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M1928 Haversack, Kirkman
M1928 Haversack, Kirkman

: $129.99

Product Description

New generation of
M1928 Haversacks

Complete with mess tin
pouch and pack tail

USA made hardware

Pack laid open

Internal flap

Mess tin pouch attachment

Shoulder and back straps

Pack tail (aka "diaper")

USA made grommets

Grommets are
properly placed so that all
accessories can be attached

Pack shown with T-handle
shovel attached.
(Sold separately)

Bayonets can attached
on the top left of the flap

Reproduction M1928 Haversack. This was the standard pack issued to all US infantrymen in WWII. The Marines also used them until they were replaced by their own "782" pack system in 1942-43. These are complete- mess tin pouch and pack tail (aka meat can pouch & diaper) included.

This generation of Haversacks are an exclusive ATF product- and the quality beats even the excellent ones we had a couple of years ago. With a bit of humility, I can honestly say these are better than the gear we make here in our shop. These are one of the best reproduction anythings we've ever had.

In late 2017, I met with a new contractor and went over all the details of the originals, how they go together, are worn and what accessories attach to them. These will likely pass as originals- they bear no relation to the cheap Chinese repros made with paper thin canvas and hardware that could have been made from beer cans. For those that are familiar with the manufacturing variations of Haversacks, we copied a mint, unissued, Boyt 1941 sample.

Fabric & Webbing: They absolutely nailed the color- of original WWII packs- not Call of Duty screenshot garbage. The olive drab #3 looks olive-tan in natural light and a bit greener in fluorescent. The canvas is 100% cotton #8 duck, colorfasted and treated. The webbing is likewise all cotton, shuttle loomed and the same heavy weight as the originals.

Hardware: We sent the factory American-made slides, ball tips, and grommets so there is no flimsy hardware nonsense.

This is a relatively complex piece of fieldgear to manufacture, with over 50 pieces and dozens of ways to make a mistake and ruin the pack. Nearly every single other reproduction screws up the same thing- the workers have no clue what the four little grommets on the flap are for and they place them willy-nilly where ever they feel like. This makes it nearly impossible to attach shovels or bayonets. We went over that repeatedly with the owner of the factory and they got it right- properly spaced so no more BS when trying to hook up your gear.

Includes the mess tin pouch and pack tail (aka diaper.)

Size: The straps on these packs are the same length as originals. Thus, if you are over 6' in height, or if you're a super size person, these may not be long enough.

Practicality: These are a terrible choice for a book bag, day pack, or really much aside from WWII re-enacting. Just about any other bag/ pack we carry is a better option.

How the hell does this thing go together? The Haversack is a rather unique (bizarre) design, one that I personally suspect was conceived by participants invloved in early human experiments with LSD.

Click on the link for a reprint of the
Army Field Manual: How to Pack the Haversack