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  1. Gman, thanks for posting a recent photo. Authorized gear is a relative term. A lot of units have a very liberal field equipment policies, and some units have very strict policies. It's all based on commander's policy and unit SOP. I'm glad to see an ALICE pack still in use, and it is somewhat surprising to see a young troop using it. More commonly, you'll see seasoned troops using older gear.
  2. In 2001 at Fort Lewis I had a GM Hydra-Matic produced M16 that had been converted to an M16A2. Probably produced in 1969 or 1970. My unit received some sort of radio remote from 1951 as a substitute item for a different piece of kit around 2012. It was all new in the package, I unpacked it and was astounded that it been in storage for that long just waiting to be sent to us. It was clearly the wrong item, but had been marked as a substitute for a different NSN somewhere along the way. I wish I had taken some pictures. I always like this story. https://www.wearethemighty.com/articles/this-50-cal-fought-for-90-years-without-needing-repair The 324th M2 produced was sent in to the depot about 94 year after it came off the line. A 94 year old M2 machine gun still in service is a testament to superior engineering.
  3. Although MOLLE made an initial appearance around 1997, it wasn't widely issued until after 2001. There were several types of load bearing vests (LBV) issued between ALICE load bearing equipment (LBE) and MOLLE. Both vests were garbage in my opinion, when given the choice I never really switched from an ALICE LBE until I received MOLLE in 2005. I saw a number of other Soldiers that did the same. I never saw a piece of issued MOLLE prior to 2005. I was still issued an LBV with ALICE ammo pouches, canteens, a pistol belt, and an ALICE rucksack in 1st Brigade, 25th ID at Fort Wainwright in 2007. I rarely saw a CFP90 pack, it wasn't fielded to the entire Army. Again, they were kind of a partial transition between ALICE and MOLLE. The Army didn't start to update and replace individual field gear Army-wide until after 2002 when combat deployments started to really increase. We had a mix of green, woodland and desert pattern gear until 2006 when Universal Camouflage Pattern (UCP) equipment started to be fielded. Even then it took awhile to make it out to everyone (see 2007 comment above). It seems like UCP equipment just made it out to everyone when we switched camo patterns again. Now we've got a mix of patterns again and I'm sure it'll be another 5 years before we get Multicam pattern gear out to replace all the UCP gear. Table of Allowances 50 or TA50 is a general term to refer to ALL Army individually issued field gear. It isn't specific to type or date range.
  4. It was issued well into the 2000's. I was issued a large ALICE ruck as late as 2007 in 25th ID. Replaced by MOLLE, but I'm sure ALICE is still out there.
  5. Less restricted vision toward the sky. Certainly makes sense for AA gunners. Thanks.
  6. Interesting. I would have thought it was a flight helmet too. On a side note, it appears as though two of the sailors pictured on this page are wearing their M1 helmets backwards. Any known reason they may have done this, or just general unfamiliarity with the M1? https://pilotsmanyourplanes.com/Page_148.html I've seen rookie Soldiers put their PASGT or ACH on backwards just because they are poorly trained and/or have the awareness of a hammer.
  7. Those went fast. I see they're out of the ENS bayonets too. Those were a pretty good deal when they had them for 3 for $50.
  8. They do not float. None of them do. But they cost much less than an actual rifle, and more importantly do not require the same level of accountability.
  9. Interesting how it is a M16A2 upper and a M16A1 lower. I have used GI “rubber ducks” throughout my career at several posts but I haven’t seen one that was made from an A1 and an A2. I’ve seen A1, A2 and M4 rubber rifles but this one is unusual. The A1 versions are always the best quality. I imagine Ft Benning training support cranked out thousands of this example so I’ll be there are many more out there. These were/are used mostly for bayonet training, parades/color guards, or training that presents a high risk of weapon loss or damage. Also, the bayonet doesn’t match the scabbard. As mentioned above, it is a USMC OKC-3S scabbard and a M9 bayonet. They were never issued together.
  10. All of those are a matter of the author’s opinion. In my opinion, he is wrong on multiple counts. I liked my black leather gloves with liners. They worked just fine. They were all that we were issued at the time, and I used mine long after less durable gloves were issued. I miss my field jacket. It was a great piece of kit for dry-cold weather. I used my LBE long after I was issued a load bearing vest. He certainly should’ve put the old woodland camo LBVs on that list. They were trash. Sun wind and dust goggles were fine if you needed them. Not terribly durable, but that’s why we were issued spare lenses. Not to mention we were issued multiple pairs in my little part of the Army. You know what else is useless? Blake Stilwell’s article.
  11. Nice! Are you getting them all or were they split up. Is that a residential basement or a business? What's the rest of the story?
  12. Came across a patch today I am unfamiliar with. I've been around the Army awhile, and I travel around the Army a lot, but I haven't come across this unit. Anyone know what organization this patch belongs to? It's color scheme is current, the velcro backing is foliage green, and it looks manufactured not locally made.
  13. Looks like NOS. I have a super clean leather cased EE-8, but still clearly used. I’ve never seen one that looks like new.
  14. Not Clansman or Bowman. Not in US service anyway. The US doesn't use Bowman's. In US service they are AN/PRC-343 Personal Role Radios, similar but not identical to Bowman. The first photo shows an AN/PRC-148 Multiband Inter/Intra Team Radio (MBITR) in the Marine's hand. '148s are used by multiple US services. Also seen in photo one and photo two are PRC-343 radios. PRC-343s are used almost exclusively by the USMC. Available to the Army, but not fielded to any units.
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