Sunday, March 19, 2017

Woodland Camo MOLLE Waist Belt Molded 1ST GEN. - 1997



WOODLAND CAMO MOLLE WAIST BELT 1ST GEN.

MOLLE WAISTBELT MOLDED 
NSN : 8465-01-465-2110 


MOLLE, Waistbelt, Molded, Small 8465-01-465-2109
MOLLE, Waistbelt, Molded, Medium 8465-01-465-2110
MOLLE, Waistbelt, Molded, Large 8465-01-465-2111

MOLLE, Vest, Load Bearing (LBV) 8465-01-465-2056
MOLLE, Belt, Utility 8465-01-465-2082


MODULAR LIGHTWEIGHT LOAD CARRYING EQUIPMENT
MADE IN THE USA BY SPECIALTY DEFENSE SYSTEMS 




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I am only going to cover the original 1997 issued Molle system here. It is in this configuration it is rarely seen. This is for several reasons. In 1998 the Interceptor vest was issued. This had the attachment webbing on it allready for the MOLLE pouch, so mostly the pouches were just added to that. Another reason was low budgets of the military during this era. Moreover, Molle II was issued in very late 2000. Many of the pre 2001 MOLLE NSNs were revised and issued in MOLLE II. Lastly, in late 2001, the MOLLE II system came out in the Desert coffee stain camo. What I want here to do is I want to describe here the ORIGINAL MOLLE system, in woodland camo, as it was rarely seen


In this form the Vest and Belt were seperate. The vest was designed to be common to all setups. Unlike MOLLE II, the belt was a seperatable item. There were a couple of different belts. One, made in three sizes, was a molded belt made to work with the rucksack. The other was a utility belt with no rucksack capabillity. The various pouches, some of which directly of the type on the IIFS vest, were to be used in various setups. Indeed the various setups were made pre bagged with an overall NSN for that set. The rucksack was integrated into the system and made less seperate. The molded belt had a socket on the back the rucksack was to insert into. This proved less then sucessfull as the male socket part on the rucksack would often miss the socket and injure the back of the wearer.






















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