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  1. Your worthpoint information is correct. Those are a USMC item from the early 1990's done for ground troops. They were designed to be cut into each half and each half put into a cargo pocket. Those kits were done by the Marine Corps themselves in house. There was a lot of fanfare about how much the Marines saved by doing them themselves rather than contracting for them. Most of the items are found in aircrew survival vests so people often incorrectly assume they are aviation items. If you open it, you will find the Finger Grip Saw was packed in the fishing kit. Just like you
  2. HMX is still used today. I think the UN shipping classifications started in the late 1950's, so the crate has to be post WW II. Looking at the lot number 70-NSI-84, would that make it manufactured in1970 or 1984? I don't doubt the use of HMX by the OSS, but like Inertord asks, how is this crate attributable to the OSS???
  3. None of the Solar Stills have any chemicals in them. They are in basically a plastic structure you blow up that becomes a green house. Then you put sea water in, seal it up and the heat from the sun evaporates the sea water which distills the salt out of the sea water. The clean water vapor collects on the upper surfaces of the still where it condenses back into pure water. The spherical like shape of the still then allows the pure water to drain back down the sides of the still into a collection basin in the bottom where you drink from. There is usually a drinking water tube from the clea
  4. And the Navy has Shore Patrol, or SP's who I wouldn't want to confuse with either MP's or AP's...
  5. That looks like an Air Force contract number on your holster.
  6. They are good tools! HAR Inc. does business as Mercury Machine & Manufacturing Company on Stelzer Rd. The "official" nomenclature for the axe is: AX, PICK HEAD and the NSN is: 4210-00-243-0863. There have been several companies that have made them over the years. Another is Rotair Industries in Bridgeport Connecticut. Gemtor is probably the largest manufacturer of them. I still don't know why some are red and some are black, and some are bare metal. Maybe the Air Force wants them one color, the Army another??? The other style with the cutout in the blade has an Part N
  7. JAN stood for Joint Army Navy spec, I am not sure the exact date all the specs changed to MIL for Military spec. Thanks for posting the description of PL - Special. If you ever run across the TB ORD, I would love to see it! I still have lots to learn as well. There is an old saying I try to live by, "I have never met a person I can't learn something from, but I have sure met a few that I can't teach anything to..." I always try to be the first part of that. Thanks for teaching me something!
  8. PSS: I just read all 3pages of the CMP forum post. It looks like it was 1972 before production oilers had rubber gaskets and they were unmarked and made by Yankee Hill Machine Company. It also says what I speculated, many leather gaskets were changed for rubber, but nothing about it being a mandatory change for oilers in stock. That was some great information! Thanks for bringing it to my attention!!!
  9. PS: Thanks for the post on when oiler gaskets went from leather to rubber! Without seeing the wording of TB ORD 415, just because the spec for new oilers was changed, did the pub say to change the gasket on all oilers currently in stock? As many oilers as I have seen that still have leather gaskets, I have to think that it didn't. If that is the case, and Bill Ricca's CMP post is correct, if there were no Korean war oilers made, then until oilers were made again in 1957 / 1958, wouldn't they still have leather gaskets until then? The exception would have probably been oilers that were on c
  10. I collect aircrew survival gear. The spec. for the SAC E-1 kit calls for JAN-L-644, which became MIL-L-644 about the same time the kit spec came out. I have a couple of other documents that call for 644 oil in survival kits where an oiler was packed in the kit with a rifle. I suspect it was designed for cold or arctic weather. Below are a 1952, 1962, & 1970 cans of oil. The 1962 and 1970 cans have the same FSN, but the 1970 can shows spec. of VV-L-800. Since they have the same FSN, I don't know if the spec was changed, or 644 was changed to 800. I have no idea what type or spec oil w
  11. Below is the best I could do. Boy, 12, Killed After Hand Grenade Bought at an Antique Mall Explodes Officials said that more of the World War II-era grenades, which had been thought to be inactive, may have been sold this summer at an antique mall in North Carolina. The MK2 grenade, a style used during World War II similar to the one pictured, exploded on Dec. 23, killing a teenager in Abingdon, Va.Credit...Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives By Bryan Pietsch Published Jan. 10, 2021Updated Jan. 11, 2021, 3:30 p
  12. REDAR is a generic term for all those hoses that comes from the R.E. DARling company that made them originally. Much like any copier is a Xerox machine, all hoses are called REDAR hoses no matter who made them. Are all your hoses made by R.E. Darling? If not, could different manufacturers mark them slightly different?
  13. thorin6's words are so true! As the article said, people keep ordinance for what ever reason. As more and more soldiers pass and footlockers are finally pulled out of the attic and opened, I am sure more live ordinance will be found. That civil was cannon ball that has been passed down from generation to generation may be full of black powder and is just as deadly today as it was in 1862!
  14. I found an old CMP forum from 10 years ago about CMP selling the oilers. Below is one of the posts from Bill Ricca. He was responding to a post that referred to the Craig Riesch book, "U.S. M1 Carbines, Wartime Production" Mr. Ricca seems to be a respected source, so based on this post, it looks like oilers used in the 1950's and 1060's would be surplus WW II since he states there were no Korean War production of oilers. Is my logic in the following statement correct. If oilers were ordered by the Air Force during this time frame, they would likely have been marked IS and have leather gas
  15. Thanks for the great information! It makes perfect sense to seal an oiler going in a survival kit and yes, around the top and body would be the place. ccyooper: If you still have an oiler with paint/japaned on it, please post a picture, or make me a fair price on it! Most likely the paint would have been applied at the local base level . I have never seen the Air Force document specifying how the oilers would be sealed and with what. The above description is the only thing I have seen. I would think the Survival Equipment Shop would requisition X number of oilers from the Or
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