife sheaths for years. That is great work for your first try.

Best of Luck!!!

eclark53520
01-05-2012, 06:39
is there a write up, or would you explain to me how the process works? promise not to steal your business on the site, but I would like to make my own holsters and mag pouches. I would like to make a holster for my usp with the light and some horizontal mag pouches for my glock and HK. also, if you can make me an ankle holster for my 2.25 sp101 i would happily pay you for it. I would like to learn to do it my self though. I bet you could make a killing at gun shows and flee markets. hopefully you have a few teenagers to crank out holsters when they get bad grades lol

http://www.ar15.com/forums/t_10_17/628104_Do_it_yourself_Kydex____.html&page=1

53 pages of how to.

You will also become VERY familiar with http://www.knifekits.com/vcom/index.php

vego
01-05-2012, 07:07
thank you very much so you heat the kydex, put foam behind it, put your gun in between and press it? hot kydex isnt bad for the gun?

jamesbern
01-05-2012, 07:36
How much you chargin'?

$1 billion dollars! :rofl:

is there a write up, or would you explain to me how the process works? promise not to steal your business on the site, but I would like to make my own holsters and mag pouches. I would like to make a holster for my usp with the light and some horizontal mag pouches for my glock and HK. also, if you can make me an ankle holster for my 2.25 sp101 i would happily pay you for it. I would like to learn to do it my self though. I bet you could make a killing at gun shows and flee markets. hopefully you have a few teenagers to crank out holsters when they get bad grades lol

I see it was already posted, but that is a great thread to read. It may seem very easy, but as you will see there is a wide variable to the holsters that are posted. Some look wonderful and some not so much.

The big issue is time and energy. Each gun is going to use a different amount of kydex sheet, rivets, etc. I probably spent roughly 7 hours after molding cured to phisically make it.

Not everyone can work with Kydex. It definitely takes some know how and finesse to work it correctly. Once it was put together I actually adjusted the rentention on the trigger guard and ejection port as I couldn't pull the firearm out. Final retention will be set with the buyer and their firearm.

Also, without having an enormus amount of firearms handy you would need to pick up blue training guns at $40+ each for popular pistols to mold holsters.

I've been making kydex holsters, mag pouches, light pouches, and knife sheaths for years. That is great work for your first try.

Best of Luck!!!

Thank you very much. I was very happy. This one below was really the first one I pressed, but once I cut it I realized I didn't have enough room for the rivets. I needed to enlarge my beginning pieces to get the look I was going for.

http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j98/jamesbernatchez/16c057aa.jpg

MCVet
01-05-2012, 10:35
How much did it cost to get off the ground? I've been wanting a kydex holster with a magazine pouch and may just have to make my own.

jamesbern
01-05-2012, 10:51
How much did it cost to get off the ground? I've been wanting a kydex holster with a magazine pouch and may just have to make my own.

I've read you can start with a couple hundred doller investment. Mine was more than that as I want to be able to duplicate things so i've made more supplies to help me along and make things easier for me.

dr_hefley
01-05-2012, 16:03
Looks great!

ca survivor
01-05-2012, 16:13
looks good, but what is the press for, kydex has to heated right?

jamesbern
01-05-2012, 16:18
Press is to mold kydex after heating.

Fwdftw
01-05-2012, 20:56
What Rivet Tool are you using?

Folsom_Prison
01-05-2012, 22:52
Looks good!

jamesbern
01-06-2012, 07:39
What Rivet Tool are you using?

One that you normally use a hammer with. I'm using it in my drill press. I've messed up a few, but so far it isn't that hard to get ruined ones out.

I tried a dual Glock 26 mag holder and it didn't work out as I planned. They actually shifted as I was closing the press. Need to try again on that one. That was actually harder than the pistol holsters IMO. I also molded a single PMag belt pouch as well as a single pistol pouch I need to finish.

There is no way I can churn these out at a rate to make me lots of money. It is fun to see what I can come up with though.

I was bummed when the dual mag holder didn't work out, but I did just start this yesterday.

Then my father came down stairs and asked about a sheath for his pocket knife. He keeps it in one of those pouches with a velcro enclosure. Figured what the hell.

This is what I came up with :)

http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j98/jamesbernatchez/Photography/b9413c87.jpg

http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j98/jamesbernatchez/Photography/358aa055.jpg

http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j98/jamesbernatchez/Photography/3f78adda.jpg

KarlThomas
01-06-2012, 10:03
Looks like you figured out what you were doing pretty quick. Good work!

Southswede
04-29-2012, 21:24
One that you normally use a hammer with. I'm using it in my drill press. I've messed up a few, but so far it isn't that hard to get ruined ones out.

I tried a dual Glock 26 mag holder and it didn't work out as I planned. They actually shifted as I was closing the press. Need to try again on that one. That was actually harder than the pistol holsters IMO. I also molded a single PMag belt pouch as well as a single pistol pouch I need to finish.

There is no way I can churn these out at a rate to make me lots of money. It is fun to see what I can come up with though.

I was bummed when the dual mag holder didn't work out, but I did just start this yesterday.

Then my father came down stairs and asked about a sheath for his pocket knife. He keeps it in one of those pouches with a velcro enclosure. Figured what the hell.

This is what I came up with :)

http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j98/jamesbernatchez/Photography/b9413c87.jpg

http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j98/jamesbernatchez/Photography/358aa055.jpg

http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j98/jamesbernatchez/Photography/3f78adda.jpg

Where are you getting your hardware (screws etc) from?

Raven1967
04-29-2012, 22:03
Good looking Holsters!

johnluger
04-30-2012, 11:17
Your holster's look great.

TxGlock9
04-30-2012, 12:13
If you ever sell them let us know. I want one for a my 19 with tlr-3.