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Old 08-06-2017, 08:28 PM
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Default Vintage S&W Wolfram FBI 01-1034 Holster Questions

I just picked up the holster in the pictures below that was advertised by the seller as a S&W Wolfram FBI holster model 01-1034. I don't have it in hand yet but I picked it up based on this forum thread:
Couple of Smith holsters...need info

This holster bears the S&W logo and is also stamped with a 5. Based on the thread above the 5 appears to be Wally Wolfram's size numbering system but I am really looking to confirm what size S&W this will fit. Seller said a 4" barrel 686. However the 686 was not introduced in late 60's early 70's when I believe this holster was made. The thread above states possibly a 4" M&P revolver. Does anyone know anything more about this holster and what revolver it will fit? Thank you
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Old 08-06-2017, 08:37 PM
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5 is the Wolfram size code for a 4" Military & Police revolver and 34 is the Smith & Wesson holster size code for that revolver as well. The FBI model was only produced under the Smith & Wesson logo for a short time in 1969.
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Old 08-06-2017, 08:59 PM
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Great, thank you for confirming. So did the FBI use this holster designed by Wolfram. Also wondering based on scarcity, would it severly devalue it to holster a 4" Model 10 in it for light range work or should I keep as an unused collectible piece of S&W history?
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Old 08-06-2017, 09:07 PM
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Since I would be buying the S&W to fit the holster, would any other 4" S&Ws besides the Model 10 fit this holster? Thanks
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Old 08-06-2017, 09:14 PM
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It should fit any 4 inch K frame, probably not an L frame.
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Both Wolfram and S&W used different size codes for target sighted revolvers, your holster was sized specifically for the M&P or model 10 revolver. Wolfram & S&W called this the FBI type holster, to my knowledge the FBI did not use this holster. Heiser introduced a holster in the late 1930's, the model 457 holster, that they stated was designed for the FBI. A version with the hammer protector, model 459, was introduced after the war.
I know that B. T. Crump had a contract in the 1950's to provide holsters for the FBI. A number of makers produced FBI type or style holsters.
Given the condition of your holster I would not use it if it were mine.
There are many similar holsters available in useable condition for reasonable prices. Just my opinion of course.
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Thank you. I did buy it as a collectible rather than use but was inteigued by the model that it would fit. Any idea what it is worth unused with the wrinkled box?
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In my "semi" professional opinion your holster was made to fit a 4"
(or 3.5") S&W K Frame. Either fixed or adjustable rear sight is supposed
to work. It should also work for Colt's Trooper, OP, Python, etc.
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Thanks turnerriver. I sent you private messages.
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Turnerriver it does not look like my private messages are going through, please email me at: mtice1@new.rr.com
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