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    Luger holster question

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    I recently purchased my first Luger, but still need a holster for it. Besides the standard hardshell, would one possibly fit in a softshell P-38 or Browning HP holster? I realize the magazine might not fit it's pouch, and there would be no pouch for the tool, I was mainly looking at the pistol itself.

    I've posted this question on several different forums to get a variety of opinions and/or experiences. Any suggestions are appreciated.

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    Bill
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    It might fit but not properly. The mags probably won't fit anything but the correct one. A Browning canvas holster might put extra wear on the finish of a Luger. And it won't fit properly. Luger holsters aren't that hard to get, just ask one of these guys on the WTB and see.
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    Jim,

    Thanks for the suggestion. I have been looking at Luger holsters, but was thinking of alternatives for a reason.

    It seems to me that the buckle closure would be awfully inconvenient during a situation were a sidearm was needed to be drawn quickly. I'm thinking along the lines of what was available and what would work for a Germanicon landser at that time.

    I know the hardshell was the standard issue, but soldiers of all nations and time periods do/will modify, add or delete gear out of necessity.

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    If you are looking for a holster to use your Luger as a carry pistol, I would suggest one of the nylon holsters from Uncle Mike. None of the military holsters were made for quick draw, and none of them will be cheap. Any of the military holsters will be too expensive to modify.

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    Agreed. They're cheap and serviceable. Maybe something for a medium frame revolver would fit best.
    Regards, Jim

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    Guys,

    Thanks for the input, but I guess I need to clarify. I'm looking at alternate holsters that could be seen being worn by a Germanicon soldier, 1939-1945. The holster is something to go with a Sr. NCO's field gear. I just was thinking of something different, given soldiers penchants for modifying their kit and the fact the Germans re-issued captured items from occupied countries.

    I wouldn't use a 9mm for a carry pistol anyway. Personal preference: compact .45 with hollow points!

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    Maybe a shoulder holster like the one for the P-38? I don't know if they one for the Luger though. Are you looking for an original or repro?



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    Quote Originally Posted by badjuju_4 View Post
    Guys,

    Thanks for the input, but I guess I need to clarify. I'm looking at alternate holsters that could be seen being worn by a Germanicon soldier, 1939-1945. The holster is something to go with a Sr. NCO's field gear. I just was thinking of something different, given soldiers penchants for modifying their kit and the fact the Germans re-issued captured items from occupied countries.

    I wouldn't use a 9mm for a carry pistol anyway. Personal preference: compact .45 with hollow points!

    Thanks again,
    Bill
    The German soldier was much too disciplined to start modifying their equipment on a whim. The holster was issued to protect the pistol, and getting off a fast draw was not a consideration. Sounds like you need a P.38 if you want to use it's holster.
    The Germans even went so far as to stamp the holsters with the pistol it was made for. A Luger holster won't be much more expensive than a P.38 holster, and it is correct.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny Peppers View Post
    The Germanicon soldier was much too disciplined to start modifying their equipment on a whim. The holster was issued to protect the pistol, and getting off a fast draw was not a consideration. Sounds like you need a P.38 if you want to use it's holster.
    The Germans even went so far as to stamp the holsters with the pistol it was made for. A Luger holster won't be much more expensive than a P.38 holster, and it is correct.
    JP, first let me state that this is just a difference of opinion, I'm don't want to start an arguement. But, I have to disagree and agree on the underlined portion. There's plenty of documentation and photos showing 'modified' equipment in German use, however you're completely correct on German soldiers being well disciplined.

    Some examples of modified equipment go from the simple (breadbag straps on helmets to hold camo, chicken wire helmet covers, rotating the front sling loops on MP40's), to the moderate (camo tunics made from zeltbahns [officer/Sr. Nco] and other camo clothing from Italianicon zelts), to the extreme (many armored and AT vehicles, truck, etc.). I fully agree, no landser would get his weapon nickel plated with pearl grips! That's not the type of mod I was getting at.

    Soldiers from all armies and eras, have and will alter equipment under wartime conditions to improve functionality, comfort, etc. This is coming from personal experience also (20yrs in the Army; Iraq and Afghanistan). It would be within limitations though.

    Anyway, as to my original post: I'm going to get two holsters. One will be an original P-08 holster, the other will be a repro P-38 softshell. A reply to this question on another forum let me know the Luger will fit the P-38 holster. I'm getting the repro, that way I can tinker with it, and if I screw something up, I'm not out a lot of money. I'd never mess with an original.

    Thanks to all that took the time to read and reply to my post.

    Regards,
    Bill
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    Quote Originally Posted by badjuju_4 View Post
    All,

    I recently purchased my first Luger, but still need a holster for it. Besides the standard hardshell, would one possibly fit in a softshell P-38 or Browning HP holster? I realize the magazine might not fit it's pouch, and there would be no pouch for the tool, I was mainly looking at the pistol itself.

    I've posted this question on several different forums to get a variety of opinions and/or experiences. Any suggestions are appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Bill
    You ask for opinions, but really didn't want any?

    Can you give an example of a Luger holster modified by a Germanicon soldier. We weren't talking putting bread bag straps on a helmet.

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