Savannah, GA – CAVEAT EMPTOR! They say “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”, stealing our designs with counterfeit copies isn’t flattery. It’s a crime. In the past several weeks, Blue Force Gear® customer service has received a number of calls from individuals regarding issues with weapons slings that they purchased online. These slings were purchased primarily through Amazon. A review of the slings has revealed that every single one of them are cheap counterfeit copies of the patented BFG Vickers Combat Applications SlingTM (VCAS). These slings were labeled and marketed as being authentic BFG products to include copies of our labels and packaging.
More important to BFG than the legal issues with patent and trademark infringement, or the lost revenue to our American based company, are the disturbing reports of the products failing customers. BFG, and each of its employees, is proud that our products are utilized daily by military, first responders and prepared citizens worldwide. The idea that a mission could fail or that someone could be injured because of an inferior counterfeit product causes us great concern.
While the counterfeit slings LOOK like our product, a careful examination reveals vastly inferior quality of webbing, hardware, construction methods and other issues. We are choosing to not be more specific regarding the glaring issues with these slings as we don’t want to assist these thieves in their continuing criminal enterprise to steal our intellectual property and mislead our loyal and deserving customers.
BFG wants you to be aware that there are counterfeit products being marketed and that the best way to avoid them is to always buy from an authorized BFG reseller or direct from Blue Force Gear through our website or company store. If you have questions regarding the identity of authorized resellers or concerns regarding a product, please contact our customer service representatives for guidance or go to www.blueforcegear.com/verified-bfg to report a suspected fake product.