As noted, the Swiss combat packs offered by Keepshooting.com are each authentic pieces of Swiss military surplus. Though each pack is sold as used, many appear to be in like new condition as if they were never issued at all, free from the rips, tears, stains and scents that are typically characteristic of military surplus items.
Dating back to the early 1990s, each Swiss combat pack is, as noted, an item that was originally issued to conscripts in the Swiss army. Though not much information regarding the packs is readily available, it is likely safe to assume that these multipurpose bags were often used as ration bags. Lucky for you, your lunch box is state-of-the-art, meaning you can put this bag to plenty of other good uses.
Measuring approximately 8 inches by 7 inches by 3 inches and olive drab in color, the Swiss combat bag offers a generous capacity that is suitable for a number of applications. It is constructed almost entirely from a thin canvas material and covered with a rubberized vinyl coating that offers limited water resistance. A single flap closure offers access to the storage compartment and is secured via a simple but effective buckle system. This simple buckle system can also be found on three other straps located on the rear of the pack that are used to form attachment points. These straps join the multiple belt loops located on the rear of the pack that make hanging the pack from a belt very easy.
One interesting aspect of Swiss military surplus is that all Swiss soldiers, by law of the Swiss militia system, are required to store all army issued equipment, including their personal service weapons, in their homes. This gives each Swiss combat pack a sense of personal history.
Unlike the Swiss conscripts, you will not be pigeonholed into using the Swiss combat pack in any specific manner. The only limitation is your imagination. If you happened to lose your imagination years ago, do not fret, because I have a few suggestions for you. Consider the Swiss combat pack for use as:
- Travel bag - Store your toiletries and other travel essentials when away from home or on-the-go
- Medical kit - Put together a medical kit with medicine, ointments, bandages and other items useful in situations that call for medical attention
- Lunch bag - Carry your lunch to school or work in style as this bag will easily house a stockpile of food
- Range bag - Fill it with ammunition, magazines, optics, safety glasses and just about anything else you need at the shooting range
- Roadside assistance bag - Keep this bag in your vehicle stocked with road flares, small tools, batteries, rope and anything else useful in an emergency situation
- Tool bag – Load this bag up with all of your most used tools, hardware and more
- Much more…
Swiss design well thought out. Mine came in near new condition for a used item. Gotta move fast for good to go gear-as this item sold out a week after my purchase. Many uses for small gear of ammo, web straps for attach to web gear good & shoulder strap a bugout option. Waiting for twin poutch on my next order to set up web belt .
brand new looking bag, fits all kinds of gear, gave one to my brother for a "possibility bag" for deer season
The bags I received were pretty heavily used. One in particular had a broken strap and the side seam was coming apart. Maybe I got the last couple. $14 bucks seemed a little high for the condition mine came in.
Great bag, like new at a very good price.
I used these bags to stuff in a couple MREs and some tuna packs on long camping trips and its a perfect fit. Straps make the bag work perfectly.
Great quality and price for two bags.Mine came in unissued condition;waterproof material, perfectly fit for carrying packs with ammo, tools etc.
Both of my bags came in what looks like unissued condition. They are a very convenient size, and they seem like they'd be great for lunches or as a range bag. Two bags for this price is unbeatable. I would recommend these to anyone!
This pouch attaches easily to any belt and is waterproof. Great for putting shotgun shells in one and your doves in the other. I was also able to put six 30 round AK-47 magazines in one pouch. Lots of options for this pack.
Very nice sustainable bag. Durable rubber material, and a good convenient size. Has a shoulder strap for easy carry. Excellent bag to outfit a group.
Just received the packs and am pleased with them. They seem well made for being a light duty bag. Would definitely buy again.
Perfect bag for keeping some EDH gear in the car, or some spare tools etc., or some camping items (sanitary, small water bottle, utensils). It also fits the Israeli gas mask perfectly. I don't think shoulder strap is strong enough to make it a frequent ammo bag (at least not fully loaded), but it would be great for eye/ear protection and some cleaning supplies. If I need more bags this size I'd buy again without hesitation.
I use these to carry my binoculars in. These are very good bags for outdoor use. Seven fifty a bag is a pretty good deal as far as I'm concerned. It's hard to go wrong with military surplus if it is in great condition and very reasonably priced.
Bought a pair for using in its intended use, carrying snacks, MREs, and small items. I did put 200rds of 7.62x39 just to see how it held and it did look somewhat stressed. I would however say it looks more flimsy than it actually is
Great deal considering you get two packs for one price. I use mine to store loaded 75 round drum mags for my RPK. They seemed a little stressed under that weight but still stood the test. The seems could have been studier but all in all a great waterproof bag.