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    I never knew they made these for the GIs?

    Cleaning kits attached to your belt........MI carbine and O3 Springfield??
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    That's funny.... a friend of mine came by just the other day and showed me a set he bought, first time I ever saw one. I'm not sure if it was entirely identical, but he claimed that his was for M1 Garand. Would make sense if it was for any .30 cal rifle though.
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    Mine same part number has a T handle 29" 4 piece rod, slot tip, mop, grease cup. Case is perfect. Rod well used. Rod pieces only fit in a specific order and could be used either M1 or M1 carbine if assembled for either.
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    It looks WWII or more likely post-WWII. WWII would likely be khaki rather than OD Green. It's not necessarily for any particular .30 caliber rifle but its nomenclature is that it's the M1 model cleaning case for a .30 rod...not for an M1 rifle or Carbine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SnidelyWhiplash View Post
    It looks WWII or more likely post-WWII. WWII would likely be khaki rather than OD Green. It's not necessarily for any particular .30 caliber rifle but its nomenclature is that it's the M1 model cleaning case for a .30 rod...not for an M1 rifle or Carbine.
    Must be late WWII as there is a 1944 date on the case.
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    WWI vintage with the "football" handle. They also made this with a one piece rod for barracks use.

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    I had a take-down rod and combination tool (for the M-1 Rifle) but never saw a carrying case. As I recall, that may have been issued to machine gunners. But the individual cleaning kit was to be carried in the butt stock recess of the M-1. The spring loaded door was often too weak and allowed the stuff stored there to fall out, so was usually stuck away in the pack.
    The cleaning rod handle also served as sort of a combination tool, and all were blackened steel.

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    Olive Green was introduced around 1944 for both webbing and clothing - it's really noticeable on late war photos, when there was a mixture of both.

    The Carbine rod had a shorter single section - otherwise, it was identical to the Garand rod.

    The Barracks Rod came in .22, as well.
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    Basically three different colors of web gear were used in WWII. The military was still using khaki web gear from WWI when WWII started, but quickly changed to OD#3, which was a medium shade of green, and then toward the end of the war changed to OD#7 which was a dark green.

    The military also issued a short version of the M1 Cleaning rod for the M1 Carbine which I think was an M8. It had only one section of rod in addition to the section attached to the handle, along with a cleaning tip. It was only 22 or 24 inches overall.

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    I had a Carbine cleaning rod in a belt pouch.
    It was OD Green and had the makers mark and date ink printed on it, I think under the flap.
    As above it had one section and a loop type rod tip and bore brush in open slot pockets under the flap.
    The flap was secured by a ladder type buckle.

    The rod handle was flat and made of some sort of pot metal?


 
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