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  1. It's a commercial, non-military chute. Although Pioneer did make parachutes for the military, this is one of their civilian versions. Typically these can be had for not more than $200 in my experience.
  2. Just remember guys, Orloff is saying film in 2020 NOT release in 2020. Band of brothers took over a year and half. The Pacific started filming in August 2007, but didn't air until March 2010. That's two and half years! Even if they started today, late 2021 would be the earliest we would see it in all probability.
  3. Quite similar to ours, but not actually The Rigger Depot reproduction. Slightly different material and construction. For reference, here is what ours look like. When used and aged, our repros do look original though. www.theriggerdepot.com/parachute-first-aid-packet-2nd-version
  4. This is indeed a Navy QAC harness. However, this webbing is typical of postwar construction, not WWII. Are you confident on the 1944 stamp? Any chance it has been added? Typically it will have both a month/year stamp, not just the year.
  5. I believe you are referring to the safety pin for the snap hooks. After the pack is clipped to the harness, that pin is inserted into the drilled holes in the gate of one snap hook (right hand side). That way, should one hook somehow come undone, the second will always stay put.
  6. Ultimately you will get what you pay for - there is a reason the prices are different. It's not as simple to simply switching out a red ripcord, or relacing the pack tray. These have cast zinc hardware not painted (cheap), while USA ones are forged steel, correctly plated and painted. The webbing and canvas on these will have thinner weave on the webbing, and a more coarse (incorrect) weave on the canvas. The stitching is much lighter, and some stitch patterns are completely absent altogether. The reserve is the worst of all - it's actually several inches too small for the standard 24' can
  7. Looks like it still has the complete canopy. The lines could be cut, but based off the picture it looks like there is a good chance everything is still together. And be careful about pulling the ripcord....reserve chutes pack VERY tight, and it can be extremely difficult to get everything back unless you have some experience. I would recommend only pulling one pin to release the side flap, and checking that way.
  8. I'm pretty sure that's not Herb Zamar's work, or Juan from WWII Imp. These look like homemade pouches and bear very little resemblance to the real pouches. Just the way it's stitched, how the LTD is installed, makes me think novice.
  9. Attention helmet guys, what's the current going rate for a typical, run-of-the-mill front seam M-1 helmet? Either fixed bail or swivel bail? Already have the liner.
  10. Yes, definitely reproduction. The tie types are woven with modern, postwar machinery that didn't exist during the war.
  11. It is indeed is a 1st pattern camouflage. Nice chute! Sadly it looks like both the suspension lines and the apex lines have been cut?
  12. For parachute and survival equipment, The Rigger Depot has most of what you are looking for. Quite a few members of the forum have our equipment as well. Here's the direct link for the A-3 harness mentioned: www.theriggerdepot.com/a-3-harness Joshua DeJong
  13. Awesome Observer assembly. Based on the adjustment that looks like a rather small crewmen! The ones with the May 1944 TO modification painting are always the most interesting. Any idea which unit this was issued to? Joshua
  14. Most of the modifications are pretty typical for this specific contract. The extra tuck flaps on the sides and ripcord pocket alternation were most likely modified circa November 1943 in compliance with the technical orders. Your picture doesn't show the modified ripcord pocket, but I'm guessing it has white binding tape and has been shortened? However, the snap hooks are not at all typical for this pack as you mentioned. These have been added after the war (looks like the handiwork of a certain French dealer). Hard to tell from just those pictures, but I think the snap hooks and risers ar
  15. Do you have a picture of the square inspection stamp? At the very least, that might indicate who made it. How deep is it? Looks like a few inches?
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