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 Spotting Fake items 
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Write up by jim_dandy. Information from multiple sources:

Aimpoints

http://www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=3&f=18&t=367860

Aimpoint Magnifiers:


http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/show ... hp?t=97770

Eotech Holosights

http://www.eotechinc.com/counterfeit-al ... pot-a-fake
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(PDF file download link)
http://www.eotechinc.com/sites/default/ ... ghts_0.pdf

Grip Pods

http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/show ... 893&page=2
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCkFDL1P ... re=related

Larue Mounts

http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=507122

Leupold Scopes

http://www.leupold.com/corporate/resour ... t-warning/
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http://www.opticstalk.com/forum_posts.asp?TID=5957

Trijicon Optics (ACOGS)

http://www.trijicon.com/prod_auth.cfm

Call or e-mail Trijicon with the model number and serial number to verify if it's authentic or a knock-off scope. Knock-offs tend to have the same serial number on all of them.

info@trijicon.com or at (800)338-0563

Customer Service Hours
M-F 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST

Some conventional wisdom for identifying fake ACOGs:
- Should have the digital square.
- "Tririum" = fake.
- A real ACOG will have tritium and be illuminated in the dark.


Tue Mar 15, 2011 10:15 am
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Well, Crap! :((

But thank you. Ya did a really good deed. thumbsup

I remembered an Aimpoint I got "a deal" on at a show.
MY buddy also got one.
I had mine briefly on my FAL. Glad now I removed it.
My buddy had problems with his.


"Fake copy, all lettering in white, fake serial #"
Check

"Real Aimpoint adjustment."
Nope, not what I have.

"Fake copy adjustment."
Yep, that's what I have.

Now I wish I'd read this in about 2007. Oh well, I guess I have a rugged LOOKING dot site that will probably work OK on a .22 or something else that doesn't kick. This is a very useful thread, and I sincerely thank you for the effort.

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Thu Jan 05, 2012 8:28 pm
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Welcome to WaGuns! Sorry to hear about the fakepoints. They are out there and that's why this thread is here!


Thu Jan 05, 2012 10:24 pm
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any fake stuff on Amazon or is that pretty safe you think?


Fri Mar 14, 2014 9:13 am
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3rd party sellers on Amazon are probably just as bad as ebay.


Fri Mar 14, 2014 9:40 am
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I generally avoid Amazon too. Just a little while ago, some Amazon seller was selling fake Rainier Arms Raptors that looked very, very close to the real thing, and the price wasn't even so low that you'd think "If the price is too good to be true, then it probably is".


Fri Mar 14, 2014 3:51 pm
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Looks like EOTech moved around their website so the links changed...corrected links below.

Eotech Holosights

http://www.eotechinc.com/counterfeit-al ... pot-a-fake
&
(PDF file download link)
http://www.eotechinc.com/sites/default/ ... ghts_0.pdf


Fri Jan 29, 2016 8:56 pm
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CleanLogic wrote:
Looks like EOTech moved around their website so the links changed...corrected links below.

Eotech Holosights

http://www.eotechinc.com/counterfeit-al ... pot-a-fake
&
(PDF file download link)
http://www.eotechinc.com/sites/default/ ... ghts_0.pdf



Welcome to WaGuns John and thanks for the assist! I have updated the OP with the new links.


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