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  1. That is a nice looking example of the Audley Safety Holster. As you have learned this holster design, and similar designs by Audley, were submitted to the Army for consideration in 1912 and again in 1916. On both occasions the holster was rejected, primarily because the Cavalry Board found it to be inferior to the previously adopted Model of 1912 and the later Model of 1916 holsters. The rejection in 1916 was made with this comment: "The Board does not consider this holster suitable for military service." That ended any official consideration of the Audley holster by the US military.
  2. Nice looking TEXTAN holster. TEXTAN was the trade name for Texas Tanning & Manufacturing Co. located in Yoakum, Texas. It was intended for use with the Colt Model of 1917 and S&W Model of 1917 .45 revolvers. It is essentially the mirror image of the Model of 1909 holster. It was designated as the M2. Digishots is correct that there were large numbers of these revolvers still in inventory but the holsters had in many cases worn out in the time since WW1. Thus, the need for a new version of the M1909. While rarely seen in frontline use (OK, Brad Pitt had one in "Fury"
  3. Yes, Pep, that is a nice example of the scarce Bloomberg made M1916 holster. It was a USAF exclusive item. Note the silver colored metal fittings rather than the usual blackened brass, another distinction from the earlier M1916 holsters. Bloomberg Leather Goods Co. was located in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. Regards, Charlie
  4. Photo of the reproduction sheath is saved here on the Forum for future use as the Ebay auction photos will disappear soon. Charlie
  5. Yes, Boyt did indeed make black M1916 holsters in 1950. Those holsters were made exclusively for the US Air Force which had gone to black leather equipment around that time. (Russet did not look great with the new AF blue uniforms.) Those holsters are very scarce. Just as scarce are the M1916 holsters made by Bloomberg for the Air Force at the same time. Regards, Charlie
  6. During the early part of WW2 the Government purchased pretty much every shotgun it could find. There were many 16 gauge shotguns swept up in that blanket procurement program but I can't say if any were Winchester Model 97s. To feed those guns the military purchased 16 gauge ammunition. The 2 pics below illustrate Remington and Western examples. These photos were originally posted elsewhere on the Forum by member RobinB. Regards, Charlie
  7. Very impressive, BlueBookGuy! A marvelous display. What can you tell us about the shoulder holster? Regards, Charlie
  8. Well, Pararaftanr2, I was convinced and now I am not so convinced. That woven pistol lanyard looks a lot like the dog leash in the photos. I have added another one below. The final answer might be found in the training manual for WW2 Dog Handlers or perhaps in a Marine Corps specification for the lanyard/leash. Regards, Charlie
  9. Hello Linda: All good ammo. The TZZ stuff is collectible so I would not shoot any of it. IMI was the low bidder on that ammo but it is high quality stuff. The two 5.56 boxes appear to have rectangular strips on the label. I can't tell from the photo but such strips often indicate an effort to remove Lot Number information. I don't know why anyone would do so, but I have seen it often enough to know that it happens. If that is the case here, it substantially and adversely affects the value of that ammo as collectible. The rest is all USGI. The M882 is
  10. Hello Andy: I don't know the answer to your question with certainty and doubt that 60 years later that the information is still available. However, on the pistol Manuals we can probably come up with a good estimate. The chart below shows the number of National Match pistols that were produced during each year that the NM program existed. (Keep in mind that some NM pistols went through rebuilds so for example a 1960 NM pistol could have been rebuilt for the 1965 National Matches. While one could conclude from the chart that 2 pistols were built, with the understandin
  11. I am posting the auction image here so that years from now we can all see what these looked like. Ebay won't keep those images alive. Charlie
  12. More excellent photos, Nerd. Thank you for posting them. The two Engineers above with the M1911 pistols you posted about caught my eye. The holsters both are using are the Model of 1912 swivel holsters, not the M1916. The soldiers have folded the swivel hanger over the pistol belt to attach it. The M1910 double hook can be seen on the soldier on the right just in front of the holster. The other giveaway on this is the appearance of the leather leg straps wrapped around the bodies of the holsters. The M1916 holster did not use the leg strap arrangement. These guys evidently p
  13. Not USGI. I am not an expert on civilian vintage scopes but it looks a lot like the old Weaver G4 scopes. 4x power. 3/4 inch tube. Regards, Charlie
  14. That is a neat chest. They pop up from time to time but invariably are missing the contents. Here is an earlier thread on these chests that you might find informative.
  15. It looks to me like a heavily modified Marbles Ideal pattern blade. The stacked leather handle is probably original but has been reshaped to give it flat sides. The guard has been reduced in size. I can't see the butt well enough to know what it is but it is not the original butt. It is well done but is substantially different from the way it came out of the factory. I pulled the image below off of the 'net to illustrate what a typical Ideal pattern looks like with a similar sheath. The Ideal was made in a variety of blade lengths. The sheath is a generic sheath t
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