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  1. I'll add a paper item to the Audley thread. In my Thompson Submachine Gun paper item collection, I have one of the Folsom catalogs that Charlie mentions, because it features a beautiful TSMG ad on the back of the catalog. It is Folsom catalog #32, and includes an original envelope dated 1930. Folsom featured commercial Audley holsters on the front of the catalog, and on the first 3 pages within, which are shown below. This may help to make sense of some of the markings on commercial Audley holsters. Charlie also mentioned trigger guard wear finish associated with Aud
  2. The M2 designation refers to the brush itself, and not the M2 ammo, or the M2 Carbine. It is consistent with designations for other items. BRUSHES, CLEANING, CAL. .30, M2 - This tells you it's a brush, for cleaning, it's .30 caliber, and Model 2 (There must have been an earlier brush) It's an item with a specific purpose that is not a spare part. Some other M2 examples: Browning Machine Gun, Caliber .50 HB, M2 Browning Machine Gun, Caliber .30, M2 U.S. Carbine, Caliber .30, M2 Propellant, White Bag, M2 Charge, Propelling, M2 Mort
  3. Yesterday, I was very excited to receive a copy of Bruce Canfield's new book, "U.S. Small Arms of World War II" in the mail. Wow! This is truly an amazing effort, which I know Bruce took several years to complete. It's 864 pages long. I know that many folks on this board will want to know about it. The layout is fantastic, with many hundreds of photos, many of which are very expertly colorized, which provides a whole new perspective to some that we've seen before, and many new ones. The book is worth it for the photos alone, and I'm not kidding. There's not anoth
  4. I don't have a dog in this hunt, and I don't have any evidence that Mattel made M16 handguards. However, it makes sense that Mattel could have made plastic M16 hand guards. They made plastic toys. Government contracts can be lucrative, and if a company can get one to easily run in parallel to their normal product, all the better. If you think the government would never let a toy company make hand guards, let's dispel that myth with a WWII example. Strombeck-Becker was a toy manufacturer that contracted to make Thompson Submachine Gun horizontal foregrips during WWII. The warti
  5. I took these photos of a fellow member's M1E7 display at a meeting of the American Society of Arms Collectors last year in Springfield, MO. Perhaps this will provide the information sought by the original poster. David Albert dalbert@sturmgewehr.com
  6. Looks like a 1980's era 81mm or 4.2 inch Mortar ammo box. I'm leaning toward 4.2 inch, but I'm certain that others on this site will ID it specifically. I have a couple of 81mm boxes that are slightly different. David Albert dalbert@sturmgewehr.com
  7. crazyfingers, You should consider taking the class, and getting whatever licensing is required now in MA to own firearms and ammo. I would hate to see the ammo thrown away. I would also think that whomever is the executor of the estate may have special rights and/or timeframes regarding disposition/resolution. You could potentially research this subject further, locally. It looks like much of this was changed by a law that was enacted in MA in 2014. According to one of your state's websites, "In August of 2014, Chapter 284 of the Acts of 2014 was signed into law. This action amende
  8. I have the 1963 manual that covers the M1 Garand and M14. I think mine is a reprint that came from the U.S. Government Printing Office. I also have a similar, 1974 publication for pistols used by the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit. Here they are: David Albert dalbert@sturmgewehr.com
  9. My military Model 11 has a serial on the barrel, not visible unless completely disassembled, as it is marked on the area where the barrel and magazine tube ring are welded together. It also has a serial on the stock, which is visible on the wood under the receiver extension, under the wrist. Be careful taking the stock off to reveal the serial number, as it could potentially crack the wood surface if you torque the receiver extension while taking them apart. In the case of my Model 11, all 3 serials are different. I started with a military receiver that I acquired quite inexpensively,
  10. Here are the original instructions for the Kerr Adjustable Sling: Happy New Year! David Albert dalbert@sturmgewehr.com
  11. Charlie and I corresponded about an H&R Reising Model 165 Rifle today, and the subject of this S&W Victory revolver came up. The reason it came up was a Model 165 sold at auction recently that featured what appears to be the same markings and finish of the Victory revolver featured here. For those who may not know, I have an affinity for Reisings, particularly the .22 rifles, such as the Models 65, 165, 150, 151, and MC-58. The Marine Corps adopted the H&R Reising Model 65 as their M1 Garand training rifle in 1943, and repeated so in 1958 with the MC-58, again for the M1 Garand.
  12. Illinigander, Do you still have copies of the factory photos and letters? David Albert dalbert@sturmgewehr.com
  13. Did the wrap that they put on the stock to simulate the wood grain fully cover up the sling cutout? When I looked at a sample at the NRA Convention in Indy in April, it had a spot that got missed. I was thinking about ordering one, but wanted to see what the latest ones looked like. The serial number on the one I observed was #000000027. David Albert dalbert@sturmgewehr.com
  14. Charlie, Here are some photos of an MG52 on various mounts. Looks like the shoulder hook, and M67 mount is the same in one of the photos. David Albert dalbert@sturmgewehr.com
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