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Old May 27, 2013, 01:05 PM   #1
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Black WWII "Shellholster"?

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I think that this is a wwII holster, late production...?
I dont think its pigskin?

It is unmarked in wery good condition, and i fits my HSc superb

Anyone with some knowledge about these type of holsters?

Number inside is 766917 (766417)

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Old May 27, 2013, 06:15 PM   #2
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I'm no expert, but it doesn't look like WWII military issue to me.
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Old May 27, 2013, 11:19 PM   #3
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Looks to be Post-War to me, seen a lot of WWII holsters and none with that appearance.
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Old May 28, 2013, 12:55 AM   #4
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Looks like East German police holsters I have seen. Definitely not WW2, and more than likely it is tumbled cow hide.
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Old May 30, 2013, 03:13 PM   #5
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I would hate to have to try to wriggle that magazine out of that pouch in a time of need.
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Old May 31, 2013, 01:23 PM   #6
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The pattern is European, military or police style. None of the WWII German holsters I have seen have that pebbled appearance, they have all been smooth leather.

probably a post WWII police holster from some east European area. probably.

And for what its worth, like the luggage cases that they call holsters, the spare magazine pouch wasn't ever meant for rapid use. It was just a way to have a spare mag on you, without a separate carrier.

US holsters generally have the idea that one may need to draw and shoot as part of their intended use. Even our full flap holsters are reasonably easy to use in a hurry. European (especially German) holsters are little luggage cases for handguns. Buckles, straps, snaps, maybe even a combination lock are needed to be undone before the case can be opened.

Its a design philosophy thing, I guess. Most US designed guns (and holsters) are made to be able to be operated with just one hand. Many European designs are not. Many European guns do not have safeties that can be operated with the shooting hand, holding the gun in a shooting grip. Many US ones do.

Not a hard and fast rule, but until recent years, this was the general trend.
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Old June 5, 2013, 10:35 PM   #7
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I recall seeing Mauser HSC's in SGN with boxed cleaning kits and holsters at extra $5.

Not pigskin but the pebble grain that was a reserved option for officers or senior Polezi. No D rings common with military issue but who knows. Nice holster. I'll go with West German 1960's some job or office. Street cop where quick draw is not cool and any field use in Europe had mud flap holsters are very common. I have to stop watching the history channel.

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Old June 10, 2013, 10:54 AM   #8
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Sorry, Post war and not a " shell ".
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