Kalispel Aluminum Cases

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It has been a very interesting year as far as sniper gear being released through DRMO and other outlets; MK13 MOD0 Stocks, Pelican cases for the MK13 MOD 5, etc. I was at my friends warehouse in AZ three weeks ago. He acquired all the MOD13 MOD0 stocks a year ago. Walking through the warehouse, I looked up on one of the storage racks about three levels high, I saw a bunch of boxes marked Kalispel - Double Rifle - GC52144. I asked him, where did you get these? He said they came with the MOD13 stocks. Well, they all came home with me. These were the same cases used for the MK13MOD0, early MOD13MOD5's, M-25's, SSR's and a whole bunch of other rifle platforms. I am still trying to figure out what I will do with these. I will keep at least five or six of these. In the interim enjoy!
 

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sirhrmechanic

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It has been a very interesting year as far as sniper gear being released through DRMO and other outlets; MK13 MOD0 Stocks, Pelican cases for the MK13 MOD 5, etc. I was at my friends warehouse in AZ three weeks ago. He acquired all the MOD13 MOD0 stocks a year ago. Walking through the warehouse, I looked up on one of the storage racks about three levels high, I saw a bunch of boxes marked Kalispel - Double Rifle - GC52144. I asked him, where did you get these? He said they came with the MOD13 stocks. Well, they all came home with me. These were the same cases used for the MK13MOD0, early MOD13MOD5's, M-25's, SSR's and a whole bunch of other rifle platforms. I am still trying to figure out what I will do with these. I will keep at least five or six of these. In the interim enjoy!

Sell me and @buffalowinter one each at a good price... and you will be guaranteed entrance into Valhalla... really

Cheers,

Sirhr
 

santaro666

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Hope is not to late, but is there any case left to buy if there is or was one at all for sale? Please let me know , or PM if you would . Thanks
 

sirhrmechanic

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Too late? To our knowledge, not a single case has ever been sold anywhere...

At this point, we must assume that the pictures are photoshopped and are only resident on the hard-drive of a Nigerian warlord who is just biding his time to get up enough interest so that we respond, Pavlovian-style-and-without-thinking to an e-mail spam note that says "Please, I have a Navy Special Warfare Aluminum Case and I will deposit it your hands temporarily while I emigrate from Lagos, if you just send me a small processing fee by sending your credit card number, address, date of birth, ss number, mothers maiden name... and I will only charge...."

All these cases, sadly, look like fake news. Or just people teasing us on SH. Maybe they're from ARFcom and this is the world's best troll?

They're sitting over their rubbing baby oil on their 9mm Double Stack Hi-Point carbines going "Look at those Idiots Sirhr and Buffalo... still trying to buy our cases..."

Wouldn't put it past them. Bastards.

All of which is a long way of saying... we're all still on the hunt.

Cheers,

Sirhr
 

santaro666

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Wow,
I appreciate the reply, no wonder I never got an answer from the original "member" who posted the pictures. I'm still confused. I will have to go back and read where it says what you are talking about. In any event, thanks a lot for the warning. YOu all have a nice day and hope Santa brings each one a Big K aluminum case.

Santaro
 

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https://www.kalispeltribe.com/. This link is interesting.
"In early 2017 Kalispel Tribal Council approved the Kalispel Career Training Center to produce a limited number of Kalispel Case Line aluminum protective gun cases.
These are the “The Original” gun cases that were produced in Cusick, Washington up until 2010. Using .080 aluminum, each gun case currently being produced at KCTC provides the ultimate protection for your guns."
 

santaro666

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So is member Kuparj, the one that posted these photos and article? Is Kuparj perhaps the Nigerian War Lord? Kuparj was not offering for sale back in April, so I still don't quite get it. I only see the April article, and no other response of follow up article of them for sale. Thanks
 

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For more information or to place an order please contact:
Cost: $249.00 – 50% down at time of order, paid in full upon delivery. At this time we can only accept cash, check or money order.
Limited number of cases available.
 

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Well, who is up for buying one for $249? Plus, the money goes to a good cause helping Native Americans learn to heli-arc.
 

