It isn't force matched when HK Germany builds it for you...
I might still suck, but at least they don't hate me!
Life is an endless series of trainwrecks with only brief commercial-like breaks of happiness.
I guess I just outed myself...
Karma is a thing, regardless of the lack of physical evidence for it.
The issue raises an interesting question for HK collectors: What constitutes an authentic piece? In this case, how would we define an authentic USSOCOM MK23?
Clearly a MK23 sitting in a NSW armory would fit the definition. That would be the gold standard. Pre-program prototypes would then come next?
A USSOCOM slide sitting on a production MK23 frame, not number matching, or forced matched by a third party, would not fit. Or maybe it just wouldn't fit ideally?
If I remember correctly, Callahan's is a sales team demo model? It is from the correct time period and was part of the program. One could say it spent its enlistment in the recruiting field perhaps? Outside of one that's been dragged through the surf zone 1000 times, Callahan's would be next in the pecking order.
The BK MK23 I mentioned is all number matching, direct from Oberndorf, no slight of hand involved.
It is a 100% HK produced USSOCOM; it was simply a few years late to muster!
So the question is the same as with the P12s. They were produced at a much later date, simply to be sold. Where do they fall on the realness scale?
A good analogy would be the P80 (Austrian P7 model). In the late 1980s HK Germany made a special run of 5 just for collectors. These are all considered to be P80s, but they would fall into the same category as a BK USSOCOM MK23 from 2019, correct?
23-2035 (HK/Sterling) USSOCOM
23-2065 (HK/Sterling) USSOCOM
23-2085 (HK/Sterling) USSOCOM
Demonstration Models (confirmed)
KG (96) 1 23-0077 (HK/Sterling) USSOCOM (F.W. Moll Collection)
KH (97) 23-0085 (HK/Sterling) USSOCOM (Euro. demonstration model)
KG (96) 23-2174 (HK/Sterling) USSOCOM (U.S. demonstration model)
KG (96) 23-2236 (HK/Sterling) USSOCOM (U.S. demonstration model)
Sold at $4,750.00!!!
Crazy, never saw that coming with just the bare slide and the price change