There is no one military olive drab. In the US military, OD has changed over the years, with different numbering schemes, different sheens, different shades, and different service branches. On top of that, an error or two crept into the federal standards that were later corrected. And that's not including other countries! It can be a real can of worms if you are trying to pin it down to certain years. There is a lot of information and misinformation on the subject to be found on the Internet, and some even perpetrated by manufacturers. For example, the "23070" made by Gillespie and sold by Rapco is a fictional FS number made up by Gillespie.
Originally Posted by skyspike1
How do I know this? My son and I are restoring a 1952 Willys M38 jeep and have been researching the subject, mostly relying on the information of those who have already researched it. It's been fun and frustrating at the same time. Nobody commercially supplies the 2430 OD paint that is correct for that year, which, according to some sources, is a semi-gloss version of lusterless 319 with a concurrent change in the numbering scheme, although Gillespie's "23070" is apparently pretty darn close. Ay-yi-yi!
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