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Started by Fausto , May 15 2012 02:42 AM

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#1 Fausto

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 02:42 AM

Hello! Got these six new and unfolded .45 ammo boxes. They seem military style, but I couldn't say... The manufacturer has been professionally obliterated... I would appreciate your help in identifying them as military or commercial and to approximately date them. The full box is only for demonstration purpose. Any idea?
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Posted 15 May 2012 - 03:28 AM

They look reproduction, but your pictures are to small to get any good detail on the printing to tell for sure.

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 05:58 AM

Thanks Hawkdriver !
I didn't know that these boxes have been reproduced. Anyway I'm wondering why - if they are reproduction - the manufacturer of the cartridges has been accurately obliterated in two places of the box (on the front and in a smaller area inside) while the manufacturer of the boxes is still there (Manville K 9753). Couldn't they be an overrun from some contract that the manufacturer tried to sell after erasing the name of the brand they had been manufactured for?
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Posted 15 May 2012 - 07:51 AM

Anything is posible and just about everything is being reproduced these days. The last box of .45 ammo I got was a regular style box made of white cardboard. Either way, a desirable item to have.

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 09:43 PM

I opened up two of my issue boxes, and layed them out like you have your's shown. Your's look identical to my issue boxes. I would say your's are USGI.

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 10:35 PM

I dont think they would be repro. Not even Machiavelli would ever think to put a manifacturer name and then obliterate it because this way collecting value is anyway destroyed (repro or not).

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 08:49 AM

Fausto, the lot number has been blackened out on your boxes.

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 08:01 AM

I think they are real, left over boxes. The font of the maker indicates manufacture post WWII.

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 02:49 PM

Those are reproductions, identical to the boxes Paragon sold in the mid to late 80s. I bought a box of 500 back then, still use them for storing reloaded ammunition.

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 09:29 PM

I can't see the reason to make repros of those boxes. I'm going to guess they were produced for the manufacturer and then never used. The contractor X'ed out the info for liability issues. They probably got tossed or sent to be recycled. Some enterprising Capitalist sold them to folks to store their ammo. I'd buy some for my reloads.

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 04:42 AM

I can't see the reason to make repros of those boxes.



There is a reenactor supply company in Oregon currently reproducing 1911 boxes like these with different markings. So, yes, there is a reason and a market for reproductions of these boxes.

Also there is a fellow on the 1911 forum selling plain white boxes like these for ammunition storage. I have bought a number of them in 9mm and 45 sizes to use for reloaded ammunition. I store ammunition on GI ammo boxes and for that these are great. If you would like to buy some of these send me a PM and I will give you his contact information.

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 08:19 AM

There is a reenactor supply company in Oregon currently reproducing 1911 boxes like these with different markings. So, yes, there is a reason and a market for reproductions of these boxes.

Also there is a fellow on the 1911 forum selling plain white boxes like these for ammunition storage. I have bought a number of them in 9mm and 45 sizes to use for reloaded ammunition. I store ammunition on GI ammo boxes and for that these are great. If you would like to buy some of these send me a PM and I will give you his contact information.



OK for reenactors, but why put a lot number and a manufacturer's name then obliterate them? This way you can think just to surplused or rejected stuff which in any case is unsuitable for true reenacting.


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