| | I think jimb has been zeroed in on these very key subjects for quite awhile, now. And many others as well, I presume, that Amback Members, and other M-1 Carbine Forum Members, need to take a close look at. There are several highly knowledgable, and very qualified collectors that post regularly here, on the Amback Carbine Forum. I would like to suggest, that these advanced collectors consider.... adopting such policies, to assist the newly beginning collectors, as currently being done. After reading hundreds of postings on Amback, (since I joined), in regards to various "bogus parts subjects", (myself...."ex-cluded")...I can see, with no doubt, that these highly qualified individuals can certainly make a difference, to assist these new collectors from suffering the same raths of $$$$ losses as you did, as new collectors. I especially think Hired_gun, Bill Ricca, CBR, David Barnette, and several others, have been extremely Instrumental, and most effective, with their untiring investigative research, to point out the various "legit parts and markings" from the "bogus hump artists and their bogus parts and markings." I have seen many "thank you's" posted from many new Members, of being "warned about bogus parts", they nearly bidded on, when these "Auction links" were brought to the Amback Forums. Advanced Collectors, such as Amback Members, Club Members, (Such as the Carbine Club, which I highly recommend everyone join), and the Members of other Forums, "are".. the Carbine buying World. I believe... you can ALL, and WILL, make that difference. It is time for all serious collectors to join together to make the humpers sales more identifiable each day. Continue working together, each day... to put them out of business, by halting the sales of these "bogus parts". You cannot save everyone, but you can certainly put a damper on much of their "bogus parts sales", providing links are provided to the auctions. Recommend your favorite Forum and Club when-ever you can, to the new collectors. Fore-warned..is fore-told! Advise them, If they are not certain of an auction item, being "Legit or Bogus"... bring the link here, or to your favorite Forum, and let the Advanced Collectors take a look and advise. A great source of absolutely "FREE" advice and information. Another good way would be, if you run auctions, list a link to a Forum and the Carbine Club address, in your auction description. Let 'em know, there is help out there. I will be putting some books up for auction this week, and I will start the ball rolling. Keep up the great work, Guys and Gals! My compliments to everyone!
Originally Posted by jimb16
And it is because of the fakers ability to mimic real parts that many of us don't discuss certain features which help us identify the fakes. It gets tougher every day to spot the fakes. In many cases, all we need to do is see or heft the part to know its parantage. But with some of the better repops, we need to get down and dirty to tell the differences. We may need to take the exact measurements of several known originals to make the final determination.