For the 1993 SHOT SHOW my friend Tom Nelson arranged at great expense to assemble the top famous living ordnance designers. According to Tom this was the only time in history that these giants of ordnance were in the same place at the same time.
Tom Nelson is likely the least known most important person in arms and ammo collecting of the century in the U.S. As VP of Interarmco he traveled the world buying the guns and ammo which most of us have in our collections. Later he created the “non-gun” exact model non-firing guns made of soft metal so that they could be sold worldwide to collectors. He sold his business , “Collectors Armoury” to Franklin Mint and then bought it back a few years later when he was not happy with the way it was being run. In addition he established IRONSIDES publishing which has published many of the major ordnance reference during the past 30 years.
His newest " Assault Rifles of the World" is excellent and has a much larger ammo section than previous publications.
He had been friends for decades with all of the men seen in this photo. One of the last trips Uzi took when he was on the decline was a fishing trip with Tom at Tom’s vacation home in Michigan. Uzi told him ,at the time, that the only big money he made in life came from suing people for using his name and patents without his permission.
If you collect any caliber or military ammo you have shells in your drawers which were bought by Tom and imported into the USA.
I met Tom over 30 years ago and have been honored to have been involved with some of his projects.
Every time I saw Tom Nelson I made money.
He is now retired ( well, semi-retired as a man of this scope only retires in death) and does plenty of fishing.
He has turned over most day to day business matters to his son.