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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.

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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


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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.

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Poplin Grenadiers.

 

Flaps are a exposed button varient.They were modified by original owner by addind snaps

 

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In Memoriam:
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I HAVE SEEN THE ENEMY AND IT IS DAYLIGHT
Forget about the tips..We'll get hell to pay (AC/DC)
"If you cant get out and run with the big dogs then sit on the porch and bark at the cars going by.."

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In Memoriam:
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I HAVE SEEN THE ENEMY AND IT IS DAYLIGHT
Forget about the tips..We'll get hell to pay (AC/DC)
"If you cant get out and run with the big dogs then sit on the porch and bark at the cars going by.."

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You Cant Get A Sun Tan On The Moon..





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That's rad! There was guys from Aussie SF wearing float coats well into the late 80s early 90s


 

'A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon'

 

Always looking for Vietnam War US Special Forces/MACV-SOG jungle shirts/uniforms and OG107 Shirts/uniforms.

 

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Ron, that is one good looking modified SEAL coat!

 

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.

Martin


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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.

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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.

 

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At some point after the group picture was taken he modified the ammo pockets to accept 30rd mags. Bladder is intact.

 

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Spike you are the MAN when it comes these float coats! Thanks for sharing.

 

M


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Great Jacket Spike


In Memoriam:
Lieutenant J.Kostelec 1-3 First Special Service Force MIA/PD 4 March 1944 Italy
I HAVE SEEN THE ENEMY AND IT IS DAYLIGHT
Forget about the tips..We'll get hell to pay (AC/DC)
"If you cant get out and run with the big dogs then sit on the porch and bark at the cars going by.."

Have you Hugged a Clown Today?

You Cant Get A Sun Tan On The Moon..





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Have this Radiomans jacket as well.No bladder.70 tag date.

 

Also have a mint Grenadiers dated 70

 

 

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In Memoriam:
Lieutenant J.Kostelec 1-3 First Special Service Force MIA/PD 4 March 1944 Italy
I HAVE SEEN THE ENEMY AND IT IS DAYLIGHT
Forget about the tips..We'll get hell to pay (AC/DC)
"If you cant get out and run with the big dogs then sit on the porch and bark at the cars going by.."

Have you Hugged a Clown Today?

You Cant Get A Sun Tan On The Moon..





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Looking at the lable it appears to be a Riflemans jacket(or tag) modified to a Radiomans and restamped.

 

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In Memoriam:
Lieutenant J.Kostelec 1-3 First Special Service Force MIA/PD 4 March 1944 Italy
I HAVE SEEN THE ENEMY AND IT IS DAYLIGHT
Forget about the tips..We'll get hell to pay (AC/DC)
"If you cant get out and run with the big dogs then sit on the porch and bark at the cars going by.."

Have you Hugged a Clown Today?

You Cant Get A Sun Tan On The Moon..





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