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Old 01-09-2014, 06:38 AM   #41
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Captain Gyro,

"Corn-binder(s)" is slang for INTERNATIONAL HARVESTER CORPORATION (IHC). - IHC was one of the "less common" government contractors for Garand rifles and well-known maker of agricultural equipment.

At least in the past, when CMP sometimes had IHC rifles, they looked "unused" & sometimes evidently WERE unissued for war use & had "just been sitting in an arms room somewhere".


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[Slapping head] I'm from Iowa originally, and I knew that International Harvester combines were sometimes referred to as "corn-binders", but completely failed to make the connection that the company had also manufactured Garands.
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Old 01-09-2014, 07:11 AM   #43
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Captain Gyro,

NO PROBLEM. - We "Garand-AHOLICS" tend to use slang & jargon, when we probably should NOT. - My apologies.

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I wasn't aware that any T-26's ever saw issue or combat. I thought they played with the idea and then abandoned it. As for a rifle labeled "tanker", something tells me that's a Springfield commercial gun made in the '80's, or a conversion someone stamped as such. That was no military designation that I'm aware of.
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Retmsgt,

I've NEVER gotten ANYTHING from CMP that I wasn't DELIGHTED with.
(Getting a long box from CMP is "my Christmas" ever time up to now.)

A couple of our local members have seen my "really cheap" Danish Garand, which has (pardon me for bragging) as PURTY of an European Beech stock as I've ever seen.
(Once degreased, dents steamed out & refinished, the stock's grain looks like the side of "a hotrod with flames".)

Otoh, it was REALLY cruddy & a PITA to re-do, when I got it. = I opened the box & said, "OH well. Had to happen sooner or later."
(Then I started cleaning it & I've told everyone what I found.)

Note: "A little bird told me" recently by phone that CMP South is SOON likely to get some "corn-binders". = IF that happens, I will be "out of the driveway & down the road to Anniston" SOON.

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Stand Watie, if they get 'Tractorguns' in you'll probably be behind me in line!!!
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Retmsgt,

I think that we won't get in a fight over the tractor guns/corn-binders.
(I'll drop you a note/PM when "the bird sings".)

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Kevin Gibson, et. al.,

According to 1LT Joe Berry, late of MERRILL'S MAURAUDERS, a FEW "tankers" were issued for war service in the CBI theater. He said that those were re-built/"cut-down" in Asian Depots near the end of WWII and were (despite their name) NEVER intended for use in armored vehicles BUT were intended as a "compact weapon" for jungle warfare.

He also said that the "tanker" was "an answer to a question that nobody should have asked", as he said that he never saw one that "worked well"
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that "The War in the Jungle" was "hand to hand & fought with knives, clubs, bolos, swords and to a limited extent with handguns & grenades, as we learned early that firing a gun meant that the shooter was FIRED ON by BOTH sides. After that, the combat was SILENT attack from a concealed position."

Joe said that his "main weapon in Burma was a large, heavy, razor-sharp Bowie knife that had a 16 inch blade."

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