MK18 MOD1 with NSW operators from the country.
These photos are from the NSW operator provide to Daniel Defence, this will give you guys how their MK18 MOD1 look like in the front line.
Hope all of you may enjoy the pic
First of all, I would like to apology to all the readers of my blog and was not able to keep the promise of the updates on the blog.
Now I am back and I will be putting more review on the NSW gear in the coming year of 2011. Cheers to all and now lets get started.
The photo below indicates the vest which will be putting on for review in this page
When I first saw this photo, I realize the there is something special about the NSW operator’s vest cause it was digital desert so called AOR1 but at that time I did not know which manufacture made this vest and there is no other details on this vest, but after 2 years of time I was lucky enough to get one to my hand and when I receive this plate carrier the memory of that photo just appear in my mind. I was glad to see the actual vest and it even comes with extra bonus which is the level 3 and level 4 protection soft and hard amour.
“Now let’s take a look at the front of the plate carrier”
The cutting may look like the E.I CIRAS but actually the cutting of this vest is actually a lot more comfortable then the CIRAS cut specially the shoulder straps it may look thing and does not have the padding like the CIRAS and usually we think it will give more pressure to the operator’s shoulder but magically it doesn’t give any uncomfortable feeling to the shoulder. It has 7 lines of nylon molle strap and 42 molle blocks, the stitching of the molle blocks is very precised and can easily put in the pouches.
“SIDE PANEL OF THE PTAC”
The side panel is similar to the land version of the CIRAS, it has the double layers of the side panel, the first layer on the outside just simply carries molle pouches and other accessories. From this photo below you can see that it gives a bigger space for the operator to move their arm during any mission and the back side of the carrier is longer then the front side which means it will help the operator to get less weight in the back.
“SIDE INNER PANEL”
The inner layer of the vest also has the molle for more pouch attachments.
There is a 2nd inner layer of the side panel, the 2nd layer which can carry the SOF side plate for more protection.
“BACK VIEW OF THE PTAC”
The design is very impressive from the plate insert, usually plate carriers insert the plates from the bottom but this PTAC is the other way around to inset the plate from above, this helps the plate to be more secure and wont fall off during most of the the combat situation, inside the plate holding layer it also has a hydration bladder insert space so you dont need to carry another hydration pouch out and save the back molle for other tactical purpose items such like flash bang, extra magazines, door charge and ect.
SET UP WITH THE AOR1 LBT-2586A M4
CONFIGURATION A- Leaving the front of the PTAC clear so during pron position the pouches wont press against the chest front.
Putting the Admin pouch in the front center and one utility pouch and the left side and one radio pouch at the right side.
Conclusion, this is a very good plate carrier for direct action mission, it is compact and the same time it can carry out the stuff that fits your mission and also can have protection from Level 3 soft armour, Level 4 strike plate and side strike plate, I would say this will be a good choice for the operators out there and will have the Gen 2 PTAC review coming up next.
Thank you for reading, cheers to all
“NSW OPERATOR WITH HK MP7-A1″
Saw this NSW operator with the MP7 photo about a month ago, before seeing the SEALs with the MP7, I did not have much impression about the rifle, just heard that it was very compact but yet very lethal compare to the MP5 and UMP series cause of the ammo this rifle carries is 4.6x30mm compare to the 9mm and .45.
SEALs has high mobility speed and they have to go deep into enemy territories with the shadow. This rifle would be perfect to fit in what SEALs need in their operation. Therefore LBT has design the vest just for the operator who carriers this weapon in the battle field. Basically you can only see the vest name in the official home page but you can see the image of the vest, so here I bring this photo to all you readers to see this vest the ” LBT-2586B MP7″
“LBT MP7 LOW PROFILE CHEST VEST”
” 5 MAJOR COMPONENTS”
The first photo with the general feature of the vest is how it looks like when you put all the pouches on the vest and 2nd photo I separate 5 pouches so it will be easier for you readers to see what pouches are includes in this vest, as I marked the number of the 5 major components in the photo, please check the details below to see the 5 different pouches.
