The “Ruby Fox” Thigh Holster

The Facts

  • 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.

Author

Erin Bartels

Erin is a copywriter by day, a novelist by night, and a wife, mother, dressmaker, quilter, zoo docent, painter, poet, and photographer in between. She only gets paid for the copywriting.

20 Comments

  1. Love it! and it seems pretty simple too! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I’m an urban Canadian so you can probably guess which side of the gun ownership debate I fall on, but nevertheless: cool project. I’m thinking it could work equally well for a flask? ;)

    What’s “the UP”?

    • As a Canadian, I’m surprised you don’t know what the UP is since we sort of think of Yoopers (people who live in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan… U. P. get it?) as Southern Canadians. :D

      • Ah, I’ve never been to Michigan, so I hadn’t heard that term (although I have a research project going with a group at UM and will probably visit this year).

  3. Cool and somewhat sexy-don’t you think?

  4. UP = “Upper Peninsula” I’m guessing!
    Fun project! And yup, guns are an emotional subject. I am extremely pro-gun-control AND a gun-owner at the same time. I have a 1903 Colt Hammerless Automatic which is a fascinating piece of American history (the original gangster gun), and a 1960s hunting rifle that get taken out to the range now and then.
    But I still have more sewing machines than guns ;-).

  5. Well, I learned something, I didn’t know shooting was an Olympic sport.

  6. I love it! Definitely the most original project I’ve ever seen on a sewing blog.

  7. Your second set of photos is so Laura Croft/Angelina Jolie, awesome.

  8. I love this project! Why didn’t I think of making my own holster? I’ve also been thinking of making something for my purse, so “Betty” isn’t just rolling around in there but snug and secure.

    Your holster looks great, and it’s better to be safe than sorry.

    (Side note, I would love to have a military-like stockpile of weaponry and I wouldn’t use them for anything evil or harmful to anyone, unless they attacked me or my family first. Even then, I’d probably just use my Betty. And I know a lot of other similar people out there. That kind of weaponry does NOT automatically mean evil mass-murderer.)

  9. I love it! Very kickass and more power to you to want to be knowledged about protecting yourself.

  10. So interesting! I’d want you as my hiking partner in that neck of the woods, that’s for sure!

  11. No guns for me but the holster is quite neat. I’d like one for a flask as well.

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