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Pattern 83

A revolutionary combat system reborn in the US

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.

Rapid Reloads

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.

Our Guarantee

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.

Broad Compatibility

Large main pouches and ejector straps shown below allow for many types of magazines to fit. No need to dig or use mag assists.

How to use the Ejector Strap

Preparation

Prepare the strap by making a closed loop and fastening the strap's Velcro to the inside of the pouch. The loop should be entirely contained by the pouch with room for a magazine to sit inside of it.

Insertion

Insert a magazine so that it's cradled by the bottom of the loop and insert it as far as it will go into the pouch. Leave the top of the loop accessible to pull on during extraction. 7.62 mags will likely have a more snug fit.

Extraction

Extract the magazine by pulling upwards on the strap (you can choose to undo the Velcro and pull the whole strap or simply pull up on the loop). The smoothness of the action will depend on the magazine type.

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)

Galil AR/ARM/SAR 35 RD

7.62 FAL 20 RD

7.62 AK 30 RD

5.56/.223 STANAG 30 RD

9mm Glock 31 RD x 2

7.62 PMAG 10 RD

9mm UZI 32 RD x 2

7.62 SCAR-17 20 RD

HK G3/HK-91 20 RD

Quality in Every Stitch

We chose the best manufacturers and materials we could - all from the USA.

Berry Compliant

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.

The Hot Cold War

When war only meant an elaborate game of "who has the most nukes?", Southern Africa was engaged in real, boots-on-the-ground combat.

Counter-Insurgency

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.

Chicom-petition

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.

Combat Reputation

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.