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    Any ideas about this holster?

    I recently purchased a S&W victory revolver (4” in 38 special) from my go-to dealer (Dogface Supply). It came with a holster and belt, which I understand came with the pistol from the same collection. No back story.
    Can anyone tell me anything about the holster? I dont see any markings. Not to say the revolver and holster are some how tied together- but if it helps the SW Historical Foundation records show the revolver was sent to the US Navy after manufacture in 1944.
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    I have seen these reportedly issued to US navy with revolvers, M&P. IMA shows one for comparison they say is original and Simpsons has two. They always have good stuff.

    For what it's worth, I think you caught a good one.

    IMA https://www.ima-usa.com/products/ori...39912595062853

    Simpsons US HOLSTERS - C57580 - Simpson Ltd
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    Thanks Jim. I had assumed I had some ad-hoc rig, but neat to see it does tie in with the Navy revolver. I’ll have to do some looking and find out if there is a designation and what company(s) made these.
    At a minimum I’ll have to put the revolver in the holster once in awhile so it doesnt go flat.
    Cheers.
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    All the holsters I had were US marked so yes, it's odd in that way. I'd have grabbed it if it had been available too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Timothy-R View Post
    Can anyone tell me anything about the holster? I dont see any markings.
    Timothy:

    Your holster is WW2 USGI. It was manufactured by Brauer Brothers of St. Louis for the U.S. Navy. It was used mostly shoreside but occasionally shows up in contemporary photos in use by some aircrew, although the shoulder holster was generally preferred by aircrew. The other military maritime services, the Marine Corps and the Coast Guard, were supplied by the Navy with these holsters as well. Almost all examples seen have been unmarked, but a few have been observed that display small U.S. marks and a date on the hanger piece.

    The image below from my collection shows a Marine sentry during WW2 rendering a snappy salute. He is carrying a S&W Victory Model revolver inside the holster model in question.

    I hope this information is helpful to you.

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    Very nice Charlie, more information than I had hoped for.
    I’ll print out a copy of your post and stick it in the pistol’s record file for my boys to discover someday.
    Thank you Sir.
    Tim

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    You are most welcome, Timothy.

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