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PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2019 10:44 pm 
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I've commented here before about the changes in my body with large weight loss, and the effect on concealed carry options for me. I've lost 110 pounds, (over 1/3 of my body weight), reached my goal weight of 208 on a 6 foot 3 inch frame, but now have lots of loose skin on my abdomen. At 61 years old, I doubt the looseness with disappear completely
The loose skin was enfolding itself around the grip of my cherished 3 inch SP101 in my past AIWB holster, so I designed/crafted a new AIWB holster for myself to help with my trouble. This new one has what some might call a "sweat shield". The leather above and below the grip helps prevent my fingers from pinching belly skin as I grasp the butt of my gun to draw. Combined with one of my thick, laminated belts, the offset angle of the steel belt clip helps tuck the butt of my SP101 into my abdomen too as it contours to the curve around the front right lower quadrant of my abdomen.
If anyone else is experiencing the same problem I was having, maybe they should try a holster with a 'sweat shield" too. I know there are designs available for many models. This is a one-off just for myself. Perhaps others would prefer Kydex or some soft synthetic. I suggest looking around and seeing what is out there for your particular gun if you are having the same issue I have.
I'm glad I came up with an answer for myself, as AIWB has for years been my preferred small revolver carry. This is the only style function handgun I myself will carry AIWB.
My wishes for all here to have a wonderful, pleasantly memorable 2019 Labor Day weekend. Let us never forget the critical and vital contributions of those uncounted millions of Americans whose hard work, dedication to their job and willingness to sacrifice comfort for a bright future helped shape and make this great nation possible.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2019 4:31 am 
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Nice job on that.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2019 5:44 am 
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Excellent on weight loss and holster.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2019 7:15 am 
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That is one fine looking holster! Really like the grips on the gun also - did you make them? :D

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2019 7:22 am 
Buckeye

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Thank you all. I posted hoping that if others do have the same trouble it might give them an idea. AIWB with my small revolver has been a very accessible method for me when sitting and driving. A method I feared I'd have to leave behind. This design works for me nicely. And thanks for the compliment on the grip panels. Yes I crafted them. They are spalted Bradford Pear. A beautiful and very common wood here in the South, each storm yields a new crop of turning stock as the weak but fast-growing and popular landscaping tree breaks in the winds. I like the spalting (actually a mold growth and an early sign of rotting) because it looks like a pen and ink doodle on the material.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2019 7:57 am 
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Beautiful holster and great weight loss. Congratulations.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2019 8:57 am 
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good job

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2019 11:37 am 
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Very functional looking holster. I like it. Virtually all my holsters are outside the belt, however I do prefer the "sweat shield" on all most of my holsters.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2019 6:05 pm 
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You did a fine job there!

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 01, 2019 7:16 am 
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Thank you friends for the kind words. It feels good to be back to wearing my SP101 where it is the most accessible and comfortable. Pocket carry for events like church, eating out in public and such will still be utilized, but anywhere I can just untuck my shirt to cover the AIWB carry will be my normal. I don't mind looking like a casual old man most of the time, but sometimes I just have to tuck it in.
Wishing a good and rewarding rest of the holiday weekend to all.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 01, 2019 10:29 am 
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Looks really good. I like the color.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 01, 2019 1:02 pm 
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You do good work, I've read a lot of good things about your belts. Are they too thick to use with a crossbreed holster? Thanks, Dave


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2019 12:21 am 
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Nice work. I like it.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2019 6:49 am 
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I'm not personally familiar with the Crossbreed make, having not examined one. The laminated belt I craft are almost 1/4 inch thick. Don

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2019 10:36 am 
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Location: Black Hills of South Dakota
As usual I like all your Holsters you make and share
pictures with us.

You are a Great Leather Craftsman.

As always the Best to you and your Endeavors.

P.S. Thank you for the kind words for Labor Day.

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