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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 to land. 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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Here is a picture of a group of Marines during a training exercise using the SPI/E rig.

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Here is a "Contra" backpack that was sent to the Nicaraguan Contras (FDN and ARDE) back in the 1980's. Mine has BSR-IA ACW buckles and they are dated 1984.

 

The pack is displayed on a Contra uniform that is completely sterile and is made of a very thin fabric that I highly doubt would have lasted more than a week in the harsh jungles of Nicaraguan. Supposedly, these uniforms were made in Texas for the FDN/ARDE amd were given to them as aid.

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As many of my friends on the forum know, I am currently in the process of moving my collection from a smaller room to a larger area. This is my full mannequin display that I have set up in my new room.

 

Mannequin is wearing PBPV II armor, a heavily modified BHI Commando chest rig, a painted Safariland Beretta 92FS hard drop leg holster, a BHI drop leg magazine holder for four extra M4 magaines, a BHI backpack, a pair of 3-Color DCU pants, and a modified DCU jacket. :thumbsup:

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As I've stated before, I am in the process of moving the collection into a larger area, which is still too small for what I have. To help me maximize the space I do have, my wonderful wife built me a double thirteen foot clothing rack (twenty six foot of storage space total). It took her a very short period of time to design, get the materials, and build the rack. I am very pleased with how it turned out. She is thinking about building me some more for my uniforms.

 

The rack is strong enough to handle gear, ghillie suits, and uniforms. Very sturdy.

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Picked up this six cell AK chest pouch this weekend. Well, I THOUGHT it was for an AK.

 

I noticed several odd things about the vest. First off, the shoulder straps are taped down with 100 mph tape. This is very common to find gear that has been used by US soldiers. Secondly, the magazine pouches have a piece of black industrial foam inside each one. I thought it was there to help keep the AK magazines from slipping too far down inside pouch. Upon further inspection, the AK magazines were too long. I tried an M4 magazine and it fit perfectly.

 

Not sure if this one is Iraqi or Afghan made. Lance and I are leaning towards Iraqi made, especially with the US flag buttons, but the back strap screams Afghan made. Any thoughts?

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Here is an AK magazine and M4 magazine in the pouches. As you can see, the black plastic foam keeps the 30 round AK magazine from fitting in the pouch. The M4 magazine fits perfectly.

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Here is a USSF spray painted vest made by Cristina of Quito, Ecuador.

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EARLY JS Industries prototype vest. I think this model vest is called the Predator. All the pouches are black MOLLE type with PREDATOR written on the back tag. JS Industries was founded by Tim D'Annunzio who later established Paraclete.

 

This vest also came with dive fins. Dive vest?

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