SEAL Float Coats
Posted 14 May 2015 - 11:31 PM
Look on page 2 of this topic, post 32, there is a link to my float coats. I've added a few more since then.
Posted 04 February 2016 - 02:23 PM
Posted 04 February 2016 - 02:25 PM
I got to get the cups for the 79 rounds
They have rolled up news paper ammo in there to bulk then up but that's cheating
Posted 04 February 2016 - 04:58 PM
In theory these jackets were a good idea. By the time they were actually produced the 20rd mag pouches were obsolete as SEALs were pretty much using 30rd mags. In actuality they were heavy and hot and that is why you either see them in mint condition or heavily modified. Bladders were removed in a lot of them. Cool coats, kinda like the SS smocks of the VN war.
I do have pics of them being worn in VN. And I do have a coat that was worn by a SEAL who was the OIC of a platoon at Solid Anchor. He did a little modification that was pretty cool for 1970.
I have pics of SEAL wearing the grenadiers coat as he carried a M-16/XM-148. He had nylon webbing extensions to the mag pockets so they would hold 30rd mags.
Posted 04 February 2016 - 10:02 PM
Flaps are a exposed button varient.They were modified by original owner by addind snaps
Posted 05 February 2016 - 12:00 AM
Posted 05 February 2016 - 11:03 AM
Owen, killer coat in mint condition, what a beauty!
-I like the tile floor you have. The balcony of your hacienda?
Thanks for sharing guys.
Posted 05 February 2016 - 11:26 AM
That's rad! There was guys from Aussie SF wearing float coats well into the late 80s early 90s
That would be an interesting topic.
While i found them to be less than comfortable (in my humble thoughts obviously), i was told by more than one person the actually the design was quite practical and appealing to soldiers that the vests were used even later than vietnam war. I've never been able to confirm these words,
Anyway, to support this i have a 90's one made from a woodland bdu (not a taiwan knockoff: a jacket shortened, lined with cordura, cordura pouches attached in a similar layout, with a navy modified oral/co2 inflatable bladder inside) as well as this photo taken in 1992 of SDV team 1, with the rightmost guy that looks like he's wearing a rifleman jacket.
Posted 05 February 2016 - 08:57 PM
I know the SEAL on the right, he's a good friend, and I own the float coat he wearing. I've had it for about fifteen years.
At some point after the group picture was taken he modified the ammo pockets to accept 30rd mags. Bladder is intact.
Posted 06 February 2016 - 12:26 AM
Posted 06 February 2016 - 09:46 PM
Posted 06 February 2016 - 09:48 PM
Looking at the lable it appears to be a Riflemans jacket(or tag) modified to a Radiomans and restamped.
Edited by doyler, 06 February 2016 - 09:50 PM.
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