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    What kind of carry case was issued for the binoculars , Leather or canvas ? Was there room with in the transit chests for them in either the sniper No.4 Mk.I or the L42A1?

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    The 6x30 'standard' No.2 type (inasmuch as anything was standard) went in the webbing set binocular case, anything else came with its own proprietary leather case.

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    I, like others, have had several 4T's/L42's and every binocular case was canvas as per attached photo
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    The last bino cases I saw issued were a dark green and it looked like they were either a '58 pattern type or possibly from the 1944 kit. They were not card lined and stiff as the '37 pattern are but the binos were a very snug/tight fit in them. They just seemed to protect the binos a bit more. Incidentally, the red 2BA cheese or round head screws shown above are the same as used to desiccate the old Mk2W, 2/1W (if anyone has a set of these) and 3 scopes.

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    The No2 Binos with my RAF issue No4T are in a leather case marked :

    Binocular Prismatic No2
    Case Mk1
    OS 13687
    FLTD

    The Binoculars are marked :

    "crown" over A.M.

    6.E/693

    6659


    Watson baker Co Ltd

    X6

    1943
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    Alan,
    Always makes me smile the RAF, had the better grub on stations too, Abingdon, even had a Curry and a Steak bar, you ask Peter. Our mess in Aldershot had one choice Gruel. Doesn't surprise me that they had leather

    Peter yes had the green jungly ones presumably 44 Pattern in the jungle but still with the same binos as always.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gil Boyd View Post
    Alan,
    Always makes me smile the RAF, had the better grub on stations too, Abingdon, even had a Curry and a Steak bar, you ask Peter. Our mess in Aldershot had one choice Gruel. Doesn't surprise me that they had leather

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    Mine are not the best, but they are not too bad. I can think of lots of Enfields I'd rather have but instead of constantly striving for more, sometimes it's good to be satisfied with what one has...

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    I have a set of L42A1 type binoculars, No.2 Mk.3 Kershaw I think… in 1980’s drab, with a 1958 green case with green canvas carry strap. I think these were refurbished WW2 binos, and then repaired and re issued.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Gil Boyd View Post
    I, like others, have had several 4T's/L42's and every binocular case was canvas as per attached photo
    Yep.
    Is your case date marked with a maker and/or date stamp?
    Mine is one of the few pieces of 37 Patt webbing that I've seen that doesn't have a broad arrow, makers or date ink stamp on it.
    The No.2 binos are dated 1943 and made by Taylor-Hobson.

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