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Howdy. I'm in the market for a good belt holster for my 1911. I'm currently wearing it in a Milt Sparks Heritage inside the waistband holster. Most of my carrying is on our ranch so the gun doesn't really need to be deeply concealed but it would be nice to be able to cover the gun with a jacket if circumstances warrant. I'm partial to the classics and have been eyeing the Milt Sparks #1AT. I see that MS no longer catalogues this holster but I would imagine that they would make it special order. I would appreciate any of your experiences with the #1AT and any advice for a beginning 1911 shooter.
 

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The 1AT is a classic, and would work well given your description of use. I have one, and I use it for carrying a commander in the field regularly.
Lou
 

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I agree that the #1AT is a classic and a great open-carry holster, but the newer CC-AT does more things better. It is just as good as the #1AT for open carry and more concealable.

Also, you may wish to consider Lou ALessi's "DOJ" for an all purpose holster (or the similar Sparks #55BN or NLG). These are all slight variations on the Bruce Nelson #1 Professional and are all great holsters.

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Frontlander,

I just reviewed the 55BN and 1AT for the article in Combat Handguns on Classic Leather. Having worn both for some time, I found they have two different functions. The 55BN is a great concealment holster, although I like the front cut down on Lou's Heinie DOJ for full size 1911's.

The 1AT is indeed a classic and in a field of its own. It brings back memories of the 60's and 70's when I read Cooper's article in G&A. It should be considered a general purpose "field" type holster. It can be concealed under a loose fitting jacket but does not ride as close or as high as the 55BN.

Both are pieces of history that everyone should own.

One note, Tony Kanaly advises that the 1AT is very labor intensive and considered a special order item. Be prepared to wait a little longer and maybe pay a little more.

Rob
 
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