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Jeff 01-03-2017 01-04-201722:50
Got the real deal.
I was expecting to get a new reproduction of the German Mess kit. What I got was a used surplus kit. The marking under the handle read: IVM 68. The paint was a miss-match. The top piece came from a different kit, with a piece of green duct tape with the name, Meyer on it. The bottom piece had bare metal showing and the middle section had seen usage, as it had a minor dent in it. I wanted a German mess it, and now I have one.
carol 03-60-2017 03-02-201720:08
a repro but still nice.
SEEMS ALMOST IDENTICAL TO THE GERMAN MESS KIT OF THE 60,S-70,S. THIS ONE WAS MADE IN GERMANY ACCORDING TO THE BOTTOM LABEL.. LIKE IT... AND WILL USE IT THIS SUMMER ON CAMPING TRIPS FOR SURE. a+++++
David 02-31-2017 02-01-201723:31
Made poorly in China, not suitable for actual use
Visually, this is a fairly accurate reproduction of the German mess kit. But this made in China kit is poorly made and has not held up well to actual use. The paint does not survive campfire heat and the latch is not secure. The hinges are a bit misaligned and it is a bit soft and flimsy overall. Well suited to reenacting, but not at all suited to actual use.
Mike F 12-362-2016 12-28-201623:47
Great mess kit
This is a great reproduction of the German WW2 mess kit. Its durable, more or less compact, and very useful. I take it with me whenever I go camping. With the use of a cheap thin belt I got from Wal-Mart, I attach the mess kit to the outside of my back pack, so that it doesn't take up any room inside (which is how German soldiers use to attach it to their battle belts).
Colonel K 06-180-2016 06-29-201620:31
A mess kit I used in the field
When I was stationed in Germany with the NATO troops,I found out how excellent this mess kit was.Up in the Fulda Gap in winter on joint maneuvers with the Whermacht,I was asked if I would swap my U.S. kit with the German kit.I saw immediately that the German kit was much more versatile for cooking and heating-while mine was good if the food was ladled into the kit.I saw that the German soldier was disappointed after awhile with the swap,so I returned his mess kit. I just happened to see this mess kit on this site Keep Shooting and I had to have it-especially since it was new! I know I will get many years out of this "bomb proof" mess it........
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