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Old 12-28-2007, 12:16 PM   #1
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More USGI M14 part contractors identified - ongoing research

Carleton Mfg. Co. (Carleton, MI) made the canvas case for the cleaning kit rod sections under a FY 1966 Army contract.
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Old 01-24-2008, 05:26 AM   #2
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Metal Industries, Inc. (Amarillo, TX) made the 7.62 mm NATO broken shell extractor in 1959.

Adkins Wood Products Corporation (Ozone Park, NY) made the two button fabric envelope (organizational maintenance item) in 1966.
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Old 01-24-2008, 11:11 PM   #3
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Thank you! No matter how trivial the bits and pieces of the M14
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Here's another one, Yankee Hill Machine Company, Inc. (then Northampton, MA later Florence, MA) made the M14 front sight and screw under a 1967 contract.
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For those not familiar with Yankee Hill, it was also known commercially as Clean Bore. The company sold the Clean Bore division several years ago, and it moved to Texas.
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And another, Eltra Corporation (West Springfield, MA) made M14 elevation knob and pinion assemblies for a 1968 contract. They had a second contract the following year that I hope to chase down.
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The identification of this contract shows something very interesting. There are no markings that relate to this contractor. Different and I ran into this with another evevating pinion contract.

I am starting to suspect that some of these pinion contracts were either sub contracted, or produced by another division of the major company.
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Old 03-03-2008, 11:58 AM   #8
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Found it. Wico Electric, Prestolite, was a division of Electra Corporation.

Thus these pinions will be marked WCE
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Re: More USGI M14 part contractors identified - ongoing research

Continental Air Supply Co. (Fort Worth, TX) made M8A1 scabbard restraining laces in 1969.
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Re: More USGI M14 part contractors identified - ongoing research

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Continental Air Supply Co. (Fort Worth, TX) made M8A1 scabbard restraining laces in 1969.
Looks like they are still around:

http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&ie=UT ... qgLJ4-CzAw

http://www.daplus.us/ShowPhoto.aspx?abi ... ner=400240
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Del Jet Engineering and Mfg. Corporation (City of Industry, CA) made the M1/M14 bolt disassembly and assembly tool in 1969.
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Here's some more contractors from the past:

General Purpose Lubricating Oil - R. M. Hollingshead Corporation (Hanover, NJ) in 1972. As an aside, the owner of this company, Richard M. Hollingshead, Jr., invented and opened the first drive-in movie theater in Pennsauken, NJ in 1933. That gives us old timers some fond memories.

Rifle Bore Cleaner - George Senn, Inc. (Philadelphia, PA) in 1969.
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James Ippolito & Company (Bridgeport, CT) made National Match rear sight bases under a 1989 USGI contract.
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Sterling Tool & Mfg. Co. (Chicopee Falls, MA) made M14 magazine latches for a 1967 contract.
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La Crosse Garment Manufacturing Co., Inc. (Mauston, WI) made twin M14 magazine canvas web pouches for a 1967 contract.
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Kings Point Industries (Fayetteville, NC) made M2 bandoleers under a FY 1967 contract.
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Kanvas King, Inc. (Los Angeles, CA) made the single M14 magazine pouch under a 1966 contract.
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Old 12-13-2008, 02:36 PM   #18
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Two more USGI contractors for the M1961 magazine pouch used by the U. S. Marine Corps:

1) Heckethorn Manufacturing Co. (Dyersburg, TN) in Fiscal Year 1966

2) Singer Hosiery Mills, Inc. (Thomasville, NC) in Fiscal Year 1966
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Spiral Tool Company (originally located in Woodside, NY) made M14A1 butt plate assemblies.
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Southwest Grease & Oil Co., Inc. (Wichita, KS) made rifle grease in 1965.

Bray Oil Company (Los Angeles, CA) produced general purpose lubricating oil in 1966. This oil met federal specification VV-L-800. This was used to lubricate M14 magazine springs among other purposes.
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