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How to Make a Kydex Gun Holster [Video]
We’ve witnessed some pretty awesome holster making in our day. Awesomely good *and* awesomely bad.
An impressive video of YouTube user Parlusk creating his own Kydex holster surfaced this week. Now this is something we haven’t seen before. That’s probably because Kydex isn’t the easiest to work with.
Not familiar with Kydex? It’s a durable leather alternative that was first manufactured 44 years ago. When stacked up to leather, it proves to be waterproof, easy to clean and retains it shape. However, some say it’s less comfortable and can damage the finish of your gun more than leather.
To make your own Kydex gun holster, it will take at least 30 minutes or more. You will also need the following materials:
- Kydex sheet
- Toaster Oven
- Rivets (2)
- Heat Gun
- Measure the gun from the top slide to the trigger guard and measure the top. Add the figures together making sure its enough Kydex to fold over the gun. It’s always better to have more than less.
- Mark the Kydex sheet for cutting. Then using a bandsaw with a metal blade (a wooden blade will also work), cut out the appropriate measurements.
- To smooth out any rough edges, run the Kydex sheet through the sander once.
- Place the Kydex sheet in a toaster oven. It might not fit all the way. Watch the sheet warm up because it can get too hot.
- Be sure the sheet is hot enough to make it pliable. Wrap it around the gun, put it in the press, and clamp it down. Leave it in the press for five to 10 minutes. “I don’t have any patience at all, so I usually take it out long before I’m supposed to,” Parlusk admits.
- Remove the Kydex from the press, and trim out around the trigger guard using a bandsaw.
- Use the sander again to remove the rough edges and give the holster contour.
- Create one or two rivet holes in the holster. Drill straight through near the bottom of the holster.
- Line up the rivets in the holes, and push them in with a press. After the rivets go in, you’ll notice the holster is a little tighter.
- Use a heat gun and warm up the Kydex so that it’s bendable. Don’t get too close or the edges will melt.”The good thing about Kydex is that if you mess it up, you can always reheat it and try again,” Parlusk says.
- Slide the gun in the heated Kydex, and put it in the press. Use the press, but don’t clamp it down as much as the first time.
- Heat it up around where the trigger guard is and make it lay flat on the trigger gun. Keep the gun in the holster. “I’m pretty confident it’s not going to hurt the gun when you heat it up.” Push in the Kydex around the trigger guard with your fingers.
- Sand it on the sides to make the contours consistent.
- Use the extra material on the top to make a belt loop. Use the heat gun to warm up the area to bend.
- Lay a flat piece on top to press it with a wooden piece inside to create a small edge. Wait until the bent piece becomes hard again.
- Leave the wood piece (which should be the same as your belt loop length), and heat up the bottom part of the belt loop below the wooden piece until it folds over.
- Shape the part to accommodate a belt loop. Push the Kydex sheet in, hold it and wait for it to cool down.
By the way, does his shirt really say “Real Men want to snuggle?”
Have you ever made a gun holster before? Share your stories and tips!