Original U.S. WWII US Navy Shore Patrol M1917 Revolver Rig: Black Holster, M1936 Pistol Belt with Rare Navy Depot Made First Aid Pouch
Original Items: Only One Set Available. Recently acquired at a military show, these are genuine U.S. WWII Issue items. Here we have a lovely Holster, Belt and First Aide Pouch rig for the Smith & Wesson Model 1917, which is essentially an adaptation of the company's .44 Hand Ejector 2nd Model chambered instead in .45 ACP and employed a shortened cylinder and a lanyard ring on the butt of its frame. These were issued during WWI and WWII, and this represents a typical setup.
The set consists of the following:
- Original WWII issue Black Leather holster for the M1917 revolver: Manufactured by Fink and dated 1942. The holster is in excellent condition and retains the brass ring at the bottom for a leather thong.
- Original WWII issue M1936 pistol belt: The belt shows moderate wear from service, with oxidation on the fittings. The markings are worn but somewhat present. We cannot find a date of manufacture.
- Original WWII issue Navy Depot Made White First Aid Pouch: This is basically a regular first aid pouch but produced in white, as with most US Navy “Dress Items” for shore patrol and other duties. The cloth is still relatively white with some age toning and minor staining.
This is a beautiful and iconic belt rig set up from the U.S. Navy! Comes more than ready to be displayed.
The United States Army in World War II had a distinct advantage over the Axis when it came to equipment. Both in terms of quality and quantity the power of American industry kept the GI’s well supplied.
For a Soldier, equipment is a matter of survival. Even something as simple as a button can make the difference between victory and defeat if it fails to function properly at the wrong time. For this reason Soldiers have a strong tendency to become attached to equipment they like, and to modify or discard equipment they find unreliable or useless. Among the Infantry, who have to carry their equipment wherever they go, this tendency is even stronger.
Soldiers must carry everything they need for combat operations with them at all times. Individual load carrying equipment is designed to allow the Soldier to carry a basic load of ammunition, food, water, and first-aid gear. The exact make-up of this load varies from conflict to conflict. In more modern times the load has grown to include additional equipment such as gas masks, maps, compasses, and radios. Because of the cost of replacing equipment for Soldiers is high, equipment is usually replaced in phases, with front-line troops receiving the new equipment first. Support units typically receive equipment later as older equipment wears out or becomes obsolete. Because of this, Soldiers in World War II went to war using several different versions of the basic load bearing gear.
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