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Ray42

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    -World War Two period
    -Civil War period
    -Vietnam era
    -Paratrooper information and artifacts
    -Military rifles
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  1. I was watching the one with the tab, it really shot up at the end. It is a beautiful patch so I am guess I am not too surprised by the ending price.
  2. That's a great one, I love the tab. Honestly it is bugging me that I am visiting my Girlfriend in a state that does not do Halloween at goodwill because this is my favorite time of year to search. Hopefully in a few days once I am back I will have something to share.
  3. I believe they are all occupation era theater made pieces. The first one with the tree is the 8th Coast artillery, the one with the lion and the dragon is third field artillery, and the black and red one is the 48th AAA BN. A really easy way to find these is just type "theater made DUI" in eBay. These are all fairly common so just searching on eBay will eventually give you a ID from one someone else is selling.
  4. the liner looks like an early one with the folded nap strap. Very nice.
  5. The arrowhead would definitely be for Normandy because the 90th only saw action from Normandy on. I believe that Bill the Patch is right that there were elements of the 90th that had assault credit for Normandy, however just because he has an arrowhead does not necessarily mean that he was in a unit that actually had assault credit. My great-Uncle was with the 343rd FA and the ribbon bar of his has an arrowhead for Normandy even though the 343rd came ashore D+2 and I think assault credit was only for D and D+1. It is still really cool to see however because you know without a doubt that means
  6. They are cool but not all that common. I found one in a named grouping and if you wait long enough one will pop up on eBay in the $250 range.
  7. The first one is the 69th Coast artillery.
  8. Thanks, that makes a lot of sense. I figured there might be a good explanation for why that was.
  9. Definitely post-war, you are right the M22 hallmark is post-war. Another way you can tell is that it is a clutchback pin. While there are some US and theater made DUI pins that date to ww2 these are rarely encountered and this is not one.
  10. You can still get good deals if you get lucky. I purchased my blue sky carbine 3 years ago at a gun shop for somewhere between 350-400, I cant really remember exactly. It came with a reproduction paratrooper stock I add if I ever want to remove the original one, 200 rounds of 30 carbine ammo, 4 original marked magazines (one is the 30 round for the M2 which I think is real but not 100% sure), and one repro mag. I once added up the value of all the extras and figured that I really only paid around $50 for the gun. The import mark on that one was so hidden I didn't even realize it was an impo
  11. I feel like the bars and slashes are backwards, if that really is Mt. Fuji then why is there a bar representing overseas wartime service instead a slash for peacetime service. Another odd thing to me is that it features a mix of navy and army insignia. I would love to know if another member has an explanation to that but it looks like a great helmet with some great artwork if it is original, too bad it doesn't seem to be named.
  12. They are not that uncommon, I think one of my M1 Garand and M1 carbine were imported by them. Generally these import marks are seen as hurting the value of the gun, and nearly makes some unshootable from what I have heard. I got lucky my carbine has one of the original ribbed barrels from ww2 and when the importers mark was stamped in the ribbing it was so light that it is nearly impossible to notice.
  13. Yeah that is much better shape then you normally find, a lot of times at least one blade will be filed down some or the wood will be messed up and markings faded. Since it has the shield in the wood I agree it is an early war knife before they started just stamping them. Nice find!
  14. That is a great one, I remember when you found that and first posted it because I had just seen one sell for pretty big money on eBay. That was certainly a great find. I have found some kind of unique variants as low BINs but the only "Best of the Best" ASMIC pin that would be on the same level of rarity that I found out of the woodwork ended up a little bit of a bidding war. I hope one day I come across a low BIN like these but the neat thing is that you never know what will pop up next.
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