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I use a vedder light tuck holster for my daily carry. I was looking to add a red dot to my p365 and would need a new holster. After looking it over I dont see why I could not just cut a notch in my holster to accommodate the dot.

Has anyone modified a kydex holster before? If so how did you do it and are you happy with the results?


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I've done it to several kydex holsters. As you anticipated, it's literally as easy as making a notch for the optic, provided there's not some interference from the holster hardware in the spot you're wanting to remove.

Mark out an approximation of the area that you want to remove. Use a Dremel with a 3/16 or 3/8 aluminum oxide grinding bit. Keep the Dremel speed on medium/low (so that you're actually cutting/grinding instead of melting). Go slow with minimal pressure, doing a little at a time, to keep the kydex from heating up and melting, and to avoid taking off too much. Test fit and adjust as needed as you go. Once you're happy with the shape, touch up the rough/sharp edges of the modified area with some fine grit sandpaper.

And make sure you do it in the garage or somewhere that you don't mind making a mess, and wear safety glasses and a face mask. You'll end up with Kydex dust and shavings all over you and your workspace. Be sure to blow out/suck out all the debris from inside the holster before inserting a gun for test-fitting, to prevent scratches.

Here are a couple G19 holsters I recently modified for my G45 with SRO optic:


 
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^^^^^^^

Looks great. Seems fairly straight forward. Thanks


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Not for an optic, but the holster I ordered for my S&W 4006 was molded for fixed rear sight and mine has the shrouded adjustable. A cut with a hacksaw and finish with a fine tooth file did the trick.


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This is one of those DIY jobs where a Dremel works well. Lay the modification out with tape or pencil and work slowly just short of where you want to be. I use a fine grit sanding drum. Finish with sandpaper grits and/or 3M Scotch pad. I use a light application of acetone or lacquer thinner to polish the edges.
 
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I have used a sanding drum as well with a Dremel. It goes quickly, but is fairly easy to control.
(Lest anyone think I have turned turtle on the issue of optics on handguns, I modified the holster for a different reason. Wink )




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I modified my Vedder Light Tuck to accommodate the optic on my Glock 43x. As said above, go slow and it should turn out fine.
 
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I modified an older Bravo Concealment OWB holster for my M&P 9 full size with X300U-B WML. It had mid sweat guard on it and used a Dremel cutting wheel for plastics to cut it off. I used a white thin point marker to just outlined the area to cut just enough to clear the Holosun 508T GR.
I smooth the cut area but polishing the edges the best I can and it came out great with still having its retention.






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I emailed Vedder and they said if I send the holster back they would make the mods for me.


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