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luke213(adamsholsters)

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Years half over;)
« on: July 23, 2019, 02:37:40 pm »
Well guys it's been a year, between health issues with family and the baby coming(the baby came a few weeks back :panic);) Things are good, Sarah is still recovering and things are getting back to a new normal. I'm getting back in the shop and finishing some projects one just finished up today. Here is the blurb I wrote up to explain on Facebook:

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This shoulder holster while it doesn't look that different than my normal is in allot of ways. Fair warning this explanation might be longer than normal;)

So this is an AWC Amphibian it's been a way longer term project than I had expected, I made allot of changes to button up things the way I wanted them done. I did one for Ryan(who will likely see this;) Several years ago and at the time I did fairly well considering how I had to build and the experience I had at the time. There were several things I felt I could improve, but they required some parts that didn't really exist, some small some more important.

So the holster is the easier portion, though different than my normal vertical rig. It's designed to pivot from the cavity at the bottom because the gun is too long to draw like I normally would on my vertical rigs. Which requires a snap closure across the trigger guard. I designed and built out the snap reinforcement on the end of the strap, it's based on the Galco design or concept they use on their vertical rigs. However no one produces that part that you can buy, so I designed my own version and made it. It is different than theirs, but that's where the inspiration of sorts came from.

The mag carrier is much more unique. Ruger MK series mags are weird, they are very small and thin, but also have the little slide up the side to make them easier to load. They are a pain to build for because of their shape. So I designed tooling to make the mags with a slot to account for that knob sticking out the side to insure they wouldn't snag coming in and out of the carrier no matter the number of rounds left in the mag. Then I decided rather than the normal vertical I wanted this setup horizontal. Typically that would be done by compressing rubber between screws as a tension screw adjustment. I've never liked this setup and this is the reason back around 8-9 years ago I stopped offering a horizontal mag carrier on my shoulder holsters. But thinking through that I took inspiration from the MRD(kydex innovation but basically a cam system for adjusting retention). I designed and built my own version of it with a bunch of changes to allow adjustment from the end rather than the side, along with a bunch of other stuff. End game was the square in the middle of the mag carrier contains a dual cam adjustable retention system. Two allen grub screws adjust independent cams which apply pressure to each mag. This allows you to precisely adjust the retention of each of the mags rather than just squishing both and hoping it's even. Also it's got far more adjustment range allowing for way more wear on the rig over time while still being tight. The reason for this is because most tension adjustments will run out of articulation as the rig wears over time. Eventually becoming useless and thus rendering the holster useless. This design doesn't really have that problem, since long term there is far more adjustment than could wear out. You might be able to wear a stitch until it fails and then run out of adjustment. But then repair the stitch and it's back in action. Also for anyone concerned about durability or moving parts, I'm not showing the design off, but it's not a problem it's a well supported structure internally and should last long term.

What's this going to change? Well I'm likely to expand this design and offer the mag carrier on other shoulder holsters for other mags and calibers, it may become my standard we shall see. Also the cam system has wider implications for adjustable mag carriers in other of my leather rigs, so I'll likely design other versions based on this initial design to use elsewhere. It's not going to change my primary designs that don't require adjustable retention but it may be an option for some guys who would like the option.

So small project that took allot of time and allot of building of parts and testing. But it's done and in route;)

Pics of course of the finished rig:




To further explain why this was crazy, I built the dummy gun, the suppressor attaches to the frame via a thread allowing me to handle multiple barrel lengths/styles. I designed and built the mags that allow the carrier to be designed this way. And I built the cam system and all the parts, then I  built the reinforcement tabs for the ends of the straps. So I believe this is the most CAD designed parts and pieces I've ever used in a single holster. Went through several revisions on each part before final build etc. But it works and it works really well so I'm happy, and now off to more normal exotic craziness;)

Take care!

Luke
MichiganI am the owner/proprietor of www.adamsholsters.com Custom holsters made for you. To contact me please use E-mail rather than Private Messages, [email protected]

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    Re: Years half over;)
    « Reply #1 on: July 23, 2019, 06:15:41 pm »
    And on top of all that, it's a left handed build!
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    Re: Years half over;)
    « Reply #2 on: July 23, 2019, 07:34:19 pm »
    Ha I forgot to even mention that it was also wrong handed;) So everything was backwards and weird;)

    It's one of those projects that while fun in the sense of the challenge I'm very happy to have it leaving the shop;)

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    Re: Years half over;)
    « Reply #3 on: July 23, 2019, 09:23:37 pm »
    Nice looking rig - but I may be prejudiced .   .    .      :whistle :whistle
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