These vests were largely replaced by modular American Body Armor (ABA, CAGE code active from 5/25/1983 – 3/28/2001, source: https://cage.report/CAGE/63019) manufactured vests by the 1990’s (source: usage photos at bottom of page).
Magazine pouches were originally leg panels that have been sewn to the vest. The belt loops can still be felt through the vest material.
Grommets have unknown usage. They are not likely used for cable routing since there are no internal pockets and the radio pouch is on the back.
ERDL material on inside has unknown source and usage. It is likely not a document pocket since the bottom was never closed. Material is a heavy sateen like what was used for M65 jackets.
Base vest was a grenadier’s vest, meant to hold 40mm grenade launcher shells.
The back radio pouch is made from padded synthetic material, likely from a sleeping bag. The padding is synthetic polymer, as confirmed by a burn test that also produced a foul odor.
The velcro strap is long enough to go around the waist. There are no belt loops anywhere on the pouch. Like the other items on this page, the pouch appears to be hand-made by a rigger. The base material appears to be cotton canvas, likely from a sea bag.
No drain holes.
Loop Adjustment Cinches:
The photos shown below include a variety of modified vests. Some use an SRU-21P survival vest as a base. Some SEALs in the pictures are also wearing the MP-5 magazine leg panels that were sewn to the vests.
It is possible these photos were taken just before the start of hostilities, although all online records indicate February or March 1, 1991. Similar slings to the one on this page are also seen in some of the photos. The photos also show modified vests being used contemporarily with ABA modular vests.
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