very odd USAF styel Aircrewman holster ????

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  1. wolfgang

    wolfgang New Member

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    Howdy here are several photos of Air Force M13 Aircrewman flap holsters [ and issued with the model 10 2 inches issued in 1960 and the model 56 ] , one is a odd ball in that it not marked USAF , I had believed until now only Milsp [ Milawalee Saddley] and Servise MFG of Yonkers were the only manufactures of these holsters .Milsup holsers are not marked Milsp , but do have the 55D3513 part number on the side and are not of the quality of the Servise MFG holsters .Servise MFG of Yonkers are marked Servise MFG of Yonkers.
    This odd has no marking and is again not marked USAF , has anyone else seen a holster like this ??
    The holster studs and snaps for the shoulder straps are brass, unlike the standard USAF nickel or chrome.
    This odd ball has no marking and is again not marked USAF , has anyone else seen a holster like this ??
    I have been told possibly US Army issue ??
    any thoughts please post

    please post , wolfgang
    heres the odd ball with shoulder strap
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    here are two Service MFG holsters
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    heres a MILsup
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    here are a Milsup on the left and Service MFG on the right , compare the flap studs and snaps see how they different .
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    and heres un unnamed odd ball its like a cross between to ones above ,
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    any thoughts please post , wolfgang
  2. johnfausch

    johnfausch New Member

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    Amazing holsters! In the late '60s I had to wear a similiar holster for stub nose .38, but mine just had a small strap that fastened just behind the hammer. Let me tell you that it got real uncomfortable under my flight suit when loading/offloading my C-130s in places like Hickam AFB Hawaii, Clark AB in the PI and other 'warm' places.

    johnfausch
    SMSgt USAF (Ret) C-130 Loadmaster
  3. Mr. Nameless

    Mr. Nameless New Member

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    It could just be a cheaply made replica, now you have to becareful of what you buy because of that reason.
  4. wolfgang

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    hi john , do you remeber what revolver you carried ??Just a thought
    mr nameless , the price I paid was too cheap to be a repro item , how much could you make on $5, many thanks gentleman , wolfgang
  5. johnfausch

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    The only weapon I ever carried (outside of Viet Nam) was a Smith & Wesson .38 revolver, Stub Nose. I flew as an aircrew member (Loadmaster) on several acft, but have 10,000+ hrs on the Lockheed C-130, plus several hundred hrs. on C-141 Starlifter. When terrorists first began hijacking aircraft we started carrying concealed weapons because we often carried passengers along with our cargo. We were taught to shoot left and right handed which was a real challange for me - I'm left handed so badly I can hardly scratch my butt with my right hand!! The AF must not have cared because they had NO left-handed holsters. I had to be REAL careful when I took my weapon out of the holster. :)
  6. wolfgang

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    hi john , with all the tax dollars that were paid , you would think the gov't would buy a few lefthand holsters , odd , manyt hanks wolf
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