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#1 ShaNayNay

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 10:51 PM

I've been reading around lately on how people make holsters for their blasters. I've seen people make crappy cube-like cardboard and ductape holsters, and have heard of people making holsters out of coat hanger wire, duct tape, and cardboard bent multiple. Most of the methods I have observed were from topics that are nearly a decade old, and was wondering if these were outdated and if any new methods have been created. So, how do you make your holsters, and are there any writeups out there I may have missed that detail how to make a good one?

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 11:50 PM

I've been reading around lately on how people make holsters for their blasters. I've seen people make crappy cube-like cardboard and ductape holsters, and have heard of people making holsters out of coat hanger wire, duct tape, and cardboard bent multiple. Most of the methods I have observed were from topics that are nearly a decade old, and was wondering if these were outdated and if any new methods have been created. So, how do you make your holsters, and are there any writeups out there I may have missed that detail how to make a good one?


There is a pretty good one around here somewhere for a minimized Nitefinder. It uses plastic folders and brass paper holder thingies, It is also relatively simple to adapt the basic design (I made one for my 2k turreted Nitefinder)

look in the mod directory under miscellaneous, If it isn't there check the homemades directory
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Posted 09 August 2012 - 12:50 AM

I have yet to employ this method myself, yet I would suggest that firm leather is one of the better materials for this application. Short of that, one may suggest use of HDPE sheet, possibly sourced from a carton formerly containing homegenous bovine mammary excretions, as it is firm, yet flexible, and easily formable with judicious application of thermal energy.
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Posted 09 August 2012 - 01:13 AM

Time vs money vs effort.

If you can't find a suitable writeup, I bought one of these for $26. Made out of nylon and velcro. It holds anything from a nightfinder to a praxis.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sulxgc1qkbQ

Another review.
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Posted 09 August 2012 - 01:17 AM

Thanks guys. Draconis, leather sounds a bit over the top and expensive in my opinion, but will look into your other suggestions, thanks. I found two hommade guides in the hommades, but they didn't really seem like the way I wanted to go. I may try the NF one in the future, but it seems a bit to hard to create right now. I think tht I'm going to try and make a hanger wire, cardboard, and duct tape holster with bent up cardboard so that the holsters fir to my guns. If I come up with anthing unique, I'll post a topic on how to make them.

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 06:18 AM

Even better for time vs. money is a drill holster, sourced locally at your local Lowes/Home Depot. I paid $15 for one, and they fit Tech Targets, minimized NF's, and similarly sized blasters.
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Posted 09 August 2012 - 06:54 AM

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, leather sounds a bit over the top and expensive in my opinion, but will look into your other suggestions,.
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I buy a pack of random leather strips from hobby lobby and weave my own holster, the bag of strips has enough for like 3 maverick sized guns and only costs 5 bucks. It's strong, flexible and it's fun to make.





The quote thing messed up, I'm still learning.

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 11:38 AM

I'm surprised to see that leather is so cheap; I assumed it would cost much more for some reason. I would prefer to make my own holster, so a drill hoster from Lowe's doesn't sound like the way to go for me.

I think that when I'm done I'll edit my first post and put links to all the ways to make holsters in it as references for anyone who is interested in making holsters, as it isn't something I hear about around the forums usually.

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 01:40 PM

...as it isn't something I hear about around the forums usually.



That is mostly because players have been moving away from Primary + Secondary setups and toward just Primary + Hoppers/turrets.
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Posted 09 August 2012 - 02:05 PM

That is mostly because players have been moving away from Primary + Secondary setups and toward just Primary + Hoppers/turrets.


Draconis speaks the truth. Carrying a side arm was, at one point, the sign of a veteran nerfer. Eventually it became the norm, until the advent of hoppers made pulling and potentially priming said sidearm more time consuming then recocking your primary or tossing another few darts into a hopper.
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Posted 09 August 2012 - 03:22 PM

Koree has been using magnetic holsters for awhile now. We played around with them back when he was in Minnesota, and they worked surprisingly well. Just glue a hard drive magnets to the side of your nitefinder, and slip another magnet into your pocket.

