Item:
ONSV23CWC182

Original U.S. Vietnam War Era Named M69 Flak Vest Body Armor in Size Medium With Use and Care Manual - Unissued

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very good condition M69 Flak Vest Body Armor with 3/4 Collar in a size MEDIUM. These were designed with side elastic drawstrings, snap reinforced front zipper, and front two pockets. This allowed a secure fit and maximum protection from shrapnel and low velocity projectiles.

Widely used by Army infantry, Navy sailors and Marines also were equipped with these, though not widely. Like its predecessor M-1952A, it was fabricated from 12 plies of ballistic nylon, to protect the wearer from explosion fragments. In fact, the name “M69” is the 1969 version of this series body armor’s model (ARMOR, BODY FRAGMENTATION PROTECTIVE, WITH ¾ COLLAR). Since this series of body armor are similar to each other, people refer to all of them by “M69”.

This example still retains both upper and lower labels:

SIZE MEDIUM
8470-122-1300
ARMOR BODY FRAGMENTATION
PROTECTIVE VEST WITH 3/4 COLLAR
DSA 100-69-C-1785
MILCOM PRODUCTS INC.

ARMOR, BODY FRAGMENTATION
PROTECTIVE, WITH 3/4 COLLAR

This armor may save your life! When properly worn, it will
Protect vital areas against shell and grenade fragments which
cause most combat casualties.

INSTRUCTIONS

1. WEAR ARMOR OVER SHIRT AND UNDER FIELD JACKET
2. Adjust side laces to make armor fit the body but still
provide proper ventilation. Do not fit too tightly.
3. Use protective flaps to cover opening under side laces
and slide fastener. Protect slide fastener by fastening snap
closure.
4. DO NOT DRY THE ARMOR NEAR
AN OPEN FLAME.

The flak is in wonderful, unissued condition and is even complete with the elastic side laces. Also included is the US Army Natick Laboratories “USE and CARE” manual of the “FRAGMENTATION PROTECTIVE BODY ARMOR”.

Comes ready for display.

Approximate Measurements:
Collar to shoulder: 10"
Shoulder to sleeve: ”
Shoulder to shoulder: 18”
Chest width: 19”
Waist width: 17.5"
Hip width:17.5 ”
Front length: 24"

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