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1999 SPEAR, ELCS bag with gear

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This is out of my wheel house. I picked this up at the swap meet today. I understand what the booklet says, but who got these? It looks complete and its made by Safariland. What is the ball park on it?

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As I've been told, these were issued to various special forces units (SEALS being one) in the very late 1990s-mid 2000s. Each man could customize his rig to his own preferences, with wide range of pouches. The DCU camo sets seem to be a lot scarcer than the woodland sets. Realistically (disregarding the $250-$500 sets on eBay), a complete woodland set sells for around $100; I'd guess it'd be closer to $150/175 for the DCU. Your set appears complete as far as I can tell. 

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Thanks Milsurp! I was able to find some information...kind of. The government paid 1,195.00 to Safariland per kit. The bag shown looks to have been made in 2004, assuming I read the code correctly. I guess for their time they were cutting edge. I found out the white pads (not shown) were flotation pads inserted in the vest. Yes this is complete according to the booklet that came with it. It looks like the three markets for this are 1) collectors of Spec Op gear used in the middle east. 2) Reenactors portraying Spec Ops operators in that place and time frame and 3) Survivalist and hunters look for this gear in woodland. I took this to a local surplus store I go to quite a bit and back in the day when these would pop up they would break them down and part them out. You are correct that woodland is still around. It makes sense the 3 color desert was used up in the middle east and that could be why fewer are found. I only found one kit desert kit for sale and a handful of parts from the kit.

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The tri-color systems are very rare and as I recall only 5th Group was supposed to get them. I am not sure if that even actually happened. We tried to get them for 21 STS but we were slated for woodland and that is what was issued.

Paraclete never built ELCS although they do make a version of that vest. They have a different kit for a different set of customers.        The above is from another site as are the photo.

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