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So my question is how come WW2 reenactment reproduction gear and uniforms such as helmets and jackets and boots cost so much like they actually were used in the war? I mean it's a reproduction not an actual uniform or helmet that went through the war. My reenactment group is looking for German (my team) and American WW2 reproduction uniforms and boots and gear and what not but we use Airsoft gun replicas of WW2 firearms because we're not old enough to use blanks so we agreed we'd use Airsoft guns but we weren't expecting the gear and uniforms to cost so much. My question is why does it cost so much money like it actually went through the war? and if you happen to know a website that sells reproduction gear and uniforms cheap I sure would appreciate it.

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I always thought it was because the gear was made SOOOO much better than the junk we give our soldiers now a days.
It used to be metal pot helmets. Now it's layers of plastic bonded together.
The guns used to be metal and wood. Now they're metal and plastic
Etc. but that's with alot of things now a days. :/
things used to be made to last.

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my guess is that the gear and uniforms are not only historic they are also collector items too. i don't know of any websites that sell ww2 gear and uniforms. the only suggestion that i have in mind; you might try to rent them from a costume shop or actor's costume shop. good luck.

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