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Named 1945 USMC .45 M7 Shoulder Holster


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Korean War Marine, LT (jg) John P. Ayars (288671) assigned to H&S-1-8, 2nd MARDIV.

 

I am suspecting ordnance officer, based on his MOS code.

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It appears to be an M7 shoulder holster. However, the pics don't show enough to tell us everything needed to establish originality, condition and thus value. The belt loop snap is not to spec. Better pics showing all straps would allow for a more meaningful evaluation.

 

Regards,

Charlie

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Hello No Quarter:

 

Yes, what you have is a genuine USGI M7 shoulder holster. It looks to be in nice overall condition.

 

The only odd feature is the snaps for the belt loop. They reversed. The body of the holster should have a male snap. The end of the belt loop should have a female snap. the outside of the female snap is smooth, blackened brass. Indeed, both male and female snaps are supposed to be blackened brass. You snaps are bright, which further indicates that they are replacements.

 

These snaps have always been the weak point in the M3 and M7 holsters as verdigris builds up underneath the female snap and ends up pushing it off of the body of the holster. That makes the belt loop useless. I don't know how your holster ended up with these snaps reversed on what is otherwise a nice example of the M7.

 

The pic below illustrates how the female snap appears when it is in the closed position.

 

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Hope this helps you.

 

Regards,

Charlie

 

 

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