Rob Reed asked for an explanation of the tools/materials I use to fabricate the two holster-looking things I have managed to produce, and the short answer is "watch these two videos":
I hate sitting through a 30-minute video when I could just read something, but I made an exception in those two cases, and I am very thankful I did; PHLster is a very accomplished kydex-smith, and he is not at all [...]
As I said on the Facebooks and Twitters a few days ago, one of the fun advantages of making your own holsters is the ability to do crazy things you would never actually ask someone else to make for you.
And, sometimes, they work:
Obviously this is not an everyday carry holster, but I contend that neither is that an everyday carry gun (though a friend tells me they are increasingly popular [...]
I promised you pictures today, and darned if I did not get them up in the nick of time:
(Pictures taken with a new toy, which I dare say will work just fine.)
What we have here is the very, actual holster Dragon Leatherworks is donating to the Honored American Veterans Afield fundraiser I am running. This one is made specifically to fit a 5” Ruger Blackhawk, but it will also [...]
I am not a perfectionist – just ask my wife – but I have an annoying tendency to want to do things right the first time, and not getting it right frustrates me. This despite the reality that, if I have no experience doing something, I cannot exactly do that something particularly well.
Anywise, enough whining. Aside from being wider than strictly necessary, yesterday’s lens cover holster turned out pretty well. That made up [...]
After damned near eight solid hours of work, more trial and error than I care to admit, and only a small amount of blood loss, I have this:
Not pretty, but it works.
Definitely not pretty. One of the reasons it took so long were these:
Since I wear a neutered rigger’s belt, I dislike having to unthread it every time I get home in order to load [...]
Obviously it is still a work in progress (the wings need to be bent, and the loops need to be finished/fixed – sadly, Better Half’s hair drier was not up to the task), and I doubt I will be putting Raven out of business any time soon, but given that I have more than a few guns that need left-handed holsters, and more than a few guns that need holsters in general, the [...]
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Current Total Donation Amount: (0700 01APR13)
The rules are a little different than last year’s exercise, so pay attention.
How to Earn a Ticket:
1. Every five dollars you donate directly to Honored American Veterans Afield nets you one numbered ticket. 2. DO NOT SEND ME MONEY. All money and goods should go directly to HAVA. 3. [...]
I have, and need, no better excuse than that for this:
What’s that, you say? It looks remarkably like something from some movie or television series you might have seen once upon a time?
I have no idea what you are talking about.
None at all.
In all seriousness, this is far from an every-day carry rig, for a variety of reasons, but the TT-33 is far from [...]
So I spent most of yesterday blowing the not-insubstantial mass of leaves provided to our not-insubstantial back yard courtesy of the not-insubstantial forest behind our house, and I vacuumed the downstairs this morning (when the cats start sneezing on their own dust bunnies, it is about time to do that); the upshot of all of this is that my right hand has been functionally reduced to a “mewling quim”, to quote the inimitable Loki (look [...]
We all know that Dragon Leatherworks makes good holsters, but now more of Eastern Tennessee can find out (if you are using an RSS reader, you will probably have to click through to see the video):
Yup, that would be Dennis, the proprietor, on regional television during prime-time on a Friday evening, and I have to admit that I am remarkably impressed at how positive and salutary the segment was.
I mean, [...]
A little birdie (who happens to have a good bit of leather dye on his hands) told me that WATE‘s “Made in Tennessee” segment just wrapped up filming at the headquarters of Dragon Leatherworks.
No real word on when the segment will air, but I will try to record it when it does.
Also, if that is not “normalization”, I do not know what is. And speaking of not knowing things, are you [...]
So, as everyone is aware by now, I was at Chick-Fil-A yesterday protesting the government sticking its unwelcome nose into a private corporation’s private business, and, as Lynn H. accurately guessed (I guess I am that predictable), I was openly carrying at the event as well, with my not-easy-to-overlook Baby Eagle at that.
For the entire hour I stood in line, while I was surrounded by literally hundreds of people, and apart from the [...]
Remember how I mentioned that Dragon Leatherworks was producing copies of the lunchbox he made for Abby Sciuto in NCIS? Well, that run of 500 is now open for your orders, and while not many have come in over the past month or so, something tells me if you want one, you might want to get your order in now.
Only because Dennis and his lunchbox got featured in the local dead-tree [...]
I had the distinct privilege of finally meeting the guy who used to guest write here and currently runs Guns, Cars, and Tech along with his current guest author, meeting Gremlin and his staff, Oleg Volk, meeting Chris from Archangel Industries (who apparently makes shiny kydex holsters, including clear OWB ones, which is an interesting thought indeed), shooting a hell of a lot of guns that were not all mine with ammunition that was not [...]
Despite still being painted as a “fringe” aspect of our society comprised of nothing more than loony-bin candidates who somehow escaped psychological “assistance”, the whole concept of “survivalism” and “prepping” has understandably caught on amongst the American people, with even the CDC jumping onboard the zombie bandwagon in order to encourage people to keep basic supplies in their homes. Because, really, if you are ready for the zombie apocalypse, a hurricane is just a storm. [...]
… to help out a little sister. Sorry, that pun was just sitting there, and no one else seemed to want to use it…
Anywise, Erin is… well… interesting, and proudly so. She is an unapologetic goth, a freelance writer, a lover of My Little Pony (which I had no idea still existed until I started reading her), a diehard paper-and-pencil RPG player… oh, and she shoots Mosin-Nagants in her spare time and bitchslaps [...]
A couple of rather disparate thoughts were rattling around my head for the past few days, but they did not completely congeal until I read this comment from Oliver Perry:
It was discussed, perhaps here, the notion that we are able to develop a shitstorm when something goes wrong, but the author could not recall an atta boy resulting in a built business.
I currently carry in a crossbreed, but my next holster will [...]