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  1. I am bumping this post for reference to the VIZ/WD scabbard topic. I have no new info, but encourage everybody to check any of their sealed M8A1 cardboard boxes for the VIZ 1963 contract number. It would be very helpful to find out what quantity was procured under the 1963 contract.
  2. Keep in mind that VIZ also had a much earlier 1963 contract for M8A1 scabbards that has come to light since Gary Cunningham's research. I will bump my post about that. The theory that WD is the Working Disabled, a follow on name of the Penn. Working House for the Blind (PWH) is probably correct, so it is possible that VIZ could have passed on unfinished or excess pieces to WD. We really need more info on the 1963 VIZ contract, as that really impacts what we know about Vietnam era usage of the VIZ scabbards. I believe they are much more common than was previously thought.
  3. My brother in law was issued one of the early narrow point version when he was a USCG rescue swimmer in the early-mid 1980's. He gave me that knife when he retired a few years ago. I still have it in my collection. Since the commercially sold Mk 3 Mod 0 knives were marked exactly the same as the issue knives, you need provenance to establish a particular example was in fact a military issued knife.
  4. It was during the last three years USRO was in operation. All bought on the internet prior to USRO stopping all bayonet sales. Best deal I ever got was 35 M8A1 scabbards for $5 each with free shipping. They were advertised as issued fair-to-good condition, but were all like new unissued. I also got lots of M8A1 scabbards when they ran internet specials on M7 bayonets with scabbards. Once USRO stopped selling bayonets, I bought more M7's with M8A1 scabbards at Midway, but never as good a deal as USRO offered.
  5. Just a couple more thoughts on the VIZ scabbards. The cellophane packages are similar to the later PWH cellophane packing used as an inner package for the card board box outer packing. So it would follow these VIZ cellophane packs came inside card board boxes as well. It would be nice if one of those surfaced as well. Second, Gary Cunningham stated there was a small contract with VIZ of less than 50,000 scabbards in 1969. That small number (in relative terms, PWH produced about 4,000,000) should make VIZ a pretty hard scabbard to find. While PWH/TWB scabards are definitely most com
  6. Yes, they have the metal tips. These new generation repro scabbard bodies and throats are very close to an original in appearance. If they get better webbing and snap details, they will be very hard to tell from an original. It is hard to believe they try so hard to fake these still common scabbards.
  7. Just a quick FYI, Lately I have noticed a lot of Chinese made reproduction TWB US M8A1 scabbards on ebay being advertised as original USGI, both as single scabbards and as a supposedly original scabbard with a real USGI bayonet. Of particular note, unlike earlier Chinese M8A1 copies, these have actual fiber glass scabbard bodies that are pretty hard to distinguish from an original (earlier copies used injection molded plastic bodies which are very easy to tell apart). All I have seen to date are TWB (The Working Blind) marked on the throat. The throat is also very well done, looks very close t
  8. One of my packages had a tear in the back, so I removed one of the VIZ scabbards, I figured it will do no further harm as I can still place it back in the package. Below are a couple of pictures, I do not want to bend it fully open since it will be going back into the package. It has no VP markings on the throat anywhere that I can find. No VP markings, or markings of any kind on the body (I moved the laces around, could see pretty much all of the body.). Throat looks to be the later "deeper" webbing extension. Otherwise, this looks like other VIZ scabbards I have in my collection,
  9. I purchased several of these, one was a cellophane wrapped PWH with a 6/68 date and a contract number of DAAF03-67-F-0002. All the others were just like the one pictured above, VIZ marked scabbards. Since the DT ad said 1967-68 dates, I would surmise that they had a number of the PWH packages. I did not request anything special, these were luck of the draw. I agree with you, these are very interesting and throw a new light on the whole Vietnam era scabbard situation. If VIZ did in fact have a 1969 contract, I would love to see one in original package to compare to the one above.
  10. It has been a long time since I posted here, but read quite a lot, great site! I want to post about new old stock USGI M8A1 scabbards recently offered for sale by Dupage Trading. They are packaged two per sealed cellophane package. Definitely crinkly stiff old fashioned cellophane, very different from modern clear plastic bag material. Contract number DA-11-199-ORD-728. The scabbards are VIZ marked. The interesting thing about these are the dates on the packaging. I have multiple of these, they have a printed date of 8/62, plus a stamped date, in the one I pictured below, 3/63. Now
  11. This brings back memories. I was a USAF munitions officer and ran the munitions storage area at two different TAC bases. We were the turn in point for all munitions and weapons items on the base, including shot out M61A1 20mm barrels. It was a regular thing to have the Wing commander (through the deputy commander of maintenance) to request used barrels to be built as retirement or going away awards like the one pictured. But they would go one step further and have the barrel nickel plated so it really stood out. The recipients would usually be a senior pilot or O-6 and above in a related job.
  12. OP, thanks for posting these films. I watched every minute of it. Good stuff!
  13. I am currently reading To War With the Yoxford Boys The Complete Story of the 357th Fighter Group, by Merle C. Olmsted, Eagle Editions Ltd., 2004. This is a large format history of the famed 357th FG of the 8th AF during WW2. Many top aces served in the 357th including Chuck Yeager. This is a narrative history, but is very heavily illustrated, so it gives you a worthwhile read, while supplying more 357th specific photos than available anywhere else. I am about half through it, looking forward to finishing it. FYI, for the modeler, there is a wonderful section of full color aircraft profiles at
  14. Now for a negative report. I will do a quick review of Uniforms, Equipment, and weapons of the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I, by Bret Werner, Schiffer, 2006. This was one of the most disappointing reference books I have ever purchased. Some earlier posts have mentioned the photos of reenactors and so forth. Honestly, that did not bother me. What I found almost inexplicable was the hit or miss listing of items. A prime example is the section on the M1917 revolvers. The only example of a M1917 shown is a Smith & Wesson M1917. A beginning collector is left guessing what the Col
  15. For the US cartridge belt collector, I recommend most all of R. Stephen Dorsey's books. All are well illustrated and readily available on Amazon and eBay. His first, American Military Belts and Related Equipments, Pioneer Press 1984, is somewhat dated now (being 30 years old now) but I still refer to it from time to time. His second, U.S. Martial Web Belts and Bandoliers: 1903-1981, Collectors Press, 1993, is still a viable reference, but is limited by the 1981 cutoff date. I hope Mr. Dorsey does an update, there is a LOT of Reagan era, Desert Storm, and WOT developments that need sorting
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