Original U.S. WWII USMC M7 Colt 1911 .45 Shoulder Holster Rig by BOYT - 1945 Dated
Original Item: Only One Available. Marines Corps equipment is some of the most difficult to acquire from World War Two especially M7 holsters. This is an excellent original WWII USMC issue leather shoulder holster for the Colt M1911 .45 pistol. Adopted towards the end of the war in 1944, the M7 shoulder holster rig was designed to improve upon the earlier M3 shoulder holster. The M3 could only really be worn in one position, and was not ideal for carrying a pistol under a jacket, and also often placed the pistol against the wearer's ribcage. With two adjustable straps, the M7 allowed the wearer to customize exactly where they wanted the pistol sitting against the body, for both comfort and easy of reach. This holster 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 was rarely enforced.
Original M7's were made in plain, "natural" leather. The dark chestnut brown color of this original is from oil, use, dirt, and age. It is offered in very good condition with solid cross straps and shoulder strap. All snaps and buckles present and in good functional condition.
The holster is embossed on the front U.S. meaning it was military issues (not civilian) and is nicely stamped on the reverse:
Offered in very good condition with functional lift-the-dot and snap, making this an excellent genuine WWII upgrade for your Colt 1911.
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