Original U.S. WWII M3 Colt 1911 .45 Tanker Shoulder Holster by L.M.E. - dated 1943
Original Item: Only One Available. Very nice original WWII issue 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 a nice orange color, with only minors signs of use. Leather is still soft and pliable, and no staining from having a gun inserted. It 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:
We have not been able to identify the L.M.E. marking, so it may not be a maker mark. The MRT indicates that the holster was given "Mildew Resistant Treatment" at sometime, probably before being put into storage post war.
Offered in good condition with all original brass snaps and buckles still retaining almost all their original factory "blackened" finish. They are also fully functional. Only real issue is that there is some wear and cracking of the shoulder strap where it attaches to the top of the holster.
This is an great genuine WW2 issue upgrade for your Colt 1911.
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