I get asked about once a week to do a custom piece.
Often times it’s just a tweak to an already available product. About 1/3 of the time it’s to create something new. I like creating new things. I suspect lots of folks feel that way. It breaks the routine. Challenges your mind.
The Below series of images are from a customer who asked for a simple custom creation taking into account his RMR optic. Neither he nor me realized that the Sweat Guard he ordered on his Pancake would obstruct the controls for his optic. (I’d done a recent Custom Pancake for a US Marshal with an RMR, but his didn’t have these type of controls on the Sweat Guard Side. I did however attach one of my new nifty Laser cut USMS badges onto his Pancake).
Rather than complain, or even send it back for me to fix. He did what many of us might want to do and few of us would.
He broke-out his trusty dremel tool and got rid of the offending kydex. Notice he just didn’t ‘rip-&-remove’, he took his time. Laid on a piece of tape. Drew his target, then pulled the trigger.
In order of task.
Fine, fine job! Of course I would have been more than happy to make these adjustments for him. But seeing this work, effort and achievement was refreshing.
Big Surprise. I guess it’s not such a big surprise when I think about it. The fellow mentioned above has tons of experience creating and adjusting his own gear over a storied career. He served roughly ten years as a Paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne and a similar time as Green Beret in the 3rd. Special Forces Group. As a retired SF officer, he teaches at the Special Forces Qualification Course in NC. He also dabbles in ‘some’ IDPA, and USPSA Steel Challenge and 3-gun.
Oh, and Super nice guy too!
Next up is a one-off custom piece. I had to turn the page-in-time back a bit and borrow from my old designs to lay this out. He wanted a double Magazine Pouch. One mag straight up, the other canted. AND it needed to have my trademarked curve to fit the body.
Below is the result. I would have preferred it not be so long. I think it was about 5 inches total length. This was as good as I could render in-keeping with the design request. 2 mags. fwd. one canted. Curved to fit. Individual tensioners.
Yep. Got it!
Lastly, this piece below. Made as a special request as a crossdraw holster for this Federal LE Officer’s Back-Up Gun. It’s as simple as I could make it with the design needs met. As I told the Customer, “I cannot believe I have 13+ hours in this piece.”
I hope it looks as simple as I intended.
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