Original German WWII Browning High Power Holster by Karl Barth, Military Effekten-Fabrik, Waldbroel, Rheinland - dated 1944
Original Item: Only One Available. Just purchased from a private collector, this is a very nice WWII issue brown softshell "breakaway" holster for the Belgian-made Browning High Power pistol, complete with correct period markings. These pistols were put into German service when Belgium was occupied, and were popular for their high magazine capacity.
The holster follows the standard soft shell "high front" design, with a front magazine pouch and top flap. It is marked on the "breakaway" flap under the securing strap with dla / 44, indicating 1944 manufacture by Karl Barth, Military Effekten-Fabrik, Waldbroel, Rheinland. Below this marking is a faint Waffenamt WaA195 inspection stamp.
The holster is complete and in very good service used condition, with the main condition issue being a torn area on the side of the holster just below the magazine pouch. The exterior finish is still mostly intact, and the stitching all looks to be intact and all original, with no repairs or popped seams, though the original white color has faded to brown from dirt and grease.
This is a very nice WWII marked example of a German Browning High Power pistol holster, and would make the perfect accessory for a German marked pistol that no longer has its holster. Ready to display!
The Browning High Power pistol was a single-action, semi-automatic handgun based on a design by American firearms inventor John Browning, and completed by Dieudonné Saive at Fabrique Nationale (FN) of Herstal, Belgium. Browning died in 1926, several years before the design was finalized. FN Herstal initially named the design the "High Power", which alludes to the 13-round magazine capacity, almost twice that of other designs at the time, such as the Luger or Colt M1911. During World War II, Belgium was occupied by Germany and the
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