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  1. Agreed that the bales look too thick and also I personally believe that they would be more rusty if the helmet is in this state of preservation.

    Weld points, not a bit issue as many helmets show the ( normally ) three weld spots, even on pristine helmets.

    Pictures of the feet should prove either original or fake.

  2. Hi Richard,

    Did you do the conversion yourself?

    Where did you get the three prong flash hider, I've tried to purchase one for an M16 that I have but unfortunately like you have found out looking for your Magazine bandoleer, no one will post out of the US.

    Love the look of your rifle.


  3. Nick, I just measured my military issue slings on my M1 Garand and AR15 and they are both 1 1/4 wide and they fit both swivels perfectly. I looked at 2.5 inches on the ruler and I would be amazed if the M79 sling was that wide. Ask the question of an expert about how wide are the sling swivels on a M79 and you will have your width answer. Pattern details of sling may be more difficult though.



    Sorry my mistake Bob, 1 1/4" for the M1 and 1 1/2" for the supposedly M79.

  4. Thanks Leigh,

    I was looking to buy a NIW sling that I thought was an M1 nylon for use on an AR15/M16a1. It is dated Oct 1965. The FSC number is 1055-00-714-5320, but I'm lead the believe that with an FSC of 1055 this is maybe for an M20 RL or M79 GL?

    Apparently for small arms it should be 1005?

  5. Hi guy's,

    Looking for information on the correct sling that the M79 used.

    I was always under the impression that it was issued with both types of M1 sling, cotton and nylon.

    However I have read recently that it may have had its own sling, slightly wider than the M1.

    Does anyone have any info on this?


  6. Mohawk,

    Thank you for the information, not the era that I was hoping for, however I think I might just get one anyway.

    Thats what I love about USMF, I spent literally hours searching on the net for into about these to no avail, should have known that you guys would have sorted it all out within hours, thank you all for all the help.


  7. whiskey, same observation that MattS has, looks to be later. Unfortunately all my TMs and FMs are boxed,Ill look and see if the RVN ones are easy to get into. Dont remember any such bags, wonder if more of a USMC item?

    Thank you for that, hopefully it may show up in the FM.

    I'm wondering if you may have a good point with the USMC, I can remember reading that it was used to protect the rifle during river crossings and keeping it dry during wet weather??

    Wish I new where I read it, bit frustrating.

  8. MattS,

    Yes, I did notice that and thought that I would put it up for verification before I spend any $.

    I remember reading somewhere that this type of plastic bag was used for the M16A1/Carbines in the 60's and 70's but for the life of me cannot remember where I read it ?

    All help much appreciated.


  9. Hi USARV72,

    I don't see any FSN or Manufacturers name in the photos supplied by the Epay seller.

    What should I be looking for? Any references to the maker or stock numbers to validate the bag, or would you think that as it doesn't have any, is this a sign that it may not be legit?





  10. Hi guys,

    I have a question about the USGI waterproof storage bags manufactured for M16/AR15, the ones that come with the rubber band to seal the bag, and hopefully someone with more knowledge than I have will confirm my query. I know that they were made, but were they issued to the troops in the 1960's and 1970's (Nam era)?

    If the answer is yes, I can buy one or several that I've seen on Epay USA, I can then add them to my collection of weapon accessories for the M16.

    Many thanks in advance for any help rendered.



  11. Since you're spending so little time in France, one day in St Mer Eglise, I can only say this...

    If you're facing the church main entrance, look to your right and there's a pizza place on the corner. I can still taste it, it was so good.


    Would that be Cafe Bar Au Domino, watch out for the owner, temperamental but good fun all the same, a few years since I visited, but I remember the lovely very strong French coffee.

    We ate at C-47 Cafe, not far from the Airborne Museum. Had a wonderful homemade burger and fries, She who must be obeyed had a toasted pannini.

    Wonderful desserts, shakes and Ice cream.

    If you've never been to St-Mere-Eglise before, you will spend most of your trip with your mouth wide open and almost tripping over it haha, so so many sights to see, a real great treat for any American WW2 history buff.

    Just refrain from buying certain items of interest from Normandy, as lot's of guy's on here will confirm, there are lots of fakes about, but also lot's of true relics, some shops in the area will inflate their prices on real relics, be prepared to haggle, start very low and don't be afraid, it's what to do in France.


  12. Hi Paul,

    Although I'm at the other end of the UK in Scotland I've spent many a good day spent down on the south coast of England and it's a fantastic place to visit. Firstly you have one hell of a long drive ahead from Heathrow to St Austell and then on to Dover If it's your first time driving in the UK just take your time, get used to driving on the correct side of the road and how to negotiate roundabouts If you travel on the A303 instead of the M4/M5 motorways (freeways) you will see some of the loveliest country side that we have on the south coast.

    Motorways will be slightly quicker but boring, both will be busy during the date of your visit due to influx of holiday makers, and lots of cars towing caravans on the roads and usually the council decisions to start fixing the roads during summer so expect delays, if you're using the A303 you will pass Stonehenge, the prehistoric standing stones monument dating back 2 to 3 thousand years, whilst In Cornwall you must try the local food delicacies, Cornish cream teas, Traditional Cornish pasty, local beers and ciders and some of the freshest and tastiest seafood. Whilst you're in St Austell keep an eye out for a rogue raccoon, I'll let you work that out (US military history) I'm sure that members who live or know the areas that you're travelling along and heading to better will soon post.

    I hope that both you and the family thoroughly enjoy your time in the UK and in France.


  13. American infantrymen crowd into a mud-filled bomb crater and look up at tall jungle trees seeking out Viet Cong snipers firing at them during a battle in Phuoc Vinh, north-Northeast of Saigon in Vietnams War Zone D, June 15, 1967


    Off topic a wee bit, apologies.

    Is the GI bottom left holding an M16a1/XM177 Carbine with the elusive handguard fabricated from a used 57mm recoiless rifle round??

    Only seen one photo before that was taken at a arms dump outside of Saigon.



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