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    Hiking, Kayak Fishing, WWII Weapon Collecting

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  1. Very nice carbine. What is the history? CMP, someone correct?
  2. Correcting M1’s and carbines has had the unintended consequence of creating doubt when you come across a weapon that may be as issued. Consequently, I would not pay more for a “correct” M1 or carbine unless I knew the provenance.
  3. Other than the WWII date, how are these Colt Detective Specials attributed to the OSS? Very nice handgun!
  4. Clearly, and as my wife would agree, my powers of observation are sadly lacking - I did not read the pinned thread. That was a remarkable thread. From other information I read on-line, I thought the black metal handles were a sure thing. Clearly, that is still an unknown. The most enlightening info in that thread was the military report which indicates that switchblades in military use were both with and without the bail. Now I’m wondering whether switchblades ever became a standard issue item (i.e., formally listed in an ABN Division’s TOE) or were they just a locally procured item that was given to some troops, or items that some GI’s bought on their own, or a combination of both. Anyone ever see a TOE (if that was correct terminology during WWII) for an ABN Division after 1940 listing an M-2?
  5. I have a lead on a couple of WWII M-2 Paratrooper knives. Not being familiar with these knives, I’ve spent quite a bit of time on-line researchIng the particulars, & learning the difference between the WWII, post-war, civilian, etc., and think I know enough now to distinguish between them. However, given the cost of the knives which ain’t cheap, I need to decide whether to buy the black painted, stamped metal handle model, which I am 99.9% sure is authentic and which is significantly cheaper, or spend considerably more for the bone handle with lanyard staple, that I am 98% sure is authenticate. Cost (and marital bliss) will not allow me to buy both. So, what words of wisdom would you guys provide? Both work just fine, but the bone handle is in better shape.
  6. Donate it to your favorite former paratrooper. Let me know if you need recommendations.
  7. I pulled out Michael Silvey’s book (US Knives of WWII) and found similarities to an Australian commando knife (pg. 55) but nothing in his index about SIMCO knives or MOSS Cutlery. No profound wisdom here, but I wouldn’t want to be on the receiving end of that knife with a drunk sailor or PO’ed Marine behind it.
  8. Anyone know how many different WWII manufacturers made these knives?
  9. Over the years I’ve collected quite a few US military items, mainly weapons I’ve bought, sold, traded etc., but I’ve never collected helmets. I picked up my first a couple of weeks back, have started reading the posts here on the forum, and I have that old familiar feeling that maybe I’d like another one, which invariably leads to twenty. Realizing the first place to start is with a collector’s book, I have a general question. With weapons, what every collector wants is that truly unique, original weapon, that has a documented history. However, with some weapon collectors (Russian) it’s really discouraged to correct a weapon, but not so much with Garands and carbines. So, what’s the general philosophy with helmets? Ok to correct, add a helmet liner chin strap, look for a camo net, look for a nice liner to go with a steel pot? I didn’t see a lot on the forum about those sort of issues. Just curious.
  10. Thanks Gtilt. I’ve got to start searching for a period correct chin strap for the helmet liner and two keepers for the sweat band.
  11. Stamp inside liner looks like MSA 31. Sorry about the photos, still trying to figure out how to post them.
  12. Not sure why original photos I posted disappeared, but I reposted them. Comments about helmet?
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