When the owner of Pakistan Ordnance Factory – USA called me to ask if I would like to carry their product, I replied “Of course not – Paki stuff is crap.” He invited me to his warehouse to examine for myself and I admit I was quite skeptical at first. I had seen some parts over the last 15 years, allegedly of Pakistani origin, that were not too impressive. POF realizes that access to the US commercial market requires parts that are not just functional, but also cosmetically appealing and the “new” POF products are very nice.
There is no discernable differences between the housings other than the phosphate coating is slightly darker on the POF. The hammer has a “Q” engraved by electro-pencil on its face as well as number or letter codes on the trigger and some other parts (located by arrows) that are absent from the German. I originally thought these might be serial numbers, but since I have multiple packs with the same number, I now believe them to be a part number.
POF and German Black match in shade.
The striations from the stamping of the bipod groove are slightly more pronounced on the POF unit, however the sanding marks on the ventral mould seam are more pronounced on the German.
If you are a collector and do not shoot your guns, but rather rather have them displayed on an alter where you take off all your clothes, light candles and incense, and just LOOK at them, perhaps the German manufacture will be more satisfying. If you shoot your guns, the high quality and reasonable pricing of the POF products will allow you to buy more and shoot more than when purchasing the German counterpart.