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  1. Sorry, I reread your post and realized I misread it the first time. Yes it is a m16a1 with a newer lower and ( maybe a newer lower parts kit?). There was an import company bringing in a lot of these kits from out of the US but they had to cut the barrels to make them legal to import. They used to go for $400 ish minus a barrel and lower. An original barrel or clone could cost another $150ish plus $100 for a lower. Some of the nicer parts kits could go higher. It's not a good time for comps at the moment since covid / riots / nov election have really driven the prices up for anything that could attach to a lower receiver. If the barrel was original, I could see this go for more than $750 plus the lower. Please keep in mind my guesstimate is on the low side. Regardless, the rifle looks good.
  2. As someone pointed out already, your bcg is for an early upper with out a forward assist. We would have to see the other side of your rifle to see if you have a pre M16A1 style upper to match. Although I can't see from zooming in on your pic, your lower appears to be much newer to the rest of the rifle. Show us a pic of the other side and we can tell you more about the upper. The c h marking is the forge the upper was pressed, in this case Colt / Harvey Aluminum. Where Harvey Aluminum was the forge that forged the uppers for Colt.
  3. First off, Im sorry if I steered this thread in the wrong direction by asking about the second cord. As far as my first question, I know the constabulary units wore an occupation aiguillette that was red black and white, but I was not expecting a cord as seen in the second picture, but rather an aiguillette. I know the constabulary units were in Germany, but the 1st Cav served as a "Constabulary Unit" in Tokyo after the war and I have an uniform of a family friend that served in the 1st Cav HQ MP during the occupation and he has an occupation aiguillette. I was just seeing if the other cord was being called a cord by accident ( it was not) and thought it might be the aiguillette like mine. Again, I didn't mean to steer the OP original question about the cord being FSSF, but I know nothing about them to answer correctly.
  4. Can you post the pic of the other cord. I think it was an unofficial cord made to match the occupation medal worn by constabulary units in Japan and Germany. I can't comment on the FSSF cord unfortunately.
  5. It appears to be a great rifle, but I just want to bring up the endless debate on if it is or is not safe to shoot. Yes, The army recognized an issue with the heat treats and implemented a double heat treat some time around serial number 750,000 to 800,000, but if you really study the investigation into the failed receivers and the sample lots tested, there were castastrophic failures even at serial 808,792 The receiver design was then changed at Springfield around serial 1,275,767 where they then used nickel steel alloy and changed the heat treat process. This may be the benchmark on what is considered a safe receiver. I know this is a highly contested debate and I'm sure many people will disagree with me since the unsafe range does not mean a manufacturing defect, but rather the possibility of one. I personally own many 03's and my lowest one is in the 49,000 range. As a gun collector, I would say you would take a calculated risk in shooting it as only 60 or so rifles were documented as failing in the report, but if you asked me as an Engineer who runs a R&D machine shop and testing facility, I would have to say 1,275,767 is the safe benchmark to ensure a proper designed and manufactured receiver. I welcome anyone to read read the reports on these receivers the gov did on them as they are interesting and realavent to the scope of this forum.
  6. The guard does look like it was once a 1860 cutlass, especially with the navy serial number stamp on the brass, but the blade is too long and the width too short for it to be a 1860 cutlass. If the grip was replaced, then the blade could have been too. I am not familiar with that type of blade as it is not the style of a 1860 cutlass regardless of the other issues.
  7. There is a ww2 Balao class sub there too as wells several other non military ships docked there. It seems they all avoided the fire.
  8. USAF Combat Controllers also
  9. You could create a a custom display rack for medals and insignia per vet which is French cut for every individual piece. Finish it off with the name of the soldier and rank engraved into the board.
  10. After asking others about this marking, there is a large opinion that the 25 is not a unit but maybe a rack number.
  11. Cotton is the one Kneeling on the Right. Jensen (Neighbor's father) is the one seated with his eyes closed.
  12. Bob, What are the chances? I have documents for Cotton as my Wife's neighbor of over 30 years just happens to be Cotton's Executive Officer's daughter. He was Cotton's Co Pilot when the 731st was sent to Japan also. I will try to upload some pics.
  13. Hi all, I don't know if there is anyway to find out, but I figured I would give it a try here. I have a Super-16mm Film Reel from the USAF Aerospace Audio Visual Service (MAC). It was delivered to a Lt Col. in the 60's. It is labeled as "NHK-TU-DOCUMENTARY" and Film Number "PS-9-1/C". The Lt. Col. was in the Air Rescue and Recovery Service at the time, ARRSO 36th. I know it was called the ARRS from 66 to 72. I would think NHK refers to Japanese Public Broadcasting Organization, and the 36th was in Japan at the time. Is there any way to look up the Film Number to find what is on the film? The little I have unrolled shows a plane dropping a parachutist.
  14. Could you show pictures of the barrel between the sight and the beginning of the ejector rod. In your pic, it looks like a rust spot. Also, if you look down the barrel, does the rifling change at that location inside the barrel? If I had to guess, I would say that "rust spot" is 5.5 inches from the breech.
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