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  1. I had few new black caps in original plastic bags with 1986 contracts (DLA100-86-C-4238), while MIL-C-51278D dated 30 June 1987 says that M1 cap should be OD 34087. Cap still had one piece construction where main part and top closure was made as one mold. Specification says that strap holding closure to the cap should withstand 25 000 openings what I think it's crazy as you can damage it really fast. Previous version of specification was MIL-C-51278C from 28 March 1983 but not all full revisions of specifications changes overall design of an item.
  2. Hello, I have canteen marked USA 1965 ABCON (their logo) Is this some kind of private purchase or surplus market version? There are also plenty of canteens marked US + date + ABCON + their logo. Are both US and USA marked canteens government issue?
  3. MSA make them OD green in 60s. I believe black ones were introduced a bit later.
  4. Hello, Can anyone give me an idea when black plastic cap for plastic 1QT canteen was introduced? I know that very first M1 NBC caps were made of OD green plastic, then at some point they changed color to black, to made them easier to distinguish. I've never found when they made first caps in black but these were made black as late as 1986 and still used during desert storm, in 90s and sometimes even later.
  5. Hello, In "American Web Equipment 1967-1991" authors stated that limited procurement LLCE belt was made from resin treated nylon webbing and utilized standard or davis buckle. Standarized on 23 nov belt was made without resin treatment to nylon webbing and davis buckle. I have one of these belts that markings are unreadable (in fact, the same looking sample with same looking markings was posted on forum few years back). How I can distinguish limited procurement belt from standarized belt? Did they differed in shade? Of course resin treated one should be stiffer than one without res
  6. Hello, It might be silly, but does these pouches were designed to carry a dressing with its cartoon box or without it?
  7. What were earliest production dates of M1956 LCE? (excluding experimental EX-54 marked gear)
  8. When Spike protection was introduced? I have a pair of unissued C.I.C made jungle boots. 3rd pattern, vibram sole, no spike protective stamp either on tongue or tag. They have distinctive sitching at the heels. They're dated 6-66. I saw that some 6-66 dated boots have additional stamps on instruction tag insetead of printed information. Does it means that June 1966 was trasitional period when they introduced spike protective feature?
  9. If you mean tabs that hold chinstrap clip together these looks shorter but it's mainly due to me opening and closing them with pliers. I have one track that these clips might be Australian as I've seen one Aussie M1 with auscam cover and clip marked that way. But I'm not sure as Australians used lots of US made helmets and spare parts and not all of them have the same clips. All other parts that came with helmet were of US origin. It might be the case that somebody just had these clips and used them to put the helmet together, but who knows.
  10. I found these clips on a Vietnam era helmet. Shell is 50s McCord in earlier shade of paint that is quite well preserved. Buckle is black and marked witch an Anchor like usuall. I haven't found any info on this marking on clips. This marking resembles a little wwII style United Carr logo that was on DOT snaps advertisements. Have you ever seen these before? Clips are blackened steel. And yes, they are a little abused as I changed the chinstraps but I left original clips.
  11. I got a helmets lot last few days ago. I cannot read heat stamp on one of them, but it is probalby repainted in 50s or 60s as it is glossy OD in shade and has vietnam era chinstrap. It has some names and numbers. Is it possible to track who and where was using it? It has three writings: # Most old made with white paint: Daniel Levis Jr XXXX3825 (X is unreadable) # Second made with black paint: Wilfred L Griffin 18542505 # Third made with ball pen Donald Brigs 18558371 If its forbidden to share these names and numbers, please delete. If it's possib
  12. Why were two types of liners made from 1964 to 1969? It's quite long for transition period. Nylon liner was probably superior in terms of protection and weather resistance to cotton duck liner?
  13. Hello, There are many different informations around internet about postwar helmet liners and when they were produced. I'd like if you correct me if I'm wrong on all these dates. - Korean war era made - first post wwII version with wwII style suspension made of HBT OD7 fabric, including insignia eyelet - 1951 - 1955 - second version - without insignia eyelet, with wwII style suspension made of thicker cotton fabric - 1955 - 1962 - third version - still made from resin impregnated cotton duck (wwII plastic), but with new modified suspension including T shaped neckband - 1963 - ? - fou
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