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
patrickl29th: you can get spearhead stuff on ebay, might be safer
Jan 10, 2015 18:10:32 GMT -5
jheinrich: yeah, i figured that out after the fact...hope i get my parka!
Jan 12, 2015 8:11:36 GMT -5
LϟϟAH1944: On a side note, you should always get trousers if you get a parka. NEVER really seen without the set
Jan 12, 2015 16:23:13 GMT -5
mike1996: any know where i can get a wood kit for a KA M1A1? And a cutts compensator?
Jan 15, 2015 15:01:26 GMT -5
Dracul: Anyone know where I can get a replacement barrel nut for the AGM MP40?
Jan 22, 2015 18:32:48 GMT -5
Jerry-ADK: Dracul, you can prolly get a steel or brass one that is close and modify it to fit the hop up with a bit of dremeling.
Feb 2, 2015 10:35:31 GMT -5
Dracul: Maybe (probably) wrong terms on my end, but I'm talking about the end of the barrel. Like where a flash hider/compensator of modern days would go.
Feb 2, 2015 11:46:35 GMT -5
stuka: in regards to LSSAH's comment about how no airsoft fields are big enough for tanks, that's kind of false haha. Some but not all. DV8 airsoft in FL has a light tank (British Fox from Vietnam), an apc and 2 Duece's I believe for example
Feb 2, 2015 19:02:56 GMT -5
huxy: When we play, we use jeeps, weasels and trucks as well as motorcycles. If we had a tank, the area would certainly be big enough as well.
Feb 4, 2015 15:58:10 GMT -5
mentosfreshmaker: Mike: I usually shop for my rs parts at ebay and gunbrokers.com, and adapt them for the airsoft replica.
Feb 6, 2015 9:21:16 GMT -5
huxy: Shoei MG42 bought... Anyone got a feed-tray?
Feb 7, 2015 15:52:14 GMT -5
Jerry-ADK: Did you get the GBB or AEG Shoei?
Feb 8, 2015 17:34:19 GMT -5
deadcat7382: FNG in CT... thinking about getting into this... Have started building an FJ impression and a Red Devil one as well...
Feb 21, 2015 15:53:25 GMT -5
Dracul: CT is good location for WWII airsofting, a lot of the North East games are in the core North East area. Upstate NY, MA, CT, ME, VT, NH, and some in Jersey. Shouldn't have too much trouble getting to those places.
Feb 22, 2015 13:56:43 GMT -5
Dracul: Not like my team down here in MD where we have to drive the 6-7 hours to get up the Upstate New York games. The opposite of that is heading 10 or more hours south to play the events down there.
Feb 22, 2015 13:57:53 GMT -5
stuka: So has anybody actually bought the g&g m1 yet? I just looked at evikes listing and it was delyaed again?What the heck g&g... I know combatsports supply has/had them but did g&g only ship 1 batch or something
Feb 23, 2015 5:00:17 GMT -5
Dracul: Evike drops the ball on a lot of things on their website. Their webmaster sucks, really sucks. I wouldn't be surprised that their date for the G&G Garand was just flat out wrong.
Feb 26, 2015 17:10:02 GMT -5