Wow, I stepped away for a few days and I've come back to very sad news. I've had many online "conversations" with Joe Hersey. I'm sitting here holding the last package I received from Joe on Aug 09, 2016. My last contact with him was later in August.
I first "met" Joe on the "other" board, in July, 2012. He was explaining the DIG-imported "D", and that it was an uncommon import stamp. He continued to help me and others through the years with all the many models of the Commercial Chinese SKS. I was able to complete some good commercial specimens with Joe's help.
I don't know what happened, but 55 is way too young to go. If you have the time and care, check out his FB page before it's taken down. He definitely had an interesting life, an avid drag racer, boat racer, welder, all sorts of things.
Rest in Peace, Joe Hersey. aka: XXXSKS