what is this tabacco tin kit for

Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by modwerdna, May 20, 2014.

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  1. modwerdna

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    Ok I was told that this was an original Uzi smg or MP38 9mm "tabacco tin cleaning kit" - It only has a soldier's initials etched into it, - and what might it be missing?
     

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    I am pretty sure the kit is post war West German Bundeswehr issue for the variety of 9mm
    (note the 9.00 marking on the can) sidearms and machine pistols used by them.

    That would, of course, include the Uzi and the P38 but not the WWII MP38.

    The length of the chain, the re-in-forcing crease down the length of the can (not found on WWII cans),
    and the stamped patch loop on the pull through (WWII pull through chains used a patch loop of the same diameter and composition wire as the chain links themselves)
    are also features that point to post war issue.

    The WWII tobacco kit was standard issue during the war for all combat guns, both 8 and 9mm, regardless of barrel length.

    Figure that kit dates in the late 50's thru the 60s based on the bakelite solvent/oil bottle, rather than the later plastic.

    Looks complete to me, except for some 'mop' string pieces used on the pull though loop.

    JT
     
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    Value?

    Thanks for the info, So I am considering selling it as I have no use for it, How much would you guess it is worth?
     
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    Don't quit your day job.

    I would reckon to the right buyer you might get 25.
    Maybe more, as the pistol/SMG tins are not as common as the G1/G3 rifle tins.

    You might stick it on an auction site, making sure that you put the appropriate words in the
    item description to increase looks from both pistol and sub-gun viewers.

    JT
     
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