I was never thrilled with my Smith & Wesson Sigma pistol. It was cheap and reliable but it had the worst trigger I've ever felt this side of a double-action-only revolver with rusty innards. Anyway, I sold it for what I paid along with a couple of holsters. I've had my eye on a CZ 75 Compact in .40 SW for about 3 years but promised myself I wouldn't buy it until I sold my Sigma first. When they first came out, the CZ 75 Compact was over $600 which is one of the reasons I waited a while to buy it. I bought mine for $430 shipped and I love it. Why? It's one of the few well-made reliable compact pistols with a steel frame that doesn't cost $800+, the ergonomics are great, and it holds 10 rounds of .40 SW. Plus I like the look of it. It's not unlike a Browning Hi Power but with an Eastern European flair and a touch of the modern with its integral accessory rail. Anyway, here it is:
Anyway, new pistol means new holsters! Over the last 6 months I've been getting back into leathercraft and acquiring some of the tools I'd been meaning to buy for a long time so I decided to make my own holsters. So far I've made three for this pistol and I have plans for two more. I can hear you saying "Five holsters for one pistol? Why, that's just silly!" It might be if you had to pay retail prices of $50-90 a piece, but when it's a hobby and the materials only cost a few bucks each it seems a little less crazy. Here they are:
The first holster I made was an "Avenger" style. It turned out pretty well given the rush job I made of it.
The second holster I made was an OWB (outside waist band) with a pretty steep cant to vertically align the butt and muzzle of the gun. This one is cowhide with pigskin lining. I got an airbrush for Christmas so I used it to dye the edges dark brown, transitioning to a light brown in the middle.
The third holster is an IWB (inside waist band) made of horsehide with green lizard skin trim. The horse hide doesn't stretch, tool or dye as well as the cowhide, but it has a smoother finish, is more dimensionally stable, and is more abrasion resistant. I made the belt loops removeable via snaps so that I could change them out as needed for different sized belts or whatever.