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Some pics of my mostly complete M70 pistol and holster.

 

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A few notes. The belt mounting bracket is made from Aluminum stock.

and spray painted black, as are the chicago post screws.

The bracket consists of the long piece that bolts to the holster shell,

4 spacer pieces and the shorter back piece.

 

There is one bolt missing because the Chicago post and the bolt were

the wrong sizes. I actually have to replace the holster mount posts anyway

because they're about 1/8" too long and I was forced to use washers to

make it work for the time being. The top 4 fit absolutely perfectly.

 

I still need to add a snap to the front of the holster and add the retention

strap.

 

I initially painted the slide of the pistol flat black and the grip semi-flat.

I ended up using a semi-flat clear coat to help protect the pistol and green parts.

The muzzle break is screwed in place. I drilled into the front of the pistol, removed

the moulded bolt on the muzzle break and added one of my own.

 

No reason for it, I just decided to do it.

 

Any questions, feel free to ask.

 

Enjoy!

 

Russ

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I love the frame for the holster, just wish I had the tools to make that myself!

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I have enough metal left I could possibly make one or two more sets of holster brackets if there was any interest.

This was sized the same as the ones from Dan's holster.

 

Russ

 

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I have enough metal left I could possibly make one or two more sets of holster brackets if there was any interest.

This was sized the same as the ones from Dan's holster.

 

Russ

 

 

I'll take one Russ. PM me the details.

 

Awesome work on the pistol BTW..... :blink:

 

SM....

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I'll take one Russ. PM me the details.
Yeah, what he said! :D I just don’t have access anymore to the tools to make something like this.

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Okay, I'll try to see what I can see this coming weekend.

 

I need to run back to the hardware store to get some different

sized Chicago posts... if they make them that small. :)

 

With the spacers for the belt the top oned fit perfectly, the ones

that go through the holster itself are a bit too long.

 

Russ

 

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Awesome work! I don't have a pistol yet. That's on my list though.

Anybody got dimensioned sketches? I know a guy that works for a sheet metal shop. (yeah, it's me)

We don't use a lot of Aluminum, but we sometimes fab stuff from T-6061 in different gages.

 

Cheers!

 

Wildcard, out...

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The parts are all appx. 2" wide.

 

The long back piece that attaches to the holster body via 3 screws is 6 7/8" long

The top piece that goes over the belt is appx. 3 3/16 (just shy of 3.25) inches long.

I made the spacers (4 of them) appx. 3/8 inch long.

 

2 spacers stack at the top and 2 at the bottom to give enough space for the pistol

belt to fit through.

 

The AL plate used was 1/8 inch thick.

 

Russ

 

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Thanks!

I might work up some CAD plans and send'em to you for review, if that's okay.

Won't be anytime soon, though...

 

-Wildcard, out...

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I'd like to get in on the holster backing as well if there is one left to take.

 

just pm me what I need to pay and wher eto send it ;)

 

-King

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Sorry guys, been working on Indy Webleys. :)

 

I'll try and get these sorted out this week/weekend. I'll need to modify it slightly as I

found the pic of the back of Dan's holster. I was missing the retention strap pin which is centered

and slightly lower than the top two bolts.

 

Also, the new, smaller size bolts I got to replace my ovver-long ones work nice.

 

Pics... eventually...

 

Russ

 

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Hopefully I'll have mine finished before mid june so I can wear it for AdCon and have a nice little test-run before D*C this year. I have 3 weeks left of my academy, so when that's finished I can get to work on some cotume stuff :)

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So, my situation is I'm desiring to switch my holster over to the left hand side (for my lefty self), and I'm wondering what should I use to fill in the holes? Bondo? Epoxy? fiberglass resin? I know I'll also be installing a new button snap and everything because of the change. But I think I can get a replacement set of snaps like used on my X26 taser and those sit nice and flush on the inside.

 

Any rebuild suggestions for backing material on the inside of this switch?

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Hopefully I'll have mine finished before mid june so I can wear it for AdCon and have a nice little test-run before D*C this year. I have 3 weeks left of my academy, so when that's finished I can get to work on some cotume stuff :)

 

Looking forward to seeing your pics!

 

So, my situation is I'm desiring to switch my holster over to the left hand side (for my lefty self), and I'm wondering what should I use to fill in the holes?

Bondo? Epoxy? fiberglass resin? I know I'll also be installing a new button snap and everything because of the change. But I think I can get a replacement

set of snaps like used on my X26 taser and those sit nice and flush on the inside.

 

I would think you could use Bondo to fill most any hole. Heck, I used it to fill a 1" wide (by 10 inch long...) cut in the side of our big company truck.

For future reference, do NOT go through the ATM lane at the bank unless you're sure there's no security camera sticking out. :rolleyes:

 

Any rebuild suggestions for backing material on the inside of this switch?

 

 

That's a tough one. because the holsters are already pretty tight fitting to the pistol, any material you add to strengthen that will add to the wall thickness.

Also, make sure you have enough clearance between the holster belt mount and the battery casing on the side of the scope.

 

You could possibly add a piece of thin sheet metal, or even thin sheet styrene. Just be sure to dress the edge so it doesn't catch on the pistol.

