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Old February 10, 2013, 09:37 PM   #1
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Join Date: September 2, 2009
Location: Interior Alaska
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DIY SAA appendiceal IWB holster

Long story shorter I got my first 45 Colt last year and started having second thoughts about the .38Spec +P FBI load for CCW about ten minutes into my first trip to the range. I looked at the Charter Arms Bulldog in .44Spec. I looked at a Ruger Super Redhawk Alaskan. I looked at a bunch of small lightweight DA's in .44 magnum. I took my micrometer to the gun counter along with my J frame and put my J frame snubbie side by side with a .45 Colt Derringer.

Then one day I saw a Cimarron Thunderer in a glass case and knew I had found my answer. SA 45 Colt, birdshead grip, 3.5" barrel. I shopped around a bit and ended up with a Ruger New Vaquero, 3.75" barrel, birdshead grip, 45Colt. No holster.

I dunno how many places I have looked, but I ended up making my own holster this weekend. Donor was a triple K model 114 right hand for Ruger SA and similiar, 4.75 to 5.5" barrel. First order of business was to lop off the OWB leather I didn't need - leaving an ear to keep the hammer spur out of my belly skin, and trim the muzzle end back to fit my 3.75" barrel. Three or four stitches in the new end to keep it from unsewing itself....

Then I cut a strap off the extra to my needs OWB leather to make a belt loop...

Next up was finding where the gun rides now. With all the leather wrapped around it, it doesn't fit inside my belt quite the same. The main thing for me was to sit on something real low, I think I used an ammo can with my butt about 8" off the ground and my boot soles flat on the floor. I can't comfortably carry this any deeper because I don't want to give away mobility.

Once I knew how deep into my pants I could place it, then I dummied up the belt loop and got my pieces marked.

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