The holster above was made in Calhoun City Ms. Berns- Martin moved to Elberton, Ga. in the early 1960's. The latest price list I have from Calhoun City is 1959; the earliest list for Elberton is dated 1963. That makes the DS holster at least 50 years old. It's tight and looks almost new.
I have a Bianchi 9R holster with a sticker in it that says "Berns-Martin Lightnin' (T. M.)
by Bianchi" & another one stamped " A BIANCHI PROTOTYPE".
turnerriver,Can anyone tell me how often theypop up for sale?I've been enamoured with this holsterforever, and my idea vintage perfectioninvolves a Lightin' rig paired with my '34-era DS.Samcol45
What would you suggest?I have a tooled SDM, which I'm not sure what it was made for.My DS fits looseSam, you do know that a 1934 DS predates the Berns Martin holsters by a lot of years? I think at earliest the 1950s for the holster, maybe a little later. It's OK if you want to use them together but if you are looking for a period correct set up you'll need an earlier holster.
Thanks so much for the advice. I'll start looking. To complicate matters, I'm left handed.Sam, turnerriver would be the best guy to give you advice about that. One holster of the 20s-40s that was very popular for both service length revolvers and snubbys was the Audley. It's a belt holster. Eventually, Jay-Pee started to make the Audley pattern holster. Audleys and Jay-Pees are pretty hard to find, especially for the snubbys. It's a specific model that has a steel retention clip that goes around the trigger guard. Do a forum search under Audley and I think you will find some examples.I've been casually looking for one for about a year. I should think holsters by Myers, Lawrence, Heiser, Clark, etal would be appropriate, but here's where you definitely need the expert because I can't look at one and generally tell what the time period was. Only a few models......