Quick Into Action
Made for high tempo COIN, the P83 design sits tight, low, and comfortable. It's easy to don, easy to doff, and easy to use.
Like early originals, our reproduction 'chest webbing' features ammunition ejector straps. this ensures quick access to many different lengths and styles of magazines.
Simple and Versatile
Velcro-enclosed pouches & Pockets can fit a large variety of equipment and sustainment suitable for any mission.
Your pre-order is totally refundable at any point prior to delivery. Once we get it to you, you're covered by our comprehensive 30 day return policy.
How to use the Ejector Strap
Practice makes perfect
Once you have the steps and reps down, you can access smaller magazines with as much ease as larger ones that do not require the ejector strap.
(see compatibility below)
The materials are from the US and the rig is manufactured stateside - which means that you're getting a higher quality product and the lead times are both shorter and more predictable.
NIR Fabrics & Dyes
Held to the same standards as modern high-end mil-spec gear is. Special non-reflective fabrics & color absorbing dyes reduces the rig's signature when viewed from night vision devices.
In the 60s and 70s, South Africans fought in The Congo Crisis ('60-'65), the Rhodesian Bush War ('64-'79), and the Border War ('66-'90). These conflicts would end up influencing the tactics, weapons, and equipment used in future conflicts such as the counter-insurgency efforts in the Middle East.
A Load to Bear
In the early years of these conflicts, the SADF relied on domestically produced pattern 61/64 and pattern 70, similar to the ALICE system. While they worked well with the FN FAL (R1), the inadequacies of the systems came out as the wars evolved. The old systems were bulky, uncomfortable and not designed for a high operational tempo. There was a clear need for something better.
Once the SADF adopted the 5.56x45 chambered Galil (R4), The time had come for South Africa to adopt a fresh set of gear as well. The venerable 'Chicom' chest rigs and Kalashnikov rifles used by the communists needed to be kept up with, so the new LBE needed to be much of what the Chicom rigs already were: lightweight, comfortable, and simple to use. The SADF began developing what would be the basis of many design cues in modern gear.
Pattern 83 Is Born
In partnership with the South African outdoors industry, pattern 83 was made to address all the shortcomings of their previous LBE. The entire system consisted of a "chest webbing" (chest rig), "Battle Jacket" (load bearing harness with an assault pack), and a "Grootsak" (large backpack with detachable external frame). Combined, they could be used for nearly any mission from parachute drops, motorized operations, and even weeks-long patrols. The whole system would be constructed from revolutionary materials such as Cordura, fastex buckles from ITW Nexus, and Velcro fastening for pouches.
Beyond clarity of purpose, P83 was excellent at it's job. Whether on short or long patrols, the chest rig excelled at being the main line of gear supported by the 'Grootsak', providing quick reaction to enemy contact and adequate sustainment for extended operations. An infantryman could carry 6+1 magazines as well as other combat essentials using the rig alone with virtually no excess baggage, and that proved to be crucial during the blistering fast-paced combat of the counterinsurgencies in South Africa. P83 racked up decades of combat experience across Africa, and while production has discontinued, to this day P83 is still commonly used all over Africa.