200A and 202 reproduction
frames back
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fuel brained
Is a milspec lantern worth the bother for a single mantle lantern?? Opinions Please. God bless. Pastor Jeff
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I have 7/47 242c
7/72 200a/ 11/66 200a
01/88- 1/89 222a
02/02 229 
Pastor Jeff
God said "Let there be light" so He let His Son shine.
SoCal and Lovin' It. Desert Rat Division
US Navy Submarine Cold War Veteran
MilSpec Ops #1960 "Feel the Roar"
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12thengr
 I am O.D. HEAR ME ROAR!
JC       A paranoid is someone who knows a little of what's going on.         
                  William S. Burroughs

Mil-Spec-Ops  # 286
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Miller Light
They are a large size, not small like most singles. I tried to light my Thermos last night and it just wouldn't catch. Then it stopped passing air. This is the first time I have had any problems with my two. But the rumor is their cranky buggers.
All my lanterns are stenciled "CW''
Sometimes the fountain of knowledge flows from the mouths of long neck bottles.
Born to lose. Live to win. Lemmy Kilmister
Miles.
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Chucker
Milspecs are interesting. The are an enigma, surrounded by a riddle, wrapped in a mystery. 

Depending on the individual, milspec lantern's are a blessing or a curse. Try one, see how you react. Let that be your guide.
Chuck
"...we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope" Romans 5:3-4
Eye-SEE-C-C Member #1333 -- MilSpecOps #003
"Michigan - from the Ojibwa word “meicigama,” meaning “great water.”
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thezman
I've owned quite a few. Got rid of them all as they hold no interest for me.
I'm Larry most of the time.
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joemiller1059
Everyone should have one. They are fun and unique.
Due to budgetary constraints the light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off.
Thank You
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curlyjoe_99
my vote is yes.
they are a part of the world history and a great conversation piece
as for running when properly maintained AKA cleaned, they are great runners and the 250CP light can be astounding
Robert (AKA Curly)-- Heart-of-Texas! "Keep 'Em Working"  
MILSPEC_OPS & 275 Appreciation Syndicate Member #9999

In Search of (ISO): evidence of a 220/228 series lantern dated 2/63    

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campinut
These tall lanterns are a cool idea (Quad globes, built in accessory bin, wrench holder, chain funnel but a very temperamental lantern to light. All these things make it a winner in my book....campinut....

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Like a moth at night, I am attracted to the light!..7/7/1964...Russ, from Missouri..
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dpatten
They run a lot better is you unscrew the Alladin burner and screw one from a 220 on in it's place.
Dennis the Peasant

ICCC Member #1337 (Thanks Dean!)
Coleman 275 Appreciation Syndicate #0086

"One of the sanest, surest, and most generous joys of life comes from being happy over the good fortune of others."
-R.A. Heinlein-
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mikew
Must admit that I like them and the roar they make. Maybe has something to do with being a veteran.  The valve and fount is just a 220 with a parts bin.  The burner assembly design is what appears to turn some people from them.  Once you learn them, it is really no big deal. With only 10 pumps of pressure, I use a BBQ grill lighter to do a little preheat on the genny and "feather" fuel with the valve until hot enough to run.  Once warmed up, they can be pumped up like any other 220.  The quad glass is a plus and heavy duty.  
Mike
"... at evening time, it shall be light." Zechariah 14:7

Slant Saver #05 Milspec Ops 0045
Quicklite Crew #27
Perfection Heater Collectors #4
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Bill
Lots to like on a mil-spec: tethered funnel & fuel cap, captured vent nut, quad glass, a parts well and only one mantle to replace at a time. I just wish the design team would have used a tried-and-true single burner design (Coleman 242?) with a built-in tip cleaner and a serviceable generator. Oh, and a burner with a burner screen....

When mine is running right, it's bright and loud.
Bill Sheehy, aka Merlotrin P.M.      ICCC #1390      eBay handle: wtspe
Coleman 275 Appreciation Syndicate #24  /  Mil-Spec Ops, Bernz-o-Matic, and Sears Syndicates #58
Looking for birthday lanterns dated 4/33, 9/33 & 7/86

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Lanterndude
Just my opinion here about the Mil-spec lantern.

It's a 50/50 shot, you either like it or don't like it.

After reading many post from CCF members here I've noticed that there is no in between or gray-area with them. Same goes with the TURD (a.k.a. 275 lantern).

But also, just to add, for some the decision does appear to become conflicting at times.

I like'em, have 2 of them in my humble collection (also have 3 Turds as well).

"TURD" #0132
"MILSPEC" #0024

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Jbbh93
Absolutely give it a shot. Nothing replaces the roar from a milspec!

