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Everything posted by Mack-the-Finger

  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.
  13. Hello, I've got a boonie from EA Co., unfortunately I haven't tested it (it's actually meant as a gift), but in my opinion is one of the better constructed items one could get his hands on, I take in the highest regards everything they produce & I'm ready to bet it could last a lifetime & take a very good deal of field abuse/everyday usage. Tag reads "100% Cotton" but there's clearly a good amount of poly in the weave (I think that today, the only thing 100% Ctn is just the cotton plant itself ..maybe); the dyeing (Golden Advisor Sparse) looks like it will last almost forever; it has i
  14. Yup, as I've said, I went enthusiast about the first shirt from ATF I've bought, but after a while, as I've ordered another one for spare, I've got the unpleasant surprise of finding it totally different. It's still wool, not definitely cotton nor any other fabric else, but it's tougher, sensibly thinner and the best word to define it is surely "felt": actual wool becomes that way after a lot of use & improper washing an' drying methods; so I went into thinking that the first one was from a previous, best quality run; for the current production, I obviously cannot speak. As for the WWIIi
  15. I see, many thanks. I do have great consideration for MooreMilitaria, the guy's a gentleman & they're 100% reliable in what they trade, nonetheless I'm a bit concerned about some of their repros' standards. I've bought from Moore the 3rd Pattern jungle trousers: the fabric & construction are simply OK, they're correct & just like the real thing (they'll tear open in the underbrush just like the real ones used to!), addictional details found me disappointed, though; buttons are far from being GI, modern BDU buttons will provide for it, I wonder why they haven't employed them from t
  16. In my personal opinion, East Asia Supply Co. is Extremely Recommendable, in any kind of item they put their attention to; I have only a Golden Advisor Sparse type, thick poplin, specimen on my hands and boy, is it rewarding! Got to wait for some TS expert to get a reliable judgement, but as far as I'm concerned, I'd buy anything blindly from them. They're field gear repros are just the real thing -I'm talking about STABO riggings & the pouches (the Hot/Wet Environment FAK pouches, for instance, are virtually originals. A simple thing to be reproduced, yet, you can do it wrong). Last but
  17. I own & regularly wear a wool officer's regulation shirt from ATF & a wool EM shirt from WWIIimp, both are simply outstanding under any possible mean; since I've got originals of the very same size, I can say from the comparison they're simply spot-on, no reasonable improvement needed. I must say, even so, that the ATF one seems to come from an older run, as a matter of fact when I've purchased another one I've found it decisively different, thinner & less comfortable than the previous one, more similar to other reproductions from China I've yet seen time before. Being not expert i
  18. Start light-heartedly with 1) and fatally end up deeply involved into 3), most of the times.. that's why I stick to GI gear from a very limited period & theater, if I'd should dare starting collecting dress uniforms, for example, I'd end up looking after original desk-boards & chairs from the Pentagon, for correct location.
  19. For sure, when someone wants it bad, it gets it badly. Mine is a size Medium, very good shape, got to battle over it & got it for -if I correctly recall- some $115 + shipping. The worst, here, is when it comes to pass through the customs unscathed, which fortunately happened.
  20. That's the way it happens! -So it should be a vinyl case for .50 caliber Cleaning Kit, disassembled rods and Brushes & cartridge extractor; the other pockets on the flap should be for the various wrenches. No place for the Barrel Glove, though, unless it might be easily inserted in the buttoned flap. Seems like it replaced the more simple M15 Cleaning Rod canvas case, which I always regarded as for rifle & carbine maintenance only.
  21. Thank You, I suspected this -not about the Ma Deuce, as I said it was a complete mystery to me, it was just my understanding that the M60's spare barrel case was the only carrying implement for the cleaning rods. Wether in good faith or by mere speculation (in every sense of the word) dealers keep on relating it with M60 & Vietnam War; now I can put it in the right context, I've only got to find out the right period of issue.
  22. Weren't those a quite widespread resource employed by Tunnel Rats?
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