MODIFIED SAS Windproof Smock, 1980s-issue

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    MODIFIED SAS Windproof Smock, 1980s-issue

    Post by Camo_fiend on Mon Jul 12, 2010 6:04 pm

    Got this direct from London for $20! Definitely one of my more interesting finds. This thing's been modified quite a bit. It was "well-loved" by whoever it was issued to. There's a couple snags and pulls, but I'm not bothered, that's part of its story!


    The most obvious difference are the woolen cuffs. The velcro has been taken away and these cuffs attached. Upon closer inspection, you'll notice that both right pockets were removed. This was done to prevent a sling or webbing from getting snagged on the pockets, hindering proper weapon usage.


    Custom pocket above right breast, most likely for a compass. Note how removal of right breast pocket was not wasted, with a zipper added to create a pocket reminiscent of the newer-issue smocks.


    Close-up of modified pocket areas.


    Woolen cuffs.


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    Re: MODIFIED SAS Windproof Smock, 1980s-issue

    Post by Philip on Mon Jul 12, 2010 6:30 pm

    Looks interesting...


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    Re: MODIFIED SAS Windproof Smock, 1980s-issue

    Post by misanthropic_gods on Tue Jul 13, 2010 2:22 am

    hmm, those are some cool mods...makes you wonder who had it eh?
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    Re: MODIFIED SAS Windproof Smock, 1980s-issue

    Post by Camo_fiend on Tue Jul 13, 2010 10:32 am

    It'd be interesting to know where this thing has been, at the very least.


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    Re: MODIFIED SAS Windproof Smock, 1980s-issue

    Post by Konrad96 on Sat Jan 07, 2012 4:23 pm

    In the eighties it wasn't uncommon for experienced infantrymen to acquire windproof smocks and have them modified like this by unit tailors. Woollen cuffs especially. Very often the cuffs from army issue socks were used, or the cuffs from an old woolly pully. This one is likely to have been done after the introduction of the SA80 since back in SLR days no-one used a sling. Compass pocket would have been for the Silva compass.
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    Re: MODIFIED SAS Windproof Smock, 1980s-issue

    Post by Tommo on Sat Jan 07, 2012 4:39 pm

    Thats very nice, I've just bought an SASS smock my dad had when he served, will post photies later.

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