Mystery ERDL ripstop jacket

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    Mystery ERDL ripstop jacket

    Post by CollectinSteve on Mon Jan 09, 2012 12:00 am

    I bought this a while ago cheap and now I don't know what to make of it. It appears to be a Vietnam issued jacket, but the cloth doesn't feel or look right and there's no contract number on the tag. There's no sign of badging on it, though it does look like it was used for Paintball/Airsoft. I am unfamiliar with repro Vietnam camo items. Anybody know anything about this piece?

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    Re: Mystery ERDL ripstop jacket

    Post by John Brown on Mon Jan 09, 2012 1:08 am

    Atlantco owns Tru-Spec.

    Definitely a commercial repro.

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    Re: Mystery ERDL ripstop jacket

    Post by parafal on Mon Jan 09, 2012 2:31 pm

    Steve ,
    it looks very similar to the original first run of Experimental ERDL sets that Natick Laboratories sent for testing to Vietnam on December of 65 , the chest pockets look the same except for on the Natick sets the buttons where exposed , but the pockets sure do look like them.

    This is what the last known example of the Natick one looks like

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    Re: Mystery ERDL ripstop jacket

    Post by Philip on Mon Jan 09, 2012 3:10 pm

    John Brown wrote:Atlantco owns Tru-Spec.

    Definitely a commercial repro.
    Correct.


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    Re: Mystery ERDL ripstop jacket

    Post by mcoleman762 on Mon Jan 09, 2012 3:19 pm

    Steve,

    Both OD and ERDL reproduction uniforms were available through US Cavalry during the early 90's. I still have one of the catalogs around here somewhere.

    Cheers,

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    Re: Mystery ERDL ripstop jacket

    Post by John Brown on Mon Jan 09, 2012 7:53 pm

    mcoleman762 wrote:Steve,

    Both OD and ERDL reproduction uniforms were available through US Cavalry during the early 90's. I still have one of the catalogs around here somewhere.

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    OD and tiger stripe (the crap commercial pattern) are available today from Rothco (made in China), and are about the same as the jacket in the OP.

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    Re: Mystery ERDL ripstop jacket

    Post by CollectinSteve on Mon Jan 09, 2012 9:04 pm

    OK, that's what I figured. I wasn't familiar with the name Atlantco so I thought I should at least ask.

    BTW, the quality is very good. I snagged it cheap because I liked the colors and decided to take a risk. There was no picture of the tag so I figured I was getting a repro piece. At least I know what to call it on my Trade/Sale list Very Happy

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    Re: Mystery ERDL ripstop jacket

    Post by magic2 on Mon Feb 06, 2012 3:29 pm

    my jacket ripstop woodland

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    Re: Mystery ERDL ripstop jacket

    Post by Philip on Mon Feb 06, 2012 4:22 pm

    That one is also commercial. Teesar is Mil-Tec/Sturm.


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    Re: Mystery ERDL ripstop jacket

    Post by CollectinSteve on Mon Feb 06, 2012 5:01 pm

    Uck... they've got an SPO number on their label. I hate it when the knockoffs do that. Really can confuse identification.

    The contract date on this label is 1989. I doubt Teesar existed in 1989, therefore any doubts it could be genuine issue should go away with that fact.

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    Re: Mystery ERDL ripstop jacket

    Post by Philip on Tue Feb 07, 2012 5:15 am

    And the contract is wrong anyway, should be DLA for that time frame.


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    Re: Mystery ERDL ripstop jacket

    Post by CollectinSteve on Tue Feb 07, 2012 5:11 pm

    Yeah, I meant to mention that Smile BTW, do you know of a handy chart which shows the date ranges for the different prefixes? I know them buy gut feel only, not specific dates.

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    Re: Mystery ERDL ripstop jacket

    Post by Philip on Tue Feb 07, 2012 7:23 pm

    Lots of info here:
    http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=94112&hl=dla,and,spo,and,dsa


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    Re: Mystery ERDL ripstop jacket

    Post by CollectinSteve on Wed Feb 08, 2012 1:35 am

    Excellent, thanks!

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