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Cap Camouflage Pattern I

You can't see it in these photos but I have 4 shelves of books at the bottom of the bookcases.

A picture is worth a thousand words, so here's a thousand pictures!

"I read that in war bad things happen, Ain't that the ************* truth" -1st Lt Mike Scotti

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cap Camouflage Pattern I

It's now about 5 shelves of books.

Over the last 2 weeks over the course of 2 trips to a local lift store, I've come up with 2 nice BDU tops, 1 BDU bottom, and 3 6-Color desert BDU bottoms.

Here is an interesting comparison.

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On the left a USGI issue 6-Color Desert BDU bottom, on the right a TRU-SPEC bottom made in Honduras.

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Once agian, USGI with 6-Color Desert pockets and tan tags, TRU-SPEC with odd mustard-tan pockets and green tags.

 

 

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"I read that in war bad things happen, Ain't that the ************* truth" -1st Lt Mike Scotti

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Another nice find was this near-mint 1992 dated BDU, this thing has probably been washed once, tops.

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A picture is worth a thousand words, so here's a thousand pictures!

"I read that in war bad things happen, Ain't that the ************* truth" -1st Lt Mike Scotti

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Here's another comparison of 6 Color Desert.

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USGI issue on the left, commercially made copy on the right.

One thing I forgot to mention is the TRU-SPEC pants are very soft, almost like pyjamas, the commercial helmet cover is very thin and has no markings.

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The commercial helmet cover also has woodland camouflage under the brim.

A picture is worth a thousand words, so here's a thousand pictures!

"I read that in war bad things happen, Ain't that the ************* truth" -1st Lt Mike Scotti

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Here's another interesting 6-color desert item. This time, MOLLE?!?!?!

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This is a cropped photo of an Iraqi soldier with chocolate chip cover designed for the M1 on top of a PASGT, and under his arms is a 6-color desert thing with MOLLE loops.

EDIT: upon further inspection it seems this might be a flak-jacket / plate carrier.

A picture is worth a thousand words, so here's a thousand pictures!

"I read that in war bad things happen, Ain't that the ************* truth" -1st Lt Mike Scotti

 

 

 

 

 

 

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here's another angle of the same guy, definitely a plate carrier.

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here's an iraqi with a similar one

A picture is worth a thousand words, so here's a thousand pictures!

"I read that in war bad things happen, Ain't that the ************* truth" -1st Lt Mike Scotti

 

 

 

 

 

 

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And another.

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"I read that in war bad things happen, Ain't that the ************* truth" -1st Lt Mike Scotti

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tru-Spec was not an official brand used by the military. These were sold in army/navy stores and at Amazon. That's why it's kinda light weight.

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It is nice to see younger collectors, I didn't start till I was 44, so you got me by 30 years. Congrats and keep it up!

"The tree of Liberty must be watered from time to time with the blood of patriots"

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It is nice to see younger collectors, I didn't start till I was 44, so you got me by 30 years. Congrats and keep it up!

 

I was about twelve when I got interested in WW2...Got my first German helmet when I was thirteen....That and a few smalls (German buckle, etc.)....Didn't really get going on collecting until about twenty years later....Wished I had gotten started sooner.....Keep up the good work!..Bodes

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Thanks Bodes!

 

This new year I decide to try and work on quality vs quantity and only ( I say only but I mean mostly ) buy things I really want.

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1995 contracted rucksack cover marked up to the 3rd Cavalry regiment

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Started out "ranger" green, spray painted a light tan, the buckle was used once if it all, it was very stiff to open and flakes of paint came off.

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Woodland 1 qt canteen cover that was spray painted an almost yellow color.

I also got laminated paper "cheat sheets" for protocol requesting Casevac or Artillery, etc. They did not photograph well at all.

 

There is no doubt in my mind all of these thing were used in theatre in Iraq/Afghanistan

 

Of course I still managed to buy a 1qt canteen and a 1968 contract Transportation Corps Colonel fatigue shirt because they were cheap.

A picture is worth a thousand words, so here's a thousand pictures!

"I read that in war bad things happen, Ain't that the ************* truth" -1st Lt Mike Scotti

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thanks Bodes!

 

This new year I decide to try and work on quality vs quantity and only ( I say only but I mean mostly ) buy things I really want.

 

 

Generally that's the way most collectors progress....Some faster than others.....I branched off into collecting WW2 US items largely in part due to the high cost of TR items and the lack of availability around where I live....After being inundated with a lot of the same items, one develops an eye for what's harder to obtain and what's more appealing to one's eye....Bodes

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I went to my local surplus store yesterday, the owner is odd but cool, he gave me almost a 50% discount, a $15 item for $10, a $9 item for $9 6 $3 items ($18) for $6 ($1 each) a $5 item for $5, a $4 item for free, a $3 item for free, another $3 item for free, and a $1 item for $1. I really have no clue what his business strategy is, but I like it!

 

I got 6 heavily used helmet covers, all marked.

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The only 3 Color Desert.

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The only one marked in the back, this is my first item with a blood type on it!

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Hand draw Corporal insignia

 

A picture is worth a thousand words, so here's a thousand pictures!

"I read that in war bad things happen, Ain't that the ************* truth" -1st Lt Mike Scotti

 

 

 

 

 

 

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more

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A hand drawn PFC insignia

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This one is marked Williams KR

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This one is really cool, the soldier pinned a Staff Sergeant insignia on and traced it, the pin holes are still visible.

A picture is worth a thousand words, so here's a thousand pictures!

"I read that in war bad things happen, Ain't that the ************* truth" -1st Lt Mike Scotti

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My second item marked with a blood type!

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The left kneepad is marked "Casey" on the back

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Heavily used Coyote Brown kneepad

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One strap was knotted twice to shorten it, notice how the two straps are made of different material

A picture is worth a thousand words, so here's a thousand pictures!

"I read that in war bad things happen, Ain't that the ************* truth" -1st Lt Mike Scotti

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cap Camouflage Pattern I

UCP m249/m240 spare barrel pouch, marked SAW 3

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BTW, this is SAW 3

 

A picture is worth a thousand words, so here's a thousand pictures!

"I read that in war bad things happen, Ain't that the ************* truth" -1st Lt Mike Scotti

 

 

 

 

 

 

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All the sweat of being in a desert has shrivelled the leather strap adjuster into a little black ball.

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a 40MM HE grenade pouch in Multicam/formerly OCP/OEF camo.

 

I believe all this stuff was used in Theatre with the possible exception of the m249/m240 spare barrel pouch.

A picture is worth a thousand words, so here's a thousand pictures!

"I read that in war bad things happen, Ain't that the ************* truth" -1st Lt Mike Scotti

 

 

 

 

 

 

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