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The now discontinued "To Catch a Thief" avenger-style holster was one of a range of Berns-Martin holsters made in Australia. It was die-cut from American horsehide then hand-molded/detailed, kiln-dried and hand-finished, it was the epitome of the advanced engineering and construction that evolved since 1985.  These were guaranteed to fit directly from the box with no break-in.  Their form/fit/function was guaranteed for the working life of their maker: me.

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To learn more about my book with John Witty about the seminal gunleather innovations of 1905 to 1985 (there was no innovation after that period), click on the above image to go to our sister site that is holstory.com :-)


There is an actual science for designing and building high performance gunleather.  It's not really a hobby any more.  But the Net is absolutely filled with 'old wives tales' that will steer you in the wrong direction; old wives tales that were born over many decades of various makers' self-serving needs to con buyers by lowering expectations -- all for the sake of a holster sale.

Here at holsterguys.com the goal is to 'separate the men from the boys' and give (the blog is free!) you information that not only shows you how to choose gunleather by its design and construction without relying on brand reputation; but also gives you the true story of how each brand came to life.

The research that made it possible for the 2018 publication of my book with John Witty, edited by Craig Smith, entitled "Holstory -- Gunleather of the 20th Century", never did stop. The bibliography of 1,800 lines in 2018 has gained 1,000 lines through the end of 2020!  With no errors in 'Holstory' to date.  The 'holsterguys' blog is part of our mechanism for keeping that information up-to-date for you.

In the meantime, complete information about the 200 men and women in America who created today's gunleather during the period 1905 to 1985 is in our book "Holstory -- Gunleather of the Twentieth Century" .  Read more about it, and perhaps purchase it, at our sister site that is www.holstory.com.

Your friend,

Red Nichols

Queensland Australia

direct email:  gauntleather@hotmail.com

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