One part load bearing vest, one part backpack and all parts awesome value, the French tactical assault vest is primed to take your weekend fun from practical to tactical with one click of the "Add to Cart" button. This high-quality military surplus vest sports a cool camouflage pattern, and pairs it with a wealth of storage space that ensures you have everything you need, whether on the battlefield or on the campsite.
Each French tactical assault vest offered by Keepshooting.com is an authentic piece of French military surplus. These assault vests were originally designed for and used by members of the armée de terre, otherwise known as the "French army," which represents the largest service branch of the French armed forces.
It is very likely that each of our French tactical assault vests has seen service. Nevertheless, each of these assault vests remains in good condition, ready for continued service however you see fit. Likewise, these vests are free from the typical rips, tears, stains and scents that often plague previously issued military surplus equipment. Those looking for a unique piece of French military history or a vest to use during paintball and airsoft skirmishes will find the French tactical assault vest a worthy option.
Seemingly patterned after the United States' All-purpose Lightweight Individual Carrying Equipment, or ALICE, system, the French assault vest is a load bearing vest designed to offer users a high degree of modularity as it relates to their field gear. This synthetic mesh vest is complemented by padded shoulder straps, and is completely adjustable for compatibility with most users. The vest is secured by dual fast-clip buckles, and is lined with a variety of pouches and attachment points that offer nearly limitless storage options. Perhaps the biggest draw, however, is the inclusion of dual grenade/ammunition pouches flanking both the left and right sides of the vest. These are joined by two large pouches on the back of the vest, which measure approximately 12 inches by nine inches by five inches, and are capable of storing a wide variety of your preferred gear.
The ALICE system is a series of lightweight belts, vests, harnesses, pouches, packs and other modular equipment that was designed in an effort to lighten the load carried by soldiers. The French tactical assault vest seems to be based on this system, primarily in its utilization of a removable ALICE belt with a quick-release buckle. Moreover, the vest is lined with quick-release straps with dual eyelets that seem to be built for ALICE clips, furthering its modularity.
As noted, the French tactical assault vest features a familiar camouflage pattern, the Centre Europe, or CE, pattern. The CE camouflage pattern was adopted in 1991, shortly after France put the Daguet pattern into service. It is a three-color woodland pattern that borrows heavily from the United States' M81 woodland design, but retains the unmistakably French heavy stripe patterns characteristic of earlier French patterns.
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