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I ran through the threads and did not find anything about matching holster dates with the Lugers in them. I now have my first Luger and it came without a holster. I was debating on making a rig. Do I have to get the same date holster as the gun (42 code 1940 i-block), or can I go with a 1941? With p38's we have found that there was no attempt to purposely mate the date on the holster with the guns. But, what about Lugers? Thanks, Dave.
 

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Hi Dave,

It's pretty much the same with Lugers. It's nice to have a matching year, but as with P.38s, they were'nt coming off the assembly line with mated holsters. I think the general consensus is that if it's within 2 to 3 years it's pretty close. A lot of vet bring back Imperials are with WWII holsters since these often saw service in both wars and Luger holsters tend to be fragile.
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Dave, I did'nt know much more, until I started bugging the crap out of these "Old Guys". Once you get 'em started, you can get all kinds of information. Just takes a shot of oxygen now and then. :-D

( Dave,you'd better stand back out of schrapnel range. I'm about to get some incoming. Tracers work both ways.) ;-P
 

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Dave, I did'nt know much more, until I started bugging the crap out of these OLD GUYS?

Ron, better start over, the older you get the more you forget....What were we talking about? Jerry Burney
 
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For what it's worth. During my time spent with Lugers, I have found that most holsters are close to the date of the pistol. Maybe one year earlier, never a later date. For example a 41-byf wouldn't have been issued with a 42 dated holster, etc.
 

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Dave Baird

One other point of interest in this holster date question is the fact that many a fellow collector believe that even with vet bringbacks holsters were mated by the soldiers that aquired the lugers after the war had ended from the huge stockpiles of armaments that the allies had gathered up.

Personally I believe that the truest examples are found in WW#2 police issue rigs.

Their is of course exceptions to this rule, especially concerning WW#1 military holsters.

One would have to conclude that the soldier trying to aquire a souvenir would not be to caught up with perfect examples like many collectors in todays world (myself included)
 

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Whenever I get the chance I ask the vets to tell me how and when they got their guns. I think many just took whatever was there. I would think at that time the holster was just something to carry it in and dates were probably not very important. Some of them never really looked at the back and are surprised to learn that they have dates on them. Something about the "fog of war".....
 
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