Buyer beware: stolen or surplussed military optics.

Sometimes you can stumble across a deal that is too good to be true.

For example, not to long ago one dealer was selling used Aimpoints, Eotechs, and ACOGs very cheap.  Aimpoints were running about 100-200 dollars including a Wilcox mount($90 MSRP), $300 dollar TA01NSN ACOGs and Eotech 553s.

Needless to say these were all used and abused military equipment.  But we don’t know if these were legitimately surplus of if they “fell off the truck”.

There are a few major issues with buying surplus optics.  The first is that there is the chance it is stolen.  If it is stolen, and there is an investigation, you have have to turn it back over to the government with out compensation.

The second is that if you have an issue with the optic, the manufacturer may not offer warranty or repair it.  Companies like Aimpoint, Trijicon, and L3 do not have a way of knowing if an optic was stolen government property or if was properly surplussed out.  Because of this, most of the time these companies will not service these optics.

I bring this up because Law-Guns were selling military Eotech 553s.  Some people were buying these and sending them in to Eotech to be rebuilt.  Finally Eotech said these are government property, and confiscated the ones sent it.

WW2 Japanese Canteen With Trench Art and Campaign Markings By US Marine

 

This is a very interesting bit of history I thought would be worth sharing.   It is a canteen taken from a fallen Japanese soldier during WW2.  My friend’s father in law was a Marine during the war in the 1st Division I believe it was.  At any rate.  He kept it from the soldier he killed and as the war went in, he carved.scratched/engraved the name and date of every battle and invasion he was in.

 

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You can also see some of the trench art scratched into it by the Japanese soldier. The Japanese flag being on the canteen already was likely the reason the Marine picked this one to keep in the first place.

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Some manufacturing marks, or some such. I am not expert on WW2 Japanese canteen markings, so I have no real idea.   Fascinating none the less.

 

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And the Marine who brought it back,  Earning many medals by the wars end.

 

Certainly is not something you see often and I would like to personally think my friend for letting me share this unique item with everyone.

 

 

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Review: Reproduction USMC Weapon Record Book

Much like a car, firearms require preventive maintenance too.  For some military weapon systems, log books are kept to have a record of the number of rounds fired, and any other important details over a firearms life span.  This lets the armorers and small arms techs know when maintenance needs to be done.  The most well known of these are Sniper Log Books.  Not just including round count, it covers zeroing data, ballistic data, and all other information that a sniper finds important about their weapon system.

Detective John Hobbs of the Phoenix PD was killed in the line of duty.  One of our fellow gun nuts started selling reproduction USMC Weapon Record Books and is sending all proceeds(other then the cost to make and ship the books) to Hobbs’ family.  At six dollars a piece, I bought five of them.

These reproductions are faithful to the originals with the exception of a dedication to Detective Hobbs on what would have been the last blank page.

 

USMC Weapon Record Book

 

You can find more information and find out how to buy them here.