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Old 03-03-2017, 09:40 AM   #1
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Since posts are a little scarce, I'll bore you with some minor gun work I've done...

Spent an hour yesterday cutting down a holster. It's a Hunter Versa-Fit that was made for medium to large frame four inch revolvers. I had already redone it to fit a High Standard which is gone, so now for the new SP101. Inch and 3/4 off the bottom, and the rest was still a good fit. Just had to look it over to match the old stitch line into the new curve for the bottom.

Spent an hour today dehorning the SP a little bit. I don't round the corners much, just enough that they don't draw blood so easily. Easier on holsters, too. Ruger is bad for that.
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Old 03-03-2017, 01:45 PM   #2
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So have you put any hot loads thru it yet? Hang on tight and smile a lot. I like the insert grips but have to take just a little higher grip to avoid the trigger guard to the official Commonwealth of Massachusetts greeting finger crunch.
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Hottest load ever through it will be 125 gr Hornady XTP .38, my carry load. It's almost +P. I see no need for .357; think it has too much penetration for SD.

I thought about choosing the .38 SP-101, but since it's a rarity with the public, the .357 seemed better in the long run. The .38 has a shorter cylinder, so no rings to clean, but that's no big deal. The .38 has a faster twist, but probably little effect in a snub.

I remember shooting my Security-Six. I know my SP will outdo a 17 ounce LCR.

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Old 03-03-2017, 06:38 PM   #4
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Careful with them holsters boys!
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OMG, that's awful. I hope the photo was before they treated it and stitched it up. Surely it's not gonna stay like that. Wonder how the dummy managed to do it? Finger on the trigger too early I bet.

I never use a holster that's "behind" me, or just hang a grip on my belt like you see in movies. About 4 o'clock IWB is bad enough. I prefer a OWB crossdraw under a jacket, but so far I only have a Fobus that will do that and they're a little bulky.

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OMG, that's awful. I hope the photo was before they treated it and stitched it up. Wonder how the dummy managed to do that? Finger on the trigger too early I bet.

I never use a holster that's "behind" me, or just hang a grip on my belt like you see in movies..
If the pic is from the article I read, it was a cheap or modified holster and they were re-holstering.
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.....it was a cheap or modified holster.....
Holsters ain't what they used to be, and maybe contributes to some accidents. Stores only carry mostly or all nylon, and leather IMHO has gotten too high. I myself don't care for paying eighty to a hundred bucks for a square foot of leather and four feet of thread, that's made outside the US to boot.

In my earlier shooting days, Bianchi was the best and their most expensive was maybe $ 35, most were $ 25. True, that was in the days of $ 300 Ruger revolvers......

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Simply Rugged always seemed reasonable to me and made by Rob in Arizona.
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I never much liked pancake style, prefer a tunnel loop. And they only offer one with a thumb break. I'm looking for crossdraw only with a thumb break.

Also rethinking IWB with this heavier SP. I have a Galco Sto And Go, just a suede pouch with a plastic belt hook. Bianchi's Pistol Pocket looks better. Belt strap and a thumb break. Their model 100 is a maybe, but no retention and a metal belt clip for only $10 less.
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The pic with the gun looks like the holster was deformed due to moisture I spect, and it rested against the trigger when holstered.
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Simply Rugged always seemed reasonable to me and made by Rob in Arizona.
I have Rob's holsters for every gun I own for concealed carry. At one time he had what he called a Range holster, probably still has the pattern. I really like the Kydex holsters from Black Rhino, they are surprisingly comfortable both OWB and IWB, even for my chubby body. I also like the Blackhawk Serpa but takes practice. Safariland also has great holsters!
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My main carry is the Glock 30S in a Don Hume paddle. Everything is leather. I modified the cant slightly to accommodate cross draw. I have the 13 round mag in the picture, but when conceal is an issue I drop to the 9 round mag. I am very comfortable with a paddle holster in cross draw. It is simple to move any slight amount for comfort or access.
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I finally settled on the DeSantis Thumb Break Scabbard. Midway has the best price, on sale for $ 50 with free shipping. List price is $ 78. I think it'll do what I want.

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My main carry is the Glock 30S in a Don Hume paddle. Everything is leather. I modified the cant slightly to accommodate cross draw. I have the 13 round mag in the picture, but when conceal is an issue I drop to the 9 round mag. I am very comfortable with a paddle holster in cross draw. It is simple to move any slight amount for comfort or access.
I love your holster
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Thanks tx. I reckon you can look at it and tell I've had it awhile. About the only time I don't wear it is in the shower or in the bed.

bearcatter, it sounds like you have been having some quality time with your new gun. We will be waiting for a range report.
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You can wear this gun and holster in the shower .



I made this one so I could wear it on my farm tractor around my pond for copper heads .



I modified these to fit these guns for pocket carry .



Here a rig I modified from IWB to carry around the house standing or sitting and be super comfortable and move it in 1 second to do 100 different chores or blackout .

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bearcatter, it sounds like you have been having some quality time with your new gun. We will be waiting for a range report.
Shooting it is all that's left !! I put in the spring kit, picked up some additional spare parts, rounded some corners, and addressed my holster needs since it's not a great IWB gun. My Fobuses will be my range holsters.

I hope I'll have a decent Saturday to go shoot before April. This one is forecasting 42, twenties for a low, with light snow. It was 75 two days ago......
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tx, you're a hoot. You look like you got all your bases covered. Here is the knife I tote on my other hip.
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You can wear this gun and holster in the shower .
You seen the "Psycho" Hitchcock movie? She needed that in her shower....
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Well, for lack of anything else, I'll post that I returned the DeSantis Scabbard holster today, and ordered the Bianchi Shadow.

Some things about the DeSantis just weren't "right", and for carrying my SP, I'm working for perfection. The Shadow is pretty much the same design, without the tension screw. The screw bugged me, just looked like a jury-rigged contraption that really didn't do anything. The hammer spur was right at the edge of the thumb strap, should have been in the center I'd think.

I'm happy with just a thumb break, so I spent a few bucks extra and got what I should have the first time. (borrowed photo, nothing smaller)


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