USAAF M-3 Shoulder Holster
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 has common field modifications with the removal of the lower strap and crude narrowing of the shoulder strap. Overall condition is quite good. The leather is sound, strong and has good patina. Embossed to rear 'U.S. ENGER-KRESS -44-' The shoulder strap has surface cracks/wear. These were the favoured choice of many airmen. Stock code M20585.