ripcord wrote:After looking at the slant pocket type uniforms in my collection, I am now more than certain there are not 2 versions of that uniform. I am confident that the appearance of differences are only due to fading and maybe fabric differences..
heh. That post of mine was from 4 years ago and I honestly don't know what I was referring too However, I did check my 1990s uniforms just now (the Italian ones are thankfully available) and can confirm that there are some slight production variations.
1??? (no labels) - slash vent holes under armpits and in crotch. Direct embroidered BSM logo on left chest pocket flap. No metal grommets, velcro backings appear to be added after manufacture. Inside cloth has major color bleed.
1994 - same as above except metal grommets in jacket pocket corners and no armpit vent holes of any sort.
1996 - same as above but with direct embroidered BSM logo on left chest pocket flap and cloth has almost no color bleed on the inside. Velcro appears to be factory applied.
1997 - same as above but without BSM logo. Velcro definitely factory applied.
The 1997 set came from Sportsmans Guide ages ago and I probably had more than a dozen go through my hands. I've got two sets in hand now. I also had a dozen or so used 1990s sets from which I plucked my 1994 and 1996 sets from. The amount of variation in the camouflage colors, due to production variations and wear, is pretty huge.
Anyhoo, I definitely agree that all four of my sets are single uniform type (1st Model) that comes in Early and Late variations.
Such a beautiful pattern