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Old 01-18-2007, 02:30 PM   #1
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L&S Supply, Inc: Humped parts? Another Riverbank Armory?

For years, I have seen ads in Shotgun News for L&S Supply, Inc., offering flip sights, dog leg hammers, type I barrel bands, and barrels for M-1 Carbines.

Has anyone dealt with this outfit? Are they like Riverbank Armory? Is it another front for abcleigh? Do they sell "humped" or counterfeit parts?

As a new collector of carbine, should I just give up on finding authentic type one barrel bands, rear sights, and mag catches?

I know that the Army depots just pitched these things into the scrap metal bins when they did the arsenal upgrades. In fact, someone told me how one facility in the Pacific tried to make an bouy anchor by putting concrete in the bottom of a 55 gallon drum, and filling the drum with rear sights.
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Old 01-18-2007, 03:02 PM   #2
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Well, think about this...

I ordered an RN marked NPM sight from them. Shortly after receiving it, the leaf spring broke. They sent me an identical part as a replacement. Identical. No argument, plenty on hand. Here ya go. Identical.

That tell you anything?
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Old 01-18-2007, 03:22 PM   #3
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sure. it tells me two things. Quag is a cynic, and L&S Supply has a time machine with direct access to WWII production facilities.
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sure. it tells me two things. Quag is a cynic, and L&S Supply has a time machine with direct access to WWII production facilities.
Actually delloro, the time machine only takes them back to the arsenals where the Army did the post-WWII rebuilds. All they have to do was wait for the bins of barrel bands and rear sights to be tossed out in the trash or sent to DRMO depot.

So are the parts out there? Is there a reputable source for these parts? Or should I just settle for acknowledged reproductions?
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Old 01-18-2007, 04:44 PM   #6
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The early parts are out there, mostly in very limited quantities, mostly in the hands of individuals. Lots of parts on ebay. Some are real, lots are fake.

Time and experience. Everyone gets burned while they learn, I know I have been, and probably will be again.
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Old 01-18-2007, 08:31 PM   #7
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I have several of the L&S sights. Purchased before I saw the light, so to speak. In my opinion, they're not original WW2 manufacture. They are good reproductions that can fool those who do not make close observation of the differences. I feel the same way about their mag catches and safeties that I have seen. The rear sights I purchased make good reference items and can be used to compare with originals and other fakes. I feel I have gotten my money's worth out of them, just in a lessoned learned scenario alone.
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Well, think about this...

I ordered an RN marked NPM sight from them. Shortly after receiving it, the leaf spring broke. They sent me an identical part as a replacement. Identical. No argument, plenty on hand. Here ya go. Identical.

That tell you anything?
Yes Quag, they've obviously stolen a 'Replicator' from the Star-Trek set!!!!
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