dakotashooter2 wrote:The ones I have, had a reinforcement ring in the shell around the hole but that area eventually got brittle and broke. I'm not sure if they still use the same system or not.
That's how my circa late '70s G&H shells were made, but by the mid '80s(?), they'd dropped the hard plastic ring and were using a a more flexible polymer for the shells that required no reinforcing and none of mine have cracked. The weakest link in that second generation was the split ball on the neck end that goes in the shell socket. The head polymer was still brittle enough that the ball halves could always withstand being stepped on in the dark, which too often happened to mine when new crews were helping put them together most every morning. Other than those broken under that abuse, however, those old heads are still fine after all these years.
Couldn't put a date on it, but there is now a different head (and stake) design that may be more bullet proof.
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