"Haversack" is typically the name given to a backpack-style bag that features a single shoulder strap. These bags got their name from their original intention of carrying "havercake," a staple food made from oats and water that is baked into a biscuit. Thankfully, most of us are well-off enough to be able to survive without eating what I can only assume is a bland, tasteless biscuit. And thankfully, our German flecktarn haversacks were constructed long after haversacks were used to carry havercake, ensuring that your haversack is 100 percent crumb-free.
As noted, each German flecktarn haversack offered by Keepshooting.com is an authentic German military surplus item. These haversacks were originally designed for and used by service men and women enlisted in the German heer, or army, which is one of the five service branches that makes up the Bundeswehr, or unified armed forces of Germany. Interestingly, these haversacks serve as a singular component of the German LKS load-bearing equipment system, which includes a variety of packs, pouches and holsters that are designed for attachment to the LKS webbing belt and is similar in nature to the United States' All-Purpose Lightweight Individual Carrying Equipment, or ALICE, system.
Though we cannot confirm the issuance of each German flecktarn haversack, they appear to be unissued and remain in excellent condition, far from the end of their service lives. As such they remain free from the typical rips, tears, stains and scents that are characteristic of previously issued military surplus. Those looking for a small military surplus for everyday carry will find the German flecktarn haversack an excellent option.
The German flecktarn haversack, which sports the unmistakable German flecktarn camouflage, boasts an extremely durable construction and is made almost entirely of 1050 denier nylon, also known as ballistic nylon. This material is known for its extreme durability and resistance to abrasions, which make it an excellent choice for use in outdoor gear and equipment. In addition to the nylon, the bag also sports military-grade stitching that ensures your bag will remain in usable condition for years to come. The bag itself offers one main storage compartment with access coming via an oversized closure flap that is secured via two adjustable plastic buckles. This compartment, which measures approximately 10 1/2 inches tall, 10 1/2 inches wide and 6 1/2 inches deep, also contains two side pockets that run the entire length of the compartment itself. Other features include a rubberized vinyl lining, metallic drainage grommets and a shoulder strap for comfortable transport.
The only remaining interesting aspect regarding the German flecktarn haversack is the fact that the NATO Stock Number (NSN) is printed on the underside of the closure flap. An NSN is a 13-digit numerical code that identifies all standardized materials of supply that are recognized by NATO countries. The NSN for the haversack is 8465-12-328-1698, which identifies it as a persoenlich tasche, which translates loosely to "personal bag." The "8465" identifies it as a piece of individual equipment while the "12" signifies that the piece is from Germany. The remaining digits are an item number.
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