Assault Vest, USE, B, SAS, DPM, Used £159.00

Private Purchase vest from Universal Specialist Equipment (USE).

USE were a Hereford based company, favoured by to 22 SAS in the eighties and nineties. These are very rare items and highly sought after by collectors.

USE vests can be seen in use in Columbia by Gaz Hunter in his book 'The Shooting Gallery' and by Chris Ryan in the Gulf on the Bravo Two Zero patrol, and Africa in his book 'The One That Got Away'.

Item Description

Temperate DPM webbing pouches sewn to an OG Cordura base. This is an unusual example, as USE usually use a mesh base. We suspect this is a later production or custom design model.

Size and height adjustable, front closure is 2 length adjustable straps with QR buckles. This is a closer fit, and sits higher than the issue design.

Right side as worn, from the top: Elastic* 'spider' for for older type 20 x 19 FFD, small zipped box pocket (14 x 8 x 4cm), 3 loops of elastic* below this for the jungle loop line (not shown).

3 x utility pouches, first has zipped prismatic/altimeter pouch on side, first 2 pouches are tall and narrow, and do not accommodate the UK water bottle, third utility is water bottle size.

Slip pocket behind front panel with internal notebook pocket, ideal for a map.

Left side as worn, from the top: Small zipped box pouch (16.5 x 12 x 4cm), double ammo pouch, with dividers, for 3x 5.56mm mags, these differ from the usual USE ammo pouches, with deeper, box lids, Velcro and surface mounted clip & strap closures. Water bottle sized utility pouch after this.

Open pocket in chest panel, with internal pistol holster. Holster is positioned to present the pistol grip outside the vest as shown.

All pouches have adjustable strap and surface mounted buckle closures unless otherwise described, drainage eyelets in lower pouches but not upper zipped ones.

Mesh back and lining on front panels, internal belt loops.

* Please note these elastics have lost their strength with age and were pinned up for the photo's. We have chosen not to replace the elastic to ensure the integrity of this item as a collectable.

Pistol and pouch contents for illustration only, none of these items are included. All arms and munitions are inert.

Single example only. Used condition, but overall sound with plenty of use left in it, small 4cm section of stitching coming away on last utility pouch on the right as worn.


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