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    20th Century militaria mainly the Vietnam to Grenada period, 50s-70s music, vinyl records and 8-Tracks, my 1977 Camaro Type LT
  1. I've used a soap Brillo pad on my metal canteens and stainless mess kits in the past. Make sure you do it under running water. Didn't really brighten or dull the finish and left no scratches that I could see.
  2. I believe the first year of production for the removable suspension type liner was 1973. From my limited research, I personally haven't seen any removable suspension liners in use in Vietnam, but I suppose it is possible LATE in the war. Especially with the troops sent to evacuate the embassy. Check out this shell I found on eBay with a 1973 dated removable suspension liner: https://www.ebay.com/itm/VIETNAM-ERA-GROUND-TROOP-HELMET-M1-W-LINER-TYPE-1-WOODLAND-COVER-1973/322938212975?hash=item4b309e126f:g:bGAAAOSwIFtaMWq1
  3. Tag Link: https://www.ebay.com/itm/1970-Vietnam-War-US-Paratrooper-Rip-Stop-Poplin-Jungle-Jacket-X-Large-Regular/253342954325?hash=item3afc6ab355:g:u1gAAOSwPpZaTDSx
  4. Here's one that has me stumped. A 1970 Jungle Fatigue Jacket, sized X-Large Regular, that uses DLA instead of DSA, on the tag. Even more odd, is the fact that it isn't ripstop. Weird, huh? Anyone know the story behind this one? https://www.ebay.com/itm/1970-Vietnam-War-US-Paratrooper-Rip-Stop-Poplin-Jungle-Jacket-X-Large-Regular/253342954325?hash=item3afc6ab355:g:u1gAAOSwPpZaTDSx
  5. I've always said it PASGAT, adding the A between the G and T. Don't know why, just what I've always heard it called.
  6. I have done a bit of research on Woodland BDU jackets and, from my limited research, everything stated above is correct. To elaborate a little further: -Temperate BDUs were the ONLY BDUs made from 1981-1984. They were not fun in high temperatures, and were destined to, not necessarily be replaced, but be improved upon. - FY1981 manufactured BDU jackets are commonly assumed to be the only white label BDU jackets made, however a select few FY1982 manufactured jackets also received white labels as well. Also to note is the color on early BDUs. From what I gather, after hard use, th
  7. Also, one other thing I noticed was that the straps are very hard to stretch and hook around the back of the shell. It can be done, but the straps are extra taught and it really doesn't look right. Anyone else run into this with green hardware straps?
  8. Inside I can get more pics if needed.
  9. Saw this helmet on eBay, while looking for a good candidate to make a Vietnam era marine example. The title of the listing said WW2/Korea helmet with a CAPAC liner. From the pics I could tell that the Shell had the Green metal hardware, indicative of Korean era production, although they were not crimped which I figured could've been either a production mistake or a field repair mistake. I could also tell that the shell had quite a few layers of paint, but the top coat was similar to a late 50's-early 60s repaint (Not as dark as a Korean era repaint, but not a bright as a Vietnam era repaint
  10. Honestly, I don't consider much made after 1973 to be Vietnam era unless it has to do with ARVN or some of the remaining advisors after we pulled most of our forces out. Technically Vietnam era ends May of '75, but the chances of finding something used by a US troop in Vietnam dated after '73 (Probably more like '72) is rare. Just my 2 cents.
  11. VERY nice helmet! Centerpiece of any VN helmet collection.
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