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I have a original WW2 P-38 brown holster.It is stamped P-38 on reverse,1944,and tyo,or fyo.Also the # 2 is stamped four times,one inside two are on front one on the back.Is the #2 associated with the Luftwaffe?
The holster came with a byf-43, P-38.Also the P-38 has on the underside of the slide two tit marks about an 1/8" apart.Are these some kind of test mark?My byf 42 Luger has them also. thanks john lang
 

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John,
* Can't find a "tyo" nor "fyo" as a P.38 holster manufacturer code. There was a "lyo", Kromolowski & Son leather fabricator in Radom, Poland which is occasionally seen on 1944, P.38 holsters. Is the leather thinner or softer than a normal P.38 or Luger holster? Various sources also list a "dyo" or a "gyo" tied to WW2 holster maker's firms.
* The numeral # 2, by itself, can mean any number of things. I've not heard of an association of a bare digit #2 being associated with the Luftwaffe. An eagle and a #2 would be different story.
* The 1/8th inch spaced marks you refer to may be Rockwell hardness test indentations (dimples) if uniformly spherical. These are commonly seen on most Mauser pistols in multiple locations. If irregularly shaped, it could be a forging occlusion, handling dent, battle induced marks, or many other possibilities. Have to see them to judge.
* Trust this helps.
 

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Checked the leather and it is much softer than the Luger,you are probably right being made outside Germany.The double indents do look like rockwell test marks,I didnt think this test was availabl 60 yrs. ago. I hope a pic. will come with this post? Thanks John



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