Berns-Martin(R) Gunleather

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Berns-Martin is perhaps the most famous marque in gunleather since its first use in 1932 and the adoption of Berns-Martin holsters for the fictional James Bond, by Ian Fleming in 1958's "Dr. No" novel. 

Founder Jack Martin died in 1968 and inventor John Berns in 1974, at which time the marque became a trademark of the equally famous Bianchi Holsters; which buried it.

Now the marque Berns-Martin has been registered and revived by noted gunleather designer/maker Red Nichols, who builds his own, unique, all-horsehide holsters in Queensland Australia.

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"Old School" tm

"Old School" is an exclusive collection by Red Nichols, that evokes the gunleather of Seventrees of NYC -- but are not copies.  Unique designs, unique features -- and hand-built from American horsehide.

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Berns-Martin

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"Fighting Shells" tm

"Fighting Shells" are in the theme of the gunleather of early 20th century gunmen.  But these designs by Red Nichols are more evolved, to include features not available to men like Hughes and Bryce and Threepersons.  Hand-built from American horsehide.

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"Bottled

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The "Bottled in Bond" collection of shoulder holsters resolves the original problem for admirers of James Bond:  the company did not make shoulder holsters for automatics.  These are hand-built American horshide holsters with features created by Red Nichols alone.

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Who We Are

Berns-Martin is the gunleather marque established in 1932 by John Emmett Berns and Julius "Jack" Martin to build their famous Speed holster.  Berns invented it with famed handgun hunter Elmer Keith in Alaska that year, and it was Martin, a harness maker, who made them in Calhoun City Mississippi until his death in 1968.

It was in 1958 that the mark achieved legendary status when Berns-Martin was chosen by British writer Ian Fleming as exclusive holster maker for his fictional spy, James Bond.  

 

Today the Berns-Martin marque is registered exclusively to Red Nichols of Red Nichols Holsters in Queensland Australia, where he makes his premium Berns-Martin gunleather in American horsehide

-- exclusively for his home American market.

 

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Berns-Martin is a registered U.S. trademark of Red Nichols, all rights reserved.

Holstory - Gunleather of the Twentieth Century is (c) 2018 R.E.D. Nichols and John Witty.

Holstory is a trademark of R.E.D. Nichols and John Witty.

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