Thursday, July 01, 2010
Bad holster design
I am not at all happy about the cut of the top of the pocket. I did not leave enough leather along the top, so I wound up having to cut a ragged-looking line, and still did not get enough trigger coverage. The trigger should be completely covered. The small gap is probably not going to be a problem on a revolver, but probably isn't quite good enough for long-term use. I am not sure exactly what happened, but I think I changed the cant between cutting the pattern and sewing the holster.
I was also trying to make the holster ride higher to be less likely to peak out from under my shirt. I managed that, but in doing there isn't enough below the belt to keep the upper part tight against the body. The J frame is small enough that it isn't a major problem, but it is not as comfortable as it should be. I had meant to angle the belt slots so the tops are closer together than the bottoms--this tends to pull the top inward. However, like the top of the pocket, I did not leave myself enough leather.
With some of these "not quite what I meant" I've been able to sell them cheaply while pointing out their problems, and at least recover the materials cost. The uncovered trigger means I can't let anyone else use this holster. Once I make what I really intended, I will destroy this one.