Holster, Pistol, M3, By Enger-Kress of Wisconsin. For use with the M1911 .45 automatic pistol. Introduced in 1942 for use by pilots unable to wear a hip holster due to the confines of a cramped cockpit and intended for self defence purposes in the event of having to bail out or finding themselves in enemy territory. Produced in light tan leather with adjustable shoulder strap. Lower press studded strap for securing to a waist belt and a gun retainer strap with 'lift-the-dot' fastening. 'U.S' embossed. These were also used by US Paratroops. This example is in very good condition showing just light use. The leather is strong and without damage. All straps and fastenings are equally good bar some soft verdigris deposits. These were the favoured choice of many airmen. Faintly marked to 'Powell, 2000549'. Stock code S19042.