Grenadier 40mm vest, how rare?

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    Grenadier 40mm vest, how rare?

    Post by CamoDeafie on Wed Oct 14, 2009 5:14 pm

    looks like a LBV, but has 40mm pockets instead of usual M16 pouches, on Wiki, there is an article about the Improved Individual Fighting System, which begat the LBV series and also trialed the camo LC equipment in the mid 80s...I have a local seller who wants to sell me this vest...his ad did not show pictures on CL, so I emailed him, his response had the pictures, one a Medic MOLLE vest, then this vest, and a bunch of unpatched DCUs, he did tell me he might have a patched DCU shirt for me, but will look for me...anyhow...this is the picture of the vest he has


    how rare were these things? I am gonna grab it anyways Very Happy been looking for it to complement the LBV i have Very Happy
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    Post by nkomo on Wed Oct 14, 2009 8:32 pm

    They are not uncommon. You used to be able to buy them for $12 new in the package. These didn't seem to be a very popular design. Never seen a used one that I can remember.


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    Post by CollectinSteve on Fri Oct 16, 2009 3:11 pm

    Cool... I haven't personally come upon a camo version, though admittedly I haven't really looked for this sort of thing. A while ago I got the MOLLE version of the grenadier's vest, but it's solid OD color and not camo. Brand new, in the bag. I don't know how popular those were or how common they are to find now that they're obsolete. Arch, do you know?

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    Post by nkomo on Fri Oct 16, 2009 6:04 pm

    CollectinSteve wrote:Cool... I haven't personally come upon a camo version, though admittedly I haven't really looked for this sort of thing. A while ago I got the MOLLE version of the grenadier's vest, but it's solid OD color and not camo. Brand new, in the bag. I don't know how popular those were or how common they are to find now that they're obsolete. Arch, do you know?

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    I see quite a few OD 40 mm grenade vests in my travels. Most are dated in the late 70's to mid 80's. You will occasionally stumble upon a Vietnam dated vest and they are certainly worth getting. Very Happy I have a couple of the OD vests for displays. However, I do not believe the vests were popular with the troops. Most of the ones I find are used, but I have not heard favorable reviews of them by the soldiers.


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    Post by CollectinSteve on Sat Oct 17, 2009 2:24 am

    Hi Arch,

    Ah, that sounds like the one similar to CamoDeafie's. The one I have is a MOLLE II type. I forgot the all important "II" Smile Here's an image I found on the Web:



    Which is located at this really great website:

    http://loadbearingequipment.info/MOLLE2.html

    I've got the OD version, NSN number and dated 1983. I'm curious if OD was normal or if Camo was. I thought even early on the MOLLE II stuff was mostly camo.

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    Post by Mercenary25 on Sat Oct 17, 2009 3:22 pm

    Steve, that would be FLC vest.


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