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#1 Sabrejet

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 06:10 AM

Although first introduced during the Korean War, the M-1952A "Flak Vest" was more widely used during the Vietnam War. It continued in use even after the introduction of the improved M-1969 vest. Its protection was provided by multiple layers of ballistic nylon rather than ceramic plates. Overall, it weighed just over 8 pounds. Its OD nylon shell featured two large cargo pockets closed by snaps. The left side one contains an internal pen pocket. Above each pocket is a web-tape grenade hanger. Shoulder loops are also provided. Overall closure is via a heavy-duty TALON zipper behind a snap-fastened fly. At each side there are elasticated cord laces for adjusting the fit. A large printed label contains instructions as to how the vest should be worn. NOTE: it is not a "bullet-proof" vest!

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 06:11 AM

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 06:12 AM

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 06:13 AM

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 06:15 AM

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 06:15 AM

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 06:57 AM

Ian,
Besides "olive dull", to these vests come in other colors? Pin strip with matching armor pants and coat?? :think:
One should dress properly for all occasions. :rolleyes:

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 07:59 AM

I've only ever seen them in OD, JS! ;) Must've been pretty hot and uncomfortable to wear in the tropical climate of VN...but if your life depended on it...!? :pinch:

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 08:07 AM

Looks just like the vest I wore when I was stationed in Berlin in the late 80's..

Leigh..


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Posted 16 May 2012 - 08:19 AM

Kidding aside Ian, I think we can all be a bit uncomfortable if it means staying alive! Color or climet, if I'm in the field, I want to wear one!

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 08:50 AM

I believe this is the follow on model to the M12 seen here. Nice example!

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 09:02 AM

Looks just like the vest I wore when I was stationed in Berlin in the late 80's..

Leigh..
http://www.usmilitar...d...=135588&hl=



Still in the system in the 80s Leigh? That's longevity!

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 09:03 AM

I believe this is the follow on model to the M12 seen here. Nice example!



Interesting...thanks Matt! :thumbsup:

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 09:07 AM

Also issued in the British Army for riot control duty during "the troubles" in Northern Ireland.

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 01:52 PM

It was so hot and humid in Vietnam many troops left them unzipped and open. They must have been miserable to wear.

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 03:36 PM

the brown water navy river patrol guys wore these vests often during patrols

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