Here I will post my opinion on gear, whether to buy originals or repro. Uniforms
M42's:repro due to value and rarity M43's:original HBT's:original M41jackets: repros, due to cost
Cartridge belt:Original Pistol belt: original canteen:original suspenders:original T handle shovels:repro, due to high price of originals Folding shovel:original 1911 holster:repro, due to condition and price of originals musettes/haversacks:original Boots:original*cheaper than repros! helmet: meh, either. Prices vary a lot between originals and repros. liners:repros or rebuilt originals misc gear:original
Generally I think when you first start out originals are the way to go (unless you've got the money), simply because they're usually cheaper. Now that I have a little more money, from working, I'm trying to phase out my originals and save them for my collection and public displays. I don't have to feel guilty tearing apart repros in the field. So here's what I think at least for a beginner on somewhat of a budget:
M42's:repro due to value and rarity, haha ya people will kill you if they see you wearing an original m42 in the field . M43's:original HBT's:original M41jackets: repros, due to cost, and originals are very fragile due to the light material they were made from.
Cartridge belt:Original or repro, you could go either way on this sometimes originals get more expensive than repros. All depends. Pistol belt: original canteen:original, well there are no repro canteens... canteen covers: REPRO!! I see originals blow out all the time in the field. Not pretty. suspenders:original or repro - same reason as the cartridge belts T handle shovels:repro, due to high price of originals Folding shovel:original 1911 holster: original i think they generally tend to be cheaper than repros when u find a good deal, but heavy use on these isn't that great, so they should be replaced with repros eventually. musettes/haversacks:original Boots: repro, I just don't trust 60 year old leather, plus if you look on reenactor forums and stuff you can find some pretty good deals on repro boots. helmet: um postwar or wwii? either. postwar all you have to do is change the chinstraps and maybe paint it the correct wwii color, if it's way off, and it'll look fine. liners:repro - I like using this postwar belgian liner, virtually identical to US wwii one's and for $10 why not? misc gear:original
Remember folks original gear is 60+ years old. One day it will eventually give out on you if you beat it, be it tomorow, or 20 years from now. Treat it with respect. Its been "over there".
Last Edit: Mar 26, 2006 19:58:11 GMT -5 by Go4Broke
Well, then again here there is a lot of deals passing around with that store and swap meet and such. I got a defect inland liner for 10 bucks. I can get literally unissued boots for less than repros. And also, I usually get unissued or very lightly used gear for that reason exactly; they will give out...
Post by 5thrangerinfantry on Mar 28, 2006 7:49:01 GMT -5
There is other stuff that was made for the civilian market after the war that would work too. The only 2 things that I can think of right now are binoculars and a canteen - I have ones that are completely identical to originals - but they both say 'made in japan'
be sure to check reenactor and collector forums. I got my first pair of corcoran jump boots for $60 and they are in great condition.....
My mommy says I deserve a gold star for good work! -- Nimlas
LϟϟAH1944: I don't think its the guns...I'm pretty certain it sjust mainly a ww2 blankfire event. In addition to that, its for organized units mainly.
Jun 14, 2014 1:12:47 GMT -5
antonius agustus: Unless you've registered in a unit, which I didn't think you needed to do (I was wrong), they won't let you in if your in uniform and gear. I'm liking Reading's airshow less and less every year. And Jerry, that's too bad because that was an excellent idea.
Jun 16, 2014 15:39:48 GMT -5
patrickl29th: does anyone know were I can get a boneyard d boys kar 98
Jun 16, 2014 17:26:30 GMT -5
antonius agustus: Evike has them from time to time and so does AirsoftMegaStore
Jun 18, 2014 16:12:03 GMT -5
LϟϟAH1944: Antonius, they let you in if youre not with a unit- you just cant have weapons.
Jun 19, 2014 5:26:37 GMT -5
antonius agustus: It must be a new rule then, definitely don't remember it the last couple years.
Jun 22, 2014 12:24:07 GMT -5
Jerry-ADK: Yah, I guess WW2 airsoft isn't what they want at their event. Any other kind of WW2 enthusiast is ok, just not reenactors with bb guns. I guess ill have to join a BF unit if I want to go and period camp.
Jun 23, 2014 21:33:22 GMT -5
LϟϟAH1944: The thing is, its not an organized unit. Reading is mainly for larger, organized and established units.
Jun 24, 2014 17:18:38 GMT -5
unterfarbfuhrer: Hey. I'm starting out. I only have at the moment a M43 tunic/trousers set, and soon I will have a M40 Helmet. However, since I have no source of income, I need loaner gear. I would need lowboots and gaiters, leather belt and y-straps, and a breadbag.
Jun 29, 2014 22:08:55 GMT -5
unterfarbfuhrer: If it is alright, could I just use a East German canteen? Like I said, I have no source of income, so my hands are tied behind my back.
Jun 29, 2014 22:09:57 GMT -5
Jerry-ADK: Unterfarbfuhrer, where are you located?
Jul 1, 2014 12:44:40 GMT -5
patrickl29th: Do you use a m14 socom for a m1 Garand conversion or just a regular m14?
Jul 1, 2014 13:16:32 GMT -5
ssgjoe: Unterfarbfurher, what you could do is get an East German canteen than start to replace it with period correct stuff. First thing I would swap out would be to swap it for a wool cover, than a cup, then strap, and finally the flask.
Jul 1, 2014 19:20:29 GMT -5
Dracul: Ugh, I think I'm going mad. I can't seem to find that one reference thread that had links to the cheapest/cheaper US uniforms and gear.
Jul 14, 2014 8:39:57 GMT -5
patrickl29th: Dracul ATF has some cheap uniforms for there quality. I had my m1943s for 5 years and never had a problem
Jul 14, 2014 13:56:56 GMT -5
Dracul: Yeah, but I'm looking more for some of the gear. I forgot where I got my leggings, but I remember getting them for like 20 bucks and now I can't find any leggings for my wife thats under 40 bucks.
Jul 14, 2014 16:03:32 GMT -5