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WWII-Some German Pistols and Holsters.

Article about: P.08 Mauser code S/42, chamber dated 1937, two matching magazines. P.08 Mauser code S/42, chamber dated 1938 ,two matching magazines. Holster dated 1937, manufactured by R. EHRHARDT POESSNEC

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    Awesome collection!! Very good photography, as well!

    What do you use? How do you take those photographs?

    My compliments.

    Cheers,
    Emile

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    Emile,

    Thanks for your comments regarding the photography.

    I don’t have any special formula or equipment.(SonyDSC-H5)
    I think patience and a lot of trial and error..and trying to find some place where the lighting works for the piece you are trying to shoot.

    I used to try and shoot outside but I was never able to get correct colour on high polish blued guns.

    I found a few places in my house where the lighting works ..sometimes.
    I have two fluorescent lamps that I can swivel around and place depending on the project….pretty primitive stuff.

    Twenty shots or perhaps more to get something that I am content with.

    I have spent a lot of time upgrading photos that I had taken some years ago as I found a better way to do it.

    It is an ongoing learning experience for me, and the only reason
    I initially bought a camera was to photograph
    stuff in my collection……and to take photos of
    pieces I was thinking of purchasing to send
    to other knowledgable collectors whose opinions were
    important before I moved forward to put down the cash.

    As I get better photos of an item…I chuck out my older photos…..I wonder if this exercise ever ends?

    David




    partisan42.


    As you requested here are a few more photos of the KM34 Variation 2.















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    A few less common P.38 holsters.
    These holsters are not in pristine condition...as they show signs of having been used.

    The “soft shell” holster, wasn’t officially adopted until 1944....
    only a few manufacturers produced this model holster in 1943
    in limited quantity.

    Note the upward closure strap on the 1943 dated holsters.


    "GXY" 1943 WaA 706 (faint 0 and 6)
    Gebr. Klinge, Dresden







    "fkx" WaA 869 dated 1943 with a different P.38 marking.
    Gustav Sudbrack, Lederwaren-u. Gamaschen-fabrik, Bielefeld, N-W








    As 1943 dated soft shell holsters are somewhat rare, so are 1944 dated hard shell holsters as the hard shell version was phased out in 1943.

    It is unusual to find a holster with both WaA and RBNr markings.

    “gmo” is the code for Rahm&Kampmann
    Lederwarenfabriken, Werk
    Kaiserslautern, Rheinland-Pfalz
    WaA 204 is their WaA number

    Faint "44" date marking as well as a faint WaA204 acceptance stamp.

    There are RBNr numbers for (“Reichs-Betriebs-Nr”) above and partially covered by the front belt loop. .“0/0655/0013”

    All German plants received such a number late in WW2, and it seems this code should replace the one to three letter code.
    However, the war was over before this change was finished, so both kinds of codes can be found on certain kinds of military items.








    David

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    P.38 holsters continued from the post above.

    Two 1943 dated "soft shell" holsters as shown above with the upward closure straps.

    Code "gxy" and "fkx". (Slightly different designs.)
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    The photo below is the "gmo" 44 dated "hard shell" holster with the RBNr and WaA acceptance markings.

    David
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    A couple of unusual WWII holsters ...both of which are unmarked.

    -A holster for a Browning High Power pistol...a very different model than one ordinarily sees for this gun.

    -An ersatz holster for a Mauser HSc or similar pistol.

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    Notice the closure strap difference between the 1943 and 1944 dated P.38 “soft shell” holsters.

    - 1944 dated pebbled grain leather “soft shell” P.38 holster, code “bml “with WaA 23 acceptance stamp.
    Manufactured by Hans Romer,Fabrik Fur Heeresausrustung, Neu-Ulm, Donau,
    Bayern.
    This company manufactured P.38 holsters from 1940-1944. (Shown on the right in the photo.) This holster looks like it was unissued.


    -1943 dated P.38 holster, manufactured by Gebr. Klinge, Dresden
    Code “gxy” with acceptance WaA706.

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    Two holsters and magazines for the Model 1935 Browning High Power pistol.

    Manufacturers code “clg”, dated 44 stamped under the closure strap,
    WaA B66 stamped on the inside top of the flap.

    Manufacturer was Ernst Melzig,
    Lederwaren, Breslauer str. 169-173
    Liegnitz, Polen.

    This holster was probably unissued.


    Code “dla”, WaA195 accepted, 44 dated.
    Karl Barth, Militaereffekten-Fabrik Waldbrol/Rhineland was the manufacturer.

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    A Radom holster,"bnz" faintly marked”(the manufacturers’ code for Steyr-Daimler-Puch)( Austria) WaA? acceptance stamp.
    No visible date.

    Four magazines...with one "77" marked which is a bit of a puzzle.

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