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#1 markcaracci

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Posted 06 August 2007 - 03:16 PM

Another mint, tagged SEAL "rifleman" float coat in a different erdl pattern color...
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Thanks
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#2 Spike

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Posted 06 August 2007 - 03:21 PM

Nice, brown dominate, I've had them with that tag as well.

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Posted 25 November 2008 - 11:09 AM

As you haven't seen enough of these things! You especially Spike.

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Posted 25 November 2008 - 11:12 AM

Here is the slight damage, actually not repaired at all.

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Posted 25 November 2008 - 11:15 AM

Label etc. I would be interested to learn more about the research and developement of these jackets. Do you know anything about it?? We're they ever worn again after Vietnam?

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#6 Mike Force

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Posted 25 November 2008 - 11:15 AM

Nice Rifle Man coat ! It looks like it is a poplin version!
I love this coats! I hope I can get one soon as well!
Mike

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Posted 25 November 2008 - 11:18 AM

I love the pockets, with pantyhose material inside. I guess the tapes are for magazine extraction?
Thought you might like the poster too!

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#8 American Graffiti

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Posted 25 November 2008 - 11:31 AM

It looks like it is a poplin version!

Hi, yes, sorry it's poplin, nice blurred edge green dominant,

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Posted 25 November 2008 - 12:03 PM

Thanks.


No probs. Did you see the other pics, damage etc. Not got the hand of posting stuff yet, probably is a quicker easier way. If you know anything about research and developement of these I'd love to hear more.

Go on Spike tell us a story!

Si

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Posted 25 November 2008 - 12:33 PM

Come on Spike tell us a story .
Give me some hot coco and tuck us all in to bed and read from the Float coat production booklet .
That would be super !!!!
owen .

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Posted 25 November 2008 - 12:43 PM

Hi Spike,
I would appreciate it to know a little more about research and developement as well
Thanks
Mike

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Posted 25 November 2008 - 12:56 PM

"Go on Spike tell us a story!"

Here's your 100+ page F'N story...

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Posted 25 November 2008 - 01:06 PM

"Go on Spike tell us a story!"

Here's your 100+ page F'N story...

Hi Spike,
thanks for being a good sport. Don't wanna be a ballbreaker, thought you might have a copy of that, you have everything else relating to these. Truly impressive collection.

Now I just need to find the other 99+ pages!

Si

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#14 Spike

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Posted 25 November 2008 - 01:45 PM

Guess you'd be needing THIS too.....

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Posted 25 November 2008 - 01:53 PM

Oh spike you are awfull !!!!

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Posted 25 November 2008 - 05:46 PM

So you can cuddle up with it at night?

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Posted 25 November 2008 - 10:06 PM

Spike,

I notice the front page of the spec sheet is dated Aug 1971 yet many of the tags indicate a contract date of 1970 and I'm sure many of the photos of SEALs wearing the garment pre-date 1971, so what's the deal?

Have you heard of a shipment of 'float coats' being sent to the Australian SASR? I know that they cross-trained in Vietnam and I read somewhere that the SASR were so impressed with the SEAL uniforms that 'they ordered 200'. Now I've always thought that meant ERDL jungle fatigues but through the years rumours of SASR operators wearing float coats up to the late 1980's and appearances of float coats for sale from the area where the SASR are now based lead me to surmise that the 200 sets may in fact have been 'float coats'!

Later on I will post a pic of an SASR AATTV advisor wearing the Grenadier version.

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Posted 25 November 2008 - 10:11 PM

So you can cuddle up with it at night?



mmmm......curvy,firm yet pliable and quiet.Sounds like the perfect date


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Posted 26 November 2008 - 12:38 AM

Filupe, there were SAS guys that op'd with SEALs and vice-a-versa so I'm sure a few SAS guys ended up with these jackets. While the idea in theory was cool, these things weren't used that much, the earlier vests were used quite alot from the photos I have, more so by team 2 guys. As far as the date on the top of the page, ain't got a clue, nor do I know if in fact the SAS ordered these jackets, it's possible. There is a cool book on the Australian SAS in VN that shows a guy wearing a grenadiers jacket.

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Posted 26 November 2008 - 06:55 AM

I take it you mean this one? (I was mistaken before - he is not an AATTV advisor)

http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n284/filupe/Forum%20-%20MACVSOG/Miscel/SASRSEAL1.jpg

It's just that enough of these 'float coats' have managed to float their way Down Under to attribute it to more than just 'souveniring'.

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Posted 26 November 2008 - 08:35 AM

That's the picture.

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Posted 17 August 2009 - 12:10 AM

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Got this one from a guy who was in UDT 11 in VN. He gave it to me while I was setting up so I put it on display, pictures of which you can see in the display section. Said he wore it a few times in Nam, it's well worn and faded but it still has the bladder. Rifleman version, medium short, poplin.

Thanks for fixing my bad spelling.

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Posted 17 August 2009 - 04:44 AM

Well, how many float coat do you have in your collection now ?
I saw in your display thread that you got the LDNN beret with the SEAL badge pinned upside down. Thats cool. I missed on eBay several years ago.
Did you get the tiger stripe beret that was supposed to go with when they were both picked up ?

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Posted 17 August 2009 - 07:07 AM

Great Jacket Spike,any readable date on the tag?

RD

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Posted 17 August 2009 - 09:36 AM

Andrei, I didn't get that tiger beret, it was sold before I bought the LDNN beret.

Doyler, all the tags are exactly the same, they just stamp the size and type, i.e., radioman and they all have the same date, which is stamped, the number on this one is hard to read but looks like it says N00293-70-C-0463 which is different from other date codes I have seen, I'll have to look at the other jackets I have. Like I said, the numbers were pretty faded, mostly due to wear.


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