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    Retired Military. Avid shooter and collector.

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  1. Thank you for the info. Was the US marking just to help them sell better?
  2. Shown is a pretty nice cover I got. Marked US but no maker mark anywhere. The lift-the-dots look like WW1 ones but it has the large later hanger patch on the back. Color is between a OG3 and OG7. Material has a much lighter weight feel to it....almost like linen material and has a sorta mixed fiber content look to it. Gray wool inside that is coming off the flaps. Could this be Japanese? Do these have collector interest whatever they are?
  3. Stamps and heat transfer decals are no longer used. All hats and jackets come with machine embroidered EGA. The Marine only adds matched backing name and branch tapes also machine embroidered.
  4. Ken Nolan Co iron on EGAs were popular into the age of digital camo.
  5. Yes a importer. Blue Sky did not rebarrel weapons, only important refinish them. Many had the Blue Sky logo so deeply stamped the bore was damaged. They use to be used for parts and bases for building better rifles. Lots of carbines and M1s had that stamp, however time has allowed for lots of barrel swapping. I still have a horseshoe pit made with 2 Blue Sky barrels as the post.
  6. 1” from collar tip to the bottom most part of the chevron, whichever grade.
  7. Army wise I have not seen any such marking in over 20 years. SSN use to be on the duffel bag but that was cut out. Guys use to mark their web gear but CIF will not take it back like that, so pretty much nothing but name tags are used if anything. Army wise we really don’t need to mark everything as we don’t wash stuff like the Navy and Marines do...bulk washing.
  8. Outstanding group. Thank you much
  9. I remember them on Range Safety Personnel and Road Guards on tactical road marches. Being a pervious MP I never saw them used in any way by duty MPs. Just a high visibility band. Oh, also saw “evaluators” use them on field exercises to denote them as not being friendly or bad guy forces.
  10. You see both officer and enlisted wearing these during field training, gunnery, crew maintenance and just about anywhere you wanted a uniform that you could get dirty or greasy and/or cooler than your woolen service uniform.
  11. Look to be the first pattern Sage Green (light shade) HBT work overalls. Extremely widely issued and used as the blue denim work uniform phased out but the first pattern 2 piece sage green HBT was not fully fielded. Lots of pix of them being used for basic training field wear. Very unpopular in the Pacific due to the 1 piece design. Designed as a mechanic, artillery gun crew etc work outfit but pressed into a combat role till something better was fielded. Changed in late 42 early 43 to a simplified pattern then that was changed later in 43 to the dark shade HBT. All issued patterns of lig
  12. I don’t remember the pants changing until we went to the NYCO ripstop. Only remember the coat collar getting smaller and either then or just a little later button tabs appearing on the sides. Had to maintain 2 sets of hot weather and 2sets of temperate BDUs once the hot weather ones came out and the old OG107 jungle fatigues were no longer authorized.
  13. The two front most straps attach to the belt, the other two attach back to the haversack using either the 2 D rings on the pack body or if a pack tail is used, then to the pack tail D rings. These straps stabilize the pack and load. *By the textbook you will then have 2 pack straps attached to the cartridge belt about 2nd eyelet back, 2 pack straps attached under and behind your arm back to the pack body and finally the single or double strap of the pack attached to the rear of the cartridge belt. The idea was both the pack and the cartridge belt would then be supported and stabilized.
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