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Geeky (and CHEAP) Magnetic Holster

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Here is a method to make a cheap and easy Magnetic Holster for firearm, knife or any other metallic object.

Geeky (and CHEAP) Magnetic Holster

Required Disclaimer: As always use safety equipment when using any tools. We recommend safety goggles or safety glasses and any other safety gear required. Also never test measurements or this magnetic mount with a loaded gun. We are not responsible for any accidents because you chose to build or attempt this. SAFETY FIRST! UNLOAD YOUR GUN! UNLOAD YOUR GUN! UNLOAD YOUR GUN!

Parts you need:

  1. Magnets. We used 3 magnets from some old IDE Hard drives (told you it was geeky). Use the proper amount of magnets to securely hold your item to be secured!
  2. a bicycle innertube
  3. a piece of plastic about 1inch high by 6+ inches long, depending on number of magnets desired and size of item (gun) to be secured.
  4. Brass screws (we used 2 screws, but again this depends on size and weight of item to be secured).
Drawing of needed parts

Drawing of needed parts

Take your plastic and lay your magnets on it to determine proper placement and spacing. Note, hard drive magnets are strong, they will try to jump around to get to each other or nearby metal (you have been warned)!

Placing of magnets

Placing of magnets

Once you have determined the proper placement secure the magnets to the plastic with 1 strip of duct tape for each magnet as seen here:

Magnets taped to plastic strip

Magnets taped to plastic strip

Rub the tape well so that these magnets won’t be able to escape their proper position. This is a good time to test the weight holding capacity of this “holster”, get your UNLOADED gun, knife or other doo-hickey and see if it is securely held in place.

Slide the plastic strip, with the magnets already duct-taped to it into the strip of bicycle inner-tube (yes this could be considered recycling!). Then safely drill holes for the screws. We only needed 2 screws so we aimed for the arc of the 2 outer magnets.

Innertube drilled and screwed to surface

Innertube drilled and screwed to surface

Find a good spot and attach Magnetic holster with BRASS screws. Even though we used brass screws we covered the screws with a few layers of duct tape to ensure we didn’t scratch anything.

Now that the magnetic holster is mounted in position, try to secure your item again. If it’s a Firearm, make sure it’s UNLOADED, UNLOADED, UNLOADED!

Here is our finished prototype, secured in a secret place.

Finished Magnetic holster

Finished Magnetic holster

Here is our Magnetic Holster holding a compact pistol. It works.

 

Magnetic Holster in use

Magnetic Holster in use


Required Disclaimer: As always use safety equipment when using any tools. We recommend safety goggles or safety glasses and any other safety gear required. Also never test measurements or this magnetic mount with a loaded gun. We are not responsible for any accidents because you chose to build or attempt this. SAFETY FIRST! UNLOAD YOUR GUN! UNLOAD YOUR GUN! UNLOAD YOUR GUN! 

Geek’s Guide recommends that you never store a loaded firearm! Safety First! You can never replace a lost loved one or bring someone back to life! Firearm safety 100% of the time!