Thursday, June 19, 2014


L to R...first and 3rd model 

3rd model with 45 holster 

Variations on holster 

position and components for the 3rd model 

Reliance ,the famous shirt maker,was the subcontractor for Sears but also a major parachute manufacturer 

Another major player commonly seen 

Even if the C-1 vest was still in use during the early days of the vietnam war, most of the surplus stocks ended up being sold to fish and game enthusiasts through various mail order catalogs,just like combat boots ,tents and flight jackets ...

Backpacks are for dorks .It was true back then and still is .....i'm sorry

So how about giving you guys a "still affordable" alternative!? that can also be a nice addition to your Mister freedom  sea hunt gear.....

So here it is :the ww2 AAF type C-1  sustenance survival vest .It's the perfect alternative ,that'll allow your average "busy bee" to carry all the necessary tools that clutter our lives and that we think we can't live without .......

The C-1 "survival" vest was developed around 1943.The vest has seen service by both Air forces and navy personnel from World War Two through Korea and to a limited extent in Vietnam. The vest was made of dark olive green tackle twill and weighted 11 pounds when complete with its contents.  There were three large buttons on the front for closure.  The vest was used alone and in conjunction with various seat and back pad survival kits which were also initially developed during the early stages of WW2.  The C1 vest was designed for use in all parts of the word, however, the C1 proved better suited to the tropical regions.

The C1 was issued in "one size fits all" being adjustable by 3 ties in the back.The vest was to be worn under the life vest, body armor and the parachute harness. This proved to be too cumbersome when worn in some theaters of operation. So a modified musette bag attached to the parachute harness was developed.

Three types of C1 vests are in circulation with the two earliest models having two front slant pockets secured by a large button.  The latest model had straight pockets opening from the top and secured by snap catches....

Tuesday, June 10, 2014


The quintessential sneaker is back ...finally .
What took them so long !? now i want them in navy blue

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Tuesday, June 3, 2014


It seems that there's been a trend lately on various forums,about how a war time A-2 repro should look to be "period correct" They've been taking about grain thickness and so on....In fact ,what people emulate nowadays and refer as "war horse" was mostly the result of original manufacturers taking the most out of every piece of hide that went into their cutter's hands.Using heavily broken grain and marked hides that would have been rejected or hidden during a pre or post war production. By hidden I mean mostly used for less visible spots such as the back of the sleeves or lower back sides, resulting in a more "plain" and attractive jacket for the costumer.Not so much of a priority for wartime production .
Nowadays it's really difficult to find hides with an heavily natural  broken grain, as tanneries have a tendency of rejecting such less attractive hides.....

To illustrate today's post about wartime hides,here's a nice WW2 seal brown heavily grained horsehide Type A-2: Aero Leather 42-18775-P ,the very last A-2 contract they made.
Aero Leather Clothing Co. of Beacon, NY had a good number of contracts for the Army Air Corps and Forces. Most of the jackets from this contract retain features of earlier Aeros designs like square pockets, a mustard colored lining, brown or green thread, but unlike the two earlier wartime contracts (W535-AC-21996 and 42-15142), jackets of this contract are usually made with pigment finish horsehide and brown knits.but  some jackets of this contract, like this example,were made with darker horsehide and red knits, common features of 2 earlier wartime contracts, and sort of a trademark of Aero A-2s.  

Monday, June 2, 2014


Just found this nice and salty example of a :"been there done that" WW2 HBT cap. it's just as i love to find them while hunting for cool vintage .A must on this lid,the rare USMC bakelite EGA screwed on the front .......