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    North Carolina
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    I mainly collect 1890s through circa 1910 U.S. militaria and firearms.
    [WTB: Reproduction U.S. Army items from 1890s through circa 1910 for reenacting purposes]
  1. I reclassed into Psyop (37F) in early 1994, and being assigned to the strategic desert company (A Co., 8th PSYOP Bn., in the US Army BTW), was were issued the "chocolate chip" uniforms (four or five sets plus helmet and flak vest covers, two boonie caps, a night camo parka and liner, and two pairs of first model boots) by our battalion supply at Ft. Bragg. I got issued three sets of the tri-color DBDU sets when I went to Saudi Arabia in late 1994 (considered "war issue" so we got to keep them), via the US Air Force (they always got the best stuff!); I also got a tri-color boonie cap, patrol cap, and two pairs of second model (the ones with the padded collars) boots. We still wore our chocolate chips whenever we wanted, but of course could not mix the trousers and coats between the two desert patterns (the only exception was the PASGT helmet cover, which was chocolate chip either way). I did "obtain" (ahem) a rip-stop tri-color helmet cover from our battalion supply room when I got back, but I was the only one that had one as supply was for some reason hoarding them and only issuing the chocolate chip covers. I always thought it odd that it was rip-stop... Regarding insignia, most people just had the regular woodland BDU style insignia sewn on (i.e. black on olive drab). Some of us, myself included, also had some desert name and US Army tapes made off-base, but they were kind of crazy looking IMHO, as the backing was almost pink, but faded to a very light tan. The lettering on those was either black or dark brown, depending on who made them I guess. I also had a few sets of insignia made (and sewn onto) my uniforms while I was in Saudi Arabia, including Arabic name tapes; they were made on Eskan Village in Riyadh, and were brown on tan. I also had some insignia direct-embroidered onto some boonie hats there. Others also had insignia made, and my favorite was one of our officers had some SF tabs made for his uniforms, and they merely said "SPECIAL FORCE" instead of "SPECIAL FORCES" which of course we all gave him grief about (but he wore them for years!); I meant to ask him for one of them but never did. It was really a free-for-all regarding insignia on desert uniforms in my unit, but there may not have been any standard in AR 670-1 regarding the wear or maybe just nobody really worried about it. My battalion commander (a SF and Ranger LTC) did tell me that if I got scolded by anyone for wearing my Arabic name tapes, that I was to tell the scolder to go talk to him about it We also were in on the last hurrah in Somalia, for Operation United Shield in early 1995. Our two teams plus some C Co., 9th PSYOP Bn. teams wore both chocolate chip and tri-color desert uniforms. If you saw a guy on the TV via CNN in Mogadishu with a tri-color helmet cover on then, that was me!
  2. Probably a 1980's uniform, as the jungle fatigues were reissued (and were available in the PX's for like $6 a set!) for a period until 1987 and the insignia all looks 1980's-ish to me. He likely just got to jump with a Thai unit (and/or with a Thai jumpmaster in the plane) while previously serving in a U.S. airborne unit.
  3. Saw this "first aid pocket kit" in a SpanAm War museum display, but it looks more WWI-ish (or just pre-) to me. It measures about 3x5 inches (first aid dressing sized) or so. Very similar to a WWI era soap dish I have, actually. Whaddya think? (thanks!)
  4. I would think an oil-based (flat) paint is more correct than an acrylic or latex
  5. I have a WWII folding field chair I bought from a thrift store in Fayetteville, NC years ago when I was in the army...it's the coolest chair ever
  6. I've heard good things about Turner, and if I wanted to spend top $ on a repro sling I would likely buy from them. I bought a "defect" M1907 sling for $10 from ATF and like it a lot...I've oiled it several times and it now looks great
  7. I have always understood that Marines in the Pacific typically did not dub their boondockers. Army in the ETO, yes, but I don't know if they did in the PTO. The boondockers I have and use I did not dub
  8. Ha! That he's a collector explains it! I wore several pieces of M-1956 gear (I especially liked the harness) in the 1990s until forced to change over to the [in my opinion crappy] LBV by my unit in the late 1990s. I even had an Iraqi kidney pouch on my belt for awhile.
  9. http://www.artofmanliness.com/2016/10/11/rise-fall-army-surplus-store
  10. parachute static line signalling mirror WWII carbine pouch for the 15-round magazines and pistol belt mesh sleeping hammock (private purchase/not issue most likely)
  11. I don't like the "pre-dubbed" look of their boots...I haven't purchased a pair because of it.
  12. You might want to check out "At The Front" or "WWII Impressions" also
  13. WWII Impressions is typically considered to be the best, although they are typically more $ than others. ATF's need "some" tailoring, and the pocket stencil seems to be some sort of vinyl iron on (but if the blouse comes up on sale, it's well worth buying!). SM Wholesale has always been hit-or-miss on quality and/or correctness. Here's a great comparison: https://m1pencil.wordpress.com/2010/09/02/p41-utility-jacket-comparison-originals-vs-repros
  14. evets

    Wool Jungle Sweater

    The only ones I've seen were, of course, not marked with the EGA... they were part of the early Vietnam "experimental" jungle/tropical uniform and equipment developed by US Army SF and/or Natick and/or DARPA. I have one that I found in a Fayetteville, NC surplus store in the 1990s that was in mint condition until some moths got to it
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