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Every time I post a pic of a new Kydex project I am asked for pics of the process. Well I finally took some. (Ok I took a lot!)

This same basic procedure can be used to make just about anything from Kydex.



First up my work bench/reloading area.



This is where I do all myKydex work, reloading and weapons maintenance.



This is the press that I made for holsters and such.





The process begins by measuring, scoring and snapping piece of .063" Kydex to the proper size for the project.









Next the Kydex is heated in a toaster oven @350deg for 1-1/2 minutes.







Then wrapped around the form, sandwiched between two pieces of heat resistant foam and clamped in the press.







After allowing 20 minutes or so to cool, the press can be opened and the formed Kydex removed from the form.









The desired shape is then laid out on the formed blank and cut with snips or a band saw.









The piece is shaped further with a file or sand paper and the edges polished. I use a Dremel and a fine abrasive buff.





The Kydex molds so tightly to the form that it would be impossible to remove the gun from the holster if some of the details, such as the depression made by the ejection port, are not softened, or loosened. I use a pencil torch for the very small areas and a heat gun for larger areas.





And the almost finished product...





I form the belt clips from a 1"wide piece of .090" kydex. They are formed by hand on a wood form. I use a heat gun to heat only the area being formed at the time, Usually there are 2-3 steps. Wrapping around the form and forming the beveled flare.





The holes are drilled with standard twist bits and cleaned up with a hand countersink burr.

In this case I slip short spacers made from windshield washer tubing over the barrel of the chicago screws. This helps keep the screws secure and provides the spring action for adjustable retention.





With this design you can attach the the belt clip to either side now and have an ambidextrous rig. Or you can re heat and bend the attachment point for either right or left hand use exclusively. Bending the tab makes for a more comfortable fit and feel.



The finished product with sweat shield.

 

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wow, i love this.. You defiantly have to be skilled to mold nice looking pieces, but i have always be curious. Thank you for take the time to share with us!
 

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I have been looking for just such a resource as this. Your post is tremendously helpful. Many thanks.



Cheers,

Whisper
 

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Very informative. thanx for the time invested and pics..
 

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Very nice luvmy40. You are doing a great job there!!



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Quite impressive and informative. I must say though, I'm not surprised by the results. Your mag. sleeves fit and look great too.
 

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The Kydex is available from:

www.knifekits.com

www.northcoastknives.com



I buy from knife kits as i find they have a better selection. IIRC northcoast knives is slightly cheaper.



If you want larger quantities at lower prices, google "Kydex supplier". There are several distributors who will sell single sheets 4'x8' or rolls of stock merchandise. But even at the lower price + freight this prohibitively expensive for home projects.
 

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Are you planning on making one the M&P?
 

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I may make one for my M&P40c just to have one. I have already made a C.T.A.C. style holster for it and I have my Cochise Defender from K&D. Those pretty much have me covered.
 

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This is impressive and enlighting. Nothing is out of reach once one has a clue....this my friend is quite the clue. A very big thank you for the education. I know how time consuming and tedious the picture part must have been and it is very much appreciated. Keep up the good work my brotha from another mother 8)



p.s. I have two of your mag sleeves (LC Star, my pops, purchased them from you and passed them along when he went with a full size) and i very much enjoy them. To me, it's the most important accessory to the gun I own. Thanks!
 

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I used this as a guide to making a holster for my M&P. Instead of a foam press I just used a pillow, suprisingly it worked quite well. I also taped wire to a few places like from the front sight to the back so it has a channel to clear. I also taped a flattened wire to the mag release and went straight back so that it clears that too.





I used .06 for the holster body and .09 for the clip.



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JFettig,



Looks Good! I like the Velcro to attach the belt clip.

One of my customers sews the loop side inside his pants and doesn't use a clip.

I haven't tried the Velcro approach yet.

If you highlight your URL links and click the Img tag button, the pics will appear in the post.



+1 on the .060" for the holster bodies but I went to .125" for the clips after a couple customers said that the .09" doesn't grab the nylon wilderness belt. I use the .090" for the holsters that have integral clips and for the outer body of my sliders.
 
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