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Old 09-16-2011, 03:33 PM
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There will be several sticky posts helping you in your attempt to evaluate the authenticity of an item.

Keep in mind that the older items are harder to fake correctly.

Items being made in the last 10-15 years are still available in the surplus chain. They also can find their way into the commercial market by the producers making a batch for sellers, sometimes at the same time, sometimes years later.

Do not use the current made items to judge what was made years ago. Government contracts and unit purchasing requirements have changed drastically, in the lower level of quality. As posts are made here I will show you that units have purchased several imported Taiwan reproduction items because the older high quality items were released or destroyed years ago and are no longer in the system. That gives the sellers the mind set to advertise the items as "US GI", not off the shelf commercial imports. In other posts, I will give you several examples.
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Old 09-16-2011, 03:38 PM
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Thanks Bill. Looking forward to learning from you!
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Old 09-16-2011, 04:17 PM
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Bill, thanks in advance for an invaluable service to collectors.
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Old 09-16-2011, 04:29 PM
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There will be several sticky posts helping you in your attempt to evaluate the authenticity of an item.

Keep in mind that the older items are harder to fake correctly.

Items being made in the last 10-15 years are still available in the surplus chain. They also can find their way into the commercial market by the producers making a batch for sellers, sometimes at the same time, sometimes years later.

Do not use the current made items to judge what was made years ago. Government contracts and unit purchasing requirements have changed drastically, in the lower level of quality. As posts are made here I will show you that units have purchased several imported Taiwan reproduction items because the older high quality items were released or destroyed years ago and are no longer in the system. That gives the sellers the mind set to advertise the items as "US GI", not off the shelf commercial imports. In other posts, I will give you several examples.
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Old 09-16-2011, 04:36 PM
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Great idea. Thanks.
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Old 09-16-2011, 06:37 PM
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This will become a fantastic tool for present and future collectors...Thanks....JKL
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Old 09-16-2011, 07:13 PM
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Do not buy many "original" parts; however, I do love to read about them and learn the procurement and manufacturing history associated with military items.
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Old 09-16-2011, 07:21 PM
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This is a good deal, Thanks
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Old 09-16-2011, 07:22 PM
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Uh oh, getting ready to shine the spotlight on all that chinese repro stuff being sold as "USGI." Oh man...

Good idea. I like knowing there is a place to go to find out whether something I am considering buying is real USGI or not.

Ive wondered if it would be considered consumer fraud to advertise something as "real USGI" but it is really chinese repro.

Eric
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Old 09-16-2011, 07:55 PM
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Long over due, thanks, Bill.
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