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  M3 Shoulder Holster



 
Price: $39.99

Product Code: USGWM3H
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Reproduction of the WWII issue leather shoulder holster for the Colt M1911 .45 pistol. Adopted in 1942, this holster was standard issue for aircraft and tank crews, and was often used by officers who preferred it to the hip holster. In combat areas, all sorts of troops found ways to "acquire" handguns and the regulations as to who was and wasn't permitted to carry them was rarely enforced.

Our holsters are patterned from an original example made by Enger-Kress. Although made overseas, we provided the pattern and American made Lift-the-dots which will not break like the junk used on most other reproductions. We also added one common "field expedient" detail- the snap hook. Soldiers often put one on the shoulder strap to make it easier to remove the holster when wearing thick jackets or other gear. Half of my used originals had these. (If you don't want it, simply slide it off.) We also made the shoulder strap a few inches longer to accommodate larger physiques.
Marked "ATF 1942".

Color: Original M3's were made in plain, "natural" leather. The dark chestnut brown of many originals was from oil, use, dirt, and age. Our holsters are a light russet brown, and can be darkened with oil , or dye if you wish. But they are the "correct WWII issue" color.

Break in: Leather holsters are like leather shoes- they take a little time to break in. When new, the holster should fit the pistol snugly as it will loosen slightly with time and use. The only products you should use on any new leather holster is Neetsfoot or mink oil. There are numerous hair-brained "break-in recipes" online written by raving lunatics involving detergents, solvents, washing machines and so forth. Don't do it!

Fit: Also will fit knock-offs of the M1911 as well as most WWII automatics including P08, P38, P35 Radoms, and Browing Hi-Power pistols. (Those are the 5 types we have tested- we cannot guarantee them to fit any others.) They do NOT fit any revolvers I have tried due to the curve of the handle requiring a longer strap to secure the pistol. If you want a complete itemized list of every pistol that can fit- just send us one of each (pistol) and we'll gladly test fit them all and publish the results.