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Started by 2ndInf.Div. , Dec 23 2012 09:26 AM

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#1 2ndInf.Div.

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Posted 23 December 2012 - 09:26 AM

I've been rather idle the past few months, but I have another item for you all to look at :) I was finally able to get a M1952A flak vest that is in very good shape. This one was made by Stein Bros. and is dated 15 May, 1953 and still has the inspector's stamp. To the best of my knowledge, the M1952A was the standardized version that came out of all of the prototypes tested in Korea (hence the name M1952A rather than M1952).

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Posted 23 December 2012 - 09:43 AM

nice find!! this is my all time favorite flak vest, these are not easy to find in such nice condition

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Posted 23 December 2012 - 10:33 AM

Nice find and good size, personally size medium is better then size large

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Posted 23 December 2012 - 10:45 AM

Nice piece, the only medium I've been able to find for what I wanted to pay had a huge stain on the side.

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Posted 23 December 2012 - 01:50 PM

There's that stamp again, the one with an Eagle in a circle, what was this again? I seem to recall and earlier back and forth on this stamp awhile back, can't remember which forum, the Firearms/Weapons forum, the Equipment forum? maybe it was uniforms?

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Posted 23 December 2012 - 04:02 PM

There's that stamp again, the one with an Eagle in a circle, what was this again? I seem to recall and earlier back and forth on this stamp awhile back, can't remember which forum, the Firearms/Weapons forum, the Equipment forum? maybe it was uniforms?

Post your example, Patches.

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Posted 23 December 2012 - 08:27 PM

Post your example, Patches.


I dont have one, it was somewhere here on U.S. Militaria forum that I think it was talked about, IIRC there was talk about why and when these stamps were put on certain items. I don't even remember which forum it was in, I was hoping it would ring a bell with others.

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 04:05 AM

There's that stamp again, the one with an Eagle in a circle, what was this again? I seem to recall and earlier back and forth on this stamp awhile back, can't remember which forum, the Firearms/Weapons forum, the Equipment forum? maybe it was uniforms?


I think it's a DoD acceptance stamp ... also found on Garand stocks and some M1 helmet in the early 50s, and many military equipments, firearms, etc. until the 70s probably, I don't know exactly when its use was ended.

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 08:09 PM

I think it's a DoD acceptance stamp ... also found on Garand stocks and some M1 helmet in the early 50s, and many military equipments, firearms, etc. until the 70s probably, I don't know exactly when its use was ended.



Right, here is that earlier topic I was referring to, the Photo Bucket on this has been unfortunetely deleted but it was the same stamp as here, as we see I thought it might have been a Army/Navy Store logo stamp, as a personel store stamp, used to show the item came from from the store. I guess it is a DOD stamp, as you are the third member to ID it as such.

http://www.usmilitar...re#entry1124989

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 01:43 PM

http://www.ebay.com/itm/390529219425

here's a nice M1952A Armor Vest in size Large

dated 15 May 1953

this model vest saw heavy use in the Vietnam War

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 08:18 PM

Out of curiosity, was equipment usually worn under or over the vest? Was the field pack ever carried with it?

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 08:38 PM

Typically under the vest in Vietnam

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Posted 17 September 2013 - 12:10 PM

I've been rather idle the past few months, but I have another item for you all to look at :) I was finally able to get a M1952A flak vest that is in very good shape. This one was made by Stein Bros. and is dated 15 May, 1953 and still has the inspector's stamp. To the best of my knowledge, the M1952A was the standardized version that came out of all of the prototypes tested in Korea (hence the name M1952A rather than M1952).

 

A very nice, early production vest.  The A in the model number actually means "Army".  The USMC had standardized a new version of their Duron plate vest and designated it the M1952, before the Army was done with the testing of the T-52 series vests.  Rather than confuse everybody by having two vests with the same designation, the Army just tacked on an A to indicate it was the Army type vest.



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Posted 26 January 2014 - 05:18 AM

Cool looking jacket, never knew they had them in the 50's.


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