Did someone say SWA Special Forces camo?
Interesting to see my original thread is locked. I wonder why that is? I certainly didn't do it. Anyway...
Wonderful set, and yes, 100% commercial. I attended the 1999 SOF convention, and several of the SOF staff were wearing these uniforms. I asked about it, and nobody had any specifics about it, just that it had been for sale at one the conventions "a couple years earlier". The only other reference I've found in regards to this commercial uniform, was an archived article from some UK based publication, basically poking fun at the convention:
The relevant text from the article is: "Vendors at a 100 stalls are selling Magnum revolvers, Bushmaster "Bullpup" carbines, US army-issue night-vision goggles, Green Beret training manuals, Vietnam-tested tomahawks, double- bladed combat knives, pepper-spray canisters, Rhodesian passports and South-West Africa Special Forces desert camouflage uniforms, available for $105 (pounds 70) in medium, large and extra large."
These uniforms were never sold out of SOF magazine (I have plenty of editions from 1995-96, believe me, I've looked!), only at the convention in 1995, and perhaps '96 if there were still stocks leftover.
I suspect you will never see an operational photo of this pattern. Trust me, I've been looking for 15 years, and know some collectors who have talked personally with ex-SWA Recce members. Given the nature of the operations these guys were performing, there are no photos at all. Remember, SWA Recce was an extremely small unit, and the original camo was a one-time private purchase, that not all members opted for. And of the ones who bought it, not all actually wore it.
Anyway, if you're looking to sell or trade that uniform, I'm your guy! Let's talk via PM. I'm currently downsizing a bunch of my non-South African camo, so perhaps I have something to trade...