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    Dudley MA, USA
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    Vietnam era Mortars and demolitions gear, M151 jeeps, M3A4 Ammo handcarts
  1. The flare tube that the ammo belt is draped over appears to be mounted to the sill of the bunker or tower. It is probably there to take the place of the assistant gunner who would help the belt feed properly. The belts would often jam if they were being pulled up directly from the floor and had to make the 90 degree turn onto the feed tray. Pig gunners used to mount a B-unit can from their C-rations to the side of the feed tray to smooth out the feeding.
  2. Nice find, I found an NOS one still in the cosmoline. I have it mounted on my airsoft M3A1. It really completes the look of the weapon. When I went through tank school at Ft. Knox many moons ago we still carried and qualified with the grease guns. We never had the flash hiders on them though, because they wouldn't fit in the bracket on the tanks with it installed.
  3. Only two for me, both M3A4s. one is mostly restored. The other one is recently acquired and I haven't had time to mess with it. It needs a lot of work. Apparently, some backwoods NH bubba decided it would make a much handier firewood buggy if it would fit through the cellar door. He chopped about 7" out of the middle, axle and all, and welded the halves back together. Who gives these people access to tools
  4. So much for the last part of your reply. This past weekend I picked up a complete records chest and the key was still tied to the hasp. A few months ago I scored a field desk, and the keys for the locking drawer were still inside. To complete the trifecta, a few weeks ago I purchased an antique luggage trunk that was a dealership option on 1920s-30s Hupmobile, Essex, and Terraplane cars. when I opened it up, the keys for the latches were still wired to one of the lid struts. I guess I'm on a lucky streak.
  5. I recently bought a 57mm shell that had long ago been converted into a lamp. The headstamp shows that it was made by the Drigg-Seabury Gun and Ammunition Company of New York. This would seem to indicate that the shell is from the 1890s to the first few years of the 20th Century when the company reorganized, eventually becoming the Savage Arms Co. The shell itself is in fairly good shape although the primer has been drilled out. The copper driving band is clean and unfired. The tip of the projectile has been tapped and a threaded section inserted to attach the lamp shade and finial. There are a
  6. Similar devices are used with mortar sights and other optics. With mortars there is usually one cord/lightsource that attaches to the telescope elbow and another that used like a little flashlight to illuminate the leveling and range bubbles.
  7. Absolutely correct. I have a few of both. Some wooden ones are early 1960s but they are WW2 on up. OD plastic are Vietnam and later. The only one I can't seem to find and info on is the clear type. most of mine came with a Vietnam era platoon demolitions kit box.
  8. I recently picked up these 43rd Div patches in a lot from a veteran's estate. Several of the items are named to him, or have his laundry mark stamped in them including his Ike jacket shirts, trousers, duffel bag, and 1943 front-seam M1 with it's 1942 front-vent Westinghouse liner, both in outstanding condition.The patches are in rough shape, especially the bullion one on the jacket, but I thought someone here might appreciate seeing them.
  9. The only mine in my collection so far is a training claymore kit, but I'm sure I'll end up with a few before I'm done. I also have a mine detector. There are some other items not shown in the original photo, including the wire reels and straps, and the biggest item, an original Platoon demolitions kit crate. Is your 10-cap blasting machine one the smaller Fidelity Electric ones like the one in my photo? I have a larger one with a 1968 contract date that I bought with most of the collection. I haven't been able to find any info on the when or why the change was made.
  10. The last few years, most of my collecting efforts have focused around Vietnam era 81mm mortars and all the items normally associated with them. Currently our Battery has three guns fully assembled with all original parts, except for the barrels which are non-functional replicas. Our fourth gun has only a dummy baseplate. A local friend has another full gun that can be seen in the background of the attached photo. (courtesy of Dan Villeneuve Photography)
  11. Who else collects Demo gear? Here's part of my slowly expanding pile of Vietnam era demo gear. Eventually this will all be put is some organized format for display at events.
  12. I picked these up recently in a mixed lot of WW2-Vietnam gear. I'm not sure of the year, but from what I can gather they were made by a Division of the company that made Bachmann toy trains. I guess this is what they mean by NIB.
  13. I'm stuck at work now. I'll try to get better photos of the pegs, poles, and tent when I get home.
  14. I picked up these two USMC shelter halves in a lot along with a set of regular Army shelter halves. Included were some all-wooden OD pegs and poles along with a tent rope. Do those poles and pins belong with either set? Sorry for the photo, but there's now snow on the ground and I wasn't able lay them out for a better one.
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