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Why are these two HK marked PDW stocks different?

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I have two of these both recently purchased, and both HK marked. The one with the clear plastic bumper was sold to me as a new in bag HK stock (sealed in unmarked bag) and the other one (without the clear bumper, on the right in the first pic, on the left in the second pic) was sold to me as a police department takeoff (which I took - perhaps stupidly, as an indicator of authenticity along with the HK logo). They obviously have different end- plates and hardware. can anyone explain to me the differences between these two and comment on their authenticity or differences in time manufactured or manufacturing?
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yeah which means the guy on GB fu&ked me. I hope it's not too late to leave feedback.

How do they get the HK logo on the stock? I thought that was the hallmark of the "real deal" as opposed to the Choate made ones?
 

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yeah, I'm a novice, but I thought I had done my homework. Here's what I thought I had learned.

Some guys say, "well, Choate made the mold for the actual stock for HK. So there is no difference between the ones marked HK and Choate."

Other guys (who seemed to know more/better) say "yeah, but it's not the stock, it's the base plate that matters, and the HK marked stocks were sent to HK and HK installed their own base plate which "locks up tighter with no wobble" unlike the Choate marked ones which have a different base plate" which can have wobble.

So, perhaps naively, I thought that "HK" marked choate stocks ALL had the HK factory base plate. It would now seem like my one HK marked choate stock has a non-HK base plate. Is that what I'm seeing here? That just because the molded part of the stock says "HK" it does not mean that the base plate is HK and may not lock up tight?

Just trying to understand the differences. Because I paid big bucks 2 months back for the "HK" marked stock with what I'm now being told is a non-HK base plate which makes me feel dumb. Like I cannot trust that an "HK marked" choate manufactured PDW stock will have the HK base plate. Is that the key?
 

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Remarkable. China is damn good at stealing intellectual property and reverse engineering.
well, and douchebags on gunbroker, experts at pulling the wool over your eyes. That site gets worse and worse as time goes on. I need to do a whole thread on that with my many recent examples of being banboozled.
 

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Discussion Starter · #11 · (Edited by Moderator)
It looks to me like someone swapped a correct HK stock onto the Choate folding mechanism.

The Choate made stock that HK actually sells, as you mentioned, has a factory HK plastic end cap instead of the combination end cap/hinge of the Choate stock.
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But, if you guys are right, I'm smarter now.

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To reiterate, the main message seems to be that an HK mark on the molded plastic part of the stock does not guarantee that there is an HK end plate. Ideally, it seems that you want to have both so look carefully at the photos before buying.
 
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