The first vest I'm going to show is one that has been in my collection for about 5 years or so. I bought this at a local surplus shop for next to nothing. It is made by Group 5 out of Texas. The pockets are held on by a zipper system and can be removed and replaced. I guess you'd call this a modular vest. It has places for a lot of pistol magazines. As you can see, it has a built in extraction harness. There are two straps that come up between the legs. It has a zipper closure, but also has places for other fasteners. This vest is also unique in the fact that it has a built in hood in the neck area. It also has a name tape sewn onto neck area (name is Reffett). I am thinking this piece might be a pilots survival vest or maybe a medics vest. COPIOUS amounts of pockets all over the place.
There is an interesting story to this vest. You can believe it if you want or you can choose not to. I have had this vest hanging on a wooden hanger ever since I first bought it and it has always hung on a door. I normally store my vests on hangers in my "war room". No big deal. Well, there have been several times when I'd walk into my room and a leg strap from this vest would be up in the air. As soon as I'd see it, the leg strap would drop immediately. This activity has been witnessed by me, my wife, and my son. It happened often enough that this vest now is at the back of the pile where the leg straps can't levitate!
Edited by nkomo, 21 June 2008 - 09:24 PM.