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  1. I agree: I used to buy from the USA for some other reasons besides the strong convenience in exchange rates (which in certain periods had been essential in realizing some really brilliant deals indeed). Hopefully now, while I certainly will begin to rely more decisively on the european market, there will be no more reason to mantain the outrageous int'l shipping rates as well as to keep on with the pidgeon shooting to anything coming from the USA by the crooks of (italian) EU customs. I guess there should be a new protocol to regulate int'l exchange between EU & USA, as fores
  2. It's Case, Bore Sight, but I can't say exactly what is it for. I'd say heavy weapons, like for .50 Cal. MG or mortar...
  3. Hi, could You make out the writings on the back? It reads, "Case, Bore, St.. ?"
  4. Hi. I think that basically a DRMO stamping doesn't reduce the value of an item, as long as it doesn't affect the inherent characteristics of the item. After all demilling has gone through an official process handled by a gov't office and it's way better than the gross result of some Edward-scissor-hands personal initiative wasting a useful, historical or just plane appreciable piece of gear/garment; due distinctions made, to me the DRMO bear the same value as the regular US stamping; obviously it can't be of any value for the collector interested in the object as it's been used on the field or
  5. http://www.usmilitar...?showtopic=5938 and this one finally ease my questions: the big writing erased by maniacal washings (I don't believe the garment had been used at all) was just the Size in big letters. Furthermore, the pics are done as nature intended and not like mine that look like taken in a obscure cave at candlelight. Yes, sometimes we don't take the time to research through the forum, it was easy; only that sometimes we want to hear from ...the grown-up ones!
  6. Many thanks to all for the prompt and clarifyng answers; it didn't occur to me a bit to look for WW2imp, in spite of the fact that surely I went through their navy section more than once. Fortunately the differences are considerable, otherwise I'd been living in doubt for the rest of my life! Thanks again thanks! it's been taken before going "on mission" one morning -no fear the sky would fall over my head, since then!
  7. Hello, this one comes out from my utter ignorance: I've bought some time ago a USN sage green HBT jacket, mint conditions, assuming it was a repro from the start. I thought so because it was too mint to be a real ww2 relic; because of the relatively low price (it was sold by a vintage clothing shop, if I recall well. As a matter of fact, it completely lacks any 'telltale' scent); because it lacks USMC & EGA on the chest pocket (here comes my ignorance: I thought it was a defective replica of USMC P41 HBT). It doesn't show any stamps except for a very unreadable shade left by some i
  8. Hello. Possibly a Wz31 Polish early WW2 Helmet: http://quanonline.com/military/military_reference/helmets/foreign_polish.html If this the case, it should be quite rare
  9. Yes, they're made by Rothco, I think they're often used for spent cartridges by hunters (before the advent of the cordura tactical dump pouches), I've got a black one on my tool belt for the hand drill's accessories.
  10. Hello, some time ago I've bought this relatively small bag -I haven't got it at hand now, but let's say it's the sized enough to carry two smoke grenades, so 5-6 in. tall- rubberized nylon duck, closed with velcro & with what look like MOLLE type tabs w/ dots, just plain nylon OD straps. Thought it was an handy useful piece of gear to bring around, then.. I read inside a DSA number stating '75: Red Alert! I can't use it! It's history, it's collectable ..only that I couldn't been able to find how in the world I could determine its place in the U.S. Army inventory. I didn't see it anywhere
  11. I don't think it's a particularly rare varsion, although I really like it; as You can see from the link posted above, it's just a casual factor to have OD shades switched, I don't think there had been a written rule, it was commanded by the disposability of fabric cuts of the moment. I think that the original specification was OD #7 for the pouch and OD #3 for the bindings, but if a factory was mass producing, let's say, M-1928 webbing gear like cartridge belts, musette bags & haversacks, it would have probably ended with a lot of OD #3 webbing to employ & the pouch would have been cut
  12. Hello, it should be the "transitional" M-1942 pattern, usually OD #7 with OD #3 binding tapes; in this case (accidental pun!) the colors are reversed but I'm sure it's just the same. What do You mean by "strange material"? Ain't it Canvas Webbing, or Cotton Duck? It also should sensibly smell of typical water-repelling treatment (long time since I've forgot the right name for it). Although absolutely perfect replicas are around (WWIIimp, ATF) and for sure You'd need C14 to detect such a copy when properly aged, there are plenty originals available.
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