Original U.S. WWI M1916 Holster Dated 1917- Warren Leather Goods Co.
Original Item: Only One Available. Truly excellent condition M16 holster nicely marked on the back:
History of the M16 Holster-
A leather hip holster, the Model of 1912, was standardized soon after the M1911’s adoption. This holster had a swivel attachment to make it better adapted to cavalry use. Just before America’s entry into World War I, the Model of 1916 holster was adopted, which differed from the M1912 primarily in the deletion of the swivel feature. Both were fitted with wire hooks that attached to the grommets on the bottom of the standard webbed pistol belt or cartridge belt. There were sufficient numbers of World War I-vintage M1916 holsters to meet the demand until the U.S. became actively involved in World War II.
The M1916 holster was then put back into production and almost 3 million were made by 18 different commercial firms between 1941 and 1945. These holsters were embossed with a large U.S. on the cover flap, with the name of the maker and year of production on back.
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