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Jan Still in his Third Reich Lugers, estimates that over 54000 "G" lugers were manufactured in 1935. I also understand that 1935 dated holsters are rare, one selling recently on e-bay for over $600. Where did all the holsters mated to the "G" dates come from? Left over 1934's? Other markings? Would like to know if anyone has any ideas.
 

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Matching Luger holsters to the exact date of Luger manufacture is a collectors phenomenon. The shortage of 1935 dated Lugers Army accepted holsters is an observed fact. 1934 dated holsters are much more abundant, as are all the other dates (1936-1942). It stands to reason that the Army issued some of the 1934 dated holsters with the G date Lugers. It is also possible that some surplus Imperial Luger holsters were used. I have observed a vet bring back G date in a rework imperial holster (however, vet bring backs are not necessarily a reliable indicator of as issue).

The Army weapons distribution offices were not concerned if a Luger was issued with a matching date holster. It is probable that holsters to meet the demands of 1934 Luger production and part of the 1935 Luger production were fabricated in 1934.
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Thanks for your reply, Jan. I notice that a second 1935 dated holster appeared on e-bay today. I guess the $660 plus paid for the first one stimulated everyone to search their stashes of holsters. Maybe they won't be so rare at this rate!
 

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drbuster, Jan is absolutely correct and has explained this nicely.
I am the seller of the second 1935 on eBay and I don't believe you will find many more sellers regardless of the prices these holsters have brought. There are just so few of them. Most collectors will not part with one knowing the opportunity to replace it may be a long time coming.
Take original Imperial Navy Luger stocks for instance...when was the last time you saw one for sale? They are quite rare and bring about $1500 to $2000 dollars. IF...you can ever find one. They bring top dollar but stay in collections or are bought by collectors and buried in the safe. I have never in ten years seen one for sale on Ebay. At any price. The same reasoning with the 1935 Army. Anyone who has one wants to mate it up with their pretty G date and never let go. G date pistols do not interest me, Imperial Navies do...I have spent so much money recently on Navies I am afraid Ellie is going to get me in my sleep. Something has to go! I don't really collect holsters so I might as well let it out of my collection to someone who will appreciate it. I am sure there are many collectors who would love to see 1935 Army holsters pop out of the woodwork. I'm hoping there's at least one more! Jerry Burney
 

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I am fortunate enough to have a very fine G-Date Luger, matched to a 1935 dated military holster. Serial # 2199e with E/63 proofs. All matching except the mags. Came with a tool proofed W/154.
 
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