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Can anyone date this holster? I've been told it's pre-WWII, WWII, and post -WWII. I know somebody's right (haha!).

I cannot find any markings at all on the holster. Although it is fairly worn, it is not likely that a mark could have been worn off without leaving any trace. The retention strap post looks like hammer forged brass, the belt loop post looks like steel. There is a pigskin sleeve over the adjustment buckle.

Any help appreciated,
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Is that a K98 sling buckle? Are there any maker's marks at all? It may be home-made, possibly in Europe after the war.
I believe the buckle is original.


The holster certainly looks like a M7. This is a shoulder holster with two straps. Perhaps one is missing?
JT
There is a strap that's missing. I only have what's pictured.

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Thank You

This from Jerry Burney (a noted expert on WWII holsters):
Jack, This is a German Holster. The adjustment buckle is found on German slings. K98- MP40 etc. I would place it WW2 for sure.
It appears the holster could be a German civilian reproduction of an M3. Thank you all for your opinions/expertise.

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Well traveled design...

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, the person who designed this holster should be feeling pretty good about himself. It seems this is a well copied pattern. I'm thinking this is a late war, German "last ditch" holster, or (more likely) an early post-war custom copy for a GI or German police officer.

As stated by Jerry Burney, "This is a German Holster. The adjustment buckle is found on German slings. K98- MP40 etc. I would place it WW2 for sure."

From "Military Holsters of WWII" by Eugene Bender:
 
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