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  1. Due to the 36th infantry patch, I'm leaning towards the idea that 'TMI' and the cartouche are from the Texas Military Institute. Likely the name was a student. The 36th was out of Texas, and it's possible this belt was used by a JROTC student, who got the patch and sewed it on (all pure conjecture). The cartouche looks vaguely like the same shield shape with lines running through it, as the school's logo.
  2. Nice finds! The DCU MOLLE stuff is some of the most visually attractive gear to me. Those 6-mag bandoleers are pretty handy too.
  3. Wow! That's a whole lot more than I've ever been able to find out about these sets! As an aside, I've had a few of the woodland MP5 mag pouches, before I sold my whole lot of the woodland gear. Here's a photo.
  4. As I've been told, these were issued to various special forces units (SEALS being one) in the very late 1990s-mid 2000s. Each man could customize his rig to his own preferences, with wide range of pouches. The DCU camo sets seem to be a lot scarcer than the woodland sets. Realistically (disregarding the $250-$500 sets on eBay), a complete woodland set sells for around $100; I'd guess it'd be closer to $150/175 for the DCU. Your set appears complete as far as I can tell.
  5. I'll be there (Secondhand Grunt Military Surplus) with a table of more common field gear items, and the always popular Dollar Box. Not sure of spot yet, but normally I'm in the south room directly in front of the door.
  6. The cover is US issue of roughly 1973-75 manufacture, as that was the only ALICE covers they made with the vertical stitching in the front, and reinforced area around the snaps. Canteen doesn't look US issue; it appears too slender and that's an odd shade of green.
  7. Per the Sportsman's Guide, who currently sells them, that is a Dutch first aid bag.
  8. Recently picked up this belt, and have been unable to identify it. I am leaning towards it being non-military issue, but really don't know. There are a total of 8 pockets; all the rimless snaps have the Mills bullet logo stamped into them (Pat dated 1907). Pockets are puckered at the bottom, and are somewhat smaller and shorter than those on a typical M1907 belt--I'm not confident you could get a 5rd stripper clip in one. There are however rust stains under at least one flap, signalling possible use of clips at one time. The belt doesn't have a buckle to speak of; it seems to just adjust with two sliding ends, and two keepers to hold them in place. Those ends are marked "Patented Mills Oct 31st '93 & Sept 11th '94", and "Made by Mills Woven Cartridge Belt Co Worcester Mass". That's the extent of any markings on the belt. There are also grommets on the top, but they're all on the top edge of the pockets, so if used, suspender ends would be poking into the pockets. Belt has two black weave lines running through the entire thing. Also, there are tiny vertical channels on the inside of the belt, that one would expect adjustment hooks would insert into (7th photo). Anyone have any ideas? And would there have been a buckle? My guess is some sort of police/ prison guard pistol ammunition belt.
  9. Here's one I picked up yesterday. Made by Rock Island and dated 1904, with heavily stamped markings. Any ideas on which unit it may have belonged to?
  10. Thanks for that thread saxecoburg! Looks like it is for the firing port weapon!
  11. Either one of those ideas sound possible, although the M60 ammo one seems most plausible. Each pocket looks like it could hold a 100-brick of 7.62. Linedoggie, do those firing port weapons take normal 30rd mags?
  12. I'm sure it's not for the Claymore, as they wouldn't fit. I have a smaller nylon APERS mine pouch, so perhaps this one just carries more of them?
  13. This pouch was found inside of an early 1990s CFP90 patrol pack. At first I thought it may be for holding a large amount of M14 mags; but the more I pondered, it seemed as though maybe anti-personnel mines might be the better guess. It's got two separate flaps, with a divider down the middle of the inside. There are heavy duty belt loops on the back. No markings anywhere. Anyone know for sure what it was used for?
  14. It's once again nearing time for the annual Arizona Military Vehicle Collector's Club military vehicle show, held at a new location this year: Turf Paradise horse racing track (1501 W Bell Road, Phoenix AZ, 85023). Show will be Saturday January 25th from 9a-5p, and Sunday the 26th from 9a-3p. More details available at the club website: http://www.armytrucks.org/mvshow.php . Show flyer: http://www.armytrucks.org/docs/amvcc-2020_flyer_med.pdf . In addition to the DOZENS of vehicles on display (tanks, jeeps, APC's, etc), there's a pretty large swapmeet of militaria and surplus. I'll be set up with a wide variety of surplus and collectibles from WW2-present day (look for Secondhand Grunt Military Surplus). This is a great show, and well worth the drive even if you're not in the Phoenix area!
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