What is really sad.........is that I have been offered a few of these WWII Tripods from England (where the "shop-owners" believe that even with the weld-lines on that front weapon-mount, that the "shop-owners" say nothing is wrong...."it's all WWII German"! ).
I was even offered an Austrian MG42 Bolt-Box as WWII German.............(?).
Yes.....some new collectors will spend money on these and later learn that they have been "taken".
We here in the USA are also seeing a lot of newly manufactured "Waffenampt-stamps" so that these "fakers" can add more "markings" to their "prizes". Everyone knows that even with WWII winding down.....that the more "stamps" an item has, it is worth more......(?).
Bergflak, I was "schooled" by a collector in Europe about early MG42 receiver......and have several questions that I need to ask about those early "slotted" "bpr" receivers with very low serial-numbers and 1942 dates. Does anyone have/know about the pre-production run of MG39/41s which became the MG42 (?). I only know of the French MG34/MG42-Board for advanced information. Possibly another "collector-Board about these that you might know of (?)
US Army, RetiredBlanksguy2001@outlook.com