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    Para snipers smock

    Post by british-rat on Mon Nov 05, 2012 8:38 pm

    Hi all
    It is well known that in this conflict involved the feared snipers. You can see some pictures of these sharpshooters carrying their L1A1 with night vision system or L42 rifles, special weapons for this purpose, until then everything is clear. The question arises when I acquired a piece in the show Ciney that, first of my head right off. It was a pretty paratrooper jacket padded modified fillers, reinforcements on elbows, pockets displaced and small strips of cloth to foliage. Examined the label, I could see the word sniper, leaving no doubt, is a garment manufacturing, aimed at the regiment selected shooters. It shows very well the camo pattern 68 so that everything fits. Should have served in the Falklands! However, I did not see or find image or text to verify it. In any case it is a rare and attractive piece, so I have the pleasure to share it with friends on the forum. regards












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    Re: Para snipers smock

    Post by Eaglehurst on Tue Nov 06, 2012 7:26 am

    Hi Jesus - nice pictures - thanks. Yours is a very early example of the Sniper Smock. I have included some pics below of a trails example I acquired some years back. SCRDE stands for 'Stores & Clothing Research & Development Establishment'. I cannot recall seeing another example with the old 1-9 sizing on the label which makes me think that as the smocks went into production it was just as the sizing changed over to metric.




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    Re: Para snipers smock

    Post by Tommo on Tue Nov 06, 2012 1:31 pm

    Yes, the '77 Pattern Sniper smock, very nice!

    But just because it has the same camo used on the '68 equipment doesn't mean it's P68 and doesn't necessarily mean it was used in the Falklands, however who ever this smock belonged to was in a Corps not and infantry unit; note'A Sqdn Demo' - Engineers?

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    Re: Para snipers smock

    Post by CollectinSteve on Tue Nov 06, 2012 7:52 pm

    This is very similar to mine. Lots of wear, some patches, some modifications. In particular mine has the same pieces removed here:



    What originally went here?

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    Re: Para snipers smock

    Post by Gulf91 on Wed Nov 07, 2012 4:11 am

    Rifle sling hooks I think.

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    Re: Para snipers smock

    Post by filupe on Wed Nov 07, 2012 4:14 am

    CollectinSteve wrote:What originally went here?

    A flat metal hook. Aids in stabilising the sling, which is used as a marksmanship aid.

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    Re: Para snipers smock

    Post by CollectinSteve on Wed Nov 07, 2012 4:44 am

    And they must cut them off because they snag on nearly everything the soldier walks past. Well, except for beer and women. Because if they snagged either or both of those, they'd be sewing more on not cutting them off Very Happy

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    Re: Para snipers smock

    Post by british-rat on Wed Nov 07, 2012 9:40 am

    thank you all for the answers Very Happy
    incredible! your smock is prior to mine, that's for sure
    congratulations! is mint
    good contribution to the Manufacturer
    be used in the Falklands or not, I think this model is earlier
    Engineers? Do you mean the shape of the patch that was? (9 RE)


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    Re: Para snipers smock

    Post by filupe on Wed Nov 07, 2012 9:50 am

    A modern example ...











    Unfortunately, it seems to be missing the lower skirt pockets, however, close inspection of the garment makes it very hard to discern whether they were there in the first place ...

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    Re: Para snipers smock

    Post by british-rat on Wed Nov 07, 2012 9:52 am

    Shocked the camo is 95????

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    Re: Para snipers smock

    Post by bravo_2_zero on Wed Nov 07, 2012 8:26 pm

    british-rat wrote: Shocked the camo is 95????

    Nope 94 short run stuff that was ditched as general issue to all and used afterwards only in para and sniper smocks.

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