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    Post by Nkomo on Tue Apr 06, 2010 10:06 pm

    It was a beautiful day outside and the temperature was 88 degrees. I thought it'd be a good day to take some photos of some displays I have been tinkering with. I decided to use my half mannequin and just take some torso shots.

    First one is of a Diamondback plate carrier and a Tactical Tailor chest rig.


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    Post by Nkomo on Tue Apr 06, 2010 10:07 pm

    Up next is a Black Ops Corporation (Kandahar, Afghanistan) plate carrier with pouches. This is exactly how I found this vest set-up.

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    Post by Nkomo on Tue Apr 06, 2010 10:09 pm

    Last one for today. This is a heavily modified Blackhawk DOAV that has been spray-painted tan. This vest was used by a soldier in Recce and still has the plastic card detailing what all needs to be carried.

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    Post by Nkomo on Tue Apr 06, 2010 10:10 pm

    If you guys would like to see more, let me know. I still have a crap ton of gear left to photograph.
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    Post by JKin on Tue Apr 06, 2010 11:02 pm

    Nice pics, keep 'em comin
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    Post by Nkomo on Wed Apr 07, 2010 6:30 pm

    Today was another nice day here in Kentucky. The power company decided it needed to do some repairs in our neighborhood, so we were without power fro 8:00 this morning until around 4:30 this afternoon. After I got my "honey-do" list done.....I decided to dig out some more items and make a few more displays. Here are the ones from today.

    The first display is of a woodland modified BDU with an early AWS M-14 chest rig. This dates to around the Just Cause/Desert Storm time period. One interesting thing about this BDU is that it has been cut extremely short. Pocket on one sleeve and strobe pouch sewn on the other sleeve. I think MattD identified this as possible SEAL.


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    Here is a close-up shot of the modified BDU. This one has been cut VERY shrot for some reason.

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    Post by Nkomo on Wed Apr 07, 2010 6:32 pm

    Another display with AWS chest rigs. These chest rigs are a little later and would be from around the 1992 time period...so just after Desert Storm.

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    Post by Nkomo on Wed Apr 07, 2010 6:34 pm

    Another AWS chest rig display. This one has a little different pouch configuration. This one would also date from the 1992 or so time period.

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    Post by Nkomo on Wed Apr 07, 2010 6:35 pm

    Up next is a modified DCU with a Diamondback Plate Carrier and London Bridge Trading Company 1961A chest rig.

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    Post by Nkomo on Wed Apr 07, 2010 6:37 pm

    Next is a set of gear from an unknown maker that has been rigger modified and spray painted tan. This set up would date to early OEF time period.

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    Post by Nkomo on Wed Apr 07, 2010 6:39 pm

    Last one for today. This is a modified DCU with an American Body Armor Load Bearing Vest that was very popular in the Special Forces community. These vests have been around for quite some time and were used in Desert Storm all the way up into OEF (maybe even into OIF).

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    Post by Mercenary25 on Wed Apr 07, 2010 8:29 pm

    nkomo wrote:Up next is a modified DCU with a Diamondback Plate Carrier and London Bridge Trading Company 1961A chest rig.

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    HEY HEY! THAT'S MY OLD M1961a LBT rig!!!!!!! Sad Sad Sad Sad

    Note the blood stains on it. For viewers who doesn't know its history, it was found in surplus in Oregon near big USAF base which some of PJs and Air Traffic Controllers stationed at.

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    Post by JKin on Wed Apr 07, 2010 9:57 pm

    Youve got some very nices vests there. I really like that 1961a. Those AWS vest have some odd pouch setups. Can you describe the pouch configurations more? Its kinda odd how they dont have more M4 mag pouches on them.
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    Post by Nkomo on Wed Apr 07, 2010 11:27 pm

    JKin wrote:Youve got some very nices vests there. I really like that 1961a. Those AWS vest have some odd pouch setups. Can you describe the pouch configurations more? Its kinda odd how they dont have more M4 mag pouches on them.
    Actually....those vests are partially modular. There IS an M4 set-up. I just didn't fix it for the pics.

    If you notice on the top of the magazine pouches....you'll see a couple of black platic pieces. Those receive some velcro pieces on the mag pouches. This makes it so you can you can change out the magazine configurations.

    I think the set-ups I have are for the MP-5 and MP-5/M4 configuration. However, there is a straight M4 configuration.


