Anyways, this will be the first of my collection posts. Each piece has some backstory, and I'll try to get that properly conveyed.
Piece number one: an early MOLLE medic rig that I used for OIF. This took some practice to rig up with the parachute harness, and I'd used it for a year and a half or so before we got the order to jump on Bashur DZ.
Most of it is original, some is replacement.
The overall rig consists of:
The MOLLE medic vest (original);
ALICE pistol belt (original);
Four ALICE M16 small arms cases (original) with a total of 12 magazines (purchased later, configured as original with 550 cord pull loops and taped bottom end);
Four MOLLE medic pouches (original) with various bandages (original);
ALICE compass/field dressing pouch (original) with M2 lensatic compass (original, and going back to Boy Scouts);
Two ALICE canteen carriers (original) with two canteens (replacements, wrong caps) and a cup (original);
Two ALICE pistol magazine pouches (original) with two magazines (later purchase);
M9 bayonet with sheath (replacement, later purchase); and
M9 pistol (personal collection) with UM84 (I think?) holster (original).
The bayonet came from a gun show a few years ago, the M9 pistol, pistol magazines, and rifle magazines are part of my firearm collection. The frag grenades are dummies from gun shows. A lot of the content of the pouches is original, in that we were not asked to return the bandages and other items.
Guaranteed rain if you eat these...
Usually discarded IMMEDIATELY on opening the MRE.
And, NO, I did not have any on me when we jumped.