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  1. Barrel release catch pin spring retaining pin. If memory serves - I haven't a Bren to check. The pin that holds the spring that pushes the pin that enables the catch to click into open/closed position. Told to me when I was a kid by an Indian Army WW2 veteran who worked at the barrier of Wimbledon station. I vaguely remember a pin that the magazine well cover slid over and could depress for disassembly of the barrel release catch - I think. Long name but not the smallest component.
  2. I thought it used the same sling as the 2" mortar - a bit shorter than a rifle sling. If not, then it perhaps should have been...
  3. I know it's an old thread but I think I've an answer... I've been collecting British webbing since the 1970s and I firmly believed the same until lately. That said, I've never understood why mess tins were always stamped yet not '44 waterbottles. Not a single one. I was a Paratrooper reservist in the 1980s and 1990s and I worked in the company QM stores as often as I could. We had both types of '44 w/b and both types of '44 mug. A mix of '44 and '58 waterbottles (as desired, if availability allowed) were still issued right up to 1990, when the S10 respirator cap needed to be fi
  4. A certain shop in London's East End sold/sells fake kit passed off as genuine and has been doing so for YEARS. Rumour had it (later confirmed by an ex-employee) that the proprieter would buy every size of a new uniform garment and would send them to a copy tailor who'd dismantle the fabric pieces and make up pattern templates. These would be used in sweatshops to make from usually 100% military specification raw materials. The shop charged top dollar for all their kit. If the zip isn't a replacement, I'm CERTAIN that this Smock came from there. Some of their Smock copies had buttons on the
  5. There are THREE things that have upset me over this thread: What I thought - for years - were 2x Utility Pouches on the set are actually a Utility Pouch and a Waterbottle Pouch. I need to check exactly what I have and hope that I've not got rid of the wrong "duplicate" pouches. There is another E-Tool Pouch to get (the one without the belt loops). A trials trials bit of kit! All these years of anticipation over the flappy C Hook thing on the belt and it's an anticlimax. Worse, I should have worked it out for myself. I am most displeased with myself. (and the plain E Tool Pou
  6. It's speculation, but I think a lot of earlier production garments are made using earlier templates of clothing. Did the early 95 Patt Windproof have a wire hood and rank tab? Perhaps it was a template oversight and they used the wrong ones. A good few years ago, I picked up a 95 Patt DesDPM Shirt. It had epaulettes AND and rank tab on the chest. I'm still trying to work out how they made that mistake... If you're familiar with the 95 Patt PLCE, have you noticed that the Side Pouches don't fit to the bottom of the Yoke correctly, whereas the 90 Patt did? Someone misread the template pl
  7. CORRECTION: Right tricep! (Pen Pocket on the left arm...)
  8. Aside from variations in shades of DPM, types of snapper studs and the introduction of the field dressing pocket on the left tricep, the DPM Para Smock hasn't changed since it was introduced in the 1970s. There was at least one short run in a different weave of fabric and some were made in the original 1980s 3 or 4 colour (from memory) Desert DPM. The current Smocks in MTP look identical in cut to their DPM predecessors of the late 1980s. There are a few countries that use/used British DPM - outside of the Commonwealth, Holland comes to mind. If you have a jacket you're trying to ide
  9. ...This is Paul. My first experience of militaria and/or military vehicles was when my father took me (very "army-barmy" at the time) to a MVCG(?) (Military Vehicle Conservation Group?) meet at Blackbushe Airport sometime in the 1970s - probably '72 or '73. That day was all over far too soon for me... :wow: Wartime militaria was usually dirt-cheap at the time so I started out collecting webbing. Presently almost all boxed up in storage too far away to access. Was army-barmy 'til I joined the Parachute Regiment: they cured me of all that! I have to concede that, being Airb
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