M1917 Repair chest tool info needed.

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M1917 Repair chest tool info needed.

Post by Nd1889 » Sun Sep 13, 2020 10:40 am

I was recommended to this forum from the u.s miltaria form as I have no idea what brand tools to look for when filling my arm repair chest. Did they just use off the shelf tools?
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Re: M1917 Repair chest tool info needed.

Post by Rustman » Mon Sep 14, 2020 5:55 pm

Welcome to the forum.Couple of suggestions. First is to search that box here. I'm pretty sure that set or one like it was recently being restored by one of our members here. Also look for a thread in this forum on manufacturers with known contracts to the USG. Off the shelf tools were widely used but you'll soon find yourself learning which companies had USG contracts and what company logo fits the time period of your kit versus being too new or old. Last can you post a picture of just the tool list itself, I can't blow it up enough in the pictures you posted.

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Re: M1917 Repair chest tool info needed.

Post by Nd1889 » Tue Sep 15, 2020 11:43 am

Rustman wrote:
Mon Sep 14, 2020 5:55 pm
Welcome to the forum.Couple of suggestions. First is to search that box here. I'm pretty sure that set or one like it was recently being restored by one of our members here. Also look for a thread in this forum on manufacturers with known contracts to the USG. Off the shelf tools were widely used but you'll soon find yourself learning which companies had USG contracts and what company logo fits the time period of your kit versus being too new or old. Last can you post a picture of just the tool list itself, I can't blow it up enough in the pictures you posted.

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I used the search and can not seem to find anything for the m1917 box and ww1 tool contracts.
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Re: M1917 Repair chest tool info needed.

Post by Silly's MB » Wed Sep 16, 2020 12:41 am

You wont find any information here about WW1 contracts but You can find a list for ww2 here viewtopic.php?f=48&t=242969#p1421598.

The best Images for WW1 tools are these from W.Winget
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So I guess it depends on what era you want to recreate it for.
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Re: M1917 Repair chest tool info needed.

Post by Wingnutt » Wed Sep 16, 2020 6:53 pm

Nd1889,

What Silly's MB is referring to, by suggesting that "it depends on what era you want to recreate," is the fact that while the M1917 was primarily a WWI rifle, it was still being issued in WWII, believe it or not, for reserves, training, and Lend-Lease. The WWII maintenance tools and their suppliers/mfgrs would've been drastically different, though, than the WWI tools and suppliers/mfgrs. So his implication is very interesting.

What Rustman was asking you to do was post close-up photos of the actual tool list pasted inside the box. I second his request. That list - the types of tools, the way the are described, part numbers (if there are any), could be very helpful in use helping you identify the tools you would need to fill it, whether you want to do a WWI-era impression, or a WWII-era impression. They are not legible in the photos you have already posted.
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Re: M1917 Repair chest tool info needed.

Post by Silly's MB » Thu Sep 17, 2020 12:42 am

It was known as the P17 over here and issued to the Home Guard. It had a red stripe around the front handguard because the ammunition was marginally different to the .303 ammunition used in the SMLE No.1 MK3.
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