A rare original British Army Tankers Drop Holster dated 1942.
This holster was officially designated ‘Case, pistol, web, R.A.C. Mk. I converted’ and is often referred to as the early war ‘long strap’ pattern. It was specifically designed for AFV crews but the original length was soon proven to be too long for practical use leading to them being shorted, as is the case with this example. It appears to be a factory done job and is essentially an intermediate pattern before the standard late war ‘short drop’ MKII holster came into issue.
The holster is in a very nice service used condition and features a set of stitched loops to the front which hold extra rounds and a long stitched pocket which would normally hold the brass cleaning rod in place.
Inside the loop of the holster the 1942 date can clearly been seen. It is still very bright and legible and the end of the manufacturers name can also be seen!