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(The pistols are in a separate post. By using two posts instead of one, the loading will be faster for those with dial up access.)



There are two holsters attributed to the Estonian contract.

The first is said to be either for Belgian use or Estonian use. The hardware is similar to that used by the Belgians. Generally, the Belgian holsters had a magazine pouch. (There are exceptions to this general rule however.) The holsters are well made, of quality material and workmanship.

This holster can be found in black or brown colors.

You will notice the little tab on the bottom of the black holster. This tab is similar to the tab of the holsters used on the Belgian shoulder stock/holsters. But, in its existing configuration there appear to be no useful purpose for this tab.

Notice the trapezoid shape of the fittings on the flap. Belgian holsters generally were rounded.

The fixture on the body of the holster is similar to that found on the Belgian shoulder stock/holster.

The belt strap appears to be original to the holster as its stitching is similar to that of the rest of the holster.

The holsters are unmarked, except that on the brown holster someone has written: "Arnould" over "113/32788". Obviously the name and unit or personal number of a user of the holster. Was this user Belgian, English,, American, etc?


Black holster - front view

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Black holster - rear view

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Black holster - flap hardware


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Black holster - body hardware

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Black holster - tab at bottom
(I have seen this tab on a brown holster also)

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Brown holster - front view

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Brown holster - rear view

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Brown holster - flap hardware

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Brown holster - body hardware

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Brown holster - markings: "Arnould" over "112/32788"

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The second holster attributed to the Estonians is:

This one does have a pouch for the spare magazine. It also has provision for a cleaning rod on the inside front of the holster. While made of leather, the leather used is thinner and of lesser quality and finishing than the first holster.

The writing on the inside of the holster is "3508252" over "Tisdat" or "Tispat" or "Tisdai" or "Tispai" (I am not sure which of the four would be correct) over "Carl R." Obviously the name and unit or personal number of a user of the holster. Was this user Belgian, English,, American, etc?

The holster has had a finish applied over the leather (as is evidenced where it has come off).


Front view

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Rear view

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Flap open view

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View of markings

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Great info!!
Question, since there were "Military" and "Police" marked Estonian High-Powers, is there a difference in the holster color? Maybe black for police and brown for military? I would think a military one would have the extra magazine pouch and cleaning rod loop...just wondering. Dean
 

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quote:Originally posted by Dgiz

Great info!!
Question, since there were "Military" and "Police" marked Estonian High-Powers, is there a difference in the holster color? Maybe black for police and brown for military? I would think a military one would have the extra magazine pouch and cleaning rod loop...just wondering. Dean
All of the holsters (for reference those with the hardware) that I have seen have been without a magazine pouch. Looking at the two holsters, it does not appear that a magazine pouch has been removed.

As to colors for different branches/entities, this is possible as other countries have used the different colors that way. Belgian combo holsters are black and brown.
 
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