...scored this replica from eBay recently. I used it immediately of course, but little did I realise that the black crackle actually wears off pretty easily. Supposedly a replica from the original issued en masse to the American troops in WW2. The black crackle "paint" is actually applied not without a reason. Reduce cost due to resource conservation and scarcity during wartime period. Just like how the 501XX version 1944 has applied arcuate paints instead of stiching.