At that price, I expect overseas manufacturing. At that price, I expect leather tanned with pigeon poop. At that price, I expect the leather jacket to have a chemical odor and feel hard & stiff. But I don't know. People buy leather in Morocco, which is tanned in pigeon poop, and they say good things about Moroccan leather. iPhones and Nike are made in China. I'm open-minded. It is very possible to get something I can wear, without "authenticity". It doesn't have to be an exact vintage replica for me to put it on, and be protected from wind and rain. I doubt that the leather could be so bad that wind blows through it.
That all said, there's a fair chance these are quite decent, probably on a par with current issue milspec. I just wouldn't go into it expecting the same kind of quality or attention to detail that you'd get from one of the big names at a much higher price point.
John Ownbey was a military manufacturer. I don't know if they currently have a supply contract.
I would imagine that the manufacturing follows some contract specifications. Where I see the cost being cut would be the leather. It is probably a lower cost leather, from a 3rd world country. Maybe goatskin from Pakistan like a lot of lower cost jackets.
In my mind, it should be like what Alpha sold under the Knox Armory label. Not as good. But still usable. I remember the Knox Armory version of an A-2. You could touch it, and feel that the leather was not the same quality. But it did follow some of the specifications...... Sure, not every detail was accurate. And they never advertised it to be an exact replicate jacket. It was still leather. It kept the rain and wind out. For a lesser expensive leather jacket, it took a beating just fine. I wore it on hunting trips. Slept on the forest floor. Went through thorns, vines, etc. Held up great. The leather never got ripped. So good, that it kept me warm and protected up at the cabin. I left it at the cabin, so that anyone else going up there could use it. Inexpensive, so I don't miss it, or mind leaving it up in the woods at a cabin.
I doubt you are going to get much in that price range but the guys on vintagejacketforum would know more.
I would say the high quality ones from reading are
Good wear is the top dog from reading
ELC makes high quality but standard sizes
Aero makes good quality on all their jackets but you can make adjustments
Bill Kelso has lots of followers
Five Star is the best bang for the buck at $350 or less but do your homework on sizing and they will deliver exactly as you ask for and quickly
Lol good catch. I’m all over the place sometimes with several tabs open. I was trying to help the poor guy trying buy a good A2 or next to nothing. That style is a hobby within a hobby with all of the contracts and historical accuracy