U.S. Domestic counterfit PKM LINK Fraud Warning 20th January 2017

 

Caveat Emptor: Some wooden cases of PKM links may look like ours but are not new, but used links, refinished and packed to look like new. In one instance even trying to copy our packaging to pass off as new production from the cases that we have already shipped nationwide in the U.S. alone since 2009. We have gone to great lengths to distance ourselves from these rascals in the U.S. market this year, once discovered including reporting them to both the FBI & BATF for investigation as counterfeit/fraud . You should also. These used links that have been passed of as qualified new production could fail in combat with fatal results, and compromised missions. More information upon request . Like the Klondike Gold Rush there are a lot of “Industry transients” that we have seen "pass though" field in our 32 years. Our company; same company, same business, same people.  Next year these transients , including even some well-intentioned ones drawn by "the lure of the Klondike" or using OPM (other people's money) invested foolishly will be selling used car parts or mismatched book ends.  Enough said

U.S. Domestic Counterfeit PKM Link Fraud Warning

We just received information on the week of 20th January 2017 that cases of supposedly new Eastern Standard* PKM links have appeared on the market in the United States in wooden cases that are the same or similar to ours, but we know for a fact that these are not our new production links, and in wooden cases like ours. The plastic bags they are packed in also are slightly different from ours and if you do a direct comparison of these links to our new to ours they are different.

We are working to gather more information, but it appears they may be used 1960s Chinese Production that circulate the market that have been refinished and fraudulently passed off as new production, or Eastern European scrap that were sold as scrap metal for smelting, and instead were covertly diverted, refinished and falsely sold as new production PKM links. Forged certificates are offered in some cases and we are trying to ascertain if certificates are also included with this lot.

Sometimes these worn out links are also sold separately or hidden in with good ammunition that is qualified but the PKM links are not. If the links fail, the out of tolerance or slightly bent link will seize ammunition in the belt or drops cartridge out of the belt with a worn/oversize link. New Production combat qualified Eastern Standard PKM links can be potentially re-used technically up to 10 times in ideal conditions as they are stronger than one use only Nato/Mil Spec links , but not in this case. In either case with these used or surface refinished PKM links both the gun and ammunition can fail in battle and people will die, and operations will be compromised. This will not be the first time when American programs or programs for the Afghans and Iraqi government are being cheated as they are not Eastern Standard specialists. We have been involved with and embedded in Eastern Europe going back to 1986, and speak with some authority.

You are welcome to compare our links to the counterfeits and judge for yourselves. If you inspect these bargains in painful detail your people will probably see that these “new links”, while refinished, may have marks of being used, damaged or worn out and our out of spec. Like counterfeit or refinished used aircraft arts that cause aviation accidents these worn out PKM links can also be lethal, and compromise operations. Our first obligation is to the people in the field who are engaged in the fighting, the killing and the dying on our behalf. This “profit over people” is a profoundly disloyal act against the people in the field.

Semper Fidelis

* Sometimes also called NSA or Non-Standard Ammunition in the United States. This is considered a derogatory term in Eastern Europe and we refuse to use this term as a result

 

As of the week of 16th February 2017 the matter has moved from U.S Army CID (Criminal Investigation Divison) to the FBI and BATF for further investigation 

 

 

Caveat Emptor: Final Update 10th May 2017: Some wooden cases of PKM links may look like ours but are not new, but used links, refinished and packed to look like new. In one instance even trying to copy our packaging to pass off as new production from the cases that we have already shipped nationwide in the U.S. alone since 2009. We have gone to great lengths to distance ourselves from these rascals in the U.S. market this year, once discovered including reporting them to both the FBI & BATF for investigation as counterfeit/fraud . You should also. These used links that have been passed of as qualified new production could fail in combat with fatal results, and compromised missions. More information upon request . Like the Klondike Gold Rush there are a lot of “Industry transients” that we have seen "pass though" field in our 32 years. Our company; same company, same business, same people.  Next year these transients , including even some well-intentioned ones drawn by "the lure of the Klondike" or using OPM (other people's money) invested foolishly will be selling used car parts or mismatched book ends.  Enough said