But what Draconis and VACC said is true: holsters have lost a lot of relevance in the last few years.

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#12 ShaNayNay

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 03:38 PM

Koree has been using magnetic holsters for awhile now. We played around with them back when he was in Minnesota, and they worked surprisingly well. Just glue a hard drive magnets to the side of your nitefinder, and slip another magnet into your pocket.

But what Draconis and VACC said is true: holsters have lost a lot of relevance in the last few years.


I see what you three mean. I was surprised to find hardly anything current when I researched holsters the other day. I've been working on secondary modifications that can achieve ranges near what my basic modded primaries can, so I still like bringing them around with me. I plan on making a holster for my barricade, which I'm following Hamoidar's method to make it fire automatically. It will be a must to carry on me in any future wars.

Oddly enough I actually have a hard drive magnet sitting in my room, so I'll definitely try out your magnetic method.
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Posted 09 August 2012 - 06:08 PM

Koree has been using magnetic holsters for awhile now. We played around with them back when he was in Minnesota, and they worked surprisingly well. Just glue a hard drive magnets to the side of your nitefinder, and slip another magnet into your pocket.

But what Draconis and VACC said is true: holsters have lost a lot of relevance in the last few years.


Rigourous amounts of epoxy putt on the vest. I have nerfed with koree and his pistol has only fallen off once with that setup and that was due to a branch catching his back.

However if you don't have a specificed piece of clothing to do this to try something else.
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Posted 09 August 2012 - 07:50 PM

Koree has been using magnetic holsters for awhile now. We played around with them back when he was in Minnesota, and they worked surprisingly well. Just glue a hard drive magnets to the side of your nitefinder, and slip another magnet into your pocket.

But what Draconis and VACC said is true: holsters have lost a lot of relevance in the last few years.



Yep, and I've improved on the design. It works well enough I feel that it is very useful even though we all use hoppers and such.

Also, just posted a write up.

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Posted 10 August 2012 - 08:41 AM

Yep, and I've improved on the design. It works well enough I feel that it is very useful even though we all use hoppers and such.

Also, just posted a write up.



magnetic holsters are fine in all but for even cheeper you can use heat-bent pvc, just heat up a pot of water to a boil (it has to be a huge pot of water, atleast 8 in deep), cover the front shell of your blaster in silicone grease, dip the pvc in the water and form the pvc to the blaster. when its formed, dip the pvc, blaster and all into ice water. BOOM instant holster. you can drill holes into it and mount it however you like. i got this idea from a friend.

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Posted 10 August 2012 - 11:23 AM

Quite a few months ago I made a drop leg holster for my Recon, out of two A4 size pieces of leather and a bunch of brass bolts (the leather is a bit thick, being around 4-5mm). It works rather well now, after I added a strip of aluminium (functions as a spine). It is sort of ambidextrous if unbolted and put back together, and it has two variable location bolts that can be removed for something like a Rayven. Unfortunately it's size and weight, added to the location of the thigh strap (from a CD case), cause it to move around too much when moving at speed. I could fix that but never got around to it. Also it is probably not a cheap option, I had this stuff already so that is why I used it.
I will probably muck around with it more when the Retaliator hits Australia.
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Posted 18 August 2012 - 11:31 PM

I use an old camera hip bag (like this one) for my darts, and I have the straps on my cargo shorts for the actual blasters. My primary has a back strap, a longshot is too big for a holster. Works quite well!
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Posted 20 August 2012 - 12:37 PM

I'm going to make a leather holster when I get home from Afghanistan this Fall. I will put up a guide for anyone who is interested in it. I expect it to be around $30, definitely not the best option for everyone, but if you can afford it it'll be sweet. I enjoy building things like this as much as I enjoy using them. I think the same can be said for home-mades for many of us here.
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Posted 23 August 2012 - 11:48 AM

JMWasko, a fellow Sex Dwarf has a nice guide for making holsters out of poly folders. His writeup is specifically for NiteFinders, complete with templates, but could be expanded to fit most pistols with a little ingenuity.
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