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Holy cow, I never knew these were made in Cusick. I used to deliver FedEx Ground there.

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Seems to me I remember a guy there who made aluminum pontoons just north of town about five miles or so. I wonder if the cases were "training" to learn how to weld aluminum for him?
 

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This thread, lol.

Kuparj is a good friend of mine and a fellow collector. He posted those pics with the intention of sharing information, but he never said that he was going to sell them. He did say he might keep at least 5 or 6 cases, but knowing him, this is where he'll end up years from now, not immediate sales.

Some of the comments have been pretty funny, Nigerian warlord, lol. Trust me, kuparj is a real person, not a troll, and he's a great guy. I've done a ton of deals with him and without his assistance and hard work, we wouldn't have the SEAL used Mk13 Mod 0 stocks. I can vouch for him, he's legit and I'm proud to call him a friend.

He hasn't replied to this thread for a few reasons, the first being that he has been busy with work, family and travel this summer/fall. During the summer, he's rarely online, so he doesn't keep up with any of these threads. He also hasn't responded because he doesn't want to sell any of the cases at this time. He's seen how passionate you guys are in regards to these extremely rare cases and I think he's having having a hard time hopping on here and saying "no" to your offers.

He also can't believe the number of "I'll take one" posts followed by PM'S. I know you guys are very proactive buyers (as you should be, it's a very competitive hobby and scarcity fuels these actions), but he was weighing his options and didn't actually say they were for sale. As soon as the first person posts that they'll take one, it becomes a dogpile and people automatically assume that they're for sale. This was definitely backed with inordinate number of PM'S he received.

He was a little surprised by it, since they weren't officially for sale and people just started claiming them. It's more of an interesting observation about the collector community than anything else. He's not irritated or upset over it, he just doesn't really know what to tell you guys, so that's why I'm here trying to clear the air.

He's taken some time to think about how to proceed, especially since he was never committed to selling the cases and demand far exceeds supply. As of right now and into the foreseeable future, he's going to hold onto the cases. If anything changes, either him or I will give an update, but it definitely won't happen anytime soon.

I know this isn't the answer that everyone wants to hear, but this is the honest answer and I wish I could have given an update sooner.

A friend also reached out to the Kalispel tribe and he was told that they aren't going to produce anymore cases. However, Kalispel cases weren't the only aluminum cases used and there is another option available. Most of my used cases were made by ICC, and they still make that exact case! If you need a clone correct case for your build, I highly suggest picking up an ICC case (they're also a lower price than a vintage or used case). Here's a link to the correct case on their site:

http://icc-case.com/impact-case-5214-double-scoped-rifle/

I'll keep checking this thread in case anyone has any questions.
 
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Thanks for the well-written response and understood!

Just that the OP posted a picture of 20-plus cases... said he was going to keep 5 or 6 and 'figure out what to do with the rest.' That kind of leaves the impression that 'the rest' might be available for sale. And since it was posted here, one might get the impression that at least some might be for sale here. Thus our relentless and fun-loving badgering.

As for the ICC cases... definitely looked at them. But they are not originals. And when trying to put together a very original and historically-accurate Mk13 package... even going so far as to have the original Crane 'smith build 'em. A repro case is not what completes the kit!

But understood that the pallet of cases isn't going to be for sale, at least not here... So I, at least, will start looking at other options or seeking out some other possibilities for cases. And we're still going to keep poking at your Nigerian Warlord friend ;-) As much in jest as anything. Because, well, that's what we do! And maybe we'll get lucky and some of the 5 or 6 cases he isn't keeping will show up somewhere!

But understood and thanks for the very well-written update, 0331!

Cheers,

Sirhr

P.S. Please tell Kuparj that we really are just having fun with him when it comes to our begging and offers of bribery. Well, we are seriously begging and offering him bribes. But we don't hold it against him when it comes to deciding the disposition of his cases. His score is not our birthright! Cheers, Sirhr
 
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Thanks for the well-written response and understood!

Just that the OP posted a picture of 20-plus cases... said he was going to keep 5 or 6 and 'figure out what to do with the rest.' That kind of leaves the impression that 'the rest' might be available for sale. And since it was posted here, one might get the impression that at least some might be for sale here. Thus our relentless and fun-loving badgering.