- Molle low profile chest vest
- Admin/Utility Pouch
- Smoke Grenade/Flash Bang/Utility Pouch
- Smoke Grenade/Flash Bang/Utility Pouch
- Molle Radio/Pistol holder pouch
LBT-2586B MP7 comes in 2 colors, Coyote Tan and Multicam, 2 photos above is the color ” Coyote TAN” people use to confused with the coyote brown. Recently SEALs has their own color compare to the other SOF units, this pattern is the AOR1/Digital Desert. There are some of you might doubt is this really used by the NSW operator, or people usually ask me ” Do you have a photo of they are using this vest?” Well the answer is NO, and you dont need every single photo to see the truth, just need to pay attention to detail and you will find the truth. Now lets take a look into the details of this NSW low profile chest vest.
“NSW LBT-2586B MP7″
The AOR1 version has one main difference compare to the coyote tan version, that will be cordura denim, usually this vest is build with 1000D cordura but this special version is build by the 330D, people’s first impression will have 3 common questions ” Is 330D tough enough to go through all the operations?” and ” Why are they using 330D instead of 1000D, isn’t 1000D is more durable compare to the 330D?” I will answer the 3 questions in my opinion after checking this vest.
Q: Is 330D tough enough to go through all the operations?
A: Yes it is enough for you to crow around and dig yourself into the mud and sand.
Q:Why are they using 330D instead of 1000D?
A: Because it is much light and softer compare to the 1000D, it gives the operator better comfort when they have heavy load of gear and ammo
Q:Isn’t 1000D is more durable compare to the 330D?
A:Yes it is a lot more durable then the 330D but it is so though that it will take years before it starts to rip and it is too heavy compare to the 330D. And 330D also dries up quicker compare to the 1000D.
With the 3 Q&A, hope this will help people’s questions in their mind, now lets take a look of the details of the vest from left to right, actually this is molle low pro chest rig meaning you can compose the position of the pouches where every you want but this is just a sample set up.
“LEFT SIDE CONFIG”
On the left side of the vest, I attached the 2 utillity pouches, this pouch can fit smoke grenade x1 and Mk141 x1 and it also can fit one M4 30 round magazine. it seems small but it actually can expand to fit variations of gear and ammo.
“MID PART OF THE 2586-B”
The admin/utility pouch was placed in the middle of this vest, you can put the unit patch or any other reflective patches at the front side of the panel which has the Velcro on it.
Inside each pouch has the LBT tag with the description, this pouch can fit about 3 MK141 or 6 pieces of 9mm pistol magazines or other accessories like knifes,surefire or other tools.
“THE RIGHT SIDE CONFIG”
The radio with molle strap was placed at the right side of the vest, this radio pouch looks quite small compare to the others but it actually can fit PRC148 without any difficulty and some operators can also place his pistol in this pouch.
“THE SHOULDER STRAP”
The Last detail lets take a look into will be the shoulder strap, it is simple but yet very comfortable specially LBT has choose the soft nylon webbing compare to the 1000d version, on the shoulder strap it also has 4 elastic band to hold the water host line, radio anttena or other stuff like radio PTT or carabiner.
The LBT-2586B-MP7 will be a good choice for the operator or any other MP7 users, this vest is light, easy to wear and can holds all the stuff you be needing, you can also wear it over a plate carrier and it wont even be bothering you and makes you feel bulky cause of it’s design, it is thing but yet it can be wear easily and with the 4 quick release buckle you can quickly release the vest during the battle when facing situations that you might need to drop your vest and keep your plate carrier.
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First time I know there was LBT-1961A in ACU was way back at 2006, the ACU model was not even in the official website, I got the ACU version by mistake send by LBT, so I called them up and ask , the answer I got that time was the NSW operators was using this ACU model but I was only 50% percent convinced cause as you know how salesman will do anything to push out their products to the consumer still when I look at the vest I think this chest rig has better camouflage effect in urban environment than the khaki version specially in those concrete wall but that time I was still a ” TOO SEE IS TO BELIEVE” dude so I still return the ACU 1961A back to LBT and changed for the khaki version.
