DIY Kydex Hybrid Holster

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  1. deletejunkemail

    deletejunkemail XDTalk Newbie

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    I thought i'd share with you guys my experience and hope that it helps ppl. Thanks.

    - Used old Toaster Oven and old used aluminum baking tray
    - Razor Knife (optional for cutting only straight lines on kydex)
    - Drill (to drill holes in kydex and leather)
    - Dremel Tool (optional and used to shape or make precise cuts)
    - Make shift wooden Vise (Picture below)
    - Foam (I used whatever foam i had and floor foam. I've read ppl use the blue foam that you can buy at walmart in the camping section for sleeping bags.)
    - White crayon to mark kydex (This is optional)
    - "C" Clamp 6" (about $10 at home depot)

    Optional Stuff you could use that i did not use:
    - Heat Gun
    - Sand paper
    - Band saw or small hack saw to cut kydex into desired shape

    Kydex Holster Kit from OldFaithfulHolsters . com
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    Toaster Oven
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    Vise made from scrap wood and a door hinge
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    Kydex sheet was 12"x6" but i only needed 6"x6" so i used a razor to cut the kydex a few times then had to bend it to break apart. I only used a 6"x6" sheet of kydex bc i cut a 6x6 sheet of paper and placed it on the gun for practice so i'd advise you to try that method before cutting and heating up your kydex
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    Next i placed my XD Service Model on the vise and place the kydex sheet under it to see how i would need to place the kydex sheet on top of the gun after i heated it up
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    I then placed my gun on the leather sheet to see how it would sit to get a visual idea of what im doing
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    I heated up the Kydex and placed it on top of the gun and put it in the vise. I used a "C" clamp and used the door hinge to create pressure instead of buying a few "C" Clamps. My toaster oven was at about 350 degrees so i heated the **** out of it but be careful not to melt it but if you, thats what the aluminum tray is for.
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    I placed the gun and molded kydex on the leather to see placement and be able to mark where i need to cut
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    I made the markings of where i needed to cut with the white crayon
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    Using the dremel, i cut per my designated lines.
    FYI, when using a dremel it melts the kydex creating melted strands that can be peeled or sanded off.
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    And there you have it, an XD Supertuck for Concealed Carry for about $25 not including tools!
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    In the future, i will redo my vise with better foam and possibly buy a heat gun for more precise tuning.

    Took me about 3-4hrs bc it was my first time and i did a lot of fine tuning. I imagine in the future it'd be about an hour.

    Tips or positive criticism is greatly appreciated.
     
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  2. agalindo

    agalindo XDTalk 15K Member Founding Member

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    Nice work.

    I would have trimmed a bit more kydex especially around the edges where there is no leather sticking out beyond the kydex.
     
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    JustRick XDTalk 500 Member

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    very nice
     
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    windsearcher XDTalk 3K Member

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    Looks great, good step by steps as well.

    I'd say you should be proud of your DIY holster!
     
  5. deletejunkemail

    deletejunkemail XDTalk Newbie

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    agalindo - Preciate the tips. I'm currently wearing it right now trying to see what other cuts i need to make. Your right about cutting more kydex which is the fine tuning ill be doing later this weekend. It feels so nice to have made my own and custom to my desires and for the right price!
     
  6. deletejunkemail

    deletejunkemail XDTalk Newbie

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    JustRick - Thanks dude!

    windsearcher - Preciate the love for my work!
     
  7. BG_Atl

    BG_Atl XDTalk 100 Member

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    looks good... but I think I will let Mark and his crew keep making mine ! I still use my toaster oven for my eggos.. :rolleyes:
     
  8. agalindo

    agalindo XDTalk 15K Member Founding Member

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    Yep I've been there. Another thing I did was use soft pig skin on the opposite side made it much more comfortable.
     
  9. JustRick

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    Yep, I just ordered on from them today for my XDm
    I think the kydex would melt in my toaster :D
     
  10. orbrecon

    orbrecon XDTalk 100 Member

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    I wonder how difficult it would be to make a Raven Concealment style holster, if this guy managed to make such a nice supertuck knockoff with a toaster and a dremel lol. Anyone ever tried it?
     
  11. insatiable ONE

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    That's great you are taking some initiative to make your own stuff.

    Look at this way you can just keep experimenting until you are satisfied with the end result.

    I am curious though, do you feel the need for extra leather behind the straps?
     
  12. agalindo

    agalindo XDTalk 15K Member Founding Member

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    It's not too hard to make kydex holsters I've made several. There a quite a few older posts with pics of holster made by other member also.

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  13. Ocean82

    Ocean82 XDTalk 5K Member

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    Awesome work. Look just like a MTAC.
     
  14. LazyYrider

    LazyYrider XDTalk 100 Member

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    Hey deletejunkemail: I am very impressed with your efforts! You might just have a business opportunity in front of you! I was thinking that as i read through your post you might have made public the trade secrets of the MTAC and Crossbreed folks. It appears so far you haven't managed to step on toes so that is good for you.

    To the masses: what is Kydex??? Is it just a special type of plastic that doesn't let heat affect it below a pretty high temp?

    Thanks.
     
  15. mongovb

    mongovb XDTalk 1K Member

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    I was thinking about something like this for forming the kydex, but unless you are planning to do more than one, probably not worth it.

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