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Ben G.

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  1. Was wondering if this was actually done to attach GP bags to vehicles during WW2 or Korea?
  2. Was wondering if this M65 field jacket was legit. It has no hood, or lining from what I can tell.
  3. Hi everyone, thanks to the help of user R. Johnston, I was able to find out the manufacturer of my sword. Here are some updated photos of the "T" Maker's Mark I was able to find by removing some rust on the blade.
  4. Ok, I think it had the US stamp all along, I just wasn't seeing it before for some reason.
  5. Oh, and the Scabbard is leather with brass fittings. I did however notice the there is a dent in the brass at the bottom of the Scabbard, Maybe this is a hint that at least the Scabbard was used at some point.
  6. From what I can tell, there aren't any US marks, or import or makers marks anywhere on it, I only noticed the Latin on the blade next to the eagle, and the "iron proof" mark on the backstrap. There are very little Nicks in the blade but there is quite a lot of surface rust. I wish there was some way to link this to a specific officer or something, or if it was used in the civil war, what side it was used on.
  7. Yeah, I suppose I got really lucky, because the seller told me they thought it was an "older reproduction". They probably didn't start reproducing civil war memrobelia until at most 30 or 40 years ago, and it definitely looks and feels a lot older than that, so I guess it must be original then. If so, it is a great piece of history and I will probably keep it as a conversation piece rather than try to sell it for more than I paid. I appreciate everyone's help in identifying it.
  8. Alright, I guess that this is an original piece then. I'm curious as to how many years the m1850 model was imported? Is it possible for these swords to be post civil war era? I wonder how long it took for these swords to fall out of us service. However, I didn't notice any import or Maker's marks on this particular sword.
  9. Interesting, I paid $60.00 for it. What do you mean when you say it's a German import?
  10. Hi, I'm trying to determine whether or not this sword is original.
  11. Well I guess the proof is in the pudding, the rubber handled m4's were definitely used by u.s. forces in korea. I guess mine is likely a south Korean referb then, since it was made post korea and appears to be re-parkerized. Also, the us military would really have no reason to restore something that is already perfectly servicable, and not to mention, the carbine fell out of service only a few years after plastic gripped m4's started being made. Thanks for the information about this subject. I am a relatively new user, and I will most likely be posting more new things in the future!
  12. Interesting, I was not aware that the rubber grips continued to be added even up until Vietnam. maybe it was done in support of south Vietnam, since the carbine was not in U.S. service anymore at that time.
  13. I know that there is some confusion about whether or not rubber grips on the u.s. m4 bayonets were a Korean war modification or some kind of post war commercial or military retrofit as a way of upgrading existing m4's with a better grip material than leather. This particular m4 I know is post Korean war, because it was made by Turner manufacturing company "marked TMN". I know that Turner didnt start making m4's until after korea, and they are usually found with the black checkered plastic grips. I was wondering if anyone could shed any light about this subject.
  14. Ok, then the rubber grips are confirmed to be a post war thing, thank you for clearing that up. That was the reason I thought it might not be authentic, I think that most post-korea m4 bayonets tend to have the checkered plastic grips.
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