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This just doesn't seem right!

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Dear All:

On e bay, there is a German holster that the seller is claiming it is a Luger holster Rare transitional P.08/P.38 version. See below.


To me it looks like a cut down 1941 Luger holster! I know a Luger fits in a P38 holster but I would say that trying to remove it from the holster when on you belt as a side arm would be very difficult! I think what is being sold is a fake!

Below is my question and sellers response! Seems like a nice enough guy.


Dear blcman,

Dear Friend: Was just wondering where you found the information on this holster stating that it is a transitional? I would be interested in reading any publication that you may have that states this as I am a avid Luger & P38 collector. It appears to me that someone cut the top 3/4" of the spare magazine leather so a P38 magazine would fit ruined a nice 1941 Luger holster.


Hello: That would be a person's first thoughts, however; I sent photos to Gene Bender and he agreed with my assessment. He kept the photos and I gave him permission to use in his next book dealing with just such holsters. I am certain that he would happy to confirm this to you if you wish to contact him. The most telling aspect of this holster is that the spare mag pouch is a P.38 pouch and not a modified P.08 pouch. I assure you that it left the factory in this configuration. I think it would be an asset to any P.38 collection. However, if you buy it and are not satisfied with it, send it back for a refund. Thanks for your interest. Bill



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I guess we have the same option on this holster. However, it has six bids and up to $37.00! It just goes to show that some people will bid and pay good money for just about anything.

By the way, did you guys see the fine tune front sight tool, Item number: 2287337976 that went for @$178.50 on e bay? I thought these were a $50.00-$60.00 item as I am in need of one!


Dear Friends:

Regarding the Rare transitional P.08/P.38 version, Ex+ holster on e bay, perhaps the final selling price will determine what it truly is.

With all due respect to everyone, and after looking at different pictures of holsters, and inspecting my own P38 & Luger holsters, I still think it is a cut Luger holster for the following reason.

No question it started off as a P08 holster as it is so marked. After I looked real close at the picture of this holster, no question that the magazine pouch has a slight slant at the base as P38 holsters have. However, look at the way the magazine pouch at the base is stitched to the holster. It is stitched straight across and not at an angle like P38 holsters are stitched. If the magazine pouch was truly for a P38, I would think that it would have to be stitched at an angle to accommodate the slant or angle of the feed lips of a P38 magazine. In the picture below, the base of the pouch appears to be stretched to form the slant.

My guess is that someone formed the magazine pouch to accommodate a P38 magazine and cut the top of the magazine pouch so the magazine would fit in the P08 holster. This can easily be done by inserting a magazine into a water soaked magazine pouch and that would expand the pouch and thus put the slight angle on the bottom of the pouch.

If the extra magazine pouch was truly for a P38 magazine, I would think that it would have been stitched at an angle in the same manner as when the magazine pouch is stitched on a P38 holster to accommodate the magazine.

Yet, I am not an expert on this matter and that is why I questioned it. Will be interesting to see what the holster sells for on e bay.



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Dear Jerry Burney:

Very well put! I am The Grasshopper, an so standing down! I will keep an eye out for such a holster at future Gun Shows and possibly own one for my collection!


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