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  1. Don't see any arsenal refurb markings, do you see a couple of letters on the rt. side of the frame near the serial #? See this thread to see what i mean.
  2. Thanks for the response. Yes, I have WW2 vintage Ball and AP bandoleers as well, was posting the NATO one to show the date, which I was not sure might be on the earlier post ww2 M2 bandoleers. Have never seen or heard of the X'ed ones, interesting! The newer post ww2 bandoleers ( I have several) are ones we scrounged as kids on the bases. Funny, don't have anything in-between. Love your ammo collection, I have some nice items, but nothing like the depth of yours!! Like the wooden crates too.
  3. Sometimes on the back of these bandoleers you can find a maker/date. This example is NATO but maybe the .30 cals might too?
  4. Yes, it is interesting! The small stuff is fun to try and puzzle out, and sometimes more difficult. Thanks for your input.
  5. Dave, Thanks for the response, both V's were on my father's ribbon bars, occasionally he would wear just the SS,BS,PH (see pic 1957) with the non-serif V. That V was from one of his older bars after the switch from the half inch ones, but he had both V versions by 1957. The serif version is newer, but he died in 1964, so both V's are pre Vietnam. He did spend a year or so in Vietnam/SE Asia in 1960 but had the ribbon bars before that. And just to make things more interesting, I've included a shot of the V on his full-size medal.
  6. Wikipedia: On 22 December 1945, in War Department Circular 383, the United States Army decided to introduce the "V" device to distinguish the award of a Bronze Star Medal for acts of valor and heroism rather than meritorious service.[10] Soldiers, including Army airmen, who were awarded the Bronze Star Medal for heroism in combat were now authorized to wear a bronze "V" on the suspension and service ribbon of the medal. Only one "V" was allowed to be worn on a ribbon. The Department of the Navy introduced the "V" as the "Combat Distinguishing Device", and on 15 February 1946, authorized the "V" device to be worn on the Legion of Merit and Bronze Star Medal for services or acts performed in actual combat with the enemy; in February 1947, this was changed to acts or services involving direct participation in combat operations. Still does not say anything about serif vs. non-serif.
  7. I see vintage pencils and other items at garage sales, and I think I'll start picking some of the oldies up. Appreciate the pictures, good to see what I'm after. I have a couple of WW2 maps of my fathers for the grid insert, one Okinawa and one North China. Thanks
  8. Are those items typical of what you might find in a WW2 map case? I would like to try to get some stuff for mine (USMC).
  9. Thanks stratasfan, . The leather is HARD, and thick. The various oils I've used over the years, including neatsfoot, and have their issues too, mildew is one I've experienced since many collectables are stored. Most of us over the years have learned decent techniques for storage, breathability being important- leather is a tough one with too much oil. I said water knowing it's not the best way, but it might allow the scabbard to be re-shaped. I think the amount of oil required would be oozing out for years after. Probably will just leave it as is, but am always interested in others opinions.
  10. Have this scabbard that is very hard. I suppose I could wet it throughly and stuff in a Garand shaped wood model or something like that, so when it dries I could put a rifle in it for display, but at the same time that doesn't seen like a great idea. Has anyone out there come up with a good idea on dealing with very hard leather? The straps are still somewhat supple.
  11. Not to mention a collector selling a mismatched set of 'extras'. Here's my knife. I like it.
  12. Thanks Sactroop.A while ago I bought one off a forum member and its an 84 version without the metal cover. I thought it was not correct but in this case I am OK with it.
  13. When were the metal caps added to the sheaths?
  14. Got the 8th edition of the Riesch Carbine book. In it is a pic of the FS Co. sling. Quite a while back I thought the consensus among members here was that the FS Co sling markings were modern. I have one of those, and noticed early on that the stamp would easily rub off and smear. At this point the marks are gone.The sling itself is well made, the metal parts seem OK instead of the flattened backs of the female receiver seen in some repros. Anybody have any comments on these? They were available some years ago, and some I think were marked with USMC stamps. So, sling repo or real? I think the stamps are modern.
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