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  1. Back when i was doing government security I had...

    Back when i was doing government security I had the pleasure of meeting Frank Piasecki on a number occasions. He was aviation genius, he always wore red suspenders. Going into his company was like...
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    Probably built from the unused parts from the...

    Probably built from the unused parts from the M16A4 parts left over when the US military moved to the M4 series carbines. Colt is known to never throw out good parts that can be sold.
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    Maybe it just me but it seems that the US Marines...

    Maybe it just me but it seems that the US Marines seems to have favored the M8 grenade launcher more than the US Army. I know the US Marines later favored the M76 Grenade launcher for the M14 when...
  4. The Mosler is designed as a GSA approved security...

    The Mosler is designed as a GSA approved security container for holding a classified ADP system. These security containers are not built as a "safe" but designed to detect unauthorized access. Safes...
  5. Back in the days when the US military paid their...

    Back in the days when the US military paid their soldiers in cash. The days of reporting for pay. These safes were kept in the Company HQ's usually chained to the floor or wall. The padlock was...
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    Interesting vehicles I wonder if any are still...

    Interesting vehicles I wonder if any are still around.
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    Good luck on your project, please keep us advised...

    Good luck on your project, please keep us advised of your progress!!
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    If I remember correctly Ilio Capozzi was killed...

    If I remember correctly Ilio Capozzi was killed not to long after the picture was taken.
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    Reminds me of the Reforger exercises in Germany...

    Reminds me of the Reforger exercises in Germany in the old days. Always wet and cold.
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    Russ - I wonder if this modification was ever...

    Russ - I wonder if this modification was ever tested with a WP or Illum 60mm round. Hold my Beer and Watch This!! LOL

    Probably tested by the same guy who shot a Japanese knee mortar from his...
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    I believe the 60mm Mortar round was to only be...

    I believe the 60mm Mortar round was to only be used in emergency and never on the grenade launcher for the M1 Carbine or with the auxiliary cartridge.
  12. Mark-- That is essential correct but the weapons...

    Mark-- That is essential correct but the weapons issued is a bit wrong. The state probably initially had very few Springfield M1903 rifles left as they were probably taken with the 28th Infantry...
  13. The picture is of the 1st Regiment of the...

    The picture is of the 1st Regiment of the Pennsylvania State Guard, not the Pennsylvania National Guard, 28th Infantry Division. which had been mobilized in 1940 as part of the US Army build up to...
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    Guys-- I remember 7.62mm NATO being packed in 50...

    Guys-- I remember 7.62mm NATO being packed in 50 round plastic trays which were stacked in .50 caliber size ammunition cans. I believe they were British or one of the Commonwealth countries. Any...
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    Initially in WWII, magazines, clips and cloth...

    Initially in WWII, magazines, clips and cloth belts were accountable items to the individual soldiers. The basic issue was 20 round boxes. The BAR guys was expected to load their own magazines, the...
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    Interesting dummy gun emplacement. Looks like...

    Interesting dummy gun emplacement. Looks like southern California.
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    The A-0900 is a laundry mark usually placed on...

    The A-0900 is a laundry mark usually placed on the shirt by the soldier or base laundry. The A is the letter of the soldiers name with the last four number of his serial number. The blacked out marks...
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    Sanitation is as important as beans and bullets...

    Sanitation is as important as beans and bullets in war. In the last Gulf War I had a Captain who insisted in eating the local foods. Not that the food could be poisoned, but he came down with...
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    Always trying to make a silk purse out a sow's...

    Always trying to make a silk purse out a sow's ear. The money could have been better spent.
  20. Lance-- I received two my books yesterday....

    Lance--

    I received two my books yesterday. Look the format. Now I have to break out my SMLE and .22LR and take a second look at what i have. Do you plan to do a book on the No.4 and No.5 Lee...
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    Mark-- The M37 demo kit brought a lot of...

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    The M37 demo kit brought a lot of memories of my instruction of demo classes while I was assigned to the Engineers. The M37 came a bit later in the war as the M2 kits were made of Tetrytol...
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    Mark-- Probably not a satchel charge, too low...

    Mark--

    Probably not a satchel charge, too low of a yield. Looks like a a block or two of TNT attached to a fragmentation grenade. These were often attached to the end of a long pole so the...
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    I see a marine second from right appears to have...

    I see a marine second from right appears to have a 12 guage shotgun.
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    Looks like General Holland "Howling Mad" Smith...

    Looks like General Holland "Howling Mad" Smith with the binos and eye glasses.
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    Probably using the WP to provide concealment for...

    Probably using the WP to provide concealment for the attacking force. I can't think of a better round to keep people's head down and under cover while being attacked. The smoke of the WP also lingers...
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