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    Pros and Cons of DIY Kydex Holsters

    I am considering starting on making my own holsters from Kydex. I have purchased commercially made ones and they are great, and expensive.

    I found supplies for making these at home and it does not appear terribly complicated. The cost of the supplies for 4 holsters add up to what I gave for one holster, professionally made.

    Has anyone tried this and could you point out any landmines?

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    Virtually no cons. Do it. Kydex>leather except for aesthetics. Better retention, less wear on your gun, easier to make. Use 0.93. You have to be able to roll on it on a hard surface and have it not break. Its easy as ****. I'll post more when I get back.
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    Thanks, dwkfym. I had done some research and found knifekits.com has quite a variety of supplies and even kits for making holsters and sheaths. I have not heard anything bad from anyone, so I am going to jump on in and try a kit. If I can make that work, I may go for the whole deal for getting supplies and outfitting the family and friends. You mentioned .093. I saw that grade on the site, but also saw where most of the kits were .060. Have you made any, yourself?
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    Yes. All my carry holsters I've made myself.
    Its really straightforward. Plan it out, heat up kydex (I like to use 250-275), place kydex on molding material (for me, yoga mats, pillows, anything) put gun on it, mold, then mold. Modify as necessary with heat gun. Press in trigger guard area with your thumb (don't get burnt though, put a towel or something on it) for better retention. Drill, attach to w/e you like.
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    Finally got around to making my first kydex holster this weekend. Was able to measure, cut outline, heat and mold, modify with heat gun and put in rivets with no real problems. Decided to go paddle instead of belt loops and made it work with very little problems. All in all, fairly easy. Saved lots of $. Would recommend knifekits.com as a source of materials.
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    If you are penny pinching, let me know if you want to make more kydex. I have wholesaler accounts from suppliers and We'll hook you up (I won't make a dime, but double shipping might make it prohibitive)

    Paddle! Awesome, please post pics! I love paddle holsters for the convenience of putting it on and taking it off. Unfortunately, I concealed carry most of the time in hot Florida weather so I can't use a paddle.
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    Understood. I am in Kentucky and have a little cooler weather than you. The holster I made was for the wife's PPK. She rarely wears a belt and the paddle allows a nice fit and grabs the seams well to allow a quick draw. My custom for my G27 has belt loops and I wear it most. I will have to get a pic of the one I made on here. It is my first effort and I learned from my mistakes on this one, but it is not too bad. She likes it.
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    Okay. Just finished a second holster for my wife's S&W 6906. I have pics of that and my first attempt attached.
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    Wow! I am very impressed. Excellent work sir!
    I would change the screws that hold the paddle to the holster; seems to be sticking out much, possibly scratching the gun. I just use bolts and nuts with a flat head from a hardware store for that kind of stuff. I'd use washers too to make the mount more sturdy.
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    Great work dude. I love Kydex for my knives. Much lower profile and can handle abuse. I drank the Kool-Aid and bought a SERPA for my P226 and I love it, but I would like to get a Kydex for it.
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