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El Bibliotecario

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  1. My experience with footlocker displays was that uniformity was the overriding issue. I don't recall what brand of tooth powder or paste I had but it was exactly the same as every other one on display. Everyone displayed a pack of red Pall Mall cigarettes. No matter that I did not smoke, everyone had to be uniform. All of the shaving sticks were red. I am still unclear on how to use a shaving stick, but everyone had to have one to be uniform. Items in my static display were never used. I took my cheap safety razor to the shop and torqued it so tight it was impossible to open, thus preventing an inspecting officer from finding any corrosion or dirt. I kept the same white towel tacked into place lining the tray--two years later when I cleared the unit it had a big yellow square faded on the exposed part.
  2. I am puzzling over an army which would have so many invalids that they contracted to have canes made in quantity. A general hospital might have a need for canes, which raises the question of whether limited quantity specialized garrison hospital material was contracted or purchased on the open market. I was hoping it might have been BG Theodore Roosevelt Jr's cane, but he seems to have used a different pattern
  3. This was on display in a small museum, in connection with a WW1 Signal Corp officer's gear. I am guessing it is a bag for a camera tripod, but seek information from those more informed.
  4. I would suggest the referenced post was written to gain attention by creating controversy or by people who may well have had no first hand experience with some of the items. The worst I would say is that many of the items reflect the military's penchant for buying peripheral bits of equipment of minimal use, no doubt fueled by lobbying contractors and retired generals on corporate boards. My jeep driver was once wearing the cold weather face mask. When he said something I disagreed with I jokingly reached across and buttoned the flap over his mouth.
  5. I am afraid you are correct. After I thought about it, I realized this compass has had virtually no real use, so I doubt if scratches are the issue.
  6. My 1959 Waltham, which was obtained directly from the army in new condition, has a radiation hazard sticker on the back. I have never seen such a sticker on other GI compasses. Was this an unusual thing, or did the stickers just get worn off with use? I noticed the '57 Airguide in the photo has some dulling on the lens. I am beginning to see this on my compass. Is this surface scratching, or interior fogging? I am thinking the former might be treatable with the polishing compound one uses to brighten up automobile headlight covers.
  7. Thank you for the comparison, and for reinforcing my suspicions. Compared to my belt, the hardware on the original is also more substantial.
  8. Is the belt in the photo a faux-Mills belt made by Hurlbert or another manufacturer of substitutes, or (more likely) made by Chan's Number One Web Gear of Taiwan? Loops are sewn. Condition new, which in itself I find suspicious. The only marking i can find is an illegible stamp on the middle of the inside rear.
  9. While promotions and demotions were indeed more localized at unit level, the system of grades belonging to the unit rather than the individual ended quite a few years before the Viet Nam war.
  10. It fascinates me that this discussion has continued for a decade. Just now I took out my keys and looked at the attached P38. It is marked" US Shelby." Since it has never occurred to me to pay money for a throwaway can opener, I know this piece is original GI issue from my stash of stuff from my military days. But how do I document its authenticity? If I take it to the P38 collector's convention, they'll just laugh at me and claim it is a fake. Why didn't I leave it in the original wrapper and just beat open those C ration cans on a rock?
  11. It looks 'sort of' like the bag for the M209 encryption machine, but I am baffled as to why anyone would make a copy of such an obscure item.
  12. I once had a set of unissued female OG leggins. They were the same high quality heavy material as male leggins. I can't give you dimensions since i gave them to a museum after unsuccessfully trying to convince my 12-year old daughter they were the latest teen style. They fit her so I think they would fit a ten-year old.
  13. Do compansators create blast like some muzzle devices? I can see a GI who took exception to the gadget simply removing it and throwing it away.
  14. Import marks were required by 1986 legislation which allowed the resumption of surplus weapons importing which had been curtailed the the 1968 Gun Control Act. So a weapon with no import markings could have been brought into the US by a GI--or by Interarmco prior to 1968.
