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  1. I may be way off-base on this, but I thought I remember seeing somewhere that the Verey (Sp?) pistol used to shoot the flares somehow used a 10 ga shell to launch the projectile. I think the manual on them said to always wear a leather glove and prepare for "heavy recoil".
  2. I was really happy to see this thread show up. Also I was amazed to see the first pictures with the old all-brass shells as I have a spent one that I was wondering about. I am assuming it was a WWI shell, and probably reloaded at some time with a different primer. Now I have a question. Did they also use the 10 guage during WWI for anything? In the pictures below I show a Winchester 10 ga shell that is also all brass. It is next to the 12 ga, and I find it a little unusual that they are both the same overall length. Any ideas?
  3. Thanks for that good info, DSchlagan. There is an Air Force base here and years ago it was an Army base and did have a weapons testing area at the base of the mountains, which I am pretty sure this is where it came from. With more cleaning, I see that the band for rifling appears to be made of copper. Also, one small section looks like it may have been painted yellow at one time. The base is not solid, but appears to have a thin metal plug on it and it sounds different when you thump it with your finger. I have been soaking the inside of the nose and scraping what looks like dirt out of it
  4. Well I am still cleaning on this thing. I measured the girth at the largest point (rifling area) and it is 15 1/4 inches, or 875mm. Dividing by pi would make it 123mm in diameter. Maybe I am figuring something wrong here. I have been wire brushing it to try to remove some of the heavy rust, but it is slow work. Also been soaking the hollow nose with water and chipping with a screwdriver to try to get the mud out. I think it is hardened clay. I saw something where some of these appear to have a stamping on them above the belt which tells size and date and an ordinance code. Anyone know
  5. If I remember correctly, he said the Manzanos. This had to be about 20 years ago. I am still cleaning this thing up as it has rust and dried mud all over it. I wonder what type of ordinance it was meant for when it was fired. I am thinking the weight might be some kind of clue as to its intended purpose. Were there charts or anything listing what it might have been used for?
  6. Years ago, a friend of mine who is long gone now, gave me this projectile which he found near his home in the mountains here in New Mexico. He said he was told at one time that it was a 105 Howitzer. The nose is threaded like for a fuze or something and it weighs about 49 pounds. Also the sides look to have some kind of rifling cut into them. Any idea what it is?
  7. Thanks FriscoHare. That looks exactly like the one I have. I got mine from ebay for around $35. Since Sportsmansguide is sold out, they no longer list their price. Do you remember about what you paid for yours?
  8. I tried the search function, but could not get any info at all. Probably my lack of search knowledge and ability. Anyway, I just got this belt. It was supposed to be a WWI Sam Browne belt, but looks like something from a much later date. It has the shoulder strap with 2 rings for it, and 2 other rings on the bottom for something. Also, there is another different colored thin piece of leather sewn on the inside which covers the part where the rings are sewn. Any idea what this is and what time period it belongs to?
  9. Pre WW1? It looks like a 1914 date on the back. Here are a couple more pictures. There appears to be some kind of circle stamp on the front, but it is too faded or worn to tell what it may have been. Any ideas?
  10. At a gunshow this weekend, I traded for this magazine pouch with mags. It is leather with an eagle snap, although crooked, and I think it is may be an officer's WWI pouch. The back of the snap has "Pat JULY 28-1908 SEPT 7-1909". There is some writing on the back of the leather which is only partially visable on the right side. Looks like this: ISLAND SENAL 1914 WM9 Not sure if that is correct. Also on the front there appears to be stamped "G.G." between the pouches. Since this is hard to read in an OLD leather pouch, can anyone tell me what it should say? And where it
  11. Has anyone heard of a holster maker called Adirondock Leather out of Cooperstown NY that may have made the M-7 holsters during WWII?
  12. I have seen pictures of the web belts used in WWII with the year dates stamped on them near the pouch snap. I haven't seen one as late as 1945. Were there such year stamps, or was that too near the end of the war for them to still be manufactured? I am looking for one in that year to go with some other things, and was wondering if such a thing does exist.
  13. A lot of the older holsters have that funny green corrosion around the rivets called something like virdigous (excuse my spelling). Most people like to leave it there as a true mark of ageing. Well sometimes when more than one piece are stored together, this green stuff will rub off on the leather itself. Does anyone know of a good way to easily remove it without discoloring or marking the leather?
  14. I got a letter from Colt on my 1918 M1911 saying it was purchased by 'US Government' and shipped on June 25, 1918 to Bush Terminal. I was hoping for a little more detailed info than that. Does anyone have an idea of what was going on regarding the Colt pistols in that time frame? A poster mentioned that pistols were usually shipped to France to the AEF back then and that mine could have been one of them. Also are there any books or references about the distribution of these pistols from this terminal? Wikipedia does have a small reference, but mostly general information.
  15. Possibly that thread about the tying of the fancy knot is one that I started. So it might be easier to search on that. While a hangman's noose would work, a lot of those with the fancy knot were something else that was similar. This is one where the loop part would not slip, that is not loosen or tighten. I have a personal friend of mine who used to be an Eagle Scout working on how to duplicate it. He says that he can probably be able to duplicate just about any knot, so we shall see. I lent him a 1918 holster with the fancy knot, and another 1918 with just the rawhide (or elkhide) to tr
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