Has anyone stripped the paint off any of the USGI tripods Apex is offering? Is there good park underneath? And does anyone know if the newly made T&E they are offering is the same imported one everyone else is carrying? Or is it something better? I talked to a gal on the phone, but she didn't know about the pods. As I wait for the right deal on a semi 1919A4 I think I'll start gathering up the necessary accessories.