 

How hard is it to attach the snaps? All the ones I've found have required hammering to get them secure. :(

 

Russ

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You know, darn it, I didn't thing about the scope needing head room when building the holster, so I'm glad I didn't tear into the thing on my off days.

Thanks for the bondo info. And yeah I trhink I'll insert a slip of plastic in there, like a for sale sign, gooped in epoxy I think.

 

Here's some pics of the screw-in-rivits and snaps I'm talking about, but the female head-snap will be on the nylon so I'm not worried about having to bang around the holster. Now the magic trick is seeing if I can "actually" get ahold of an extra set of these screws.

 

button snap is a phillips head and the rivit based ones are a thin nonmetric allen wrench head.

 

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Hey, that looks pretty kewel Russ!! I have a character that "needs" lotsa guns that I plan on debutin' at DCon, this would work out for a crossdraw one.

 

If you make any more holsters, lmk bro!

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Well, Dan sells the holster itself. I just made the belt/holster attchment rig. :)

 

I wish we could get the holsters made from a Hyperfirm rubber. The problem with the

rubber is that it takes FOREVER to harden. Turn around time is measured in days, not hours. :(

 

Russ

 

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HAHA K, I just noticed you have the "shiny" gear.. well.. I guess it's better than standard basket weave.

I just basically finished my kit. Didn't get to it when I had though I could-months back.. Oi! :angry: But, It's a couple touch-ups here and there and I have most of the holster done, just wasn't sure how to piece it together until now. So far, this is what i've got.

http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb24/Jathoris/pistol1.jpg

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2-toned the slide from the receiver and ended up pretty happy with the results.

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If you want to get technical... your 2 tone paint job is backwards. :)

The slide should be flat black and the grip section semi-glossy/satin.

That's because on the real pistol, the slide is metal and the grip is a

plastic polymer.

 

Either way, it's a nice job you did! Congrats!

 

Anyone need a set of metal holster mounts?

 

I have two sets of them made up with all post bolts and one set

without bolts at all (I ran out). You'll need to paint them yourself.

 

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$20 plus shipping for the no-bolts kit. $30 for a complete mount rig if you pick it

up from me at DC, otherwise $38.00 shipped in the USA. If you want it painted,

I can do that at no additional cost.

 

International shipping higher of course.

 

The top, center bolt is to attach your retention strap to. I actually replaced some of the bolts

on my own holster which is why there is discoloration on mine. :)

 

Still haven't figured out a solution for the strap "snap" issue. Nobody makes

a magnetic snap that will work with the thick holster plastic, and I'm cautious about

using hammered snaps for fear of breaking the holster.

 

Russ

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I'll need to double check that for you.

 

You interested in a full set or the no-bolts set.

 

Russ

 

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I'll need to double check that for you.

 

You interested in a full set or the no-bolts set.

 

Russ

 

Might as well go the whole hog, a full set please. As for the shipping, it

doesn't have to be the fastest just as long as it gets here....

 

SM...

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Bummer man, I'd love to take one of those off your hands, but I'm gonna make it so I'll have it finished for D*C _ i vowed last year that I'd never bring anything that wasn't done (or couldn't fix really quickly) ever again.. HAHA.. learned that lesson the VERY hard way!

the two tone thing.. That's what I thought too. Weird thing is, it looks exactly like my real glock. It doesn't translate well in pictures which has me thinking that I may want to repaint it after DC, but the glock I have at home, the slide has way more shine than the receiver.. hence why :rolleyes: heh.. I painted it that way.. But I agree with ya.. oh well for now right? haha

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Jathoris, If you want one of the mounts, I can paint it and bring it to DC for you. Finishing it after that will take 5 minutes with a screwdriver or multi-tool. :)

 

Regarding the paint... interesting. Most of the ones I've seen have had a flat parkerized finish on the slide and that... plastic... look on the grips,

hence the reason I said what I said. If your real steel looks different, then go with that! :)

 

Russ

 

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Russ,

Yeah, I’d like in on that. The holster Dan sent came with a folded plastic piece that does look great, but I’d rather have as close to “screen accurate” as possible.

I wish we could get the holsters made from a Hyperfirm rubber. The problem with the rubber is that it takes FOREVER to harden. Turnaround time is measured in days, not hours. :(
Let us know if you ever decide to do that. I’d love to have a holster a bit more durable. I’m scared to put a snap fitting on the resin holster I got as it’s pretty thin and I doubt it would hold up to the stress of the snap being used. My Dad has mad casting skills, maybe I could send the resin one I have and see if he could cast a copy of it in aluminum (NO, don’t ask if he’d do more than one. Dad doesn’t make extras of anything).

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Could he make more than one? ;)

 

I'll try making a parts run and see if I can score some more screw posts to finish the 3rd set.

 

If anyone else 'really' wants one I can see about getting some more AL stock after dragoncon. I'll start a new thread for that.

 

Russ

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hey for the button snap on the front side: JoAnne's sells a button press kit and they work pretty well. You'll have to dremmel the inside of the holster to be thin enough so the stem can reach though and crimp into the female receiving side. Anyhow, about $5 for 7 button sets, and about $17 for the crimping tool.

 

I went non canon and used a piece of black elsatic to holster the gun. But a good pro is it has a quick release habbit now :D

 

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