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    Spare Parts Kit



    The same can that was used for grease in the 1912 cleaning kit was also later used as a spare parts container. There were two cans containing the following parts, and on this one the printing on the label has faded and I don't know which one it is, but it is full of small parts.

    Barrel Bushing
    Barrel Link
    Barrel Link Pin
    Disconnector
    Extractor
    Firing Pin
    Firing Pin Spring
    Firing Pin Stop
    Hammer
    Hammer Pin Hammer Strut Pin
    Magazine Catch Lock
    Magazine Catch Spring
    Mainspring
    Plunger Spring
    Recoil Spring Guide
    Recoil Spring Plug
    Safety Lock
    Safety Lock Plunger
    Sear
    Sear Pin
    Sear Spring
    Slide Stop
    Slide Stop Plunger
    Stock Screw (4)
    Trigger

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    So were these issued to the troops or just to the armorers?
    I’d rather be in the middle of nowhere than in any city on earth.

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    I'd say that's something someone threw together for their own use, or just to keep the parts in one place. It never hurts to have those parts handy, in particular, spare plunger and spring, recoil spring and plug, mag release parts, and slide stop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by krag96 View Post
    I'd say that's something someone threw together for their own use, or just to keep the parts in one place. It never hurts to have those parts handy, in particular, spare plunger and spring, recoil spring and plug, mag release parts, and slide stop.
    No, it is a spare parts kit...just like the title of the thread says.
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    Quote Originally Posted by krag96 View Post
    I'd say that's something someone threw together for their own use, or just to keep the parts in one place. It never hurts to have those parts handy, in particular, spare plunger and spring, recoil spring and plug, mag release parts, and slide stop.
    The spare parts container is listed on page 138 of Clawson's Collector's Guide, 3rd Edition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smutt View Post
    So were these issued to the troops or just to the armorers?
    They were issued with the squad kits, not to every individual member.
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    The cleaning kits were issued at the ratio of 1 kit to every 50 pistols in the unit.
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    We never had anything like that, and I never saw or heard of anything like it. I stand corrected fellows.

    50 pistols in a unit...musta been M.P.s or battalion level. I doubt we had 20 pistols in our rifle company.
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    Quote Originally Posted by krag96 View Post
    We never had anything like that, and I never saw or heard of anything like it. I stand corrected fellows.

    50 pistols in a unit...musta been M.P.s or battalion level. I doubt we had 20 pistols in our rifle company.
    When did you serve? The kit probably pre-dates your service. I know it does mine...in the 70s.
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    I saw plenty of those 'Squad Cleaning Kits' over time and various units - the old, pre-WWI ones in blue, later WWI ones in grey phosphate - by then, all were reduced to being holders for the cleaning rods - the oiler and can were long gone, and so were the vast bulk of the original brass rods - being replaced by steel ones.

    In several decades of service, any spares seen were in plastic pull-out trays in the arms cage - in the late '80's, accountability became paramount, thanks to a theft scandal appearing on '60 Minutes' - if you 'needed' a part - you exchanged the part - and gone were the old stashes the older unit armorers had kept, but the old 'Squad Cleaning Kit' would hang on during the 9mm issues, and likely still do, though a lot of them wandered off to be sold at gun shows, like the spares were.

    Today, both the box, can and oiler can be found with some small effort, and make a great addition to a display.


 
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