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  1. I bought a matching duffel bag from the same large online retailer last November and have used it as my gym bag, hunting bag, ski bag, etc. on multiple trips since then. Here's a comparison shot of the two. The second bag is constructed from identical materials and is dimensionally a clone of the improved Army duffel bag, down to the shoulder straps, cinch straps, and lock hasp. If anyone knows more about the provenance of these two bags, I'm all ears!
  2. Here's the mystery bag in comparison with the London Bridge Trading LBT-0155A, or their clone of the USGI aviator kit bag. Neither has a D-ring for attaching a shoulder strap. The mystery bag is taller and wider than the LBT bag, but somewhat thinner across. Both have the thick seatbelt webbing stitched around the bottom, but I'd say that the carry handles are a bit longer on the LBT.
  3. Hey all, I recently picked up this flyer kit bag from a well-known online retailer who advertised it as overruns from a civilian government agency. Despite doing some digging on this forum and several others for info on the camo pattern, I haven't been able to find anything conclusive. Does anyone have an idea for what unit / agency these bags were made? Front view. Aside from the camo pattern, the bag is identical in design to the USGI flyer kit bags. I love the darn things and have several variations in my collection. They're just so handy for storing uniforms, gear, and anythin
  4. Hardly useless. Now I know exactly what I have. I don't collect paperwork, but at the very least I have a place to stick my loose WWII canteens.
  5. Wow! Thanks for the extremely thorough response, Quartermaster.
  6. I was given this 1942 field desk by a friend of mine after this morning's high power match. I mostly collect field gear and uniforms, so a bulky camp item like this desk is something new for me. The desk shows honest wear consistent with its age. My friend's father acquired this many years ago when the Washington National Guard museum liquidated some of its collection. He used it for years to store paperwork, then passed it to my friend, who kept it in his backyard tool shed and didn't really touch it beyond that. IIRC the WA National Guard saw action in New Guinea and the Philippine
  7. I picked up this SDU-5/E pouch in the surplus store rummage bin today. I would like to add it to a Vietnam mannequin, but I am wondering when it was made. The material is thin OD nylon packcloth. The shade isn't as green as the M1967 compass pouches made of the same material, yet this strobe pouch has the same color brown trimming that I've seen on M1967 gear. The white laces that normally come with these things are no longer here. The verdigris is especially crusty and will not come off. The open pouch with an Altoids tin to scale. We know that these strobes
  8. Wow, I had no idea the Eagle FSBE II kit commanded such high prices. The rummage bins at the local surplus stores usually have a few FSBE II pouches mixed in. They are easy to identify once you know the label, but don't tell the surplus vendors that. I have snagged everything from Eagle IFAK pouches to shotgun shell pouches to even the elusive MARSOC fanny pack for a few bucks each. The build quality of the kit is excellent, and the coyote brown color works for a wide range of environments.
  9. Agreed, nice kit! The local surplus stores are awash with the same LBT load-bearing harness you show, but I haven't figured out which branch used them. Got any ideas?
  10. That would explain the interesting features. Thanks for the identification, guys.
  11. Moving on to the pockets... The chest pockets are quite spacious. They each have a canvas pull tab and a velcro closure and resemble the chest pockets on the CCU. My gym notebook is provided for scale. The interior of each pocket is lined with a gray rubberized material, as if the tailor had cut up an old GI poncho and sewed it into the BDU. The side pockets are doubly interesting too. The top velcro flap opens to a crudely done slash that goes through the garment, presumably to allow access to a shirt worn under the BDU. While the rest of the BDU top is professionally stitc
  12. Every time I swing by the surplus store, I go through the uniform racks to see if there are any modified BDUs. I bought this example today for the princely sum of 9 dollars, but it is so heavily modified that I can't quite pin down its provenance. The front of the jacket is completely sterile. There are no visible velcro areas to place name tapes, unit, or flag patches. However, there is plenty of other velcro throughout. Every pocket closes with velcro, as well as the wrist cuffs. The collar is completely unlike any other BDU collar I've seen, but it seems ideal for body armor.
  13. Here's a shot of the rear snap. The snaps holding down the left and right sides of the big canvas flap have an identical design. The underside of the snap reads "PAT. JULY 30, 1907". Unlike on other Mills designs, this cartridge belt does not reference a specific patent date. The left brass keeper reads "MADE UNDER MILLS PATENTS" and has an engraved Mills bullet alongside the stamped logo seen in the earlier photos. The right reads "MADE BY MILLS WOVEN CARTRIDGE BELT CO. WORCESTER, MASS."
  14. If it's a Marine item, even better. Now I'll have to piece together a Banana Wars display to go with it...
  15. I didn't know that this belt was originally for the Krag. I've got a few odd rounds of .30-40 knocking around but the loops hold the '06 brass just fine. The sunlight washes it out somewhat, but the belt is stamped "E. L. LARWOOD 41 N. E. SACRAMENTO ST." very prominently both under the rear flap and on the back part of the belt itself, facing towards the wearer's body. Was he the original sailor, or maybe just a surplus dealer? Who knows...
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