SADF Pattern 83 Chest Rig
SADF Pattern 83 Chest Rig
SADF Pattern 83 Chest Rig
SADF Pattern 83 Chest Rig
SADF Pattern 83 Chest Rig
SADF Pattern 83 Chest Rig

The pattern 83 system was discontinued by the SADF in 2015. Today it is typically only available used and in single quantities — even in Africa.


Recently we uncovered a significant number of pattern 83 items while developing a separate project in South Africa. This was the result of a series of in-person visits throughout South Africa, facilitated by our local contacts there. 

Many businesses in South Africa have little-to-no web presence, so things like this require phone books and commutes halfway across the country. In short, we were incredibly lucky to find rigs in this condition and to be able to offer you this pricing.

As a result of this import, we are very pleased to offer "excellent" or "like new" Pat 83 chest rigs. These rigs were laundered and sorted for size by our South African contact. While not brand new they are essentially unused. 

About the Rig

The Pattern 83 webbing system was produced in response to a need for comfortable, lightweight, and simple-to-use webbing for South African soldiers during the latter part of the Border War. The civilian camping and outdoors industries were contracted to produce the Pat 83 concept, and the resulting system was far ahead of its time. 

Officially discontinued in 2015, the pattern 83 webbing system is now largely phased out of service. However, with 30-some-years in active use, the Pattern 83 remains an iconic part of South African Culture.

Pattern 83 has been featured as the go-to load bearing gear of various movie baddies and mercenaries (Notably Blood Diamond, District 9, and Mad Max). It has even appeared in Metal Gear Solid: V and other video game titles. 

This chest rig takes inspiration from the famous "chicom" Chinese chest rig that was supplied in huge quantities to the rebel "terrorist" forces the South African military faced.

It is made from waterproof, durable Cordura nylon in the "Nutria brown" color of most SADF equipment. The nylon material is coated on the inside to increase durability while keeping weight to a minimum. The shoulder straps are padded and fully adjustable in length by slide buckles. This chest rig features three connected magazine pouches (two magazines each) meant for the R4 (Galil) rifle, but it can easily fit AR and some battle rifle magazines as well.

The unconnected, large right pocket is meant for a smoke grenade, but you can easily store a few bandages or a soda there. On the left, there is a narrow pouch intended for a pen, flare, or small knife. There are two smaller pouches on the right stacked on top of each other for grenades or small items such as cleaning kits. The other side of the chest rig's single panel features a spacious document pocket for storing important papers. The previous owners often wrote their names or doodled on this side of the chest rig, sometimes in the flap for the document pouch.

The chest rig is fastened at your back by a Fastex type buckle located on the adjustable lower straps. Like the chicom rig from which it was derived, there is nothing on your back besides straps, so you can comfortably use it with a rucksack. As South Africa is in a more arid biome, there are no drainage holes in any of the pouches, but these and other modifications can be easily made.

Specs

  • Waterproof, durable Cordura nylon
  • Nutria brown, designed to get dirty and build a natural camouflage
  • Two padded adjustable shoulder straps
  • Adjustable back strap buckles rig to your torso
  • Three connected magazine pouches hold up to six mags. Pouches are compatible with STANAG and Galil magazines, and partially compatible with FAL, G3, AKM, AK 5.45, and AK 5.56 magazines.
  • Large right pocket fits water bottles, smoke grenades, and loose tools or bandages
  • Two small left pockets fit grenades, cleaning kits, or more tools
  • Admin pouch on backside holds maps, notebooks, pens, and pencils

Condition Guide

Like-New+

  • The item has been used, but remains in like-new condition. Suitable for discerning collectors and reference use.

Excellent+

  • The item has barely any cosmetic blemishes, abrasions, or other signs of use.
  • The item may exhibit internal/external writing. This may include rank, serial numbers, etc.

Great+

  • The item has only minor cosmetic blemishes, abrasions, or other signs of use.
  • The item may exhibit noticeable internal/external writing. This may include rank, serial numbers, etc.
  • The item may have minor field repairs, or field modifications.

Good+

  • The item has clear cosmetic blemishes, abrasions, or other signs of use that have not compromised a significant majority of its functionality.
  • The item may exhibit clear internal/external writing. This may include rank, serial numbers, etc.
  • The item may have minor or major field repairs, or field modifications.

Serviceable+

  • The item has significant cosmetic blemishes, abrasions, or other signs of use that have not compromised a significant majority of its functionality.
  • The item may exhibit clear internal/external writing. This may include rank, serial numbers, etc.
  • The item may require minor repairs to either a seam, or to the fabric to restore 100% functionality

    Note: A “+” following any of these conditions indicates the product has also been freshly laundered.

    Instructions

    Featured here we have the original SADF field manual containing adjustment, handling and maintenance information on all P83 equipment. This can be viewed here. Chest Rig usage information can be found on pages A3, A9-A11, and A27-A33.

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    The pattern 83 system was discontinued by the SADF in 2015. Today it is typically only available used and in single quantities — even in Africa.


    Recently we uncovered a significant number of pattern 83 items while developing a separate project in South Africa. This was the result of a series of in-person visits throughout South Africa, facilitated by our local contacts there. 

    Many businesses in South Africa have little-to-no web presence, so things like this require phone books and commutes halfway across the country. In short, we were incredibly lucky to find rigs in this condition and to be able to offer you this pricing.