Justin

"Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things"- George Carlin

Milspec syndicate #0824
Coleman Blues #824
Slant Savers #9
ICCC #1568

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Nemo
Definite a 50/50 love/hate lantern. Once you've mastered the art of lighting one, you'll just sit back enjoying the freight train roar of the beast!
Hello  My name is Nemo, I might have a problem.

There is no shame in honest wear, let it shine.
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Chucker
...as the enemy vector's their mortar's and artillery to the sound of your lantern...oops.
Chuck
"...we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope" Romans 5:3-4
Eye-SEE-C-C Member #1333 -- MilSpecOps #003
"Michigan - from the Ojibwa word “meicigama,” meaning “great water.”
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wfo21
interesting take on the mil spec, I never realized it was that way, I just bought my first one [thanks Steve) cant wait to get it and fire it up !!
Derek

The F.N.G.
ICCC# 1623
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mnhogrider
Get one, you'll like it. They run great once you figure it out. That's the fun part!
Steve
ICCC Member #1396 
BernzOmatic Appreciation Club #017
Mack, Cat and Cadillac.
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austin65uri
Wonderful workhorse lanterns for sure. (Disclaimer, Military vet).  Much has been discussed about the many merits and demerits on these; form your own opinion.  But... what is important to know, is why they can be so difficult at times to fire up.  That weird generator, lack of pricker, no burner screen, etc., really was necessary to accommodate using leaded gasoline, dirty gas from the bottom of a 5 gallon can, siphoned from a M1951 or HUMVEE,  diesel/kero (diluted with dirty gas), or some unknown foreign country fuel.  With patience and skill, it will light and work as designed, and become one of your most favored lanterns.  Honest!
Bill.
Bill.
ICCC#1601
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BSAGuy
Bill wrote:
.....captured vent nut.....


Can someone share a pic or explain this?  I am looking at buying a milspec and it has a hex nut instead of the lost original vent nut.  If I get it, I'd like to make it original again.

Thanks
- Courtenay
Be Prepared
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Lanterndude
Very well stated........[bravo]


austin65uri wrote:
Wonderful workhorse lanterns for sure. (Disclaimer, Military vet).  Much has been discussed about the many merits and demerits on these; form your own opinion.  But... what is important to know, is why they can be so difficult at times to fire up.  That weird generator, lack of pricker, no burner screen, etc., really was necessary to accommodate using leaded gasoline, dirty gas from the bottom of a 5 gallon can, siphoned from a M1951 or HUMVEE,  diesel/kero (diluted with dirty gas), or some unknown foreign country fuel.  With patience and skill, it will light and work as designed, and become one of your most favored lanterns.  Honest!
Bill.

"TURD" #0132
"MILSPEC" #0024

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arodjr
I have a mil spec of my own. It is unused; dated 4/87. Can you use the true fuel on these lanterns or just gas? 
Looking for any birthday lanterns for dates 5/74, 4/69, 4/47.
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Milspec87
I was on the fence as well, but the military in me kept drawing me to them.  So, thanks to "BSAGuy", I will be finding out for myself very soon.
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Gand28
arodjr wrote:
I have a mil spec of my own. It is unused; dated 4/87. Can you use the true fuel on these lanterns or just gas? 


Milspecs only have a year stamp, not a month. Sure thats what you have?

In any case, they run on pump gas but best to use white gas (Coleman Fuel) for longest generator life.
Greg -- Fiat Lux!
ICCC Member #1273
Seeker of Canadian Nickel!
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arodjr
Well, that's what it says on the box itself, month and year. So, it can use CF? My knowledge of these lanterns is a bit on the slim side. So any info I can absorb is greatly appreciated.
Looking for any birthday lanterns for dates 5/74, 4/69, 4/47.
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scl
very worth the bother, get one.
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Gasman64
arodjr wrote:
Well, that's what it says on the box itself, month and year. So, it can use CF? My knowledge of these lanterns is a bit on the slim side. So any info I can absorb is greatly appreciated.

Yes, CF is fine, it's actually the best fuel you can use in them.  RUG will just gunk up the generator faster.
Steve
ICCC #1012




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austin65uri
arodjr wrote:
Well, that's what it says on the box itself, month and year. So, it can use CF? My knowledge of these lanterns is a bit on the slim side. So any info I can absorb is greatly appreciated.


You are correct: most of the military boxes have a stamped "inspected" date, which is month/year.
The lanterns, however, as posted earlier, have only a date.  If your box is the one that originally came with your lantern, the dates for year should be the same, or close.
Enjoy.
Bill.
ICCC#1601
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Bossie
Once mastered the (low pressure) lightning procedure, you love them. They’re a nice “exotic” species.
Regards, Ed
Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that.
ICCC Member #1302,  275 Appreciation Syndicate member #0027.5 (permission by Gigolo Joe) MilSpecOps #252
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TD1967
I love mine. Just bought another. The aggravation is well worth the light and the roar.
Timothy Danner 
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