Original U.S. WWII 1944 dated M3 Colt 1911 .45 Tanker Shoulder Holster by Enger-Kress
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice WWII issue M3 leather shoulder holster for the Colt M1911 .45 pistol. Adopted in 1942, this holster was standard issue for aircraft and tank crews, and was often used by officers who preferred it to the hip holster. In combat areas, all sorts of troops found ways to "acquire" handguns and the regulations as to who was and wasn't permitted to carry them were rarely enforced.
Original M3's were made in plain, "natural" leather, as they age they can darken through exposure to oil, dirt, and sweat that turns holsters a russet brown color. This example is still close to the natural color, and has faded to a lovely light brown color, with little staining. Leather is still soft and pliable, though there is definitely wear and some dry rot on the leather. This is especially noticeable on the shoulder strap, which has a lot of surface cracking as well.
The holster is embossed on the front U.S. in an oval, meaning it was military issues (not civilian) and it is nicely stamped on the reverse:
ENGER - KRESS
Offered in very good condition with all original brass snaps and buckles in fully functional condition, with most of the original factory "blackened" finish still present. There is even what looks to be a name scratched into the leather on the front, which we unfortunately cannot make out.
This is very nice genuine WWII issue upgrade for your Colt 1911.
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