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SEAL Float Coats


markcaracci

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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.

 

 

Thanks Spike.Seems like 70 is the number I see the most often also.

 

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  • 3 years later...

what's a float coat?

 

 

Viet Nam era ERDL camo jacket with a bouancy/float bladder incorproated into the jacket.Came in 3 models....

 

Rifleman,Radioman,Grenadier.There is a also a version thats a vest.Often these jackets were cut down to the wearers individual preferance.They were developed and used by SEAl and UDT memebers.Several are posted here on the forum

 

heres a link I will add

 

http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=6258

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New into this area of Vietnam collecting. I knew enough to know it was a nice good example but what about the selling price? Low? What you'd expect? High?

 

I'll post photos from the eBay sale soon if somebody doesn't beat me to it.

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Got this of EBAY around 2006/07. REALLY bad shape but it IS a grenadiers version that looks like it was modded to hold AK 47 mags. Poplin coat with ripstop pockets, some of the flaps from the 40mm pockets have been used for the mag pockets. I have no idea what the patch is or means, look like an Air Force patch? It's glued on and I'm thinking of pulling it off.

 

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vintageproductions

I always love when the mail delivery shows up.

Today this documented Poplin Riflemans jacket and demo bag came in. It's missing the bladder but doesn't bother me when there is a name attached.....

 

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Very nice addition Bob !!! Nothing better than a named float coat. How did you beat Spike to that one?

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vintageproductions

Came out of the woodwork.

It was just one of those flukes that someone contacted me through our website and asked if we bought them.

He had just found it at a estate sale the day before. There are also some misc. dive gear that came with it.

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Having seen this in person and hearing the name, I think this is the coolest coat I've seen, or at least up there with one of Spike's modified.

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Does anyone have production numbers for each variant?

 

I am guessing there are 9 variants-each of the 3 garment types in poplin, green dominant ripstop, and brown dominant ripstop. I currently have 5 of these and have owned 2 others over the years.The majority that I have seen in other collections are ERDL blurred edge poplin. Other than this forum I have not seen a brown dominant ripstop.

 

Has anyone seen a float coat in the earlier sharp edge camo poplin? My instinct is that by the time these were produced the sharp edged camo fabric was out of production by 3 years.

 

Thanks.

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I have models in all 3 cloths, the brown dom is probably the rarest. I have a couple but all the others in my collection are green dom ripstop and blurred edge poplin

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