issue chest rig (webbing)

Discussion in 'Weapons, Equipment & Rations' started by zimchaz, Dec 2, 2012.

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  1. So a mate who has demobbed dropped a bunch of buckshee kit my way, looking through it is an issue chest rig in dpm.I believe its NI issue and has three central mag pouches with two utility style on either side, also a pop closure central compartment. I was wondering how the old and bold used these in a load bearing system? It looks pretty minimalist compared to newer vests etc.Were they considered cefo or specialist roles only?I did a search on here and didnt find much.
  2. Tended to be NI or Bosnia issue, its minimalist because of the types of Ops, ie you dont stay out long enough to use full webbing or your in armour and half your kit is in the vehicle. Personally never used mine because it was a pain getting to the mags in the prone position.
  3. They were generally worn (IME) as the 'on body' equipment. ie mags, maps, small water bottles etc. They could be added to by 'belt kit' which was usually just uty pouches.
  4. I considered using it on my last ex to see whether I actually needed half the crap in my beltkit but binned the idea when it wasnt as comfortable.I reckon going light is the way forward though.

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  5. There was a ct down version wth only 3 mag pockets and a back pocket (for maps and stuff), you could clip it on your webbing straps. In particular for LSW gunners.
  6. Last CO liked to cut about in his, ex member of 63 Sqn though.
  7. Didn't the legend that is Mike Golden turn up to CIC Catterick with a chest rig full cam cream and Paraphernalia?
  8. Grumblegrunt

    Grumblegrunt LE Book Reviewer

    pretty good for lugging with a bergan then switching it to belt kit for the stalk. you can tinker about with them a fair bit if you want to carry more. when I was sniping it was handy to stop you overloading with stuff and balances the body out quite well with a 35-55l pack on your back. a lot of snipers rebuilt them to make an allen belt style kit, something now popular as airborne webbing.

    not brilliant for pepper potting but fibua, vehicles or forestry not bad. early telic and herrick they became handy for hanging over BA and some units still work that way so they aren't loaded out all the time as they fill em with bombs bullets and a blowout kit.

    before they were issued I made one out of an old alice pack and some nbc suits, damn handy it was too.
  9. Did your mate leave anything in the pockets by accident........?

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  10. udipur

    udipur LE Book Reviewer

    Poor design - knots required to stop the bloody thing hanging off your front.

    Opted for regular webbing but CO decreed chest rigs less aggressive in urban environment. In the cuds, back to the belt.
  11. Cutaway

    Cutaway LE Reviewer

    Has he been hiding in a duvet ?
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  12. That' what he's got in his pouches.
  13. He did actually a tin of pate and a pack of dkp1...not the allyest of kit to find!

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  14. Cutaway

    Cutaway LE Reviewer

    Ah, local marching powder.