- 4 M16/M4 magazine pockets with hook and loop closure
- 2 radio pockets with 3/4″ webbing and side release adjustable closure
- 2 pockets for night vision goggles/batteries located in front of radio pockets (flap with hook and loop closure)
- 2 additional utility/fragmentation grenade pockets on the outside of night vision goggles/battery pockets (webbing with side release adjustable closure)
- Interior pocket with elastic loops and hook and loop closure for storage of maps or spare magazines Includes removable holster
- Padded, adjustable shoulder straps with side release for attachment of backpack (not included)
- Rear horizontal shoulder strap with adjustable hook and loop
- Elastic and hook and loop closure on shoulder straps guide antenna wire/hydration bladder hose
- Adjustable waist strap with webbing and side release at each side
Materials / Construction
- 1000 denier DuPont Cordura
- MIL-SPEC nylon webbing
- Type “E” Thread (VT 295 nylon, bonded), double stitched and bar-tacked at stress points
Until few month ago, I saw this NAVY SEAL “KISS” VIDEO in the web and was able to catch some photos on one of the SEAL operator was using the 1961A ACU version, In the photo you can tell that the operator is wearing the 2nd gen HPFU combat uniform, there are some rumor saying that the first version was the ” NAVY VERSION” and the 2nd gen is the ” CIVILIAN VERSION”, but this myst just got ” BUSTED” by the SEAL “KISS” photo, there are people who would like to stick with the past but for my understand, SEALs like New toys, and NEW gear and new challenge in any moment of their life. They wont care what version of BDU they are using, as long as it is working more efficiently and gets their job done faster and smoother.
“NSW OPERATOR IN LBT-1961A-ACU”
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From the video of D.E.A F.A.S.T team together with the U.S Navy Sailors in Afghanistan doing their drug busting to cut down the Terrorists financial founds, I found some thing familiar in the video which is the ” Dump Pouch” on most of the operators belt. First look I was pretty sure it was made by the tactical brand C.S.M but I had a little doubt cause of its color it is dark tan, it is quite dark compare to the dump pouch before. There are 3 photos I crop down from the video during the extraction of the NSW operator with the C.S.M Dump pouch.
Until I saw these photos and video I did not know the difference between the military issue and the civilian model of the dump pouch and for a good chance of luck I was able to find the “military version CSM dump pouch”, now lets take a look and see.
SEAL OPERATOR WITH THE EARLY VERSION OF THE DUMP POUCH IN 3-DESERT COLOR
The dump pouch at the left is the early version and comes with the black tag beside the tag color different you can see I put the arrow to point out the difference between the early version and the current version that the S.O.F are using.
A) The nylon cord with the washer and lock button was original place at the front side of the dump pouch but the latest version they have change it to the back for fast tighten up the pouch to ensure that what ever is important in that pouch wont be lost or drop during the operation also it was replace at the back side for safety reason, it is harder to break when it is more near the body.
B) The latest mil version also comes with the velcro and the foldable function so that when the pouch is empty or not used the operator cant fold it up and when they need to use it just simple pull the velcro strap down and the dump pouch will also be ready in action.
Finally lets take a look at the tag of this dump pouch it has the “NSN” number compare to the commercial version.
These patches was used during mission of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s special-ops Foreign Advisory and Support Team in Afghanistan. This was a capture/kill mission that took place on 9/11 to take out a taliban kingpin who was a large drug facilitator in Kandahar province. The raid turned up heroin, opium, precursor chemicals and bomb-making materials. The explosion toward the end of the piece is those items going up in smoke.
It has been quite a while that the SEALs and DEA has work together for drug bust after those snakes in Panama. For stopping the terrorist the most important and vital is to attack them from their money supply, many people may not know that how those terrorist get their funds is from selling pirated CD and drugs also the guns in the black market. To be able to stop them and their activities, the operators has to go down where it begins.
The patch from the left was used by the D.E.A agent and the one from the right was used by the N.S.W Operators,
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