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  1. That's a great sampling of pouches! Thanks for sharing the knowledge. Tim
  2. Hi, Thanks for sharing the pouch. Its hard to give you a definitive answer based just on the photos. Bigger, closer and more detail could help. The makers mark and date are larger and in a different font than I've seen on any WWII USGI web gear. I've got a NOS Avery pouch dated 1942 that has a completely different marking. Not a definite answer, but I don't have a good feeling about it. HTH Tim
  3. I can suggest two titles by David Hackett Fischer: Washington's Crossing (about the Battles of Trenton and Princeton) and Paul Revere's Ride (about the beginning of the war and the battles of Lexington and Concord) I know for sure Washington's Crossing was released in audiobook. Impeccable research and very readable narrative in both. HTH Tim
  4. This style conversion was not uncommon in reenacting circles, especially in the 80s/90s when no repro M-1943 uniforms were available and 51 pants in large sizes were easy to find. I'm leaning that direction since these have the light od leg ties added. Also I don't think a USGI modified pair would have the pocket flaps removed. every reenactor pair I saw did though. HTH Tim
  5. I've got no doubts from your photos that its original. It looks like a nice serviceable WWII vintage holster. For $30 it was well bought. Thanks for sharing it. Tim
  6. While less common than the 13 star buttons, those buttons do appear on some WWII US Army garments. I've got a 1-piece camo suit with them and did own a pair of "tanker" bibs with them as well. HTH Tim ps. The shirt is excruciatingly, relentlessly, cool!
  7. I've also had good luck at times making washed-out and faded WWII era clothing tags legible by placing a piece of bright white paper or card stock behind the faded tag in bright light. It doesn't always work, but is a cheap trick to try. HTH TT
  8. Interesting find. For me the plaque makes for a nice element for a display, but doesn't provide a tangible link to the original owner in the way that a period photo with the owner and the flags or a military issue hand receipt for the flags as souvenirs or war trophies. As a plus you do have a name as a jumping-off point for research. HTH Tim
  9. I'll echo: very nice setup. The pouches are surprisingly hard to find on the loose on this side of the Atlantic as well. I spent years looking for a pouch at a reasonable price.
  10. You do have to remove the front sight to replace the band. There is a staked pin that needs to be drifted out and the front sight can be drifted off. There is a key that keeps the sight indexed correctly on the barrel. Don't lose it. I used a drift punch with a hard nylon end to drive the sight off so as not to damage it or the finish. The sight pin can be re-staked with a hollow-tipped punch. Looking down on the front sight the retaining pin is drifted out from left to right. HTH Tim
  11. I've got an Inland that is a late 80s return from Korea,. It had a Type 3 barrel band and an adjustable rear sight, but the safety was the earlier push button type. I've got another Inland that is a late 40s Springfield Armory rebuild with the only updates being the the Type 3 band and the adjustable sight. At $600 you'd make out OK provided the gun has a good bore. $1200-$2000 tells me he must really like that gun because he'll own it for a very long time. Get pix if you see it. HTH Tim
  12. Based on just these photos the helmet shell looks to be Korean War era or later, though the clip on chin strap with OD painted hardware was first used in the early 1940s. The liner looks to be mid to late 1943 or early 1944 based on the suspension and the zinc plated A washers and the leather chinstrap with OD hardware. The hand painted white number on the liner is the "laundry" mark of the soldier it was issued to. There should be a makers mark in the crown of the liner which might tell more info. HTH Tim
  13. From the patches these belonged to a member of the Confederate (now Commemorative) Air Force a U.S. group that restores and operates restored WWII aircraft. They would typically wear these coveralls at air shows. Not a vintage or military item. HTH TT
  14. It much more closely resembles an 1863 Model Springfield than an 1861. The spoon shaped spring mounted in the forearm was used to retain the rammer, unlike the 1861 pattern which had a swell at the muzzle end of the rammer which fit by friction into the ramrod channel. Also the barrel bolster on an 1861 Springfield will have a cleanout screw, where this one has a flat face like an 1863. Also there were 2 types of 1863 pattern rifles based on the barrel bands. the type II used retaining springs like this stock has. The lack of a distinct flat face around the lock mortise looks like an 1880
  15. Actually the eagle head / number stamps are inspection stamps for the Ordnance Department inspectors assigned to each production plant: Remington: Ilion, Winchester, and Eddystone. Each inspector was assigned a specific stamp for the duration of his assignment. There were dozens of inspectors assigned to each plant because this program was such a drastic departure for Ord Dept. since 1917 Model Rifles were contracted out rather than produced "in house" at Springfield or Rock Island. The book United States Rifle Model of 1917 by C.S. Ferris has the full story as its known. Its a must read
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