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  1. Your grenade at one time was a "live" one. But this appears to have been INERTed properly. Hold onto it because of the color which is quite rare these days. The screw at the bottom was for introducing either EC powder or flaked TNT and then sealed off with the large screw at the bottom. Yours is pretty beat up but you may be able to find a newer one year: http://www.bocn.co.uk/vbforum/forum.php These people ARE the ones to contact if you have any type of ordnance question. They do their homework and will help anyone. I am a member there in case the one person wants to know? We even wil
  2. A company that makes excellent copies were from the Company named SOG. Without the SOG logo and with all of them carrying a pocket with whetstone you would be taken a back. Especially, the one made for underwater use, as there is only 1 of of the 35 made that is still that is out there. Mr. Baker has it and it will be guaranteed to draw at least a half a million, per him. Mark MACVSOG "Living Historian"
  3. I have at the moment around 7 Survival knives laying around. Some are directly sewed into the vests, such as the SRU-21/P and a OV-1 Mohawk vest and some in the Navy's SV-1 and 2's. All of the ones that are sewed in have the flexible tip. The others I have are with and without the riveted lower "protector" which was really placed there to provide the necessary guard for to use the butt to hammer with. The only one I am looking for now is the rare 6" blade model which came out during the 1950's - 1960's (around the mid 60's). All of the "REAL DEALS" will have some kind of wording with the
  4. I have both of Marshall's books on the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Both are good reads and accurate from what I have been told by my Dad, My Uncle on my Wife's side. He was also on the cover of time magazine. He was looking into the sky when the picture was shot. He was a hero when he came back. My Dad also served in Korea. All of these family members thought the book on the Korean War by Marshall was accurate. The one on Vietnam was rated to be pretty good as far as accuracy was confirmed by my cousin and by a friend. Also with my study of the Vietnam War and especially the "Spe
  5. I will totally agree with that comment! Can you remember just how many flag there were for commo on a ship? I am curious? I saw an episode on one of R. Lee Ermy's shows (now I remember, it was "Mail Call!) where he was being taught how to use them from a Coast Guardsman. He lost it shortly thereafter and I was lost in the beginning? Also, to add further confusion, can the same flags in both hands be moved in different directions to mean something else by the signalman? Or, am I just insane and talking about 2 or 3 different duties on board and different occupations? Sir, Guys,
  6. "Spy vs Spy", You have some rare ones at that. Any of them aluminum? I just read a five page article on how Ben "Conrad" Baker developed these knives from a "Fighting Knives article dated I believe in 1989? If you need some help with ID'ing any of them, I can give you some help because the article was full of detail. Mark "MACVSOG "Living Historian"
  7. Now since they are from WWII, when were they suppose to be removed from the rifle or can they just shoot thru it. I know that you could do this with M16A1's and AR-18's. Just wanting some more info? Mark MACVSOG "Living Historian"
  8. Dave, I have one that is dated 1969. To keep it apart, sprinkle baby powder on it on each side and in between the folds when you do this. Should help it from cracking too. Mark MACVSOG "Living Historian"
  9. It may be for a helicopter pilot in some instances, same would go for the fast mover pilots too. I am only guessing. I have a dozen or so SRU-21/p gear and vests from Vietnam. I have about nine of them fully loaded with the proper components in the pockets and wore it around the house a few years back and it became quite comfortable. In addition to the vest you cannot forget the pan kit. It is an addition and not a substitution. I have three of these fully loaded too. The great things about the Vests and the seat kits are that they can be placed in the back seat of any vehicle. The se
  10. I will be honest. I have never seen a pic of one of those types. I have seen the three shot barrel before on the bottom of the experimental version. I have definitely seen the pump-action M-79. On top of that I have seen the XM148 underneath of the M16 which was by far a waist of money and a mechanical nightmare. Thanks for showing me this Ordnance!
  11. Yeppers, I am one of them. Mostly vests, components, and kits. They are all from the Vietnam War! Mark MACVSOG "Living Historian"
  12. My Lt. at the Sheriff's Office was in Caputo's company. In the movie he is shown giving some pipe tobacco to Caputo. He can you stories about Mr. Caputo that have never been told. Mark MACVSOG "Living Historian"
  13. A lot of C-ration cases looked like a handful of them were just throne in. I have around 20+ still in the wrapper. I have even went as far as sharpening some them so they would cut into the can better. Mark
  14. It does appear to me to be a fake and I will tell you why. These are novelty pieces made in Korea and sold as such. The real "Training" grenades will not have Korea anywhere on the grenade. I hope you didn't spend too much on this piece. They can can be used as paperweights if you need to. Mark
  15. "The Thing" is still a classic. He looked convincing enough to scare me when I was a kid. Mark
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