issue chest rig (webbing)

#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.
 
#3
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.
 
#4
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.
 
#5
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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#6
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.
 

Grumblegrunt

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#9
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.
 
#10
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.
Did your mate leave anything in the pockets by accident........?
 

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udipur

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#11
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.
 
#14
He did actually a tin of pate and a pack of dkp1...not the allyest of kit to find!

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CanteenCowboy

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#16
We used chest rigs in rural ops in NI, in urban ops later but also pockets in urban ops sometimes, before the head shed decided we 'needed' more stuff. Always coped with 2 pens, two mags (one on rifle) with two FFD and a notebook. I had my wallet to buy anything I needed. Like water (fizzy juice) or food (chips and gravy) that was all that was needed on the man.

Not like nowadays, need a ******* armoured vehicle to carry all the shit you need now.
 

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