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Would anyone here know of a source for

Posted: Sun Jul 02, 2017 1:00 pm
by S.B.
WWII British HP holsters, canvas, OD prefered?
Steve

Re: Would anyone here know of a source for

Posted: Mon Jul 03, 2017 8:35 am
by RWS
Steve, the short answer is eBay. However...

To the best of my knowledge they were not using OD canvas holsters until the 1950's. If you're looking for a WW2 British canvas holster your color choices are Pattern 37 canvas holsters in Army Khaki, RAF Blue, or Navy Grey.

Your grey canvas holster is probably WW2 dated and will fit a Hi-Power. This is the most common holster that would have been used by the Brits, although the number of Belgian Hi-Powers in use by the British in WW2 would have been so small as to be statistically insignificant. Most WW2 Belgian Hi-Powers would actually have been used by the Nazis (and so marked) since they overran Belgium very early in the war and occupied the Belgian plant.

Most allied canvas WW2 holsters made specifically for the Hi-Power were Canadian since the John Inglis Hi-Power pistol was made in Canada, and ALL of those were Khaki. I've never seen one that wasn't made by Zepher Loom & Textile (marked ZL&T) so I'm thinking they may have been the only manufacturer.

The Canadian holsters are much more robustly made than the British Pattern 37 holsters, using thicker canvas as well as a steel insert for an extra mag. They're also pricey, usually found in the $50-$90 price range, and are now becoming harder to find.

After WW2 the Brits at least made O.D. Hi-Power holsters modeled on the Canadian pattern (although with much thinner canvas), and O.D. in color. These were designated Pattern 51.

I couldn't find anyone other than eBay that has either the Canadian or Pattern 51 holsters in stock and for sale. Maybe someone else knows a source. The main point of my post is that they really don't exist with WW2 dates in O.D. color.

-Bob

Re: Would anyone here know of a source for

Posted: Mon Jul 03, 2017 2:15 pm
by AGB-1

Re: Would anyone here know of a source for

Posted: Tue Jul 04, 2017 9:18 am
by RWS
Yep. Note that the 2nd and 4th items on the eBay list above are (respectively) the Khaki WW2 Canadian holster that was used primarily by the Canadians, and the O.D. green Pattern 51 holster from the 1950's.

-Bob

Re: Would anyone here know of a source for

Posted: Thu Jul 06, 2017 8:37 pm
by SWIHARTMARK
I have an Australian khaki belt and holster. Could be from the 1950's though. The S&W with it was made before that.

Best Regards,

Mark

Re: Would anyone here know of a source for

Posted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 8:06 am
by S.B.
Thanks Bob.
Steve

Re: Would anyone here know of a source for

Posted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 12:32 pm
by Tommy Atkins
IIRC the first OD was Pat '58. So its unlikely there will be a WW2 one.