Original German WWII Walther P38 Black Softshell Holster by Hans Römer
Original Item: Recently found in a warehouse overseas, these are excellent condition WWII production black finished leather holsters for the standard issue Walther P-38 pistol in 9mm. These holsters are all nicely marked with RBNr 0/0833/0007 indicating production by Hans Römer of Neu-Ulm, Donau. They each are also marked P38 and have a Nazi Police-style eagle, indicating these were produced for police use, or possibly export. These holsters appear to be mostly unused, possibly unissued, and were stock leftover at the end of the war. They are a bit stiff, having never been conditioned or put into use, but all are fully intact and ready for use.
German RBN Numbers, or Reichsbetriebsnummer, also known as the National Business Number, were an alternative to the 3 letter codes in use late in the war. The first number 0 is the prefix for "industry", while 0833 is the location code for Neu-Ulm, Donau, and manufacturer 0007 in that region is Hans Römer.
The Walther Pistole 38 (P.38) pistol was first introduced in 1938 as a replacement for the P.08. The P.38 was a more cost-efficient and more reliable in war conditions such as mud and rain. The P.08 was a typical prewar German gun, over engineered to perfection, with a sensitive toggle breech system that would malfunction when dirt was involved. The P.38 was a workhorse that did just what it was meant to do. It could handle most harsh battlefield conditions and as such the closed hardshell holster was discontinued later in the war and replaced for a partially open softshell holster. During the War close around 900,000 were produced, so the holsters were also produced in large quantities.
A perfect addition to any WW2 Walther P.38 pistol in need of an excellent condition original holster.
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