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PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2017 13:01 pm 
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Am I correct in saying that this particular pattern of Carrier which Sabre Sales had 100's of at one time of ex-Israeli Army and not British?

Quite if they were converted from British ones I do not know.


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Yes, I believe they are ex-Israeli. I did own one for a while having been told by a dealer at a fair that it was Indian.

I don't think they are converted British ones. You can compare it with the ones on Karkeeweb:

http://www.karkeeweb.com/patterns/1937/ ... riers.html

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Definitely not converted from ex-British stock. The webbing material is different, the shape is different, the strap is 1" rather than 3/4" and the bottom corners lack the rivets. Ex- British stock (ie all those lovely Meco 1939 and 1940 carriers you can never find) appear to have been sold off to the IDF. Presumably when those stocks ran down the IDF commissioned their own simplified carriers. Eventually the IDF declared the items obsolete (as the British had C1942) and sold them on to the surplus market. You see original British carriers with prominent and permanent black paint covering the IDF ordnance stamps.


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I would be interested to see a picture of an ex-British example with the markings blanked out. I have only ever seen this pattern with the markings inked out.


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