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    Blackwater body armor

    taucco
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    Post by taucco on Sun Feb 03, 2013 6:09 am

    I've had this for some years, so while digging i decided to take some photos of this. It is a named Blackwater body armor vest which dates back to 2006.

    It was made by Protective Product International, and it has been modified by rigging a Blackhawk chest rig to it in quite a crude way.

    Now...i know for sure PPI had made a model exclusively for Blackwater workers, but i was not be able to find if the model is the one i am showing.

    it is the rig, it has been washed and rinsed and it smelled like soap when i bought it, but there are some unmistakable signs of use. Notice how one pouch is noticeably more faded than the others, like a trucker's tan Very Happy
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    Rig is attached by paracord, notice the signs of magazines sitting in the pouches.
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    more paracord to the side, a hole has been punched through both rigs
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    the back.

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    Blackwater aircrewmen wearing very similar rigs.
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    this one in particular is modified in the same way
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    Mercenary25
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    Post by Mercenary25 on Sun Feb 03, 2013 11:19 am

    Very nice rig!

    The camo is groovy! Laughing
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    Post by Ben on Sun Feb 03, 2013 1:26 pm

    Nice vest! I have a coyote brown Blackwater Gear plate carrier with pouches that I picked up at TSSI's open house/customer appreciation sale back in 2010. Very well-made bit of gear. My favourite part is logo! Laughing

    It's in a storage bin at home, I'll have to get a picture of it some time.


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    Post by Nkomo on Sun Feb 03, 2013 2:54 pm

    Wow! Just an amazing piece, Taucco. Thanks for taking the time to share with us.
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    Post by Zeked on Sun Feb 03, 2013 3:04 pm

    Thanks for sharing that with us, it is really appreciated.
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    Post by Blue Devil on Mon Feb 04, 2013 8:18 am

    Beautiful vest and pictures,thanks for sharing! Wink

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