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    South African vest opinions ????

    Post by panzerwerk on Sun Oct 10, 2010 3:49 pm

    Just bought this for $115 , what do you guys think ???




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    Post by zvez on Sun Oct 10, 2010 4:30 pm

    Looks like a North Mfg Rhodesian vest, I had the exact same one in my collection ca. 1985. I do know that Fereday at least, still manufactured fire force vests in zimbabwe in to the mid 80s at least. A nice item and a good price.

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    panzerwerk wrote:Just bought this for $115 , what do you guys think ???




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    Post by panzerwerk on Sun Oct 10, 2010 5:49 pm

    Good to hear , my first Rhodesian piece !

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    Post by panzerwerk on Mon Oct 11, 2010 8:16 am

    I am debating trading this vest for a second set of UCP-D right now , but have not decided.

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    Post by mcoleman762 on Mon Oct 11, 2010 12:35 pm

    Hi Steve,

    Chris is right, that is a genuine North manufactured Fireforce vest. That South Africa sticker is an add-on though, as the North vests were made in Rhodesia. I've got a photo of the tag in mine on my computer here somewhere. I'll have to dig that out.

    Awesome find, and an even better price! Shocked

    Cheers,

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    Post by nkomo on Mon Oct 11, 2010 12:49 pm

    GREAT piece, Steve! The Rhodesians and South Africans were ahead of their time with these type vests. All of the current vests used around the world can trace their roots back to Southern Africa. Combat tested and combat proven.


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    Post by misanthropic_gods on Mon Oct 11, 2010 3:03 pm

    nkomo wrote: GREAT piece, Steve! The Rhodesians and South Africans were ahead of their time with these type vests. All of the current vests used around the world can trace their roots back to Southern Africa. Combat tested and combat proven.

    Arch hit this right on the money. The Rhodesisans really proved themselves during the Bush Wars and acted as more of a modern force in regards to their tactics as well as their equipment. The Selous Scouts were the progenitor of the modern elite Counterinsurgency units.

    I just love Rhodesian items, they are pretty rare. And I have never seen a vest like that up for sale. People hang on to em

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    Post by nkomo on Mon Oct 11, 2010 4:39 pm

    misanthropic_gods wrote:
    nkomo wrote: GREAT piece, Steve! The Rhodesians and South Africans were ahead of their time with these type vests. All of the current vests used around the world can trace their roots back to Southern Africa. Combat tested and combat proven.

    Arch hit this right on the money. The Rhodesisans really proved themselves during the Bush Wars and acted as more of a modern force in regards to their tactics as well as their equipment. The Selous Scouts were the progenitor of the modern elite Counterinsurgency units.

    I just love Rhodesian items, they are pretty rare. And I have never seen a vest like that up for sale. People hang on to em

    The South Africans didn't do too bad of a job I may add. Laughing


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    Post by panzerwerk on Tue Oct 12, 2010 8:17 am

    I may keep it , depends on if the first set of UCP D gets too me this week !!

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    Post by Camo_fiend on Tue Oct 12, 2010 2:48 pm

    How is everyone finding UCP-D?!? lol!
    Nice vest, Steve! I misread the post and thought it said $15... I was about to say, you may as well have stolen the vest for that price!


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    Post by misanthropic_gods on Tue Oct 12, 2010 2:49 pm

    Camo_fiend wrote:How is everyone finding UCP-D?!? lol!

    Ha ha..thats what I wanna know!

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    Post by Camo_fiend on Tue Oct 12, 2010 2:51 pm

    And other than the one set I saw for a kazillion dollars on eBay, all are in the hands of people on this forum. All within the same "family" I guess, so at least that's good. Laughing


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    Post by misanthropic_gods on Tue Oct 12, 2010 2:53 pm

    Camo_fiend wrote:And other than the one set I saw for a kazillion dollars on eBay, all are in the hands of people on this forum. All within the same "family" I guess, so at least that's good. Laughing

    With all of them in the hands of fellow members, at least we can ask for pictures and drool!

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    Post by Camo_fiend on Tue Oct 12, 2010 3:03 pm

    That will suffice until I find my own set!

    P.S. -- sorry to hijack the thread, everyone. Smile


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    Post by nkomo on Tue Oct 12, 2010 3:42 pm

    Camo_fiend wrote:And other than the one set I saw for a kazillion dollars on eBay, all are in the hands of people on this forum. All within the same "family" I guess, so at least that's good. Laughing

    I'm glad you look at us as family. Very Happy


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    Post by Camo_fiend on Tue Oct 12, 2010 4:43 pm

    One big, happy and camo-crazed family! Laughing


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    Post by zvez on Tue Oct 12, 2010 4:55 pm

    As I recall, the North mfg label was green lettering on white, with a compass rose incorporated into the logo. A bit nicer than the fereday vests in my opinion.

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    Post by filupe on Tue Oct 12, 2010 7:33 pm

    Some more details of the vest can be found at the link here

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