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Offline Rebel Craig

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Input on making a holster for my Pietta Sheriff
« on: November 22, 2019, 05:21:18 PM »
I recently bought a Pietta Remington New Army Sheriff and I am going to make a holster for it.

Going to make it out of 8-10 ounce Vegetable Tanned

Crossdraw ,Slim Jim

I have a few questions for those who have gone this direction.


Is there anything to recommend adding a belt loop to the back of the Holster or merely cutting slots in the back of the holster ?
I will be carrying on my everyday belt  ,a 1 1/2 gunbelt .

I have also thought about using brass rivets instead of Hand sewing.
I know the rivets look good but do not know the pros and cons of using them?

In both of the scenarios listed above is one more period correct than the other ?

Appreciate it


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Re: Input on making a holster for my Pietta Sheriff
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2019, 06:09:34 PM »
Hello Craig,   
I've made a holster or two.   
My advice is to search YouTube for holster making videos.   Cutting slots for the belt to pass through is neither a good idea nor period correct.  The slots will just tear out eventually and the belt will prevent easy insertion of the gun into the holster.   As far as period correct goes, rivets would have been used at the stress points in addition to sewing.    I don't recall seeing any period pieces held with rivets only.    If sewing is not your thing then consider lacing the main seam.

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Re: Input on making a holster for my Pietta Sheriff
« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2019, 08:59:34 AM »
Mike is the expert, but I have made a couple dozen of these as well. I agree 100% with Mike on staying away from the slots. As far as rivets go.....that choice is yours. If you want it to be more period correct, sewing is in order. It's not hard, but does require a little practice and the right tools to get the stitching to look good. Lacing is another alternative like Mike mentioned.....plenty of videos on line for either approach. Here's one I did a little while back for a Colt Richards Conversion. Definitely not perfect, but I keep trying! :)

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Re: Input on making a holster for my Pietta Sheriff
« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2019, 01:14:38 PM »
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Re: Input on making a holster for my Pietta Sheriff
« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2019, 12:39:22 AM »
Hello Craig,   
I've made a holster or two.   
My advice is to search YouTube for holster making videos.   Cutting slots for the belt to pass through is neither a good idea nor period correct.  The slots will just tear out eventually and the belt will prevent easy insertion of the gun into the holster.   As far as period correct goes, rivets would have been used at the stress points in addition to sewing.    I don't recall seeing any period pieces held with rivets only.    If sewing is not your thing then consider lacing the main seam.

I mad e couple about 35 years ago ,one for a Smith 29 44 mag and another for a TC Contender 44 Mag a slim Jim.
Latest was recently I made one for a Bersa Thunder plus 380 with laser,a Pancake with about a 80 /20 wet molding mostly on the front.
Got a lot of Help from a real nice guy on Leatherworker.net and watched a lot of Sam Andrews videos on you tube.
Ended up using 6-7 ounce veg tan and a Kitchen fork to space the holes (5 TPI)and a small finishing nail and a hammer to make the stitching holes.



Thank you for your help

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Re: Input on making a holster for my Pietta Sheriff
« Reply #5 on: November 24, 2019, 01:07:00 AM »
Mike is the expert, but I have made a couple dozen of these as well. I agree 100% with Mike on staying away from the slots. As far as rivets go.....that choice is yours. If you want it to be more period correct, sewing is in order. It's not hard, but does require a little practice and the right tools to get the stitching to look good. Lacing is another alternative like Mike mentioned.....plenty of videos on line for either approach. Here's one I did a little while back for a Colt Richards Conversion. Definitely not perfect, but I keep trying! :)



Now that That is a fine looking Holster .

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Re: Input on making a holster for my Pietta Sheriff
« Reply #6 on: November 24, 2019, 03:14:06 AM »
A Dremel with a drill bit is easier to make holes with than a hammer and nail, especially if you have a Flex Shaft.
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Re: Input on making a holster for my Pietta Sheriff
« Reply #7 on: November 24, 2019, 04:19:55 AM »
A Dremel with a drill bit is easier to make holes with than a hammer and nail, especially if you have a Flex Shaft.

