You may have seen me post about these on Instagram a while back. During the time in between, I was trying to figure out just what in the hell these were. Well, with the help of Devin K, a fellow collector and nerd, we came to the conclusion that logically these are very early (1984 contract) PASGT vests that were sold to the U.S. and other allied countries as Civilian/Non Combatant protective vests. That means people such as Reporters, journalists, Government officials, and Aid Workers would be issued these plain OD vests instead of the M81 woodland to distinguish themselves from being a combatant. Now, that's just a possibility, and it seemed the most logical to us, but it may not in fact be true at all because frankly, we've never seen these before!
Here's what we do know: These came to me from Austria with other Austrian Flak Vests. They have US tags with NSNs and Contract numbers marked out with sharpie markers, but we can still barely see the original stamps and they are dated 1984, the first year this armor was adopted. We also know these are not Canadian issued PASGTs as there are vast differences, and these are in US configuration.
If you are a collector, these are so rare, they may cause controversy, and are a must-have. In my 20+ years of collecting, I've never seen OD PASGT vests ever. There isn't really any information out there about these, but here's your chance to own something that's rare as hell, and I am almost positive my chances of getting more are slim to none. Actual vest is pictured.
THIS ITEM CAN NOT BE SHIPPED OUTSIDE THE US DUE TO ITAR RESTRICTIONS.