As for the ICC cases... definitely looked at them. But they are not originals. And when trying to put together a very original and historically-accurate Mk13 package... even going so far as to have the original Crane 'smith build 'em. A repro case is not what completes the kit!

But understood that the pallet of cases isn't going to be for sale, at least not here... So I, at least, will start looking at other options or seeking out some other possibilities for cases. And we're still going to keep poking at your Nigerian Warlord friend ;-) As much in jest as anything. Because, well, that's what we do! And maybe we'll get lucky and some of the 5 or 6 cases he isn't keeping will show up somewhere!

But understood and thanks for the very well-written update, 0331!

Cheers,

Sirhr

P.S. Please tell Kuparj that we really are just having fun with him when it comes to our begging and offers of bribery. Well, we are seriously begging and offering him bribes. But we don't hold it against him when it comes to deciding the disposition of his cases. His score is not our birthright! Cheers, Sirhr
I know exactly what you mean about acquiring original parts for these historical builds, repro stuff just doesn't cut it (unless it's an L shaped recoil lug, lol). I'll keep talking to him and see what I can do, but these warlords are tough negotiators!

I went back and looking at the pics of the cases on ICC's website, and it appears that they've changed the label on their cases. I'm not sure if anything else has changed, but I think the sheet metal gauge changed on the Kalispell cases at some point. If anyone does buy the new ICC cases and it has a new label, I can provide pics and dimensions of the old label. That info might be useful in getting some correct labels printed up.

I've got a pile of used cases and the majority of them are ICC cases, so they're still a good option for guys who don't want to spend a ton of time and money trying to find an older Kalispell case.

 

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Sorry brother, those cases aren't for sale. I only have 14 of them and I'm keeping at least 18 stocks, so I'm actually short a few cases! They are all 100% original Mod 0 cases.
 

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Everything you see in the pics is literally it. 1 or 2 might have something spray painted on top, but most are plain. The interior has nothing in it, I need to order foam from ICC. They just used the basic slabs of foam, no cutouts for anything. It's literally the most plain, unimaginative case you could think of, lol.
 
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Now that I know it’s a safe environment for a “faux” case.....

Found this on eBay for $100, ICC 5214 with a little wear and tear already. I added the labels and the OD green 100 mph tape. It’s an older model case with what appears to be the correct handles and old style label as well. I couldn’t bring myself to make either the “ST-2” label or rattle can it on the lid however.

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The markings and labels I used are a bit of an amalgam of what is seen in USMCSGT0331’s excellent photos.
 
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So there are a handful of cases coming on the market. Real ones, ex 'teams. They are not inexpensive... but IMHO, for those with top builds (ie. Alan Brown guns)... worth every cent. I bought one for mine. Didn't hesitate for a moment.

I told the seller that I would let folks know that there are some original cases available (6, I think) and that folks who are serious can PM me and I'll pass them on the info.

Not trying to be conspiratorial here... and not making anything myself. Just that seller does not want to be inundated with tire kickers.

PM me for details.

Cheers,

Sirhr
 
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So there are a handful of cases coming on the market. Real ones, ex 'teams. They are not inexpensive... but IMHO, for those with top builds (ie. Alan Brown guns)... worth every cent. I bought one for mine. Didn't hesitate for a moment.

I told the seller that I would let folks know that there are some original cases available (6, I think) and that folks who are serious can PM me and I'll pass them on the info.

Not trying to be conspiratorial here... and not making anything myself. Just that seller does not want to be inundated with tire kickers.

PM me for details.

Cheers,

Sirhr
PM Sent
 
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Finding this thread is ironic in that I generally collect German WW2 rifles but on my bucket list was acquiring a Belgian 50.00 FAL . I accomplished this last month and it came in this case, most likely purchased @ ‘74 as this is a sear cut first 2000 imported rifle. Is this the type case you are all referring to?
 

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Knowing nothing of these cases, to answer my own question, some have a full piano hinge, gasket and locking bar. Another bit of interesting info I never knew. Looks like any of these cases could be modified to accept the military features as they are only built with pop rivets.