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    Default DIY kydex holsters

    I saw the thread from ror123 with the link to openmolds http://www.gunsite.co.za/forums/show...97#post1337197 and it got me thinking, how difficult would it be to create my own custom holsters for my firearms, mags and knives? The supplies appear to be cheap enough from openmolds.

    I've read through a few articles like this one http://survival-mastery.com/diy/weap...x-holster.html, and it appears to be doable, it would obviously have a steep learning curve to it. I am quite handy and love tinkering with these sort of things. I have 2 locally produced kydex holsters, that are awesome, but I need two or three more in the coming months when I get the licenses.

    Has anyone tried to DIY it before? Is it one of those things that appear to be easy and then just ends up being a complete ball ache?

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    Many people seem to do them themselves.

    Very, very few seem to do them well.

    By well, I mean properly finished and aesthetically pleasant.

    I think specialised stuff like AIWB may have a steeper curve

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    I like DIY and have done it for knives and torches with PVC pipe, the temp is lower , but the rest is pretty much the same.
    I cut a pice of pipe open, pop it in the oven at about 100ºc and when it is floppy you mould it around whetever you want to. The PVC is not strong enough for regular use, but you can practice with it. and make good light duty stuff with it.

    The first couple you do may not be as nice as you would like, but it is possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cockroach View Post
    Many people seem to do them themselves.Very, very few seem to do them well.By well, I mean properly finished and aesthetically pleasant.I think specialised stuff like AIWB may have a steeper curveSent from my SM-G970F using Tapatalk
    This x 100

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cockroach View Post
    Many people seem to do them themselves.

    Very, very few seem to do them well.

    By well, I mean properly finished and aesthetically pleasant.

    I think specialised stuff like AIWB may have a steeper curve

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    Without some basic knowledge and a few pieces of equipment it’s not as easy as one thinks. Ask Adrian how many stuffed up shells and off cuts he has of ones gone wrong.


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    Quote Originally Posted by griffin View Post
    Without some basic knowledge and a few pieces of equipment it’s not as easy as one thinks. Ask Adrian how many stuffed up shells and off cuts he has of ones gone wrong.


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    Fair enough. I am lucky enough to have spent a bit of time with Geoff in his workshop, so I forget what I have picked up along the way

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    I have done it a few times, I even built a press to do it properly, its fun, gets old quick though because the experts do it so much better...




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    Default Re: DIY kydex holsters

    On the one hand, DIY is often huge fun and one can enjoy the fruit of his labour with pride. On the other hand, there is a reason why professionally made kydex holsters are not cheap. If you are in a hurry and in need of something good, rather pay for someone else's experience. The school fees on such projects together with the time are usually more expensive than buying a finished and properly made item.If you have sufficient time, then go ahead and dig it.

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    Ok, you've convinced me to rather stay away for now. Thanks for the input.

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    I've also decided to give it a try, I've purchased a press from KMTS
    Knife sheaths aren't that hard to make but the firearm holsters are abit tricky, I have to admit it's not as easy as it looks in those YouTube videos
    Those who are making their own holsters are you heating the kydex with a heat gun or in an oven?
    If in an oven at what temperature and for how long do you heat it

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