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  1. Picking up on this older thread as I am researching several Adventure Tech and one Adventure Tech-like LW gore-tex rain suits I acquired over the years. Photos can be posted when I return home but there are several woodland pattern, woodland reversible to DCU, DCU with tan interior (not reversible), and several DCU reversible to night camo. As I recall, all the AT's have the original AT label shown earlier in this thread (pre-acquisition by Propper) by sfog813, and the fabric zip tab pulls with "ADVENTURE TECH" written on them varied in style. As I recall the storm flap snaps were concealed (and difficult to unsnap). The pockets varied as well as I recall, most flaps being triangular in shape, not scalloped, and with an exposed snap closure. On the pants, the cuffs were elastic for blousing and could be tightened with a pair of snaps. Waists had drawstrings with clamps and no flys as I recall. Top-side entry to pants underneath but no pockets per se in the pants. Rumor back in the day was that these were available to serving military for purchase in PX's as an alternative to the issue LW rainsuits, and that SOF favored them, with specific reference to Navy SEALS. Don't know if any of this was true or urban legend, though several early posts suggest it's legit. SFOG, Mr. Hudson and others, your posts were full of interesting details and what I am hoping is that we can renew and expand on the history of these AT and like garments beyond the rumors, including when they became available (2003-2004, even 2000 seems possibly late in the game), when they died out (probably with changeover from DCU & woodland, and with Propper buying out Adventue Tech then dropping it altogether), who used them, did they make it to PMCs like Blackwater, etc. I know all is possible but seeking specific experience and known references or photo evidence.
  2. Franco, I like the hat. Any commentary on that?
  3. When were the horizontal pockets and starred buttons removed in the USN regs?
  4. I am trying to determine if there are any reliable ways to date USN white dixie cups and and web belts to WW2 or Korea. The white dixie cup looks so similar from pre-WW2 t present that the differences must be subtle -- e.g., labels (if present), stictching of cap sides when turned up for normal wear etc. With white (and black?) web belts, I know blackened brass was WW2, as was blackened steel sometime after the war started and brass was conserved. But when did blackened brass/steel give way to burnished brass -- during WW2 or post WW2? was it in place for Korea? Any help greatly appreciated.
  5. Anybody else having difficulty with this link?
  6. Unlined right? Earlier 5-button jackets with interior pockets that were lined typically did not show stitching on the exterior I believe since the pockets were let into the lining?
  7. I have never been in a position to inspect an M1880 helmet. Are the cork spacers between shell and liner moveable to fit the wearer's head, or fixed in the manufacturing process?
  8. Did officer winter green trousers have rear pockets? If not when were these added?
  9. Great photos of landing parties here and in other threads. It seems in the 1920s-1930s, in China for example, that wear of undress blues and undress whites, with web equipment and sometimes tin hat, was the most common uniform of the day. I've noticed in several period photos the wear of blues or whites without any apparent insignia -- no ratings badges on sleeves or branch tape at the shoulder, service stripes, etc. Was this common in China and other postings -- landing party or shipboard duty? I know trops were typically worn without insignia, except maybe pin-on collar badges for officers, but jumpers? For example, check out the Coasties in Photo #135 above. The one jumping ashore over the stbd bow has no apparent insignia, and it appears unlikely this is a basic training exercise given the others that do show rating badges or branch tape.
  10. When were Undress White B's (undershirt order) added to the regs, and when deleted? Thanks.
  11. Can someone weigh in on the regulations and conventions governing the wear of the blue wool jersey (a/k/a turtleneck sweater) in the WW1-WW2-Korea years. I seem to recall regulations specifying it could be worn as an outer garment after dark with undress blues and working uniforms, but could find no reference to this in the 1941 uniform regulations.
  12. Just picked up this old thread. I had thought all navy enlisted white web belts had brass or brass-plated buckles and tips until I saw a blackened brass one myself. Then I got to thinking, did all the USN white web belts of the war have the blackened hardware and not brass? I do know the black web belt typically had brass as did of course U.S. Army officer OD and khaki web belts. Like I said, I just assumed brass on white USN belts but then I don't think I have ever seen of a colored period photo of sailors in undress White B's. p.s. the painted steel may be mid-war to save brass, just like army equipment started going over from blackened brass to painted steel hardware. I have seen web belt buckles (just the buckle) that were marked "solid brass" on the rear, and others that were marked as brass-plated.
  13. Their blouses look line 1883--189? 5-button pattern (with or without 2 waist and one breast external pocket) which were still being worn stateside at the time of the Span-Am War. Hard to see the caps, but they look like they could be M1895 forage cap.
  14. Thanks. I had looked at those 2 photos and wasn't too sure if the rivets were brass, particulalry the left. With your enlargement, it is certainly clearer, particulalry for the shoes pictured on the right. I believe the regulations for 1892 were the first time that rivets were specified for field shoes, but as you indicate they simply state "metal."
  15. For the late 19th century black campaign or field shoes, what kind of metal was usec for the eyelets, hooks and rivets? Was it brass (yellow) or steel (white) and was it painted or japanned black? The specs don't seem to indicate. Thanks.
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