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Mark in Rochester,
06-04-2012 05:38 PM
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As always, Bill, thanks for locating and pointing out the fakers! If someone wants to sell properly labeled reproductions, that's one thing - but labeling them "GI" should be cause for legal action. I'm sure they will just say it was "issue" to some governement somewhere! Again, thanks for saving us from wasting our hard earned greenbacks. CC
There is a conflict between many dealers and me.
A while back the Navy Seals units needed M14A1 Bipods. As we all know there were none in the system. By the mid 1980's all were destroyed and released as demilled. Shortly thereafter a few large companies started producing bipods in Taiwan. The first few years, they were junk. By the late 1990's they had improved and were not bad, but they did not meet military specifications. (The Red Chinese started making them too, and they were and still are junk). When the Navy needed bipods circa 2002-2005, they changed the drawings and lowered the specifications to purchase these Off The Shelf Commercial Reproductions from Taiwan. Once the word got out many dealers starting listing them as US GI.
The last 10-15 years military units have purchased many small quantities of junk items off the commercial market because the military items have been are gone from the supply system for many years.
With the dealers' mindset to ignore history and sell foreign made copies, everything in existence is now US GI because over the last 150 years our military, somewhere, has purchased just about everything on the commercial market.
The battle will continue.
Last edited by Bill Ricca; 06-07-2012 at 09:04 AM.
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