  15. A few 'late to the party' observations: Interesting to hear about the demise of the alcohol culture--next I suppose they will stop spit-shining boots. When I was on active duty in Germany, I once went to a 'community' meeting, chaired by an O6, the ranking officer in the local collection of military units. Someone pointed out that while the army was killing careers by taking drastic action against soldiers who received DUI citations, at the same time the Class VI store was selling alcohol at bargain prices. They asked if there was anything to be done about this. The colonel sighed. "I've tried," he said. "There's nothing to be done. The money from liquor sales funds all the non-appropriated fund activities, and if you say anything, the boy scouts, the dependent youth activity, and everybody else raises hell." Sorry to hear the enlisted club managers are history. I briefly served with one of these NCOs in Korea and he was ...well, let me say, a very capable expediter. When the sarge and I had to travel to Seoul, I assumed we would ride the shuttle bus. When I mentioned this he gave me a pained look and phoned a friend. We traveled to Seoul in a sedan.
  16. http://sturm-miltec.com/ I don't know if this is who you were looking for but it is the first name that came to me.
  17. Given that it appears machine-sewn, I would speculate it was fabricated when USGI WW2 web gear was a drug on the market and surplus stores modified unpopular stuff to make what they considered more marketable items--like utility straps.
  18. RE the plastic buckle: (1) I am pretty sure Cathey Enterprises of Round Rock TX was a bone fide postwar provider of USGI holsters. (2) I know they sold various patterns of USGI holsters on the civilian market in both black and brown, because... (3) I bought one of their brown GI pattern shoulder holsters for a K frame S&W revolver. The buckle adjusting the chest strap (I want to call it a harness buckle) is heavy duty black plastic. Readers may draw their own conclusions.
  19. If the receiver ring has been drilled and tapped for the scope mount, this adversely affects value since the weapon cannot be restored to original M1903A3 condition. Given that issue, it might have relatively more value as a faux-M1903A4 to someone who wanted a lower priced representative piece, as mentioned by a previous poster.
  20. I saw a similar pistol in a unit arms rack during the 1970s. The only reason I spotted it was the lack of the dished out clearance cut behind the trigger on the left side of the frame. I didn't know anything about rebuild markings at the time, but the pistol had been parkerized and all visible bits and pieces such as grip safety, mainspring housing, grips, etc, replaced with M1911A1 parts. I would consider the possibility that a post-military owner replaced any M1911A1 parts installed on this pistol during its rebuild with M1911 parts to make it 'correct,' The grips in particular are too nice to be credible. I'm not badmouthing the pistol, I have little patience with the business of removing legitimate arsenal upgrades and replaced parts to make a weapon 'correct.' I'd guess that 90% of WW2 or earlier weapons were rebuilt at least once and I personally consider them historically accurate. My long memory precludes me from commenting on the price; my first M1911A1 cost me something like $50 or $60.
  21. The shoulder holster appears to be a garden variety M7 holster missing the across-the-chest strap. (Possibly that strap is not in the photo.) See pp 319-323 US MILITARY HOLSTERS AND PISTOL CARTRIDGE BOXES, E.S. Meadows.
  22. Obviously without photos one is guessing. Having said that, the description, other than the rifle straps, sounds like the USGI WW2 jungle hammock I purchased in new condition at the surplus store as a kid.
  23. During Nike-Herc school, a classmate asked about the purpose of the ram pressure static probe. "That's classified secret,' the instructor told him. "You'll have to wait until the secret part of the course." Instead of waiting, he bought a Revel kit, whose instructions answered his question.
  24. When I was a troopie, everyone I knew had a similar collection. Occasionally we all laid out our collectibles on our bunks for the admiration of the battery commander. My collection was also in great shape, because the only items I ever used were the pistol belt and canteen. When I was issued my sleeping bag carrier, the straps were rolled and tightly bound with green bindery tape. Two years later when I turned it in, it was still taped.
  25. Another benefit would be allowing combat in urban areas without violating noise ordinances. Like most things this isn't new. I believe that over a century ago, the army tried the Maxim silencer. Supposedly they gave it up when they found the noise of a supersonic bullet was as bad as the noise from the rifle--the example I recall was firing a M1903 rifle parallel to a railroad right of way, and hearing a fusilade of CRACKs! as the bullet passed each telegraph pole. But as someone else who spends much of his time asking people to repeat what they said, safeguarding troop hearing is a positive. I, too, wondered about the effect on zero previously mentioned. But while this could impact range scores, would it be of any significance in modern combat? I'm not inferring it would or would not be; I have no idea.
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