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where to find correct Army shovels for the 151?

Postby toptiger » March 25th, 2011, 12:44 pm

anyone know where I can get some?
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Re: where to find correct Army shovels for the 151?

Postby Motorcityman » March 25th, 2011, 2:13 pm

Without seeing one in person I can't tell you if it's actually the correct one but judging from the picture it looks correct.

http://store.colemans.com/cart/shovel-n ... -1712.html
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Re: where to find correct Army shovels for the 151?

Postby toptiger » March 25th, 2011, 4:12 pm

Thanks, but it has a japanese made head, I don't think 'ours' were made there, anyone know?
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Re: where to find correct Army shovels for the 151?

Postby csmith » March 25th, 2011, 4:42 pm

Last one I bought (about 18 months ago) was from Steve Owens, Owens Exports http://www.militaryjeep.com/ NOS, correct, and Fair Priced. Also try TBanks and Gonzo.
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Re: where to find correct Army shovels for the 151?

Postby Mr. Recovery » March 25th, 2011, 4:56 pm

UMM! I know mine was made in The U.S.A :roll: :lol: here's some photos :roll: of the one I have. :)
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It is about 37 1/4"
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This will give you an idea of the neck arch.
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Re: where to find correct Army shovels for the 151?

Postby toptiger » March 25th, 2011, 5:25 pm

Thanks
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Re: where to find correct Army shovels for the 151?

Postby WC Matt » March 25th, 2011, 6:03 pm

I think John Bizal @ Midwest Military also has them. http://www.midwestmil.com
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Re: where to find correct Army shovels for the 151?

Postby raymond » March 25th, 2011, 6:07 pm

I have a friend near here who was a motor pool mechanic in the early to late 1970's. He said that while axes and shovels were standard equipment for the M151, they were seldom on the vehicles. He said they were usually only fitted for inspection or parade. He said they bought most of them locally from hardware stores. If they ordered them through official channels, they would not arrive in time for the inspection.

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Re: where to find correct Army shovels for the 151?

Postby cstaup » March 25th, 2011, 9:40 pm

I have one. If you need one I'll let it go 10 bucks + shipping. The wood is like the previous pics, but it's all intact. I just got an Ames from Home-Depot
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Re: where to find correct Army shovels for the 151?

Postby salt6 » March 25th, 2011, 10:13 pm

Local hardware store. Just make sure it all metal and wood. My Lt didn't care as long as there was one for the inventory. :mrgreen:
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Re: where to find correct Army shovels for the 151?

Postby WC Matt » March 26th, 2011, 6:39 am

There was an image posted over on the other gee quite some time ago of an A1 (over in RVN?) parked outside of a building. It's ax had a natural wood (not painted OD) handle and the ax head, was blue! It was obviously a store brought tool purchased to substitute one that was GI issue. They probably didn't bother to paint the ax because it would have been stolen off the vehicle in short order by someone.

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Re: where to find correct Army shovels for the 151?

Postby rickf » March 26th, 2011, 7:31 am

There were no thieves in the military, There were "acquisition specialists". :roll: :roll: :wink: :wink:


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Re: where to find correct Army shovels for the 151?

Postby raymond » March 26th, 2011, 7:45 am

rickf wrote:There were no thieves in the military, There were "acquisition specialists". :roll: :roll: :wink: :wink:


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Re: where to find correct Army shovels for the 151?

Postby rickf » March 26th, 2011, 8:07 am

The official amount of ammo carried as opposed to the realistic amount needed was substantially different. In other words, you could never have too much ammo.

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Re: where to find correct Army shovels for the 151?

Postby WC Matt » March 26th, 2011, 9:16 am

rickf wrote:There were no thieves in the military, There were "acquisition specialists". :roll: :roll: :wink: :wink:


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No Rick, there are theives in the military. I had stuff stolen from me as have friends of mine.
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