Okay this what I need help with. I Know that Special Forces wear what ever they want in combat, but i would like to start a collection of SPEC OPS gear and i would like to start with the most common gear for each of these groups for present day operations, focusing on SPEC OPS troops from OP Enduring Freedom to OP Iraqi Freedom. I would like to know the name of body armor most commonly worn by the members, the most commonly used vest and holsters used by SF troops. The Groups are:
1. Marine Force Recon: Body Armor, Vest, Side Arm holsters any other gear?
2. Army Special Forces: Body Armor, Vest, Side Arm holsters any other gear?
3. Navy SEALs CQB: Body Armor, Vest, Side Arm holsters any other gear?
Any other information would be greatly appreciated
Well most US SOF and USMC Force Recon units are wearing ahelmet called the MICH (Multi-use Integrated Communications Helmet). Everone is carrying the M-4 or M-4A1. Some Marines and Army troops are also unisg the Designated Marksman Rifle (DMR). It's basically a modified M-14.
Force Recon is using a set of gear called "Full Spectrum Battle Equipment" (FSBE). As far as their weapons go they were carrying MEU (SOC) .45's in Safariland holsters.
I'll dig around and see what else is in use by other US units (SF, Rangers, PJ/CCT, SOF TACP, etc.)
*****You know, asking for all this information is giving me an information overload.... So I will post awnswers to the questions you specifically asked such as armor and holsters etc. If you have any other "specific" questions, ask..
First and foremost, all special forces and eventually the entire military wer the MICH:
Front panels can be removed and would look like this:
When over the armor without the front panels:
Navy SEALs CQB?? Now once again the "wear wahtever they want" may pop up. My guess is that they may be using the SPEAR BALCS system. As for that "Navy SEALs CQB" look, I HAVE NO IDEA-- Check out this photo: