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I rescued a Luger holster from someones pile of discards.Would appreciate any info regarding this holster as I know nothing about lugers or their accessories,The holster appears to be black,faded to brown in good condition with all loops and buckles in place,there is a marking on the back of the holster between the belt loops RYFFEL&BORNS HANOVER 1936 The magazine is marked fxo what appears to be acceptance stamp of german eagle above the number 37. marked p08 some very light pitting and finish wear but spring is strong and feeds the 9mm ammo Loaded into the magazine.Has plasic base.the tool has a marking on it but I cannot detrmine what it says. Thanks for whatever help you may be able to provide.

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John, You appear to have an Army Luger holster.Made in 1939 of course. Maker marked. The mag is called an FXO with a bakalite bottom. The tool is for loading cartridges and removing grip screws.
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* Welcome to the Forum!!
* Pictures would help us evaluate the condition of your rescued pieces of history and confirm what follows.
* The holster(PT.08) was made by the firm Ryffel & Borns in the city of Hannover in 1936. This saddle making company entered the Hannover register in Feb., 1886, a few days after its foundation according to John Walters in his work The Luger Book, Pg. 239, Item R75. If accepted and issued to the Army, an Eagle over WaA### should appear somewhere between the belt loops in the vicinity of this Maker's mark and date. This WWII Army Inspector would likely carry the ### of 330 used from 1936-1939 @ Ryffel.
* The mag is contemporary to the late 1941 to 1942 time period, was the improved "extuded tube" with zig-zag spring, was likely manufactured by Haenel Schmeisser (fxo code) and was accepted by the Army's Inspector assigned to Suhl, German (E/37). Usually there are 2 Inspector acceptance E/37 marks on the mag's side. One low by the fxo mark and one higher up toward the top of the mag's side.
* The tool can be marked with any number of acceptance marking; but, if contemporary to the magazine, it would bear a stick winged Eagle over the numerals 655 or 135. If contemporary to the holster, the eagle might have a droop winged eagle over 63. These would be indicative of an Army acceptance. If the marking differs, the tool may have been accepted by either the Police or Luft Inspectors which would add significantly to your find. This is where pictures or good scans would help.
* Trust this helps illuminate your find. And...thanks for the rescue!!
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