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    Is Orion 7 a reliable source for original parts?

    I read that the owner has been in business for a long time. Found some mixed but mostly good feedback but it is all years old. I contacted them about a type one barrel band and Michael responded by email that they have one. I have already bought and returned a couple of bands from other sellers misrepresented as original.

    Can anyone give me a thumbs up/down on Orion 7 / M1Garand.com as a reliable source for original USGI parts?

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    Oriongroup on GB

    Have dealt with Tony and Michael.
    Bought UEF carbine stocks from their GB auctions.
    Under described as they were much nicer in hand.
    YMMV, But they treated me great.

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    P.S. Also bulk 5.56, .300, brass, all was as described.

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    Tony is retired. I just spoke with Michael and ordered the band. He has been working with his father rebuilding garands and carbines since he was 13 years old. They have a couple month wait time on certain rebuilds and have a brick and mortar operation. I may do business with them in the future.

    I'll follow up when I get the band.

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    Here is the original next to the replacement. Comments?

    The one on the left is the snapped original equipment barrel band. On the right is the replacement I received, claimed to be original. Enough in this pic to decide on original vs repro?

    I'm still new to the carbine world so I'm not sure if the obvious differences indicate a reproduction band.

    Observations/opinions?


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    HD,
    Until I cal get on the other computer/ Thursday, give a look at this known original on auction.

    M1 CARBINE BARREL BAND TYPE I, 2 spot weld | eBay

    Also take more pics of yours.
    I'll post my own pics Thursday, This laptop wont let me use my photobucket.

    I'd go ahead and post in the carbine forum, we'll get more replies, now that we aren't directing at a auction with your part.

    ITEM NUMBER IN CASE MY LINK DOESN'T WORK:

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    That one has the rounded edge on the band like my original does so I'm leaning toward declaring the replacement I got a reproduction unless someone chimes in and changes my mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HDSledge View Post
    That one has the rounded edge on the band like my original does so I'm leaning toward declaring the replacement I got a reproduction unless someone chimes in and changes my mind.
    Is this the one you ordered?

    C3a, Barrel band without bayonet lug*
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    Quote Originally Posted by AFJon View Post
    Is this the one you ordered?

    C3a, Barrel band without bayonet lug*
    Nope. He said they only had one and supposedly that was the one I received. It is a lot better approximation than the one in the link to their sales page for 37.99. Which I now notice claims that everything on the page is original USGI.

    Does my comparison pic above tell you anything conclusive?
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    Not an expert, but I believe if the part has the asterisk (*) symbol next to the listing it is a reproduction. The Garandicon parts list note everything that is reproduction with the asterisk (*).
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    Quote Originally Posted by AFJon View Post
    Not an expert, but I believe if the part has the asterisk (*) symbol next to the listing it is a reproduction. The Garandicon parts list note everything that is reproduction with the asterisk (*).
    Trying to determine if the flat edge indicates a reproduction or if any were actually produced like that back in the day. All the originals I have seen have the round edge. Surely someone will know.


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