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Old March 15, 2011, 02:04 PM   #1
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Colt Or S&W 1917 Leather

What type of leather rig do you use to carry your 1917 ? Replica WWI,or WWII? Modern field types? Full flap?
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Old March 15, 2011, 07:11 PM   #2
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As soon as I can afford a 1917, I found a WW2 full flap replica online for about $40.
Brown leather, stamped with US, just beautiful.
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Old March 16, 2011, 12:06 AM   #3
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I bought one of the Sarco 1917 repros for $29.95 on eBay and it is a beautiful, well-made holster. I don't know where they are made, but they seem to be a cut way above some of the other repros I have seen. It was much better than I expected. I use it for my current production S&W Model 22 1917 "replica."
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Old March 16, 2011, 01:17 AM   #4
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I seldom holster my S&W M-1917, but when I do, it's with its original WW I issue leather.

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Old March 16, 2011, 04:42 AM   #5
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I hesitate to holster my originals for two reasons: To avoid blue wear and the fact that the leather is getting a bit fragile after nearly a century.
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Old March 16, 2011, 09:08 AM   #6
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Yep... The last time I used mine was in 1966 when I was younger and less appreciative.
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Old March 16, 2011, 10:26 AM   #7
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El Paso Saddlery makes a nice repro of the original military holster.
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Old March 16, 2011, 12:12 PM   #8
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I bought one of the first Brazillian contract S&W 45 revolvers to come back into the US. I needed a holster for it. I picked a holster for a 1917 Model Army revolver out of a pile of old leather holsters at a Mechanicsville, Va. gun show back in the late 1980's. Any one of these holsters could have been had for $5. This particular one was marked U.S. on the front and TexTan 1942 on the back. Not a WWI holster, but a WWII holster.

The stopper in the bottom of this holster had been removed, which allowed water to get out of the holster after the wearer got soaked in a monsoon, or fording streams or whatever, and two holes had been punched in the leather loop that was originally meant for a Sam Brown belt to go through, but these holes allowed the holster to be hung by metal hangars from a combat style military pistol belt. As soon as I saw these two things, I realized this holster had almost certainly been used in WWII in a Pacific combat zone, because in no other place or time would it have ever been worn like that; at least no other time and place I can think of.

I bought it, and took it to a shoe shop that I knew did miracles with old leather, and for $11, they cleaned it, and refurbished the leather and now it looks like a million dollars. In fact, I've been offered $75 for it and turned it down. I'll never sell it.
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Old March 16, 2011, 01:24 PM   #9
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Try Pacific Canvass and leather. They make almost perfect reproductions for a very reasonable price.
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