Query about Assault Vest

#1
I bought an assault vest from my local surplus shop today. They sold it as an issue vest but I'm not 100% convinced. It has the draw string closures, two mag pouches with dividers etc and CN 8405-99-527-1800 on the label which ties up with the issue numbers but the label is shiny and not the usual dull appearance. It also has a velcro pocket made from mesh in the lower back.

Does this sound like genuine issue or has the shop sold me a fake? Also if deemed to be genuine, a few have suggested that it may not take the A2 mags...is this true?
 
#3
Thats the thing, it doesn't have a manufacturer written anywhere on it. Don't really want to name the company just in case I'm wrong (don't think it would be fair to them). I'll try to sort a pic. Cost £80
 
#4
andb, where did you buy the vest?

stilts
 
#7
It's gen mate. I think, unless someone corrects me, its the old one.

Proffed one through a mate a while back and he got me it through the system, exactly the same.
 
#10
andb said:
Can anyone confirm it will take the A2 mags, I read somewhere there was an issue vest that had problems with this.
Er yep it will, its a fcuking drama getting them in and out of the pouches though.
 
#12
If you wnt the A2 mag to fit you will have to cut the divider out of the ammo pouches.

Stilts
 
#13
Thanks for all the advice, I've taken it back and they gave me a refund no probs. I don't want to be mucking around cutting the dividers out etc. Anyone got any recommendations as to which one i should get?
 
#14
Top tip, why don't you wait till you get to the sandy place and are issued with the new assault vest which is compatable with Osprey? and you save a tidy sum.
 
#16
andb said:
Thanks for all the advice, I've taken it back and they gave me a refund no probs. I don't want to be mucking around cutting the dividers out etc. Anyone got any recommendations as to which one i should get?
Like others have said, you'll get issued one when you go on tour. Anyway, whats wrong with webbing? If anything, I reckon its better for everything other than vehicle work. No point in buying kit you get issued. Unless its for airsoft...? If this is the case, I most kindly must ask you to fcuk off and never darken these doors again.
 
#17
No, definately notairsoft. I'm in the TA RAC but we do most of our work in landrovers which is why I want an assault vest and not webbing. We do have one guy in our unit that does airsoft for which much urine is extracted!!! :)
 
#18
If you want a green Assault Vest for training etc then get the issue one and get the ammo pouches changed. Troopers did mine for about £30 (Inc Postage) and it's great now. Find the number in the Troopers photo thread and just give them a call. The turn around is a few weeks but it's worth it. I can put a pic up of the new ammo pouches if you want.

T C
 
#20
andb said:
No, definately notairsoft. I'm in the TA RAC but we do most of our work in landrovers which is why I want an assault vest and not webbing. We do have one guy in our unit that does airsoft for which much urine is extracted!!! :)
Fair enough mate. Didn't mean it personally, just there are a lot of walts/airsofters who haunt these forums and you can never be sure :wink:
 

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