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    Post by JKin on Wed Apr 07, 2010 11:30 pm

    I recall seeing one of those vests on ebay a while go, but I didnt know they were modular. I see there are some non modular pouches on the side (I assume at least). What are they each sized for? could you lay the vest flat for a pic so we can see them all? I remember the first time I saw one of these vests, I thought it was just a compilation of pouch flaps. LOL
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    Post by Nkomo on Wed Apr 07, 2010 11:36 pm

    REMIND ME and I'l ldo that for you. Does anyone have any idea who these vests were used by? I've heard everything rom SEAL use to CAG use.
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    Post by pwmiraldi67 on Sun Apr 11, 2010 10:11 am

    wow!! very cool!! loven the vests and plate carriers My buddy has a BDU top with the strobe light pouch sewn to it, now Im gonna have to steal it from him!!!
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    Post by JKin on Sun Apr 11, 2010 12:23 pm

    They were mainly used by CAG, maybe SF. Generally those are the main users of AWS gear due to its proximity to Ft. Bragg.
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    Post by Nkomo on Mon May 24, 2010 8:17 pm

    Okay.....it was another beautiful day in Kentucky, so I decided to do photograph some more of my collection. Still have a lot more to take pictures of, so be patient.

    This picture is of a Rhodesian Ammo Pouch made by the Anite Co. This piece was a SF used item (more than likely a SEAL used piece). Notice the "838" written on the tag. This was commonly done to identify a person's gear without having to write their name on the piece. The jacket underneath is a modified tan shirt that was used by the SEALs during Desert Storm time period. The chest rig would have been used to carry M-14 magazines.


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    Post by Nkomo on Mon May 24, 2010 8:18 pm

    Picture of the tag. I am also including a picture of a SEAL during the Desert Storm time period weaing a tan modified shirt. I am not sure if you can tell from the picture, but the SEAL is carrying a large frame revolver in a shoulder harness. Picture from Soldier of Fortune magazine.

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    Post by Nkomo on Mon May 24, 2010 8:20 pm

    Next up is an AWS (I think) vest for MP-5 magazines. This one is dated 1990 on the NEXUS fasteners. Along with the thigh pouches...this vest holds 19 magazines. affraid

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    Thigh pouches and belt.
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    Post by Nkomo on Mon May 24, 2010 8:23 pm

    QRV Tactical vest made by Elevated Urban Operations of Florida. This is an older vest with a 1986 date I believe. The pouches have been spray painted tan, so I believe this one was more than likely used during Desert Storm time period. Please excuse the wrong uniform being used.

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    Tags on the inside.
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    Post by Nkomo on Mon May 24, 2010 8:26 pm

    Up next is one of the oddities of my collection. It is a heavily modified USAF SRU-21/P Survival Vest. It has the zipper still intact (has a ring for a zipper pull) and the addition of the NEXUS snaps. This one is dated 1989 0r 1990. It has had belt loops added at the bottom of the vest. It has also had camo pouches sewn directly onto the body of the vest. NOW....what are the pouches for? To me...they look they are for either 40mm rounds or something like that. Any ideas????

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    Post by Nkomo on Mon May 24, 2010 8:28 pm

    Last one for today....this was a vest I bought off of a forum member a few years back. I BELIEVE he told me it wa as D-Boy used vest. Not exactly sure what goes on the loops. I'm thinking maybe M-16 magazine pouches. Again, this is a heavily modified SRU-21/P Survival Vest. The Nexus fasteners on this one are dated 1986.

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    Post by pwmiraldi67 on Mon May 24, 2010 8:35 pm

    very very cool!!!!!
    Im drooling!!
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    Post by Nkomo on Mon May 24, 2010 9:09 pm

    Thanks for the complimet! I stil have more...so stay tuned!
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    Post by JKin on Tue May 25, 2010 8:20 am

    The loops on the above vest look like they would be compatible with Paraclete's original strap attachment system, which was patented in 1993.
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    Post by P-E on Tue May 25, 2010 8:25 am

    I do not love harness and flc vest (,...) but I admit you've an impressioned collection ! Shocked
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    Post by Nkomo on Tue May 25, 2010 12:13 pm

    JKin wrote:The loops on the above vest look like they would be compatible with Paraclete's original strap attachment system, which was patented in 1993.
    It could be. Just because the buckles are dated 86, doesn't mean it couldn't have been used in the 1990's. Any idea on the others? thanks!!!
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    Post by Nkomo on Tue May 25, 2010 12:15 pm

    P-E wrote:I do not love harness and flc vest (,...) but I admit you've an impressioned collection ! Shocked
    Thanks, Pierre! Militaria is truly my passion in life. It is really fun putting together displays. I'm sure my neighbors think "What the HELL is that weirdo up to now!" Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy


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