Those that know me well are fully aware of the fact that I love to shoot. They also know that I do not own any firearms that I do not, or will not shoot. Unfortunately, there has been very little time for me to shoot my Kel-Tec P11, even though it is my presently designated concealed carry pistol of choice. Topping the short list of reasons is a lack of a dedicated means for carry. I have a holster for my Colt Combat Commander, but I lack a holster of any type for my P11. Also lacking from my bin of firearm related junk, are any spare magazines for the P11 – and I prefer to carry at least one reload.
Fixing the magazine problem was too easy, a quick trip to CDNN Sports, Inc. got me 2x S&W 69 series blued 12rd magazines. They may need new springs and followers, but a trip to the range will quickly reveal any problems with the magazines. My biggest problem comes from the availability of holsters for the Kel-Tec P11. It is not a lack of options that causes a problem for me, it is a lack of options I actually like that is a problem. How do I solve that problem? Looks like I’ll have to go back in time and brush off a skill I was briefly introduced to over a decade ago. Leatherworking.
Way, way back in the day before life was complicated, or I had any idea where the heck the Great Wall of China was (much less had any photos of me standing on it) – I was a Cub Scout. They have crazy camps and other things to keep hyperactive boys under “control” – during at least one of these camps we learned how to do some leatherworking. Easy stuff, like making belts, or cases for things like pocket knives, sharpening stones and the like. A holster is just a carrying case for a pistol, and the Kel-Tec P11 is more like a GameBoy Advance than an Xbox in terms of size – so that’s the solution. I will buy some leather, some needles and thread, and a few different attatchment options (belt clips and snaps), and I will see if I can come up with a decent IWB holster for my pistol. Last night I broke out my old drafting tools, and got to work on making a pattern that should work, provided I don’t screw anything up. Now all I need are the supplies.
Obviously I will photograph the various steps of construction – regardless of the outcome. So stay tuned.