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Blackhawk Heli Vest Plate Carrier, Green, Surplus
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Blackhawk Heli Vest Plate Carrier, Green, Surplus.
Blackhawk Heli Vest Plate Carrier, Green, Surplus.
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Blackhawk Heli Vest Plate Carrier, Green, Surplus

Price 49.99 USD excluding sales tax
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Here's a high-quality surplus plate carrier for a very affordable price. Ex-UKSF issued kit. For USAPI and ESAPI plates. These are from such an early phase of the Global War on Terror (tm) that some of the currently serving soldiers weren't even born when bearded Brits delivered justice, freedom, democracy, and bullets wearing these badass pieces of kit.

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Blackhawk Heli Vest Plate Carrier, Green, Surplus.
Blackhawk Heli Vest Plate Carrier, Green, Surplus.
Blackhawk Heli Vest Plate Carrier, Green, Surplus. Adjustable shoulder straps with SR buckles.
Blackhawk Heli Vest Plate Carrier, Green, Surplus. Sturdy drag handle - human strength isn't enough to tear this one off!
Blackhawk Heli Vest Plate Carrier, Green, Surplus. Simple closure and water drainage grommets.
Blackhawk Heli Vest Plate Carrier, Green, Surplus. Behind the D rings, yet another loop for fastening wires and a hydration tube.
Blackhawk Heli Vest Plate Carrier, Green, Surplus.
Blackhawk Heli Vest Plate Carrier, Green, Surplus.

Here's a high-quality surplus plate carrier for a very affordable price. Ex-UKSF issued kit. For USAPI and ESAPI plates. These are from such an early phase of the Global War on Terror (tm) that some of the currently serving soldiers weren't even born when bearded Brits delivered justice, freedom, democracy, and bullets wearing these badass pieces of kit.

Some time ago, Blackhawk was contracted to manufacture various pieces of kit for the British Special Forces. This Heli Vest Plate Carrier is one piece of the green ensemble.

With PALS loops in the front and back, this carrier can be customized to your needs as expected from modern gear. It has side-release buckles on the sides and at the shoulders for ease of use, and D-rings on the shoulder straps for tube and wire management. The evacuation handle has long webbing that's stitched all the way down to ensure your squaddie comes along.

The sides are open and can be equipped with a side plate carrier (if you can find one), the sides of the back panel have ladder lock buckles for easier mounting of side accessories.

For moisture management, the insides have 3D-padding.

Fits large ballistic plates such as USAPI and ESAPI, 26.5 x 33.5 cm (10.5" x 13.2"). Weight: 0.8 kg (1.8 lbs)

British Special Forces Surplus

These were made by Blackhawk for the UKSF. The items have been used but are in a good condition, pros take good care of their equipment and the quality was high to begin with. Made in Vietnam.

Despite being in a good condition, these are intended as collectibles or for training and re-enactment use. Not officially PPE. Armor plates sold separately.

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09.10.2021
I missed out during the first “wave” of these being offered, and snagged one quickly on the second. First round, they sold out in < 24 hours it seemed. I got the Blackhawk carrying bag too, but that’s out of stock now.

Condition appears unissued; only the tiniest little scuffs on the buckles. No other damage or signs of wear. I’d be interested in the history of this particular piece, but in my specimen it had no soldier’s names or marks of any kind (as did my Osprey kit). Construction seems very durable. Plates, when installed, don’t jiggle or flop around when moving. Fits compactly to the body. A bit fussy to get buckled in by oneself, though with contortion I’ve figured out how to do it: adjust the straps once it’s in place.

I’m 5’10” tall and it fits okay; with AR500 10x12” plates inside, it seems to ride a very bit too low and the shoulder strap adjustments are already adjusted to the maximum extent. My sternal notch is a bit above the top of the front plate. For a straight shot, it’ll do just dandy. Unless the squirrels on my land are secretly expert marksman, this discrepancy in plate positioning probably won’t matter. In the LARPing or mission-critical world, this would surely matter, and a better fitted product would be a better choice. It does have a bit of rigidity that I suspect will improve with frequent wear.

On the front, I mounted a 3x1 STANAG mag holder and an admin pouch, and the whole thing still feels compact and maneuverable. Doesn’t get in the way much of shouldering a rifle, but I’ve not extensively done any shooting drills wearing it yet.

When comparying to a Crye JPC or even the Sarma offering on this site, it seemed a no-brainer to try this one first and see if I even like the idea of wearing a carrier. It probably would perform admirably if equipped with the proper loadout and plates, but this was my “cheap” entry into such things and I am thoroughly impressed. For the money, it’s a really high quality piece of gear. Doubt you’d find something of comparable provenance for the equal price.
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