The “Ruby Fox” Thigh Holster
- Fabric: 3″ wide elastic, Sidekick neoprene holster, nylon strap material
- Pattern: none
- Year: 2012
- Notions: black thread, snap
- Time to complete: 1-2 hours
- First worn: July 27, 2012
- Wear again?: Yes
- Total price: <$20 (not counting the tool I had to buy to apply snaps–which I LOVE)
Now, I know feelings can run high about guns, especially considering recent events Stateside, so I’m going to acknowledge that this post and the pictures may offend some. If this post makes you angry, please just click on someone else’s post and enjoy their project instead. If you don’t believe in guns, I’m not here to change your mind. I’m just here to sew. With that out of the way, on to the info…
I wonder how many of you knew that pistol shooting was an Olympic event. I didn’t. I was scanning the list of events looking for inspiration when I saw pistol shooting. Why did this strike me as something that might inspire a sewing project? Because when I came up with the idea of hiking with my sister in the backcountry, my husband wasn’t thrilled with the thought of two women alone out there. I understood his concern. Whenever you hear of hikers being murdered, it’s usually two women and there’s evidence of sexual assault before death. Not a pretty thought, I know. And the UP is purported to be home to shady operations like meth labs because it’s so sparsely populated and there are lots of heavily wooded places to hide illicit activity. I didn’t really want to meet with some crazed lunatic hopped up on meth without protection. So in order for my husband to get fully on board with this trip idea, I conceded to getting my concealed pistol license and my own firearm.
When I was hiking, Mona (that’s what I named her) was holstered inside my waistband. But since I wear so many dresses and skirts, I thought if I ever wanted to carry while dressed up, I would have to have a thigh holster. So I guess this could have just as easily been done for last week’s Reality Check challenge. But the fact that there are shooting events in the Olympics (and have been since the first modern Olympic Games in Athens in 1896) was a convenient reason to make one for this challenge. And the fact that the US completely dominates the total medal count in shooting sports was the icing on the cake. I named this project after Ruby Fox, 1984 silver medalist in women’s 25 meter pistol shooting. Interestingly, for the London 2012 Olympics, special dispensation had to be granted by the UK government to hold the pistol shooting events because the pistols used in those events are illegal in England, Scotland, and Wales.
As to construction, I simply took some 3″ wide black elastic and made a band to fit my thigh then sewed the heck out of the raw ends so it would be snug and secure. Then I removed the plastic waistband clip from a neoprene holster my husband had tried out with this Glock but didn’t like. With my Luger LC9 in the holster, I marked lines to sew to make the holster custom fit my particular gun so there would be no shifting, then I sewed those with black thread. For extra security, I added a snapping nylon strap to hold the gun in place in the holster. In order to remove the firearm, the strap must be unsnapped. Then I made a belt and attached the elastic band to it with two straps to keep everything in place and not allow the elastic band to slip down my leg with the weight of the pistol.
However you feel about guns, this was a fun and quick project for me. (I feel a little bit like Lara Croft wearing this thing.) I hope and pray that the only time my firearm will be shot is at the range and I will never need to defend my life or the life of a loved one with that type of force.