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US M1916 Private Purchase Holster?

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Was doing a little eBay browsing and came upon the pictured left hand M1916 holster being sold as a reproduction. Looking more carefully at the photos, it appears to be rather well made. It doesn't appear to be the typical piss-tanned, nylon thread foreign repro. I'm seeing lots of verdigris around the rivets, which takes a long time to build up to this extent. Is it possible that it's an older private purchase holster? Anyway, the holster didn't cost much and being a leftie, I bought it.

The leg tie and M1936 pistol belt come with it. Have not yet received the rig.



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1 hour ago, DINK said:

Looks like one I used to have made by El Paso Saddlery.  They make really nice holsters and did offer a southpaw version.

Certainly could be. El Paso Saddlery usually marks its items with their logo, a model number, the gun it fits, and the phrase MADE IN TEXAS.

I do think that this holster was made somewhere in the USA. It appears to have the same construction details as WWII holsters except that it's left-handed and has no markings other than the US oval. If it wasn't made back then, someone went to some trouble to get the details right. 

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My holster didn't have all those markings, but that was back in the 70s.  Hell, that could be my old holster.  If I had brass fittings, I'd have accumulated a good helping of verdigris by now, LOL.

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On 1/11/2024 at 10:22 PM, TGCJ said:

El Paso Saddlery from the late '70s or early '80s. I had a couple of their holsters at that time. It shows some age - it is now 40+ years old but it is not a WWII holster.


Agree with you although this holster is not marked. I have a El Paso Saddlery leather double mag pouch marked with the EPS logo and GOVT 45. It is identical in construction details and color. The pistol pictured is a new Tisas M1911A1 US Army model. It's very much a clone of a late WWII Remington Rand example. Phosphate finish, not the Ceracote of earlier versions. It has a forged frame, slide, and barrel, and has an original sized ejection port and mag well with no bevel. It's beautifully made and has the nicest trigger I've ever encountered on any M1911. I've added original USGI phenolic grips



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El Paso Saddlery made top quality leather goods. Long ago, when I was in the Army, I bought a couple of their holsters. That was long before e-bay and before I learned that genuine US holsters were available for not much more money than a good reproduction. Once I found that nearly new, original, firearms and accessories were available I was hooked. I started about ten years too late.

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On 1/12/2024 at 10:02 PM, TGCJ said:

El Paso Saddlery made top quality leather goods... 


They still do. I live not five miles from EPS. They have a bargain table which is always worth a look. 

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