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SADF Pattern 83 Chestrig, surplus

SADF Pattern 83 Chestrig, surplus

Price 101.99 USD excluding VAT

The most lightweight piece of the South African Pattern 83 load bearing system. This chestrig is designed to carry only the most vital stuff you might need on a patrol (ammo, grenades etc.) and, most imporantly, to work well when carrying a rucksack. These are in unissued condition!

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The most lightweight piece of the South African Pattern 83 load bearing system. This chestrig is designed to carry only the most vital stuff you might need on a patrol (ammo, grenades etc.) and, most imporantly, to work well when carrying a rucksack. These are in unissued condition!

As the Pattern 83 kit was developed the need for a rucksack compatible load carrying vest became clear. The standard battle jacket, when fully loaded, is good for day patrols but if you need to hump a rucksack on top of that things get very difficult. This chest rig carries magazines, grenades and a first aid kit and documents whilst water, radios and other paraphernalia goes in the rucksack. As so many others these too are descendants of the famous Chicom chestrig, of which the South Africans even produced their own direct copies for special operations.

Features:

  • Tough, Nutria brown cordura-like fabric on a mesh base - this thing is made for war, so the materials and workmanship are very good.
  • Adjustable waist and shoulder straps. The waist strap has a quick-release buckle.
  • Three magazine pouches with dividers, for a total of six 35 rnd R4 magazines. Also fits 6 of all the following mags: AK-47, M16, G3/FAL/R1. Talk about versatility!
  • Pouches for a first aid dressing, hand grenade and smoke/white phosphorus grenade.

  • A map/documents pouch on the inside.
  • A pencil/flare pouch on the side of the magazine pouches.

This is a very sought after piece of kit, grab yours while stocks last!

Unissued SADF surplus

Rare to find in used shape and even more difficult in unissued condition. Some were still in factory plastics. The availability will not get any better, that's for sure.

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01.04.2020 (Edited 19.04.2020)
If you want the actual rucksack that goes with it they sell it on KommandoStore

(Not sponsoring the site I personally love this one more then Kommando but they are probably the only ones out there that actually have the legendary groot sack that goes with it)
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19.04.2020 (Edited 19.04.2020)
Possibly the best fucking piece of gear I've ever bought. Ever.

Bought it for search & rescue to replace a Coaxsher radio harness. Much easier to get and and off, and the mag pouches are secure but huge, so you can get even a big, chunky radio in and out quickly. (And the dividers in the pouches don't cut the space in half either. They're loose and roomy, so if you want to use each pouch as a single, undivided space, the divider just moves out of your way.) Wears well with a pack.

How much better is this rig than my old radio harness? Remember the shitty 4-cylinder stick shift you learned to drive on? Then years later you got behind the wheel of somebody's BMW and had your mind blown by the unspeakable difference? Same thing, except I can't afford a BMW. I took a deep breath before spending three digits on a piece of surplus, but it's good that I did.

I repeat: Best. Fucking. Piece. Of. Gear. Ever. I would rather attach my radio to my scrotal sack with athletic tape than do without this for another day.
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02.05.2020
First chest rig I've owned, and it is kick ass. Great materials and workmanship, and great color too. STANAG/AR 5.56mm mags need magpulls to work best with this design, but that's easy to take care of with some duct tape and a few minutes; the depth is no problem at all for AK-pattern mags and I'd imagine 7.62x51 mags would work fine too. I have fit even VZ-58 magazines (which are actually chunkier than AKM mags) in these front pockets and gotten them all in without problems. And it works well with regular camping packs, day packs, military packs, you name it.

The best part about putting VZ/AK mags in this is having the extra black velcro on the front. I can take my spare morale patches and stick them on so I can shitpost the enemy while approaching them. 10/10
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