Ah, OK that makes sense. Great info, thanks for sharing! At the risk of asking a dumb question, what's the advantage of attaching via belt eyelets vs going through the belt slot? I would think the belt slot would be more secure.The Model 1916 Dismounted holster had belt slots in the back so a Garrison belt could be used to wear the holster.
Often this system was used by MP's.
The hook on the back was used on the Model 1912 Mounted holster, the Model 1912 Dismounted holster, the Model 1916 Dismounted holster and most all US gear so it could be attached to a cartridge belt or a web pistol belt's eyelets.
Until WWII the hook was brass, then it was changed to steel.
If you look at pictures of US personnel you will see many photos of holsters hanging from a pistol belts eyelets.
Awesome, thank you!The holsters can't be attacked to a standard cartridge belt or web pistol belt because it won't fit over the cartridge belts pouches, or the pistol belt's buckles.
That's just how they designed it to mount.
This started with the Model 1912 holsters that had long drop loops and was the only way to attach the holsters to a belt.
Here's how a Model 1916 is attached to a standard web pistol belt. Note that there's also a snap on the left side so a magazine pouch can be attached so it won't slide around. View attachment 745521
To me it doesn't look like an entirely reliable way of attaching a holster to a belt, especially if you're crawling around in a battlefield somewhere but it must have worked just fine if they used it for that long.Those hooks were the ubiquitous attachment method for generations for US Army (Navy and Marines too). You'd have to ask them why they were used so long, but they were. If you look at any photo of any soldier from WWI to Korea, look at their web belts and all the items hanging off of them.
Wouldn't the leather strap that threads through the bottom hole and ties to your leg have prevented the holster from flopping around?During the Vietnam era the military started using other methods of attaching gear to the pistol belt, including metal "ALICE" sliding clips that locked to the the belt.
However, since the old 1916 belt hook worked, and LOTS of gear from WWII was still in the system they used the belt hook for holsters up until 1984 when the M9 pistol was adopted.
Even after that, the Model 1916 type holster was made for a few years to be used with the Beretta M9 for parade wear.
One complaint about the belt hook Model 1916 holster was that it flopped around if you had to run.
For that reason, in the 1960's Bianchi (actually Red Nichols?) designed the Bianchi ambidextrous M-66 leather holster.
It was bought by a few military units but never officially adopted.
I was designed with slots that would fit over the standard web belt, and since a cartridge belt was no longer used by the military it would work.
Since it wasn't adopted, Bianchi designed the nylon M84 holster for the Beretta M9 and it's still official issue.
I don't know when the belt hook mounting system and eyelet belts were first used for other gear, but the hook was used for holsters from 1912 to 1984.
The leather thong was included with the Model 1912 Dismounted and Model 1916 Dismounted holsters specifically so it could be tied to the leg and not flop around.Wouldn't the leather strap that threads through the bottom hole and ties to your leg have prevented the holster from flopping around?