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Ray42

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  1. Thanks, that makes a lot of sense. I figured there might be a good explanation for why that was.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 $50 for the gun. The import mark on that one was so hidden I didn't even realize it was an impo
  4. I feel like the bars and slashes are backwards, if that really is Mt. Fuji then why is there a bar representing overseas wartime service instead a slash for peacetime service. Another odd thing to me is that it features a mix of navy and army insignia. I would love to know if another member has an explanation to that but it looks like a great helmet with some great artwork if it is original, too bad it doesn't seem to be named.
  5. They are not that uncommon, I think one of my M1 Garand and M1 carbine were imported by them. Generally these import marks are seen as hurting the value of the gun, and nearly makes some unshootable from what I have heard. I got lucky my carbine has one of the original ribbed barrels from ww2 and when the importers mark was stamped in the ribbing it was so light that it is nearly impossible to notice.
  6. Yeah that is much better shape then you normally find, a lot of times at least one blade will be filed down some or the wood will be messed up and markings faded. Since it has the shield in the wood I agree it is an early war knife before they started just stamping them. Nice find!
  7. That is a great one, I remember when you found that and first posted it because I had just seen one sell for pretty big money on eBay. That was certainly a great find. I have found some kind of unique variants as low BINs but the only "Best of the Best" ASMIC pin that would be on the same level of rarity that I found out of the woodwork ended up a little bit of a bidding war. I hope one day I come across a low BIN like these but the neat thing is that you never know what will pop up next.
  8. That is a truly awesome find, I have never seen that pin in the wild before except for the best of the best article. On rare days I have found some of the best of the best pins mislabeled, but never for 10$ thats just amazing. Congrats and thanks for showing it!
  9. I have a patch identical to the ROTC one that has a blue background. If I remember correctly it was for a specific schools ROTC in Colorado although I do not remember which one. My guess would be that the read background could signify the ROTC program of a different school.
  10. I also saw that group, is the 5th Army Italian made and the 1st marine division theater made? I couldn't tell from the photos.
  11. This really rare DI recently sold on eBay, unfortunately I got sniped while I was in class and did not win it but I thought it was worth sharing this really rare insignia with the forum. The normal 252nd Artillery DI is an embroidered cloth example but occasionally very delicate decaled pins such as this can be found for the unit. There are a couple of theories for the existence of these such as that only a small subsection of the unit had them made. When ASMIC published the "Best of the Best" issue this DI was excluded because one of the rules for the issue was that only pins that "a collecto
  12. Wow, its pretty rare to find them with any ribbons left on. Sounds like a pretty nice find. I checked a few days ago and only found two modern army dress pants but its about time to start hunting!
  13. Personally I do not know about the 90th Division insignia but I am skeptical of it because the shell and liner do not show similar amounts of wear. The shell is pretty beat yet the insignia also does not seem to match the wear on the rest of the helmets. I am not an expert and you should get another opinion but at best these parts are original and got paired together, but I think more likely they are reproductions.
  14. That patch is for the 2nd Marine division. I have seen a couple of other army uniforms that have a cuff patch like that when the Vet had previous service with the marines on Guadalcanal. It looks like a cool jacket and a nice addition. I am sure another member will be able to tell you more.
  15. Thank you. I agree the search is part of what I like most about collecting DI. I feel like with patches it is really hard to locate new rare patches but comparatively easy to find rare DI for reasonable prices. The only really great one that I have found in person is the hand carved Persian Gulf DI, but there are a surprising number of really great ones on eBay that go misidentified and overlooked. This 725th ROB pin which is one of the best in my collection was found on eBay under the trains category. Several of my new discoveries such as the Camp Crowder DI also came from eBay for as littl
  16. Those are not really Unit crests, they are leadership tabs with a bullion representation of the Korean Peninsula and say Korea on them. Here is a thread on the tabs. There have been several others written if you search for them.
  17. Additionally, the majority of my collection is pre-ww2, ww2, or occupation era. However, this next pin is an exception and one of two Vietnam era "Beer cans" that I have in my collection. This pin is for the 313rd Military Intelligence Battalion which is part of the 82nd airborne and deployed with them during Vietnam. This type of pin is known as a "beer can" because they are locally made and very thin, it is often said that they were made from melting down aluminum cans similar to the pot metal pins of Germany after ww2. I generally avoid these types of pins because they are heavily faked, ho
  18. Also I wanted to add that all of the Patch type DI are theater made and the only examples that are clutch back are also theater made or are modified examples where the original backing was damaged or lost and clutch back posts were added so it could still be used.
  19. Thanks! The next interesting pin that I thought would be cool to show is my 300th infantry regiment. This one is interesting because normally when I encounter a plastic DI it is either German made or made by Whitehead and Hoag, a few are Gemsco but this one is something else entirely. It is somewhat crudely made and fragile but appears to be the usual woven cloth insignia for this unit encased in plastic with a safety pin on the back. The 300th was a detached regiment that never went overseas and from what I have seen were a demonstration unit and may have aided in training other u
  20. I have time for one more post before I have to get some work done for school, so I think it would be fitting to share what is probably my rarest DI and one that I am most proud to have in my collection: the University Training Command Florence. This DI and identical SSI patch that went with it were used by personnel of College education programs in Italy. These programs were provided to service members preparing to demobilize and return to the US and designed to give them college level courses in a variety of subjects. This program existed from July to November 1945. I have only seen two of
  21. Hearing that, and the overall interest from everyone has made sharing my collection worth it so thank you. I am glad you enjoy the theater made pins, they are harder to find for sure but are much more rewarding to view then a plain jane American made version, even for the same unit. I do not really have any but there are also some stunning early American made DI made by firms like BB&B in enameled bronze.
  22. It is not a problem hope it was useful, I have found that despite how cool many of them are they are often overlooked in favor of other items such as patches. Also I tried DMing you about the group but it said you could not receive messages.
  23. That was almost instant, thank you tredhed2, you really are a wealth of information on the subject which I suspect is not a coincidence given the picture you use. Hope you enjoyed what you saw of my collection and have a good day.
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