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I made a pocket holster and mag holder for my new Kel-Tec P3AT today out of scrap Kydex. The gun goes in my strong side front pocket and the mag holster on my weak side. It worked out better than I thought since I thought Kydex may be to unforgiving for comfort but it feels pretty darn good.
 

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Those are really cool. Can you give some basic details on you work with Kydex and how you got your results? Please.

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Thanks. I usually start out by making a model template out of a craft type material that is easy to work with. I don’t remember what it’s called but a heavy paper would work too. I then cut the form out of Kydex. I use tin snips for this. In this case the only Kydex I had was the thicker .08”. I think the thinner .06” would work fine for this holster because my pocket supports it anyway and having any reduction in thickness is good when it’s in my front pocket.

I use to use the oven for heating the Kydex but lately I been using my wife's embossing heat gun for it. It works pretty good, just takes a little longer to get it hot. After I fold the Kydex over itself I use rivets to connect the two sides (you can use Chicago screws too). I then heat up the area where the gun will be and shove the gun in it, form it and let it cool. For this one I added a little more space because I didn’t want it as tight as my belt holster. It fits snug but not so tight you can’t draw it out easily.

After the gun fits the way I want I do all the trimming et. to make it look good and functional. I’ll include a couple links that describe the process much better than my weak attempt here.

I get my Kydex and supplies here.
http://www.knifekits.com/kk_1mainframe.htm

Tutorials.
http://www.northcoastknives.com/northcoast_knives_tutorials_kydexsheath2.htm
http://www.texasknife.com/TKS_Mainframe.htm?TKS_Projects2-kydex.htm~main
 

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That's awesome. Is Kydex a form once and done or can you re-heat/re-form multiple times (like when I'd screw up)?

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noisaw said:
Thanks. I usually start out by making a model template out of a craft type material that is easy to work with. I don’t remember what it’s called but a heavy paper would work too. I then cut the form out of Kydex. I use tin snips for this. In this case the only Kydex I had was the thicker .08”. I think the thinner .06” would work fine for this holster because my pocket supports it anyway and having any reduction in thickness is good when it’s in my front pocket.

I use to use the oven for heating the Kydex but lately I been using my wife's embossing heat gun for it. It works pretty good, just takes a little longer to get it hot. After I fold the Kydex over itself I use rivets to connect the two sides (you can use Chicago screws too). I then heat up the area where the gun will be and shove the gun in it, form it and let it cool. For this one I added a little more space because I didn’t want it as tight as my belt holster. It fits snug but not so tight you can’t draw it out easily.

After the gun fits the way I want I do all the trimming et. to make it look good and functional. I’ll include a couple links that describe the process much better than my weak attempt here.

I get my Kydex and supplies here.
http://www.knifekits.com/kk_1mainframe.htm

Tutorials.
http://www.northcoastknives.com/northcoast_knives_tutorials_kydexsheath2.htm
http://www.texasknife.com/TKS_Mainframe.htm?TKS_Projects2-kydex.htm~main
 
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I am not familiar with kydex...but it looks good, and the links seem to show that it is indeed easy to work.

How does it "feel"? Is it hard like a plastic, or soft like a foam?
 

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Nu_Agin_Shooter said:
I am not familiar with kydex...but it looks good, and the links seem to show that it is indeed easy to work.

How does it "feel"? Is it hard like a plastic, or soft like a foam?
It’s a ridged material like plastic. So far it’s been comfortable in my pocket.
 

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noisaw said:
I made a pocket holster and mag holder for my new Kel-Tec P3AT today out of scrap Kydex. The gun goes in my strong side front pocket and the mag holster on my weak side. It worked out better than I thought since I thought Kydex may be to unforgiving for comfort but it feels pretty darn good.
sweeet...

u a lefty?

i looks kinda slick... but wud be real easy to make a "hook" on the bottom and/or a "tab" by the top/back of the slide area...

any issues with drawing it ???

TIA
 

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I'm right handed. I put the gun in my right front pocket. Look at it upside down. The pic is kinda deceiving. As far as drawing- I put my thumb on the back side of the holster and wrap three fingers around the butt push up with my thumb and then get a good secure grip on the butt. It works pretty good this way.
 
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