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  1. 14 years ago tomorrow...hard to believe it's been that long, his little girl must be nearly grown by now...he still crosses my mind as often as he did back then RIP Brother... This was our flag on the FOB, lowered to half mast the day we lost Scott...
  2. Oh, yes, I also camouflaged my weapon my first tour...I still have some of the painted mags...I used a double-clamped mag as my primary, the clamps had been gifts to us from the Israelis when we went through their Counter Terror School in 2005 a few months before going to Iraq..
  3. Some was SOP, some was just paranoia of running dry in a gun fight...I didn't even mention what was in the assault pack Tour 1...2005-2006...the war was still a war and not this police-action hearts and minds thing quite yet, so I was paranoid of going winchester on ammo...typical combat load of the time was 6 rifle mags, I doubled it. You use to be able to buy mags at the PX, this was before all the gun laws tightened and now you need a letter from the CO authorizing you to buy them, which is usually only to replace ones you may have lost. Mid-tour we received a threat of gas attack, so f
  4. The Marine Corps finally started issuing pouches that are almost the same as the private purchase, since everyone was buying it, anyway. Originally, units had either the LBVs with MOLLE pouches, or the even earlier one with permanently sewn-on pouches. The LBV pouches were tri-color woodland, and we were wearing the new coyote tan interceptors....so we started buying the tan pouches. Now that they're issued, you see very little private purchase gear, with the exception of GP pouches. Most guys in leadership billets have a privately purchased GP pouch, as the Marine Corps doesn't issue anything
  5. NSN is true for unit purchases, the days if waivers is gone...but I haven't heard that IRT private purchase
  6. Blackhawk was hugely popular in the Marine Corps via unit purchase, as well as private-purchase. It was fairly affordable. Guys with a little rank on their collar (higher paychecks) and gear-queers also used a lot of Diamondback. SpecOps was a crappy budget brand available at the PX, but often bought due to the low pricetag, particular outside the infantry. In my experience, grunts are a little more willing to pay more for their gear...they knew they would use it, unlike guys who may never leave the FOB, and we tend to consider it an investment in our lives, not an expense. But...even if t
  7. It's usually deferred to commanders at the unit level, and by no means limited to the Special Forces community. Every victor unit I've been in has authorized private-purchase gear to varying degrees It is also extensively used by law enforcement, reenactors, paintballers, airsofters, and wannabes...I have long said that in the future, the only private-purchase gear of any value on the collector market will have to be documented to a veteran/part of a group
  8. There was no uniform emblem in this design, but there was a known sweetheart pinback. Never seen a screwback...but these used to sell stupid high a decade ago during the EGA craze, so I guess it's possible it was converted. Any signs of having had a clasp on the anchor? The swivel hinge could have been replaced with the stabilizer pin Or, they could have produced a sweetheart screwback. Not a uniform item, though
  9. I hear the official war cry of the Space Force was approved. The commander yells "To infinity!" and the troops yell "And Beyond!"
  10. Not a bad way to bring in the New Year...first find of the decade...taken in Boston, sadly no name...
  11. They go one of a few ways usually... 1) Crappy liberal-agenda anti-war PTSD stigma pushing swill 2) Over-the-top patriotic-propaganda pushing Americanpaloozas 3) Hollywood-can't-settle-for-honesty-churched-up-BS 4) Spec Ops/MOH Worshipping Flicks And before everyone starts screaming how good some of the more popular ones are, anyone who thinks Lone Survivor or American Sniper are historically accurate haven't read the after-action reports I was appalled how quickly Hollywood started churning out the movies in the early days. As a rule, I no longer watch movies about
  12. It's alarming how many service members don't understand what blue means on ordinance...I have a stock of spent LAWs at work we use in the ISMT. One goes down, pull the computer guts out, stick them in a tube where they sights haven't snapped (because that's 99% of the time the issue). Every time someone comes through, I have to explain to them what properly de-milled means.
  13. I don't think it's World's Fair...these badges were fairly common in the era and of a wide array...MPs, flight line inspectors, shore patrol, etc. I don't know what this one was for, though.
  14. It goes into the PayPal account and is immediately taken out by PayPal to pay the taxes. Needlessly complex, but that's what they came up with
  15. Buttons on these screwed to studs, so can't be trusted to ID, they are too easy to replace. Image of the buttons is small, but they're don't look USMC to me, either
  16. Picture came out as a tiny thumbnail, unviewable
  17. I'm late to this party, but I'll chime in with my initial assessment, much of which was confirmed here... -Wings were added to the group...first, they're rigger wings, not parachutist wings. While this alone doesn't mean enough, since some Paras wore them against regs, why are they still in the box? Wosk has been selling their packaged surplus for 15 years...I remember buying several sets when they first hit the market in spring of 2004...and they're still being sold off. I am always suspicious of packaged Wosk items in groups. -My first impression when seeing the PFC stripes and the 1
  18. If you had to have just one, the original portrait is better than the painting, IMHO. And I doubt they'll go from $700 to $100, I'd chalk it off and wait until the end of the sale, when it's inevitably still around, prices tend to drop at the end
  19. Must have been some lively inter-service rivalry ribbing around that dinner table for years to come...
  20. In 2007, they promised us that by 2017 we'd have shuttles that could land a squad of Marines anywhere on earth in hours by entering orbit...it kept me around...and never happened...
  21. Not all Ellis spinners were marked The Beast is likely late 20s/early 30s...they're consistent with other Depression-era quality insignia
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