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  1. I have a Firestone liner of the type produced from 1964 onwards which is unusual in that it has no buckles to attach the nape strap, not even the necessary holes to fit them. It also appears to have been painted with a bright red band about 1.25 inch wide directly onto the bare liner surface, which some time later was over painted with standard green paint (now chipping off). Is this just a production error, or was it produced to meet a specific requirement, and what does the red band indicate? The suspension is fixed, but this appears to be a replacement as the current rivet heads are smaller than the impression made by the original rivets. The sweat band is a European copy. Thanks in advance for any feedback. Iain
  2. Just spotted this US Government Contractor DCU uniform on UK Ebay, allegedly also from Iraq: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/172499351154?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT No other info, but maybe someone will have some ideas about it's origin? Regards, Equitis.
  3. Thanks britcoll36, I found a picture showing the chin strap in place here: http://www.network54.com/Forum/28173/thread/1242485926/Helmet+Comparisons+-+follow-up+on+Ed's+%26quot%3BNo+one+wants+to+see+this+stuff.%26quot%3B It doesn't appear to be a particularly comfortable solution, but I guess it's a bit more substantial than the US design. At least the mystery is solved! Regards, Equitis.
  4. I've been looking for a decent Vietnam era M1-C helmet to replace the great example I've given to my son for his collection. Intact ones are few and far between these days, but re-issued infantry M1's with the M1-C liner are a bit more available, as are the helmet and liner chin straps, so when I saw this M1 on Ebay it sparked my interest: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/162393159695?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT However, when looking through the pictures the seller has posted, I realised that the A straps have been modified in a way I haven't seen before. It appears that the original buckles have been removed, and webbing has been stitched on to hold more substantial buckles that you would find on a pack. I have read elsewhere on the forums that the way the helmet straps were used for parachute jumps were changed over the years, so I was wondering if this was some sort of accepted field modification or just an unusual one off? Any information would be appreciated. Regards, Equitis
  5. Thanks Vertol, I was already thinking it may be a Euro clone M1, but being based in the UK I see many NATO helmets and the paint shade isn't correct for Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark etc, and while I recognise the manufacturer Heinrich Ulbricht's Witwe, Schwanenstadt, it doesn't have the usual "U.SCH" markings inside the shell. After further investigation I found on the "Euroclones - an essential guide to postwar steel helmets" that some Austrian helmets were supplied to the Belgian Army with "Us" stamped on the rim. This, as I'm no doubt you're aware, cannot be a Belgian helmet as it doesn't have the Belgian flag insignia on the outside. I also doubt it's Danish, as the Danish military adopted the late model US M1 chin strap, and the only other Danish M1 usage would be for Civil Defence, and therefore stamped "CF" inside. So there is still a mystery with this helmet; it uses a US style paint scheme, liner system and cover, but is essentially an Austrian supplied clone. With a manufacture date, one assumes, of 1992, I wonder if it was supplied to one of the former soviet block countries who were closely following the US spec? Anyway, we've established that other than the liner and cover it isn't US issue so this thread may as well close. Regards, Equitis.
  6. Image of the strap. There are no markings on the webbing or any metal parts. The metal appears to be parkerised steel (not brass used on some NATO straps):
  7. Side image showing slightly different profile to visor: Picture of the stamp on the rim of the visor:
  8. Images attached of the unknown helmet (on the right) and for comparison an M1 believed to have been manufactured by R.J. Stampings in Canada. Note that the Stampings helmet is a duller green and has textured paint. The unknown helmet is very apple green and just a matt finish.
  9. I've just bought what i thought was going to be a fairly standard late M1 helmet from Ebay. However, the helemet I've received has me stumped. I already own quite a few M1 helmets, mostly from the Vietnam era, and so far every one has had a heat stamp inside of one sort or another. Initially, this appeared to be just another VN era pot to add to my collection; it came with a Woodland camo cover (dated by an 1983 contract number), and an unmarked liner with the suspension marked "SUSPENSION ASSEMBLY FOR LINERS, GROUND TROOPS HELMET", and a sweat band marked with a 1972 contract number. The helmet itself is apple green and has the classic VN era nape cutaway at the back. But that's where things started to get a bit odd. I looked for a heat stamp inside but couldn't find anything. Eventually I noticed that instead the rim had been stamped at the front "Lot 04/92 U's". I've never seen this kind of marking on a US helmet. The nearest I have seen is a very early model (magnetic steel) Danish M48 helmet. I'd welcome any thoughts on this? Regards, Equitis.
  10. I spotted this unusual M-1956 entrenching tool cover on UK Ebay: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/162109825811?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT The hanger tab for the bayonet scabbard has been modified with the addition of a webbing strap. I was just wondering what the purpose of such a modification could be as I've seen many of the standard cover but nothing that looked like this. Best regards, Equitis
  11. Hi sactroop, Sorry, I should have made my point clearer. I completely agree with you that an M8 scabbard remanufactured to M8A1 standard is consistent with the M7 bayonet (and others of the era). However, in this instance the scabbard is in issued condition (note the fading of the webbing for example) whilst the M7 is in unissued condition, so it is inconsistent with this specific blade. Ideally this M7 should be paired with an early M8A1 scabbard in unissued condition itself, and that could well be another remanufactured M8. There's probably a seperate whole discussion to be had as to which specific scabbard manufacturer and date/batch would be optimal to maximise the value of paring with a rare M7, but it'll probably be just the best I can find at the time. Regards, Iain
  12. I also have pictures of the M8 scabbard, also using the M8A1 from the Colt Imperial as a cross reference. The webbing is becoming slightly detached from the attaching rivet, so I would say the scabbard has been well used and not contemporary to the bayonet. Given the Batch Number (B 1/3/ N) I assume that this is a WW2 manufactured sheath subsequently modified to M8A1 standard, presumably sometime during the 1950s, as suggested in Gary Cunninghams Bayonet Points #18, as it has the later type right over left strap. However, unlike his example it doesn't have the MRT (Mildew Resistant Treatment) stamp on the back. I'll probably try and find a good, early M8A1 scabbard to pair up with the Colt Milpar. Regards, Iain
  13. I've recently acquired a 1965 dated Pioneer manufactured e-tool. I'm familiar with the Ames manufactured ones, but I don't know Pioneer and wondered if anyone had any further information on this manufacturer? Regards, Iain
  14. A few more pictures of the bayonet: Imperial for reference:
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