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  1. The expert would be Josh from Rigger Depot. But it appears to be a T-7 canopy for paratroops. It depends on how many panels it has 24 or 28 as to whether it is a main or reserve canopy. It looks like it has a 1948 drawing number. These canopies were converted to cargo use when the T-10 was introduced to replace the T-7. You can go to the Rigger Depot website to get more accurate information. If Josh doesn’t see your post and chime in, send him an email, I’m sure he will help.
  2. For what it may be worth, we were switching to the HGU-55 when I was in Korea during 1983-84. When I was getting checked out in the OA-37 at Davis-Monthan in the summer of 1983 the 23 TASS had already converted to the HGU-55, so PACAF was a little bit behind the Stateside units. Odd that your helmet still has sizing pads for that period, as all helmets that were being issued during initial pilot training had custom poured foam/leather liners in their HGU-26 shells when I went I started pilot training in 1979. I saw my very first MBU-12 in late 1982, but they did not become common issue in PACA
  3. A number of S&W Model 15’s with 4” barrels are available on Gunbroker.com, but for whatever reason they are not cheap. There is even one with USAF markings currently on auction. https://www.gunbroker.com/item/873808382
  4. Sad to hear that Beretta has changed the markings on their newer M9’s for civilian sales. I picked up their 25th anniversary M9 back in 2011 as a present for my son when he returned from his first Afghan tour and was very pleased with how it was marked. As far as a M1911A1, it appears that the best value today are the ones being sold by the CMP if you can get on their lottery list. The reviews I have read on those show that the one being received are in better condition than the buyers expected. A lot of mixed parts due to Arsenal reconditioning, but just heard from one guy who got a late WWII
  5. Just a few quick notes on building a retro rifle. There are several dealers specializing in providing parts for retro rifle builds as it has become a popular hobby in recent years. A lot of the available parts are reproduction, so buyer beware, you get what you pay for. Also, remember that the A2 receiver is different than the The earlier M16 it has reinforced areas added to the rear strap behind the charging handle and to the front pivot pin which changes the profile. To build a true retro rifle you are going to need an earlier M16 style receiver which are not as common, harder to find, and m
  6. Correct. There was no shell deflector on any M16 upper before the M16A2, the shell deflector came with the M16A2 and every version since, through the M16A4 and M4 variants. The same goes for the early issue short versions of the M16 such as the GAU-5. I never saw a Air Force issue GAU-5 with a forward assist through the late 1980’s. Also, I may have slightly misspoke in my previous post when I referred to the M16A1. Technically, a M16A1 refers to the upgrades that included the “fence” around the magazine release button and a forward assist. Since later issue Air Force M16’s may have had a “fen
  7. Retired Air Force aviator gun nut here. Handguns for both Security Forces and aircrews before the M9 Beretta were Smith&Wesson Model 15. All Air Force issue M16’s I saw in the 1970’s and 1980’s were slab side (without forward assist) M16A1’s with triangular handguards and either birdcage or three prong flash suppressors. I suspect that butt stocks were either earlier solid and/or later trap door depending upon date of issue. Air Force did not seem big on upgrading earlier issue rifles.
  8. The Denix Garand is a decent representation and used in large numbers by reenactors in Europe where dewat Garands are extremely expensive. The Denix version metal parts are generally just painted black and the wood is not walnut. I have reworked several of them to appear more realistic. It is not hard to do but can be time consuming. I recommend restaining the wood with a walnut stain and treating all metal parts by masking and airbrushing ’Duracoat’ Parker grey color and/or Parker Green for the receiver, the gas cylinder should be flat black. Make sure you remove any and all oil with degrease
  9. Please note since you are planning on using your parachute for a F-106 seat display. I looked at my 1980 copy of the F-106 flight manual. There is NO reference to the gold key or zero delay lanyard during preflight. The manual references to a preflight attachment of the “seat parachute lanyard” (which is attached to the seat). There is also no reference to removing the zero delay snap hook passing 10000 feet as in a standard BA-22 as would be used in a T-37 or T-38. This is all consistent with the links to photos of the parachute assembly from the F-106 in Dover. Make sure you do some further
  10. Yes, that’s it. I bought one from them previously for a restoration I did.
  11. The ‘T’ or ‘blast handle’ ripcord is used in different configurations and has not been used in ejection seat aircraft since the 1960’s when it was used in at least the F-105 and F-106. Since then all ejection seat equipped aircraft utilizing the BA-22 use the cloverleaf ripcord handle that you have with your harness. As has been said, you are missing the red anodized snap clip for the zero delay lanyard. You can get a red anodized snap clip from Para-Gear, but they are not cheap. You are fortunate that your ripcord pocket also has the stowage ring sewn on for stowing the snap clip above 10000
  12. You will likely get a reply from ‘Mohawk ALSE.’ He was kind enough to email some PDFs of BA-22 manual sections in the past. In the meantime, you can try unscrewing the ripcord sheathing/housing connector from the F-1B to see if you can get the cable to release from the F-1B box. If you can get the cable released, then it is just a matter of using the housing/sheathing already on the harness, rethreading the cable through the ripcord sheathing/housing. Since I assume you are using this for display purposes there would be no reason to reattach the cable to the F-1B. Just mount the F-1B in it’s
  13. Nope, those are not Korean characters.
  14. I believe the first M193 ammunition in strippers clips and bandoleers was not issued until late 1967 or 1968. Prior to that all M193 ammunition was issued in 20 round cartons. I think the reference is Stantons book on Vietnam equipment, but Ill have to look to confirm it.
  15. The Dead Man’s Corner Museum in Normandy has one of the most extensive Airborne in Normandy collections in the world. It is a constantly expanding collection. A close examination of the Airborne used M1 helmets on display show very few with D-bales, and most of the D-bales have been repaired, normally by brazing. A surprising number of the Airborne D-Day helmets on display are standard issue welded square bales. Some have Airborne chinstraps with the liner snaps, but a number of them are just standard welded square bales with the normal factory issue chinstraps. This is consistent with the D-
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