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R.M.Co. 1943 pistol belt with mismatch buckle

Started by Fausto , Jul 15 2012 07:57 AM

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#1 Fausto

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 07:57 AM

Hello Guys !
Got this mint R.M.CO.1943 pistol belt. Difficult to say if it is one of those coming from URSS or not... Anyhow: brand new and really fresh and nice as you can see. The strange thing I noticed on it is that the male portion of the buckle is alloy, while the female portion is blackened brass. Do you know if this mismatch could be a normal procedure, maybe done to exaust the remaining stock of old buckles parts when they turned up to new materials? I remember an old post about this question but I can't find it anymore...
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Fausto

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 08:05 AM

the belt...

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 08:54 AM

Hello Guys !
Got this mint R.M.CO.1943 pistol belt. Difficult to say if it is one of those coming from URSS or not... Anyhow: brand new and really fresh and nice as you can see. The strange thing I noticed on it is that the male portion of the buckle is alloy, while the female portion is blackened brass. Do you know if this mismatch could be a normal procedure, maybe done to exaust the remaining stock of old buckles parts when they turned up to new materials? I remember an old post about this question but I can't find it anymore...
Thanks!
Fausto



Yes, you are correct, to use up old material. They used whatever was available during the war. I have seen mismatched hardware on cartridge belts and even had an M1 helmet that had a brass hook and a painted steel buckle.

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 09:03 AM

Buckle on my R.M.CO 1943 belt

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 09:14 AM

Nice Belt!!!!! :w00t: :w00t:

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 09:16 AM

Thanks Guys !
And BTW Thompson Savage your 1943 seems to have matching old style blackened brass buckle. I do have three identical to your one, one 1941 and two 1942.
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Posted 15 July 2012 - 10:03 PM

The alloy buckle was introduced about half 1942 so a 1943 with brass buckle confirm that someone found an old bin in the magazine and put it in production.


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