Great advice. I am doing the search for my brother (who isn't much into computers)and will pass it along to him. He just joined a group of artillery re-enactors. That's about all I know about what he's going to be doing. My thoughts were he could buy a few good quality things and pay more for them rather than pay less for poor quality things he probably won't use all that much.
Sorry to learn there isn't a "just right" fit! But that's probably what makes them more "authentic" -- the original ones often didn't fit well either. :)