Original U.S. WWII Named US Army Air Forces Pilot’s Leather Shoulder Holster For .32 Cal Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless Pistol
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice WWII leather shoulder holster for the Colt Hammerless Pocket Pistol in .32cal. The Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless is a .32 ACP caliber, self-loading, semi-automatic pistol designed by John Browning and built by Colt Patent Firearms Manufacturing Company of Hartford, Connecticut. The Colt Model 1908 Pocket Hammerless is a variant introduced five years later in .380 ACP caliber. Despite the title "hammerless", the Model 1903 does have a hammer. The hammer is covered and hidden from view under the rear of the slide, this allows the pistol to be carried in and withdrawn from a pocket quickly and smoothly without snagging. Used during WWII, this holster was essentially a scaled down version of the M3 Tanker holster for the .45 M1911 pistol, and was very useful for keeping the weapon out of the way as well as easily accessible, especially when used in an aircraft.
The holster was 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 aged natural color, with a great finish. Leather is supple and flexible, though there is definitely wear and no dry rot. The spare magazine pouch is still firmly stitched to the side of the pocket for the pistol itself.
All stitching is attached with all buckles present. The holster is still in completely serviceable condition. The top strap is marked with the name Gerry Hawk which is above the service number 466506. We have not been able to locate any service information, making for a wonderful research opportunity.
Comes more than ready for further research and display.
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