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FredoSD
09-06-2012, 11:11 AM
I am not posting this to promote myself. I am posting this because sometimes the off topic forum neeeds a something different to debate that does not involved politics. So feel free to tell me how much my work offends you.
This is only a prototype so any mistakes (like crapy stitch lines I'm aware of.
This is a new (for me) style for full size 1911s losely based on a wild bunch rig mated with the rig Nick Nolte wore in the 1987 move Extreme Prejudice.
Ignore that the belt and holster carving does not match. Thats one of my personal belts and the color match was pretty close, excpet for differnt thread colors on the stitching.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v44/Fredo/leather/1911b.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v44/Fredo/leather/1911c.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v44/Fredo/leather/1911a.jpg

Citadelgrad87
09-06-2012, 11:14 AM
Sorry to disappoint, but to me that is nice work.

luchador768
09-06-2012, 11:14 AM
What about all the poor cows that suffered for that holster???!!

Nice work! I tried some leatherwork once and was horrible at it. It's nice not to see tacticool black or FDE for a holster.

cannon
09-06-2012, 11:28 AM
How well does that style of holster hold the gun?

Oh and since you were all prepared for criticism. Your shoes are ugly!

Grumpyoldretiredcop
09-06-2012, 11:43 AM
The only thing I could suggest is that you cover the trigger completely or risk plugging yourself in the leg.

FredoSD
09-06-2012, 11:46 AM
How well does that style of holster hold the gun?

Oh and sense you were all prepared for criticism. Your shoes are ugly!

I still need to add the over strap for retention.
FYI, Im not wearing shoes those are my crusty feet.

VictorFranko
09-06-2012, 11:54 AM
Don't quit your day job, Fredo :p

Looks nice to me, but a question.
You buy the leather tooled like that, correct?

FredoSD
09-06-2012, 12:02 PM
Don't quit your day job, Fredo :p

Looks nice to me, but a question.
You buy the leather tooled like that, correct?

No, every holster is made one at a time by hand, by me. I do all tooling carving, dyeing blah blah blah. Here's one I'm making for the man I named my first son after. Hey guys like getting flowers too right?

I haven't stsarted on the belt yet. Still waiting for him to ship me the buckle he wants to use.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v44/Fredo/leather/eric3.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v44/Fredo/leather/eric4.jpg

noob_tube
09-06-2012, 12:11 PM
Now that is the nicest holster I've seen in quite a while. As for criticism, I'm offended that I don't see a Glock in that holster. :)

Nor Cal Scot
09-06-2012, 12:11 PM
Damn liberal hippie holster!

Wernher von Browning
09-06-2012, 12:14 PM
Oh and since you were all prepared for criticism. Your shoes are ugly!

But how tight (http://www.uticaod.com/latestnews/x764809603/Michelle-Obama-President-has-lived-American-Dream) are they?

chillincody
09-06-2012, 12:18 PM
WOW you really do all that by yourself fredo??? really nice man I wish I had skills like that :) keep up the good work

Also if you do knife holsters I might need one if the price is right :)

Beelzy
09-06-2012, 12:44 PM
I've slapped my share of leather, and your rig looks pretty damn good!

VictorFranko
09-06-2012, 3:59 PM
No, every holster is made one at a time by hand, by me. I do all tooling carving, dyeing blah blah blah. Here's one I'm making for the man I named my first son after. Hey guys like getting flowers too right?

I haven't stsarted on the belt yet. Still waiting for him to ship me the buckle he wants to use.

Damn Fredo, you got some talent boy!

When I was a young'un, my father worked in North Hollywood, and there was a shop in NH called Alfonso's. He had the nicest darn holsters and belts.....I think the shop is still around, but he has to dead because that was a long time ago.

FredoSD
09-06-2012, 6:22 PM
WOW you really do all that by yourself fredo??? really nice man I wish I had skills like that :) keep up the good work

Also if you do knife holsters I might need one if the price is right :)

Thanks Chillin, not sure what you'd think but I think the price is right. :D

chillincody
09-06-2012, 6:33 PM
Thanks Chillin, not sure what you'd think but I think the price is right. :D

Well if its cool with you id like to shoot you a PM to get a quote :cool2:

bsg
09-07-2012, 6:32 PM
i suggest the next one have the trigger covered... but nice work; you've got talent.

oddjob
09-07-2012, 7:25 PM
I like it.....I've always like the old school designs.

FredoSD
09-07-2012, 7:48 PM
i suggest the next one have the trigger covered... but nice work; you've got talent.

Thanks bsg:
I agree, I used a comericaly available patern, it seems that the open trigger is a popular design. Still on hind sight I should have modified the patern to cover the trigger. Oh well thats what prototypes are all about.

jfwlb
09-08-2012, 7:18 PM
That's REALLY nice work, Fredo. I have seen a lot of "BBQ" rigs and yours comes in a close second to Alfonso's mentioned earlier. If you don't know him look him up. He made most of the rigs for the Hollywood "gunfighters" back in the day. People like John Wayne and Sammy Davis Jr. to name a couple.

I don't know if you do custom work for people, but if you do I would like a quote for:

A belt and rig in the floral pattern of the first photo(but with trigger covered) but in the shading/dying of the second photo. I think that would be an exceptional "BBQ" rig! The belt would need to fit a 28" to about 32-34" waist. Is there a way to insert a steel shank in the holster to add rigidity? just thinking out loud.

If you do do custom work, please pm me and we can take it from there.

Thanks,
John

bsg
09-08-2012, 7:42 PM
Damn Fredo, you got some talent boy!

When I was a young'un, my father worked in North Hollywood, and there was a shop in NH called Alfonso's. He had the nicest darn holsters and belts.....I think the shop is still around, but he has to dead because that was a long time ago.


Alfonso passed away in 1995. i believe the business continues to be in operation, led by Alfonso's son and assisted by his uncle.

jfwlb
09-08-2012, 7:43 PM
Here is a picture of the gun I am wanting a holster/belt for:

http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x269/jfwlb/DSCF1441-Copy.jpg

I know it looks like there is a crack in the grips at the top but it is only cosmetic.

I am considering getting all the blue parts reblued in a "fire-blue". I think this will make a true "BBQ" pistol. What do you all think? I would love to get them "cold case hardened" but I have been told it is not feasible. Any suggestions?

Thanks,
John

Javi
09-09-2012, 6:14 PM
Man, that pattern looks great.

FredoSD
09-27-2012, 6:40 AM
:

http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x269/jfwlb/DSCF1441-Copy.jpg

I know it looks like there is a crack in the grips at the top but it is only cosmetic.

I am considering getting all the blue parts reblued in a "fire-blue". I think this will make a true "BBQ" pistol. What do you all think? I would love to get them "cold case hardened" but I have been told it is not feasible. Any suggestions?

Thanks,
John

WOW that is a beautiful shooter there. Somethoing about Stag grips that makes me think AMERICA.

em9sredbeam
09-27-2012, 6:43 AM
How do you imprint the pattern on the leather? I think the holster looks great.

Full Clip
09-27-2012, 6:44 AM
LOOK AT THOSE STITCH LINES, OMG!!!!!!











j/k, looks pretty sweet from here.

FredoSD
09-27-2012, 8:33 AM
How do you imprint the pattern on the leather? I think the holster looks great.

Thanks,
No imprinting, everything is drawn then cut out with a swivel knife. After that I use stamp tools to make the image stand out.