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    3M reflective squares

    Post by Mercenary25 on Fri Sep 16, 2011 5:19 am

    During the OIF 1, invasion and post-invasion, many soldiers had 1" by 1" reflective squares made from 3M reflective tape with velcro backing for their DCU's. All the real ones I've seen and had in hand are sewn by local tailor store or riggers. It was before the black type glint squares (factory made) became more common. The only problem is the real ones are very hard to find because soldiers usually get rid of them, so hence many DCU's have velcro squares sewn under their patches, only missing reflective squares.

    So far I've seen units commonly used 3M reflective squares during early OIF:
    -4th Infantry Division
    -173rd Airborne Brigade
    -82nd Airborne Division
    -101st Airborne Division

    Early OEF:
    -Special Forces
    -Rangers

    Funny, I've searched for those type of 1" by 1" white/silver reflective squares but everytime people say they have it, they showed me a picture... But they have black IR squares. Once someone said he found some so he sent them to me. Black IR type again. affraid So I decided that I will have a little project: buy materials and sew them myself just like how they done it. (My sewing is very sloppy but it is how it looked like on real ones too!) So I made all of my DCU's with "naked" velcro squares complete.









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    A comparsion photo showing the difference between 3M reflective and black IR squares.



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    Re: 3M reflective squares

    Post by Mercenary25 on Thu Sep 15, 2011 11:23 pm

    Also, I'll be offering them for sale soon. Wink

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    Re: 3M reflective squares

    Post by John Brown on Thu Sep 15, 2011 11:25 pm

    Were these used for the same purpose, and they just went to the IR-only stuff to limit who all could use the reflections?

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    Re: 3M reflective squares

    Post by Mercenary25 on Thu Sep 15, 2011 11:28 pm

    I would guess same purpose but black ones are more "subdued", shows up in NVG but not in daytime, I believe.

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    Re: 3M reflective squares

    Post by nkomo on Thu Sep 15, 2011 11:54 pm

    Merc,
    I know that Task Force 1-501, 41st Infantry BCT, 1st ID, USCAPOC, and 1st CAV used the squares as well.

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    Re: 3M reflective squares

    Post by kan on Fri Sep 16, 2011 10:28 pm

    Could it just be they are the same 1x1 squares but with the alternate color coming from local photo conditions?

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