Thanks for the input and reply. There's a Rod's Rebel pictured elsewhere on dz.com - quite possibly yours - but that has 3 pack opening bands ; this rig has 2 and they are neater eyelets and rubber elastics, not the metal spring and hook eyelets that the Rods rebels has. Poynters records that the RR went from 3 POBs to a single strand of shock cord in 1975, so I'm surmising this isn't a Rods rebel?
Hi Jerry, They both look very well made and professionally built - though the harness on rig2 is a bit of a home made design - so I thought they may be shop built. They're much better made than the UK made 'home mades' I've come across over the years.
There are enough subtle differences for the multicolour rig not to be a Stylemaster. The bungees alone would mean it's likely not to be a Strong rig ; but I compared it to this Stylemaster and concluded it's not one. The matching harness is very likely to be homemade as Jerry pointed out.
The red, white and blue rig on the Pioneer Superpro Harness doesn't seem to match anything in Poynters that could have been from a major manufacturer.
I went and checked my log book it helps none much.... it's logged as the MFG being Guardian, the model and SN were not able to be read.
I remember looking for more info in that rig in question, and I did find an old advert with that rig in it.. my mind was thinking the ad was from GQ, but I can't say for sure and if you Google the FXC, you get the modern square system they make http://www.fxcguardian.com/
I have not gone to look in Poynters yet and I don't have access to a Beckmon manual anymore or old mag's.
Yes, that long WW stitch pattern reminds me of the old GQ Security 150, 250 and 350, Safety Chute series of pilot emergency parachutes. I only had to replace MLW and risers on one Security 150, but it took me all day! The next time I was faced with re-sewing a Security 150 MLW (because of failing QE Snaps), I decided that it would be quicker to cut off the old QE Snaps and screw on a new pair.
Time to realize that as we get older, the memory goes.
Guardian was started by a guy ( who's name I no longer remember ) in Southern California. He had some success but eventually sold everything to FXC.
Then somewhat later, FXC hired Dan Abbott away from Security to come down to run the Guardian operation.
Anyone out there remember the name of the guy who started Guardian? I seem to remember he started it when he just got out of the Navy.
He ran an ad once that had the banner: IF YOU DON'T READ THIS AD YOUR RIPCORD WILL CATCH ON FIRE
I've never forgotten that ad.
That was Gordon Foster and he was in the Navy. His stuff was well built and he was an excellent rigger. He made a couple of rigs for me and I did a modeling page with the godflicker taking the pics for Sky Diver mag. This rig doesn't look like one of his though. Could be one of Hank the Cranks rigs. Gordons business went downhill after a guy went in at Elsinore wearing one of his rigs.