Help ID Military Rifle Case


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fredcwdoc
April 9, 2005, 11:02 PM
Folks take a look at this and tell me what you think it is. Yes, I know it is a rifle case but for what. It is leather and marked "Boyt 43." I have had little luck so far finding information about it.
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y62/fredcwdoc/Rifle%20Case/DSCN1795.jpg

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SMLE
April 10, 2005, 08:36 PM
Looks more like a shotgun case than anything military.

tankertom
April 10, 2005, 08:45 PM
Maybe a scabbard for mounting the M1 Garand on a Jeep?

SMLE
April 10, 2005, 09:01 PM
The case in the picture has a cover over the top. The M1 rifle scabbard was open.
Here is a pic of an M1 scabbard.
http://www.marstar.ca/images/accessories/Holsters/HOL-003-M1-Rifle-Scabbard.jpg

fredcwdoc
April 10, 2005, 09:05 PM
It's military. So far from other posts in other places it sounds like it is an M4 case for a BAR. I can find no information on such a case but it must be out there someplace. One thing that is missing are the long wrap around straps. Someone has cut them off. If they were present I believe it would like like something you would strap to a pack saddle or an animal.
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y62/fredcwdoc/Rifle%20Case/DSCN1796.jpg

SMLE
April 10, 2005, 09:53 PM
Looking more closely at the first pic, and looking at the hand holding it for scale, I think you may be right. That rib along the side would fit the charging handle on a BAR.

Sam
April 10, 2005, 10:18 PM
No where near big enough for a BAR.
Not tall enough or long enough although the M1922 was shorter than the 1918.

Have seen a scabbard for a BAR. Looks like a standard saddle scabbard with metal reinforcment along the clearance cut for the bolt handle like the M1 scabbard posted by SMLE and on the toe end. Very thick through the receiver section but no room for a magazine. Also had side pouches for the removable bipod and rear monopod. Not very many made as there were only a couple hundred M1922's ever put in service.

Sam

Dan Morris
April 10, 2005, 11:23 PM
I had 3-4 of these. They were made for the 1919a4 machine gun. I put a
handle on them and used them for rifle cases...had to leave a loop in the sling to drag out.Worked darn nice...kept them dosed with neatsfoot oil. Stitching finally rotted out.
Dan

Any how, thats what the guy said when I bought em....deminsions are right....

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