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Possibly Real FG42 Bandolier?

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    Default Possibly Real FG42 Bandolier?

    Hey guys.
    Browsing around the Internet, I found an FG42 bandolier on a British site:
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    A friend of mine on YouTube, who just so happens to be a major Fallschirmjager collector, checked his collector's book and stated that this example here is authentic. Could anyone help to verify/ disprove it?
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    Default Re: Possibly Real FG42 Bandolier?

    Hi Serinox, I've never seen an original one, but IMO the seams on this one are poorly sewn. At a minimum these would have been double stitched. I can't see them very well, but I believe it has more modern snaps also. Quality is too poor for original.

    Take care,
    Jay

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    Welcome to the forum!

    The bandoleer is not original. It is a repro and I have seen identical ones for sale at living history shows I attend. Originals of these are very rare indeed and would command many thousands of pounds.

    Cheers, Ade.

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    Quote by Searinox View Post
    A friend of mine on YouTube, who just so happens to be a major Fallschirmjager collector, checked his collector's book and stated that this example here is authentic.

    Hello,
    Sorry to say this about your "youtube friend", but a real major Fallschirmjäger collector shouldn't need any book to make comments about this kind of item..and he gave you a wrong answer...good for you that you posted the item prior to make any purchase....as Ade mentioned, real ones are rare and more expensive that the price asked here. Do a google search under "german paratrooper bandoleer" and you'll see a lot of examples to avoid....
    Thanks
    PREUSSENS GLORIA

    In Memoriam :
    Laurent Huart (1964-2008)

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    Thank you very much, guys. You just saved me the equivalent of $500! Alas, it pains me to see how many fakes and fakers are on the market today, attempting to peddle their craft for money.

    Cheers,
    Searinox

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    However I'm still looking for some genuine MP44 magazine pouches, but unfortunately they're rarer than dragon droppings...

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    Look at the snaps - they have "original" in English stamped on them
    d'oh!!

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