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Can someone share a history of the common tent stakes for the shelter halves? If this has already been addressed would someone direct me to it for I didn't see it with a quick search.

I recall the wooden ones from the World Wars, a metal one with two notches cut into it, then the ones molded with pieces extending from the top in a shape of a T. Then I recall orange stakes & green ones. I've been issued wooden one, & different types of metal ones.

When were the metal ones developed to replace the wooden ones & what type was first produced?

When did the first tent stakes officially issued by the military?

Be well,

 

Chad C. Rogers

Retired Army

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The first QM specification for the wooden tent pin was issued on 5 Jan 1889. The Infantry Equipment board that designed the 1910 equipment issued a small aluminum pin just prior to WW1 but the QM reverted to the wooden pin during the war. The "T" top aluminum pins from the Vietnam era were issued with specification JAN-P-501A dated 4 May 1949. I don't know when the color was changed but I have had original orange pins with a wrapper dated 1967. Hope this helps.

Tim

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And at some point late or post (probably 1970s-1980s?) the orange "T" pegs changed to a more angular top. I have seen them in factory orange, so the paint change must have post-dated the design change.

 

RC

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I have images and examples of at least three different variations of the US pre- and WW1 aluminum types dug from sites in France. Here are three types of WW1 aluminum tent pins. They match specifications I have managed to find so far. Number 3 was dug in France. I have seen images of dug examples of the other two types, too.

 

 

 

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On 6/23/2013 at 8:31 PM, Keystone said:

 The "T" top aluminum pins from the Vietnam era were issued with specification JAN-P-501A dated 4 May 1949. I don't know when the color was changed but I have had original orange pins with a wrapper dated 1967. Hope this helps.

Tim

Keystone: I'd like to see the orange pins in a wrapper dated 1967. Can you post one?

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Here you go. The DSA number is a little worn but the 10 67 date is clear. The manufacturer seems to be Season-al and I have another marked ALTRO.

FSN 8340-261-9749.

Tim

 

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