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Original South African 83 Pattern Chest Rig.
The South African 83 Pattern webbing system replaced the outdated and heavy-duty 70 Pattern webbing set. Outsourced to the private camping and outdoor industry for design, the 83 Pattern proved immensely popular both with South African and foreign forces, including the SAS during the Gulf Wars. Although officially discontinued in 2015, it is not uncommon to find 83 Pattern equipment still being used by South African forces today.
This 83 Pattern chest rig is a lightweight version of the full webbing set. It was heavily influenced by the Chinese Type 56 chest rig that was supplied to Soviet-aligned forces around the world, including in Vietnam and the Namibian and Angolan forces that the South Africans were engaged against. It features three double magazine pouches along the front, designed for the R4 Assault Rifle. On the right of the rig is a large pouch, designed for a smoke grenade but suitable for bandages, fluids or any other bulky necessities. On the left are two smaller pouches, and on the rear, inside of the rig is an admin pouch for stationary and important papers.
The entire chest rig is made from condura nylon, which is both durable and waterproof. It is finished in naturia brown and is designed to hold dirt, allowing it to build a natural camouflage. Both the two shoulder straps and the waist strap and adjustable, and the quick release belt around the waist means that the rig can quickly and easily be removed.
A popular piece of military kit, 83 Pattern style chest rigs have also been used extensively by the entertainment industry, including in films such as District 9 and Blood Diamond, as well as video games such as Metal Gear Solid.
An excellent surplus South African 83 Pattern Chest Rig that is ready for use.
Please note that due to their surplus nature there may be some signs of wear or some variation in design.
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