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I recently purchased a 4x24 POSP off of Ebay from Eastwave and it is quite unlike the auction picture. I doubt it is fake, but rather an updated version, considering the construction seems flawless and the glass is crystal clear. The two main differences that I notice are the finish and the lens cover. Instead of a gray "marbled" finish, the finish is actually a flat black that appears to almost be powder coat. Also, the front lens cap is a flip cap (much like the Butler Creek). So, just how do you go about spotting a fake POSP? (I have heard that there are some out there on the market)
 

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Not really a fake POSP you bought but just a current commercial production unit.

Many of the former Soviet optic companies just switch over to commercial production after the fall of Communism to keep afloat. Many actually modernized and just use better commercial processes and finished in their current production unit.

Due to still relative low cost by many of these former Soviet optic companies, I have yet to see purpose built "clones" that can come under a price point to make a clone marketable. (I really have not looked, so I maybe wrong in this respect)

I just think you did not do you homework before you bought unless you bought blind without a actual pic of the product.
 

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Not really a fake POSP you bought but just a current commercial production unit.

Many of the former Soviet optic companies just switch over to commercial production after the fall of Communism to keep afloat. Many actually modernized and just use better commercial processes and finished in their current production unit.

Due to still relative low cost by many of these former Soviet optic companies, I have yet to see purpose built "clones" that can come under a price point to make a clone marketable. (I really have not looked, so I maybe wrong in this respect)

I just think you did not do you homework before you bought unless you bought blind without a actual pic of the product.
The one I got was not representative of the picture in the auction.

Here is the auction:

http://cgi.ebay.com/Sniper-Rifle-Sc...ryZ31714QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

As mentioned, the one I got is black and has a flip front cover. Also the area around the eye piece does not "neck down" like the one in the auction.
 

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I just think you got a more updated current model scope.

What is the documentation that came with the scope? Same specs in terms of magnification and reticule size?

All else fails, contact the seller. Seems he has a decent feedback and maybe able to clarify what you got.


http://www.kalinkaoptics.com/detail.aspx?ID=638
 

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The Russian military grade scopes have the gray hammer paint finish. Commercial grades ones have the black paint. Other than the color of the paint the scopes are the same. There are various reticles available from some sources.

Russia does not normaly permit the sale of any military spec product for export. Hence the different paint.

Every Russian scope I ever got from Tantal was gray. Scopes from places like kalinaka might be black. Same things though really.
 
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