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The wooden toggles are a very big clue..... But the color looks off... I am not the total expert. Could be ......hopefully someone else will chime in
 
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I think those shoulder pads came off of a PKM sling?
BTW, I need some...anyone got a source of original ones or perhaps some nice reproductions. PM me.
 

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(As worn) the far left pocket does not look rubberized???

That would be a good sign it is not ChiCom in origin

As mentioned the toggles DEFINATELY do not look ChiCom
 

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Possibly Vietnamese ??? Does it hold 3 or 6 mags ??
 

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Chinese, i have one taken in the first gulf war with a rebublican gaurd stamp, also have one with the chinese stamps
 

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I've had alot of req for more pictures, so here's some more detailed one I took when home on leave...


Loaded with 6 AK-74 mags



Close-up of toggles


Accessory pouch that has pocket inside with second elastic band. My other Chicom rig does NOT have this


Back (shitty pic)


Chicom rig
 
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Do I see a faint hint of Arabic writing on the chest rig, in the above pics?
Yep it sure does...Iraqi bringback...probably Chinese.
 

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Chicom above was brought back by me from Afghanistan, I just posted it to show the difference.

I mailed it home before I could have any terps translate it, but probably Pashto, maybe Urdu or Dari...
 

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The Shoulder pads look like they are off a Soviet Yoke Harness. :grin:
I was thinking the same thing the padded straps don't look chinese.
 

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From my undertanding, the pads are used on the harness but also put on other things. When they're put on a Russian sling, you have the instant "RPK padded sling." :smile:
 

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My best guess would be Soviet,........................whats the story on the Panama Hat? I'd like to see more pics of it too!
 

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The Panama "Afghanka" hat I bought at a FOB in Afghanistan, there's a vendor that sells Russian items and sometimes has pretty neat stuff. They generally have them in stock for $15-20 unissued, but usually with the red star pin, not the subdued one I got. On my way through Bagram coming back from leave I found the other common hat the Soviets wore during the war, looks like a patrol cap w/ ear flaps in the same color tan, but I don't know what it's called. I'll post pics of that when I can...
 

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The Panama "Afghanka" hat I bought at a FOB in Afghanistan, there's a vendor that sells Russian items and sometimes has pretty neat stuff. They generally have them in stock for $15-20 unissued, but usually with the red star pin, not the subdued one I got. On my way through Bagram coming back from leave I found the other common hat the Soviets wore during the war, looks like a patrol cap w/ ear flaps in the same color tan, but I don't know what it's called. I'll post pics of that when I can...
i got one & was told it was some kind of experimental hat. does it have like a face mask?
 

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No, it's just like all the other hats in pictures from the 80's, it seems if they weren't wearing an Afghanka or Ushanka they were wearing one of these. As soon as I get back to my cop in a few days I'll post pictures.
 
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