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I.D. for Army issue?? tool


austromunga
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Hi all

Here's an interesting old tool I picked up at a local charity shop...Its jaws measure 8" closed and 11 1/2" open, it has cast in marks either end of the main body "L" for left?? and "R" for right.. ..hand thread maybe!!??? and 1/2" stamped in the middle... the dia of the hex centre???, and has a sliding bar lever....it's painted in a kind of bronze green paint.. 50's British army??? me and my dad guess at some kind of spring compressor!!??? but what for!!???? any ideas ..

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