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Offline Don Kenna

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Antique Military Combination or Field Tools Identification
« on: April 02, 2021, 01:42:01 AM »
Does anyone know of a book (or perhaps even a web site) that would help me identify the growing number of military rifle “combination tools” I’ve managed to accumulate?  I’m referring to the small pocket-sized tools issued with military rifles, carbines, and pistols in the 19th Century, often including folding screwdriver blades, punches, mainspring clamps, etc.

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Re: Antique Military Combination or Field Tools Identification
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2021, 07:46:04 AM »
Gun Tools Their History and Identification  by Schaffer ,Rutlidge and Dorsey.

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Re: Antique Military Combination or Field Tools Identification
« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2021, 01:48:42 PM »
Just went on ABEBOOKS.COM which is a good source for used books.  Found 5 on their list.  Cheap one is $124.90 and they go up to $350.00
You might want to try your local library for an ILL  (Inter-Library Loan) if your library does them.  One of the books mentioned on CAScity a few years ago on Winchester self-loading rifles was obtained for loan through my local library.  It came from The Library of Congress collection....
I think I'll try it with this book, as I too have a bunch of the tools collected through the years.

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Re: Antique Military Combination or Field Tools Identification
« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2021, 10:12:17 PM »
For US tools, it might be worth taking a look at the selection offered for sale at https://www.granpasgunparts.com/  They've got good illustrations/descriptions, and you might be able to ID many of them from there. 
In my book a pioneer is a man who turned all the grass upside down, strung bob-wire over the dust that was left, poisoned the water, cut down the trees, killed the Indian who owned the land and called it progress.  Charles M. Russell

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Re: Antique Military Combination or Field Tools Identification
« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2021, 06:38:45 AM »
Thanks, Guys:

I just looked at the prices of the Shaffer, et al, book.  Not a purchse option for me, I fear.  I've bought something in the past from Granpa's Gun Parts, and that would be a good option.

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Re: Antique Military Combination or Field Tools Identification
« Reply #5 on: April 04, 2021, 08:18:01 AM »
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