Get some better Y-straps with correct hooks. ATF sells acceptable ones for $50.
Can you pinpoint what's wrong with the hooks? Because all my friends (who don't do Airsoft but reenact) have no problems with them. If you do, I'd like to know why. They are not the incorrect square hooks as you might expect, I'll upload some pics next week when I get my insignia on my tunic.
The hooks you have there are based on the hooks used on postwar czech y straps. This is because in the early days of reenacting, reenactors used to convert czech y straps into German y straps. Many of the first reproductions were based off of these conversions rather than originals, and since then, many of the new reproductions just copy the early reproductions rather than the originals without realizing the older reproductions are incorrect. The czech y straps, in turn, had their hooks based off the German WWII lightweight y straps used by the luftwaffe. So they are correct WWII hooks, they just wouldn't be used on that type of y strap. (Note: some late war y straps did use the lightweight style hooks, as they were easy to stamp out of metal, but the most common by far throughout the war were the non-lightweight hooks.)
Original belt hooks:
Luftwaffe Y strap:
Postwar czech y strap that was commonly used in conversions:
Here is my friend's and I impression - Italian Blackshirt, eastern front, 63rd Tagliamento "M" Battaglione impression. We've got a little more to go. Here is us wearing without our wool tunics as commonly seen when it was warmer on the russian steppes. We're both holding our Carcano Cavalry Carbines, real steel not airsoft as we were about to attend a blank fire.
My brother's and mine Italian 63rd Tagliamento "M" Battaglione Blackshirt impression for the Russian Front (ARMIR and CSIR). All that is missing is the correct boots, slings, and airsoft guns. Getting close!
Post by shiftysgarand on Mar 11, 2017 22:23:27 GMT -5
Beginning of an IJA kit. Still need web gear, a rifle, and a body net, but making progress.
"Get your kids into WWII Airsoft- that way they'll never have enough money for drugs" "Hitler's proofreader was a grammar Nazi" Battle Record: Battle of Belgium- Saline, MI September 21st, 2013 Battle of the Bulge- Perth, NY January 18th, 2014 Operation Overlord- Perth, NY July 26th, 2014 Battle of the Bulge- Perth, NY January 17th, 2015 Clinton Twp, MI 9/27/15, 10/11/15,11/15/15,12/20/15, 1/9/16, 2/21/16 Chelsea, MI battles- 3/26/16
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