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  1. 5 years later, I guess I got busy, and still am looking for a 1943 date M3.
  2. I bought these a few weeks ago from a boneyard operator. Got 3-4 more, all for $15. From left, compass, WWII bomber Oxygen Regulator, Huey position guage.
  3. Here is the seat. I'm still looking for rails, the guy I got it from didn't have any. They are T shaped in cross section, the seat had clamps and rollers and a locking pin at the bottom.
  4. Hi, I got a Convair 131/340 pilots seat this weekend. The seat evidently sits on rails mounted to the floor, which I didn't get. There are rollers and a pin lock at the bottom, to adjust fore and aft. I've polished up the seat and want to make it sitable. Would you try to find or make some rails, and mount them on a plate? The seat as is is very light, about 25lbs. But I want to use it as furniture. Thanks!
  5. Great conversation and let's hope this site keeps going for many years! (I am part of a forum that is shutting down). I got the knife and it's got steel liners, looks just about mint other than a cracked scale I didn't notice when I bought. No matter, it's a nice looking knife from "about" 1943-1947 I can say, with your help.
  6. This post I was referring to.
  7. I understand. But my point was is this knife has features of the earliest Kingstons, not the later 1945 ones, when contracts would be cancelled. Let's say this one was made in 1942-3 when the contract started. Or it's parts were. Why would those parts have never been assembled, in 1943, and shipped to the fleet/corps? Doesn't make sense. In the early stages of the war, they would have been making things as fast and getting them out as quickly as possible. Everything was in short supply, as our boot camps and schools started turning out hundreds of thousands of servicemen. Logic tells me they would not have just "stockpiled" parts in 1942-3 for "later". If these were a hodgepodge of features, early and late, then I'd believe you. But it seems to have all the correct, early war features. Surely they didn't assemble early war parts in the post-war period, skipping over all the later parts? Somewhere in these threads Dustin wrote that all Kingstons maked Made in USA are wartime production. It seems the idea that this is a parts knife, post war, is a hypothesis with no basis in facts, and is just people guessing. Isn't an easier guess (Occam's Razor principle) that this is a WWII production, and they etched the blade on some?
  8. Sounds like a possible hypothesis. I'm not sure why a company contracted by the military to make these would have held onto any completed knives or parts, they were cranking out war material. Why would there be left over stock? It just as easily it could be that at least Kingston did etch their blades in WWII, like Remington and many others did pre-war. I mean, towards the end of the war didn't they go to plastic scales, from most makers including Kingston? And the early Made in USA tang stamp is said by Dustin to be only WWII. So the one I bought has bone, the 2 piece can opener that was upgraded to eagle type late war, the tang stamp, and I'll have to wait to see if it has brass liners. But it all seems to say WWII to me. I'll post a better pic when it arrives.
  9. I just bought a bone, two piece can opener Kingston that has an etched blade, reading "Kingston". If it's like a lot of etching done by American knife companies, it's very thin and easily polished or rubbed off. I wonder if all had this etching?
  10. Thanks for the advice on how I can learn for myself what that one, small button on the lower left is. Frankly, I'm still searching for freely available info. While it would be nice to buy 2-3 books on button collecting, I doubt this will be my solution, I'm not going to be a button collector. I just happened to find these. I was hoping someone WITH those books would help me with this one time ID.
  11. I had thought the bottom two were older, but no replies yet.
  12. Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. Of course they made them and some were used. There was usually only one guy assigned to a rifle with a grenade launcher out of every so many (1 per squad is the most I've read, probably it was less). And they didn't start making the launchers and sights in bulk until 1944, so there weren't that many out there.
  13. I found a box of military buttons, and spent the morning separating them. Some were Federal Civil War, some USMC. These I cannot figure out. The one near the center with the eagle seems US Navy. None except the little one on the far left are marked on the back, it says Brevet something, so I'm guessing French. They are mostly tin backs. Oh, and the bottom two seem to be possibly early American...or Royal Navy. Any ideas if any are military, and US?
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