I have been collecting us militaria for the past 20 years at least,until a couple of years ago as I was collecting Vietnam war era related militaria I could have considered myself to have learned a lot about the subject and about what at that time US SF personnel wore as equipments and uniforms.
Since then I moved to modern era American militaria and that's where the problem begins to rise.
I would like to recreate a couple of SF personnel uniforms and equipments,let's say one around beginning of 2000s the other one more recent,but while for the uniforms things appear not to be so difficult,for what concerns equipments I am starting to realize it's a kind of nightmare.....
Too many things,too many special corps (SF Seal USMC ranger etcetc)too many things that could have been selected from a single individual or a single unit....a complete nightmare.
So,if you cannot get the items directly from a vet,how do you know what to look for in order to avoid items that could have been used for example by contractors or by some Reenactor/soft air player?
I guess for example that turning to some dedicated suppliers/producers could be a good idea.
Any other suggestion?where to look for these kind of informations?
I surf the net looking for original pictures of SF personnel,although if the source is not 100% sure it is quite difficult to tell the difference between an original picture and a very dedicated Reenactor.
Thank you all in advance for any information and suggestion!