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    Your M1 appears to be authentic. The bayonet...

    Your M1 appears to be authentic. The bayonet latch was made by Utica Cutlery. Not to worry, according to "Bayonet Points" by Gary Cunningham, by early 1943 all manufacturers used the "UC" bayonet...
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    M17 scabbard on the far right guy.

    M17 scabbard on the far right guy.
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    Ha, ha, ha ,ha, yes, well deserved justice! The...

    Ha, ha, ha ,ha, yes, well deserved justice! The 'Bootblacks' (not a racial term)on Benning would shine the students boots for a charge and boots would have a high luster shine. The polish was a mix...
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    No, never even heard of those or how they are...

    No, never even heard of those or how they are used. I did my boots the way my father (27 year paratrooper) did his. Cotton rag (diaper preferred), Kiwi boot polish, water to start and spit to finish....
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    You know you're an old veteran if you remember...

    You know you're an old veteran if you remember staying up late and spit shining your boots. When I was a jump instructor at Benning, I wore three pair of spit shined jump boots a day. One for PT, the...
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    This technique was revised in the 60s with the...

    This technique was revised in the 60s with the advent of the M16 and its Mattel stock.

    BEAR
  7. Thread: steel gas tube

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    I purchased a 5 digit (sp 183XX) AR in 1971. It...

    I purchased a 5 digit (sp 183XX) AR in 1971. It had a Edgewater buffer and a black bcg with forward assist notches. A few years later I swapped it for the newer buffer with my unit armorer. Looking...
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    Verdun Battlefield pick-up

    In a previous post about bayonets I mentioned a good WW2 vet who passed away and left me some militaria that he had picked up when he visited the Verdun Battlefield in 1946. He had come ashore at...
  9. Thread: French M51 helmet

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    Yes, I was surprised when I found out that the...

    Yes, I was surprised when I found out that the Berthier had such a long service life.
    The M51 OTAN was adopted during the Indochina war but all the photos I have found indicate M1 usage. Except one....
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    French M1892 bayonet

    A Berthier carbine bayonet picked up on the Verdun battlefield and bequeathed to me by a WW2 vet friend.
    Unfortunately, Berthier Carbines are few and far between here in the Pacific Northwest....
  11. Thread: French M51 helmet

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    The liner for the French M51....

    The liner for the French M51.
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    French M51 helmet

    Found this in my LAS 2 years ago just as COVID ramped up. It was still there when they reopened this year and although it is not part of my collecting forte, I decided to collect it anyways. It is in...
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    Hey Jim. I am assuming (terrible word) by your...

    Hey Jim. I am assuming (terrible word) by your statement that you have never seen the Korean M1 cut down. Here is a picture of one and a picture showing all three M1 bayonets. The Koreans did adopt...
  14. Thread: MIA

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    Cats have a mind of their own and display...

    Cats have a mind of their own and display nonsensical behavior. This last week, we here in the Pacific Northwest hit temperatures in the triple digits (F). While we ran our air-conditioners 24hours a...
  15. Hey Mark, which M1s? Carbines or Garands? I...

    Hey Mark,
    which M1s? Carbines or Garands?
    I spot one Garand and two Carbines.

    BEAR
  16. Thread: Father's Day Gift

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    Thanks Jim According to Gary Cunningham's...

    Thanks Jim
    According to Gary Cunningham's "Bayonet Points", the armories started bluing blades in 1917 then switched to the Parkerization in 1918 and all blades continued as such until end of...
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    Interesting! Simply a guess on my part, although...

    Interesting! Simply a guess on my part, although I've known of the picture for years. Salerno was famous for shooting down allied aircraft, not even the 82nd jump aircraft escaped unscathed.
    Really...
  18. Thread: Father's Day Gift

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    No ties for you, either. Congratulations! The...

    No ties for you, either. Congratulations!

    The parkerization under my flash makes it look like it was parked during WW2 but it is an authentic WW1 park. Here's a picture of three WW1 finishes and a...
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    Never loan your gear! You won't get it back in...

    Never loan your gear! You won't get it back in the same condition.
    Captain was probably "Hotdogging" over the invasion beaches and was shot down by friendly fire. IMHO.

    BEAR
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    The guy in the middle with what appears to be a...

    The guy in the middle with what appears to be a helmet band actually has a combination helmet cover and mosquito net.

    BEAR
  21. Thread: Father's Day Gift

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    Father's Day Gift

    No ties this year. I got a 1912 RIA M1905 bayonet. It comes with a 1911 RIA M1905(Variant 3) scabbard. It's in really good condition. One drawback: the locking latch on the right side of the scabbard...
  22. "SEMPER PRIMUS" brothers! BEAR - First in,...

    "SEMPER PRIMUS" brothers!

    BEAR - First in, Last out!
  23. With a 25 knot ground wind and a jump altitude of...

    With a 25 knot ground wind and a jump altitude of 550', the first pass was blown towards the cliffs. Subsequent passes were made at 400'.
    And I thought 600' was low! By the time you counted "Four...
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    In the book CURRAHEE!, Donald R. Burgett...

    In the book CURRAHEE!, Donald R. Burgett recounted an incident in Normandy where a young trooper mounted on a white horse and braced with a pair of Lugers repeatedly charged a machinegun nest....
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    Well, I am impressed. They have to be very...

    Well, I am impressed. They have to be very excellent marksmen to accurately fire a rifle without arear sight and I have heard they were defiinately excellent marksman.

    BEAR
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