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Big Al

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  1. The Colt serial number is stamped into the frame under the crane. Plug it into this website and it will tell you the year it was made. https://www.colt.com/serial-lookup
  2. Source of the photos. https://lfi-online.de/ceemes/en/blog/slideshow-eugeniusz-lokajski-brok-562.html
  3. Those pouches aren't for Thompson magazines. They are magazine pouches for the United Defense M42 submachine gun. Judging by the fraying on the man's left-hand pouch, one pocket has been cut off from the original four. I found a better picture of the same man, who's name is Eugeniusz Lokajski, showing both pouches head-on. https://lfi-online.de/ceemes/webfile/show/1216087/MPWIN768.jpg Here is the same picture as in the initial post at a higher resolution and not colorized. https://lfi-online.de/ceemes/webfile/show/1215818/MPWIN769.jpg
  4. Those are the same grips as found on Indian-made M1905 bayonets sold by IMA and Atlanta Cutlery, which are made by Windlass Steelcrafts. For some reason, it was thought by them that the tool marks left by the wood shaping machinery were supposed to be deep square-cut grooves.
  5. The gun in question is a Browning M1921 heavy machine gun in .50 BMG on the M1924 anti-aircraft tripod. The M1921 was the first .50 caliber Browning machine gun to be adopted by the US military. It had a 36" barrel, and the muzzle was exposed like on the M1917. This was found to be a poor design choice in service because that left a critical portion of the barrel not being cooled by the water, leading to that section overheating and burning out before the rest of the barrel. When the M2 was designed in the early 1930's, initially also with a 36" barrel, later upgraded with the 45" barrel to ge
  6. That is very interesting. I was unaware of a reproduction Mills belt that had integrally-woven loops. I was under the assumption that the only surviving Mills reduction weaving looms in India had broken down after making a run of dismounted eagle snap M1910 cartridge belts for Schipperfabrik.
  7. Are the loops woven integrally into the belt itself? The only other company with the looms for such weaving was Russell Manufacturing Company.
  8. The picture in 'Flage Guy's comment is slightly cropped. Here is an uncropped version of the image (in the link below; click on the photo to see it in its entirety). https://www.historynet.com/marine-veterans-recount-daring-raid-on-makin-atoll.htm The linked page also has a personal account from the Raider on the right in the photo, PFC Dean Winters.
  9. The keepers can be slid over the adjustment hook at each end of the belt as there is more than enough flex in them for that purpose.
  10. I was not aware of this variant, Bodes. Thank you very much!
  11. The up-gunned Churchills were carrying a bored-out version of the 6 Pdr known as the Ordnance QF 75mm. They didn't use American 75mm guns. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ordnance_QF_75_mm
  12. So it could have been found in the ammo bins of a Churchill infantry tank during the war, the casing at any rate.
  13. It's definitely not a Peabody rifle. The profile of the receiver and the style of lever are totally different. The Peabody also has an external hammer. https://bid.sellwithhunt.com/view-auctions/catalog/id/6965/lot/853127/American-Peabody-Single-Shot-Breech-Loading-Rifle-45-70-Caliber
  14. He is wearing the McKeever on an M1904 garrison belt, which isn't a component of the overcoat. The sling looks like the standard Russian pattern sling to my eye. As an aside, I know we like to think every weapon and item of gear the US used at one point or another had its own nomenclature. But, the US never assigned the name "M1916" to the Mosin-Nagant. They are always referred to in official correspondence as "Russian rifles".
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