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Kramer Vertical Scabbard has a loop to the rear and another
loop on the inside part of the holster. So, it's different from
Kramer Belt Scabbard which is a belt-slide.

So, is Kramer Vertical Scabbard a Bruce Nelson Professional
Clone? If not, what distinguishes a Professional clone holster
from other holsters?

I'm asking because I'm filling out my Christmas wish list for
next year, and yes, my gun leather and 1911 addictions
are completely out of control :rolleyes:

Below are pictures of both the Vertical Scabbard and Milt Sparks
55BN.

thanks

Jae

Vertical Scabbard:



Milt Sparks 55BN:

 

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It's a copy not a clone. The original Nelson did not have the reinforced mouth.
 

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So, what distinguishes a Bruce Nelson Professional Copy?

Ricky T said:
It's a copy not a clone. The original Nelson did not have the reinforced mouth.
Does Bruce Nelson Professional type holster have these
characteristics?

1) Full length coverage.
2) Loop to rear and slot on inside part of holster between pistol
and wearer.
3) Contoured and molded to exactly fit pistol.

I'm sure there are more distinguishing characteristics of the
Professional type holster.

#3 is the most impressive feature. If I look down through my
leather holsters, only the Vertical scabbard has distinct square
bulge for the front sight. The sight channel is not as distinct as
on my Wilson Adjuster, but Safariland cheats by using cheap
plastic to achieve the effect :rolleyes: My other leather holsters,
although I love them, do not have a distinct sight channel and
the front part of the holster is a gentle curve.

Just how do Kramer, Milt Sparks and Alessi mold leather so
that it follows the exact outline of the pistol?

thanks

Jae
 

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"Does Bruce Nelson Professional type holster have these
characteristics?

1) Full length coverage.
2) Loop to rear and slot on inside part of holster between pistol
and wearer.
3) Contoured and molded to exactly fit pistol."


Yes, the original Number 1 Professional from Bruce Nelson Combat Leather had all those characteristics and it was the first one to do so. It was also made from the finest cowhide available, and each and every holster was wet moulded, by hand by Bruce personally.

It and the "Summer Special" are the two most copied holster designs around and they both were Bruce Nelson originals. He does not get the credit he deserves for being the premier combat holster designer of the 20th Century.
 

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Re: So, what distinguishes a Bruce Nelson Professional Copy?

Saab1911 said:

Just how do Kramer, Milt Sparks and Alessi mold leather so
that it follows the exact outline of the pistol?

I am not sure about Kramer and Sparks, but I believe Lou uses a secret method which involves placing the pistol in a sheet of wet leather, which is then placed between the thighs of a virgin from Cheektowaga for some period of time.

Or so it would seem, anyhow... :D
 
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