I have a Dremel but not a flex shaft.
And I thought about using it but decided to give do it with a hammer and and nail for simplicities sake.

I Imagine the Dremel would be faster though.

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Re: Input on making a holster for my Pietta Sheriff
« Reply #8 on: November 24, 2019, 11:48:43 AM »
A Dremel with a drill bit is easier to make holes with than a hammer and nail, especially if you have a Flex Shaft.

I have a Dremel but not a flex shaft.
And I thought about using it but decided to give do it with a hammer and and nail for simplicities sake.

I Imagine the Dremel would be faster though.

A lot faster.
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Re: Input on making a holster for my Pietta Sheriff
« Reply #9 on: November 28, 2019, 03:27:34 PM »
Hi Everybody.Happy Thanksgiving

Do most of yall making these Slim Jim Holsters use a separate Belt loop sewed on the back or make the belt loop by folding over the top leather to form a loop?

I read the sticky titled Community Holster and was wondering if anyone would be nice enough to send me the pattern for it
or the pattern that you use.
I would appreciate it.

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Re: Input on making a holster for my Pietta Sheriff
« Reply #10 on: December 08, 2019, 06:12:11 PM »
Hello Craig,   
I've made a holster or two.   

That gave me a chuckle for sure.  Modesty in action.

Mr. Craig - Congratulation on your recently acquired Remington 5.5 incher.  That's a perfect choice for a first time out BP revolver. I recommend those to everyone considering a first purchase who asks and sometimes even if they don't.

I use cross draw for all of mine in 7.5 inch and over but for my own Sheriff's Mod in 5.5 strong side butt back is the way to go.  Just sayin.
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Re: Input on making a holster for my Pietta Sheriff
« Reply #11 on: December 08, 2019, 07:03:51 PM »
Hi Everybody.Happy Thanksgiving

Do most of yall making these Slim Jim Holsters use a separate Belt loop sewed on the back or make the belt loop by folding over the top leather to form a loop?

I read the sticky titled Community Holster and was wondering if anyone would be nice enough to send me the pattern for it
or the pattern that you use.
I would appreciate it.

If you use a fold over to form the belt loop it is called a "half breed" style holster.   A Slim Jim holster has a belt loop sewn on the back.

The community holster project is a great resource but it is an old thread.   Roger aka rdstrain49 hasn't been around for a while but if you follow his tutorial you will be able to come up with a nice holster.
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Re: Input on making a holster for my Pietta Sheriff
« Reply #12 on: December 09, 2019, 05:07:57 AM »
Hello Craig,   
I've made a holster or two.   

That gave me a chuckle for sure.  Modesty in action.

Mr. Craig - Congratulation on your recently acquired Remington 5.5 incher.  That's a perfect choice for a first time out BP revolver. I recommend those to everyone considering a first purchase who asks and sometimes even if they don't.

I use cross draw for all of mine in 7.5 inch and over but for my own Sheriff's Mod in 5.5 strong side butt back is the way to go.  Just sayin.

I appreciate your input
I thought about a strongside because of the shorter Barrel Length and may in fact make a strongside as well
I do like a crossdraw when seated in a vehicle,chair or couch though.

















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Re: Input on making a holster for my Pietta Sheriff
« Reply #13 on: December 09, 2019, 05:09:31 AM »
Hi Everybody.Happy Thanksgiving

Do most of yall making these Slim Jim Holsters use a separate Belt loop sewed on the back or make the belt loop by folding over the top leather to form a loop?

I read the sticky titled Community Holster and was wondering if anyone would be nice enough to send me the pattern for it
or the pattern that you use.
I would appreciate it.

If you use a fold over to form the belt loop it is called a "half breed" style holster.   A Slim Jim holster has a belt loop sewn on the back.

The community holster project is a great resource but it is an old thread.   Rodger aka rdstrain49 hasn't been around for a while but if you follow his tutorial you will be able to come up with a nice holster.
Thanks for the information