    As a result of this import, we are very pleased to offer "excellent" or "like new" Pat 83 chest rigs. These rigs were laundered and sorted for size by our South African contact. While not brand new they are essentially unused. 

    About the Rig

    The Pattern 83 webbing system was produced in response to a need for comfortable, lightweight, and simple-to-use webbing for South African soldiers during the latter part of the Border War. The civilian camping and outdoors industries were contracted to produce the Pat 83 concept, and the resulting system was far ahead of its time. 

    Officially discontinued in 2015, the pattern 83 webbing system is now largely phased out of service. However, with 30-some-years in active use, the Pattern 83 remains an iconic part of South African Culture.

    Pattern 83 has been featured as the go-to load bearing gear of various movie baddies and mercenaries (Notably Blood Diamond, District 9, and Mad Max). It has even appeared in Metal Gear Solid: V and other video game titles. 

    This chest rig takes inspiration from the famous "chicom" Chinese chest rig that was supplied in huge quantities to the rebel "terrorist" forces the South African military faced.

    It is made from waterproof, durable Cordura nylon in the "Nutria brown" color of most SADF equipment. The nylon material is coated on the inside to increase durability while keeping weight to a minimum. The shoulder straps are padded and fully adjustable in length by slide buckles. This chest rig features three connected magazine pouches (two magazines each) meant for the R4 (Galil) rifle, but it can easily fit AR and some battle rifle magazines as well.

    The unconnected, large right pocket is meant for a smoke grenade, but you can easily store a few bandages or a soda there. On the left, there is a narrow pouch intended for a pen, flare, or small knife. There are two smaller pouches on the right stacked on top of each other for grenades or small items such as cleaning kits. The other side of the chest rig's single panel features a spacious document pocket for storing important papers. The previous owners often wrote their names or doodled on this side of the chest rig, sometimes in the flap for the document pouch.

    The chest rig is fastened at your back by a Fastex type buckle located on the adjustable lower straps. Like the chicom rig from which it was derived, there is nothing on your back besides straps, so you can comfortably use it with a rucksack. As South Africa is in a more arid biome, there are no drainage holes in any of the pouches, but these and other modifications can be easily made.

    Specs

    • Waterproof, durable Cordura nylon
    • Nutria brown, designed to get dirty and build a natural camouflage
    • Two padded adjustable shoulder straps
    • Adjustable back strap buckles rig to your torso
    • Three connected magazine pouches hold up to six mags. Pouches are compatible with STANAG and Galil magazines, and partially compatible with FAL, G3, AKM, AK 5.45, and AK 5.56 magazines.
    • Large right pocket fits water bottles, smoke grenades, and loose tools or bandages
    • Two small left pockets fit grenades, cleaning kits, or more tools
    • Admin pouch on backside holds maps, notebooks, pens, and pencils

    Condition Guide

    Like-New+

    • The item has been used, but remains in like-new condition. Suitable for discerning collectors and reference use.

    Excellent+

    • The item has barely any cosmetic blemishes, abrasions, or other signs of use.
    • The item may exhibit internal/external writing. This may include rank, serial numbers, etc.

    Great+

    • The item has only minor cosmetic blemishes, abrasions, or other signs of use.
    • The item may exhibit noticeable internal/external writing. This may include rank, serial numbers, etc.
    • The item may have minor field repairs, or field modifications.

    Good+

    • The item has clear cosmetic blemishes, abrasions, or other signs of use that have not compromised a significant majority of its functionality.
    • The item may exhibit clear internal/external writing. This may include rank, serial numbers, etc.
    • The item may have minor or major field repairs, or field modifications.

    Serviceable+

    • The item has significant cosmetic blemishes, abrasions, or other signs of use that have not compromised a significant majority of its functionality.
    • The item may exhibit clear internal/external writing. This may include rank, serial numbers, etc.
    • The item may require minor repairs to either a seam, or to the fabric to restore 100% functionality

      Note: A “+” following any of these conditions indicates the product has also been freshly laundered.

      Instructions

      Featured here we have the original SADF field manual containing adjustment, handling and maintenance information on all P83 equipment. This can be viewed here. Chest Rig usage information can be found on pages A3, A9-A11, and A27-A33.

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      Reviewed by Nicholas M., from United States
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      Comfy and with tons of storage

      Holds just about anything I might need, and is adjustable to sit almost anywhere on my chest depending on other things I'm carrying. Extremely high quality construction on every part, feels like it can handle anything I might get into.

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      Best rig ive run

      Comfortable and has what i need. Great condition and has that milsurp smell

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      Perfect for lasting an urban siege and other fun at home activities

      Love this sweet, African brown colored baby. It came in perfect condition and with a few scribbles leftover by the previous owners. It my ak mags no prob as well as my cleaning kit for my kabob remover and I have two pockets empty for goodies. If I ever have to go to urban warfare or other fun outings. I'll be reaching for this baby....now I just need a pair of waxis and some brush stroke camo for an epic bush war boi vibes.

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      Amazing

      Rig is comfy, holds 6 mags plus more, and goes nicely with my other gear.

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      SOLID

      This rig was totally underrated. Very high quality and I cant recommend it enough. Fit and finish was well above what it was advertised!

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