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SPI/E Rig - 2003 Date


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I recently picked up this SPI/E rig. The SPI/E rig (Special Patrol Insertion/Extraction) was designed to insert and/pr extract a reconnasiance patrol into an area that does not permit a helicopter landing. These are also used for water inserts/extracts. The SPI/E is a direct relative of the STABO rig from Vietnam.

 

This one is dated 10/2003. Never seen one dated that late before, but I can count on one hand the times I have seen a SPI/E for sale in person,

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A carabiner is fitted through the top portion of the webiing and is then attached to D ring that is on the SPI/E rope lowered from the helicopter.

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Very cool Arch! Saw a video of some Marines using the rig, looked like great fun..... I have read (but never seen pictures) of SEAL's using the SPI/E rig as well, any info on that? Also, I have the opportunity to pick one of these up for under $100, is that a reasonable deal?

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Very cool Arch! Saw a video of some Marines using the rig, looked like great fun..... I have read (but never seen pictures) of SEAL's using the SPI/E rig as well, any info on that? Also, I have the opportunity to pick one of these up for under $100, is that a reasonable deal?

Thanks for the compliment, RT. There are pictures of SEALs using them in training, so they are definitely used by them. I'm not sure how often the SPI/E rig is used anymore by US forces though.

 

I will say this about the SPI/E rig....I can count on one hand the times I have seen one for sale in person. It is a relatively obscure piece of gear and a lot of people would pass them over because they have no idea what they are. In my opinion, if you can get one for under $100, that is a very good deal.

 

Here is a link to the SPI/E rig being used by SEALs in Virginia Beach, VA circa 2012.

 

Link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/usnavy/7636577326/

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Very cool Arch! Saw a video of some Marines using the rig, looked like great fun..... I have read (but never seen pictures) of SEAL's using the SPI/E rig as well, any info on that? Also, I have the opportunity to pick one of these up for under $100, is that a reasonable deal?

 

 

I agree with Nkomo. Under $100 is beyond reasonable; more like a genuine steal!

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Arch, I have one of these dated 8/81. It looks pretty much like yours. It is the only one I have ever seen for sell. It came from a surplus store at Ft Bragg. I got a dozen new STABO rigs from the same store. They were all dated 1975 IIRC.

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Arch, I have one of these dated 8/81. It looks pretty much like yours. It is the only one I have ever seen for sell. It came from a surplus store at Ft Bragg. I got a dozen new STABO rigs from the same store. They were all dated 1975 IIRC.

For some reason, the SPI/E rigs are quite uncommon. Not exactly sure why though. :think:

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I have one of the simpler SPIE rigs from 1998 that has the woodland camo colored leg strap pads vs having any shoulder pads. Has friction buckles for the leg straps vs the parachute ejector snaps. Ill get some pics up soon if interested.

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I have one of the simpler SPIE rigs from 1998 that has the woodland camo colored leg strap pads vs having any shoulder pads. Has friction buckles for the leg straps vs the parachute ejector snaps. Ill get some pics up soon if interested.

I'd love to see it!

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Very cool modification witht the leg padding and such. I went through with the deal and my SPI/E should be arriving in a week or so. I'll be sure to post pics if anyone is interested, maybe someone could help me decipher where it came from, who used it, etc? Thanks for sharing your rigs guys!

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Very cool modification witht the leg padding and such. I went through with the deal and my SPI/E should be arriving in a week or so. I'll be sure to post pics if anyone is interested, maybe someone could help me decipher where it came from, who used it, etc? Thanks for sharing your rigs guys!

When your SPI/E rig arrives, be sure to post it on here and we'll help you figure it all out. :thumbsup:

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