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#1 Ronald

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Posted 30 December 2015 - 10:31 AM

Has anyone seen or purchased the type of shoulder holster feature on the book by Mr. Brunner, OSS Special Weapons, Vol2.

Is it a ridged leather or soft leather? I have seen one and it is a very soft leather and quite flexible for a holster. The one I have seen has a white strap instead of the green.

Are the ones  being sold now legit? Thanks

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Posted 30 December 2015 - 10:36 AM

This is like the one I saw.

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Posted 30 December 2015 - 04:58 PM



Has anyone seen or purchased the type of shoulder holster feature on the book by Mr. Brunner, OSS Special Weapons, Vol2.....Are the ones  being sold now legit? Thanks

 

Yes, the example below has been in my collection for 20+ years.  I also owned an identical holster but with the white strap.  I sold the white strap example a number of years ago.

 

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The example in your post has a different type of green strap.  It appears to me to be a herringbone style of fabric.  I have not encountered that type of strap on the holsters that I have observed.

 

I am not familiar with any such holsters being sold now.  I will say that if holsters of this type are coming out of the woodwork in quantity now (70 years after the OSS went out of business) it would raise some red flags for me.  In my experience genuine OSS Colt Pocket Automatic holsters are extremely scarce.

 

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Posted 31 December 2015 - 10:58 PM

Colt is re-issuing the 1903. Maybe those folks who have the holsters want to make some money now by selling them to guys buying the new guns. I would like to have one.

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Posted 05 March 2016 - 01:31 PM

Would anyone know where I could locate and purchase one of these holsters? Thanks.



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Posted 11 March 2016 - 08:19 PM

 

Yes, the example below has been in my collection for 20+ years.  I also owned an identical holster but with the white strap.  I sold the white strap example a number of years ago.

 

attachicon.gifColt 32 US Property.jpg

 

The example in your post has a different type of green strap.  It appears to me to be a herringbone style of fabric.  I have not encountered that type of strap on the holsters that I have observed.

 

I am not familiar with any such holsters being sold now.  I will say that if holsters of this type are coming out of the woodwork in quantity now (70 years after the OSS went out of business) it would raise some red flags for me.  In my experience genuine OSS Colt Pocket Automatic holsters are extremely scarce.

 

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Charlie

Charlie, are there any markings on your OSS holster?



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Posted 12 March 2016 - 04:08 PM

Charlie, are there any markings on your OSS holster?

 

Nope, completely unmarked.

 

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Posted 12 March 2016 - 04:46 PM

I have a couple of examples of this holster, also unmarked.

 

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Posted 13 March 2016 - 03:30 PM

Kevin, what color are the straps on your OSS holsters?   



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Posted 13 March 2016 - 04:22 PM

One side looks nickel plated but the top side isn't.  It just looks like the natural metal color, if that makes sense.



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Posted 13 March 2016 - 05:44 PM

Kevin, do you have any pictures available?



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Posted 13 March 2016 - 06:06 PM

Not at the moment.  I'll try to dig out the holsters and camera when time allows.  You seem to have a specific end in mind....



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Posted 13 March 2016 - 06:49 PM

I was wondering if there were any design variations among the OSS issued holsters.  



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Posted 13 March 2016 - 07:25 PM

Are you only referring to the one type I posted in the beginning? From what I researched, the only difference I found was one had a green strap and the other a white strap. The one I posted in the beginning is a reproduction type that has been around  and is being passed off as originals purchased from a past US Naval surplus auction.  One just sold on ebay for 249.00 and he even listed it as a repro. Someone has more money than sense. Ron



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Posted 13 March 2016 - 08:55 PM

Ron, I am referring to the OSS shoulder holster pictured on the cover of Brunner's book.  Specifically, I would like to know whether we can trace the history of these OSS holsters for the Colt M1903/1908.  Charlie and Kevin reported that their examples have no markings.  Can we confirm a military contract existed or could it be an agency made or private purchased holster?   Are there known variations other than the use of both white and green straps?  Were these rigs widely used in the field during the war?  Did they primarily come into use during the postwar occupation?  Maybe we can piece together some of the history.  Period photos could prove useful.             



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Posted 14 March 2016 - 05:58 AM

Meadows reports three basic types of shoulder holsters for the Colt Model M, with variations on what he refers to as Types 1 and 3.  I think that the holsters in this thread were bought by/for the OSS from the Texas Tanning Company (TEXTAN) in two batches:  1,200 on March 259, 1944 and 504 on Jan 31, 1945.  The only variation is the cloth strap--white or olive drab.



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Posted 14 March 2016 - 02:47 PM

I don't have my copy handy right now but Brunner's book on the Colt Pocket Hammerless Automatic Pistols II has some information on these holsters.  As Kevin pointed out earlier these holsters were apparently made by TEXTAN of Yoakum, Texas, which supplied other USGI holsters in WW2.

 

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Charlie

 

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Posted 27 November 2017 - 01:33 PM

What was the significance of the metal hardware (snaps & buckle) on these holsters? I see some of the white straps have blackened hardware and the others have  plated(?) hardware. Was it that they used what was available at the time?



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Posted 07 August 2018 - 12:14 PM

A friend recently gave me this original OSS shoulder holster for my collection. I was also able to obtain a correct cloth chest
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Posted 08 August 2018 - 10:13 AM

Will have to take better pic of the previous shoulder.
Here is my other OSS Shoulder Holster. I doubt very seriously if very many of these 2 types of shoulder hoslters exist.

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Posted 08 August 2018 - 05:04 PM

Let me clarify this. The first holster in post 19 was issued to OSS. As with any holsters in WW2,G.O.'s could request one. As with all OSS items, not many G.O.'s knew about the holster and did not use it.
The second holster in post #20 was procured as an upgrade to the first holster. It is more commonly known as a G.O. holster even though it was not
specifically made for them. It was a much sturdier and better quality holster, and probably why G.O's used them! The first holster was a flimsy thin holster and very few even survived, making then rare. Both were made by TEXTAN but neither had any markings.
That said, both were made for the intelligence community.

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Posted 09 August 2018 - 11:52 AM

If you are fortunate enough to have one of these holsters, don't be afraid to post a pic.


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