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    RVN Items, Specifically Tiger Stripe...<br />All military firearms, Specifically Sniper related.<br />Any Camouflage after 1975.
  1. Not only was he a hell of a warrior, he was a damn good police too.
  2. I have a set like this that was made in Singapore and was issued in the 80-90 period. I will have to dig it out and see. Would have to e-mail a photo to someone to post, I still haven't gotten the hang of that yet, no matter how much some of you have tried to help....
  3. With Thermal, your body heat glow overpowers the pattern. The MARPAT black is 1/2 as bad as the woodlands in NVD's because it's 1/2 the amount of black as the woodlands. And yes, the ACU works best in NVD's partly because it was designed to hide the best under those conditions, then you add in the M-4, black in color, and the NVD helmet mount, black in color, the rhino horn, black in color, and the PVS-14, black in color, and the ACU becomes not so good again. Wash any of these suits in detergent with UV brightners and watch the glow get brighter. Get them dirty where you can see the dirt sheen on your clothes with naked eye and the dirt imbedded in the cloth reflects the light almost like a UV brightner. The name tags in the original pics were never treated for IR, so they glow very brightly. This is a problem with getting nametags and patches from those shops right outside the post gate, or having something embroidered in country with thread that is not IR treated. The best suit we found for night use is the Marpat DESERT suit. But you have to camo the black stuff mentioned above.
  4. During my Dad's time in the service, beginning in 1943, he related several things about shoes and boots. His first combat boots were the rough out combat boot which they burned smooth then polished to meet formation. He thought it stupid to be issued rough out boots that had to be polished. Then he spoke of having to dye brown boots black when he had brown boots issued in black boot times. They had a surplus of the browns when the service went to black. And as an aside, I had a navy uncle who dyed boondockers black when nothing else was available. It seems in some places it was "anything goes".. Had one Dad and nine uncles, all WW-II combat veterans, and I now regret destroying their uniforms to play in when I was a kid, not keeping some of the items like their painted unit helmets, and even worse, not sitting down with them and running a recorder. Today when I think of those guys, I feel so small and with them gone, lost. The world made sense when they were alive.
  5. http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/ind...8314&st=180 Page 10, post 198, and 199-200 show the movie poster of John Wayne.
  6. Those are for quick attach of the reflective tape for night recognition.
  7. So far in the pictures we see one unbadged uniform, the first picture shown in the postings (OldFireGuy). Then we see a badged uniform in the second series of pics (Snake36Bravo). Snake says the pics he posted show a badged and unbadged set, but I think the pic he says is unbadged looks that way because of the way Sheen is turned (from watching the movie last night). The black V stripe running up to the patch is the same on all of Snake's pics. There is one scene where Sheen comes up out of the water and he is soaked. Then in the next scene, where he should be soaked, he is dry. There is either two uniforms there or the continuity break was pretty long to dry out the suit he soaked. I say two to three uniforms based on what I see watching the movie once again. We also see more than one tiger suit on Kurtz' people. More pics please.... And fwiw, the pic from "Tour of Duty" is a Tigerstripe Products jacket. TSP was also used in the movie with Danny Glover and the Elephant. Interesting point though, was on the Magnum PI series, he appears to have had a real suit, not TSP, and when he ripped up the shirt in one show, from then on, you saw him with tiger pants and a green top. Like he only had one set for the series. Come on, more pics guys..
  8. The very first run was made in Thailand and sold when TSP went by the name Boval. The pocket pattern on them was the advisor two button. The second run can be seen in "the horrid book" listed by Johnson as the "Bolding" pattern. Still sold under the name Boval rather than TSP, and advisor two button pockets. I bought the last of the cloth from them. The third run was sold as the first TSP pattern, again, two button pockets. Your coat is a fourth run pattern, 2nd TSP, with alterations to take up the sides. The pocket top stitching looks off in your picture, like someone changed the top to "make" it look like a RVN issue piece. Their fifth run, 3rd TSP, fades wierd and the cloth left a line where it was folded when the pants were washed. This run was not offered long. Their sixth run, 4th TSP, was the light cloth that faded to a gray, and was the crappiest they sold. The seventh run, 5th TSP, was very heavy cloth, dark green versus an olive tint. Again, I bought some of that cloth from them. The eighth run, 6th TSP was probably the best cloth and pattern coloration they did. They did a couple more runs where the variations were so slight you can only tell them in the wash fade. Somewhere around run 11 they went to a pattern that just looked "bright" when you saw it in the day light and it had modern USGI buttons. I did not buy any of these. There were a couple of runs after that with the USGI buttons and the only difference in these is the wash fade. Then there was the short crotch pants runs and TRU-Spec. In all of these I never saw a single button pocket shirt made by them.
  9. Yes they do and the WWII do not.
  10. The gold suits sold by Moore were also sold by E-Bay seller GoGoGo1944, aka Wood, who has sold a faded out (stone washed) set of "silver tigers" in two cloth weights, heavy twill and light weight cotton, and who recently sold a light weight late war advisor type set. Wood is a reliable guy and honest. Tells you what he sells you is a repro. Then there is E-Bay seller Panzerfaust, who sells very good reproductions of many things besides tigerstripe, another reliable and honest guy. I have dealt with NCHS and their products and they are reliable and honest. Can't say that about some of the others.
  11. Put a real pair side by side with the pair you have and you will note the ankle support on the real boot is higher up on the side than the pair you have. On the real boots, the ankle support almost touches the rear strap coming up the back of the boot and on the Korean boots, the ankle support is approximately 1/2" down from the rear strap. On the portion of the side (canvass) below the ankle support (and above the vents), the exposed part of the real boot is almost a square, where the Korean boot resembles a rectangle rather than a square. These things are very visible in your photographs, low ankle support, rectangle, and the ankle support material looks to be a more coarse weave than on real boots. And as others have mentioned, the brownish color is not seen on issued boots, real 1960's boots fade to a gray green, then almost a white, rather than brown. 1990's green Altama-Delta jungle boots, made for civilian sale after the military went to the black jungle boot, do have a brown fade to them. If you go to the link below, you can see the differences described above. http://www.olive-drab.com/od_soldiers_gear_jungle_boots.php
  12. Those are Tiger Stripe Products, 2nd run or so, reproductions. I have a set just like them.
  13. In the 80's BUDS, there were no perma pressed shinola, there was the old cotton stuff. Some units still issued the cotton rather than the perma pressed shinola, there were warehouses full of the cotton stuff that was issued to whichever unit needed it for a specific duty. National guard units had the pass down situation of cotton when big army was issuing perma press. After the army went BDU, there were still warehouses full of cotton fatigues that were given to other countries and sold as surplus to the public.
  14. Hugh Ambrose's book "The Pacific" shows a picture of some Guadalcanal Marines in a "modified" uniform, with the 1MarDiv patch on them. One of the guys in the picture is still alive, or was at the time Ambrose wrote the book. That picture was taken of those Guadalcanal survivors in Australia. The uniform pictured above is in line with the "modified" uniforms issued to the guys at that time. They took what they could get due to the war effort's inability to produce and ship enough supplies to them. There is more than one documented event where people aquired locally tailored or produced uniforms during those days. Some more research would be nice on Will Russell to see if he was on Guadalcanal and then in Australia from USMC records.
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