Hello-this is my Canadian made 9mm Inglis HP35 pistol, produced originally for the Nationalist Chinese govt during the latter part of WW2. The Chinese had adopted the FN made HP35 before the start of WW2 but the German occupation of Belgium in 1940 meant that they were then looking for a new source of supply of the pistol. Canada was making a number of types of weapons for the Nationalists so a production line was set up and manufacture began in 1943. The Chinese had specified that the pistol was to be slotted for a wooden shoulder stock/holster and fitted with a tangent rear sight graduated to a highly optimistic 500 metres, similarly to the Mauser C96s that were very popular in China in the 20s and 30s. Pistols made for this contract feature the letters 'CH' in the serial number to indicate this.
A second batch was ordered but most of these were not delivered to the Chinese and were diverted to Canadian and British forces (chiefly Paratroops and Commandos) as the No.1 Mk 1 along with further orders of a simplified model without the stock slot or adjustable rear sight (the No.2 Mk1).
The 2 holsters shown are the Chinese specified web 1st model with steel insert in the magazine pouch compartment inside the holster along with a leather cleaning rod holder, not a popular issue as the holster was too small for the pistol. This one was made in 1944 by Zephyr Loom & Textile Co. Also the OD Green P51 web holster as used post war by many armed forces including Australia with the Hi Power.