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ATF's US WWII Fieldgear

Since 2001, we have manufactured nearly all of own W.W.II US field gear and we are confident that we make the best gear since W.W.II. Our products are made in the USA with mostly US materials. Most other reproduction US gear is made in India, Pakistan, China or Mexico with predictable sacrifices in quality. The color is beige or mango, the fabric bleeds color, the grommets pull out, the buckles break and nothing fits like it should. But it sure is CHEAP....This is not our fieldgear. ATF gear is as good or better than the original issued in WWII.
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  • Assault Vests

    U.S. WWII Assault Vest

    Combat vest issued to assault troops for the Normandy landings. In May 1944, these were issued in limited numbers to troops of the 1st, 4th, and 29th Infantry Divisions as well as the 2nd Ranger Battalion. They proved hot, heavy and impractical and it appears that most had been discarded ("lost") within a month of the landings. I believe that the latest known original photo shows an infantryman wearing one in early July during the breakout battles. They were not a popular item with the troops.

    These vests were made in both OD#3 (the famous "khaki") and OD#7 canvas. The few original photos of the vests in use show what appears to be a nearly even mix of the two colors. They were made in the spring of 1944, after the factories were transitioning to the darker color so this is hardly surprising. Historically, there is no meaning to one color or the other. This is a meaningless production variation, and has nothing to do with what unit they were issued to. Additionally, it appears that their issue was random and erratic. In the photos of troops loading onto their boats for D-day, perhaps one in five men are wearing vests. Thus, pick the color you think prettiest. They're both "right."

    Our OD#7 (green) vests will be "transitional" meaning they will be made from green canvas, but the binding tape on the edges and some of the straps will be khaki. Originals came in every combination imaginable so far as canvas and strap color relationships are concerned.

    Made in USA
  • Cartridge & Pistol Belts

    About our US Made Cartridge and B.A.R. belts

    Our US Made cartridge and BAR belts are the best available, period. They are assembled by our workers, each of whom has over 15 years experience making US WWII fieldgear, using the best materials available. The webbing and canvas are matched to original fabrics, and professionally finished and colorfasted. Our hardware is made by a combination of three US companies, all of whom made it during WWII. We have multiple quality control checks throughout production, and each pocket or pouch is test fitted with the clip or magazine it was designed for. The quality difference between the US made belts and those from Asia is enormous.

    We do offer one of the cheap imported belts as well, for about 1/3 the price. Which to choose? There are times when the cheaper product will do the job nearly as well. This isn't one of them. Cartridge belts are like tools- the cheap ones often fail the first time you use them. This is not a sales pitch, it's the truth. If you only intend to use the belt for display, as a costume or light duty, the imported one will do. But you may lose a snap or grommet after a short time. Should you plan on realistic, combat/ field use with a full load of ammo, water in your canteen, and more than styrofoam peanuts in your backpack, then the better belts may end up saving you money in the not-so-long long run. A third, compromise option, is to look for a used original- obviously nothing is more authentic. They often turn up at shows & reenactments for $50-75.

    Of over 2,000 US made cartridge belts sold, we literally cannot remember the last time one was returned for any sort of failure. And if one ever does, we can usually fix it. People complain about the cheap ones every week.

    The question with no answer. Which color is "correct"?
    The roll of original webbing we used as a sample,
    a roll of our webbing made from it, and some original, mint condition cartridge belts.
    Neither of them match the belts perfectly- but none of the belts match each other perfectly so...
    Can you believe our soldiers were actually expected to fight wearing non-matching crap like this?
    What a disgrace!

    Setting snaps with the press.
    Each belt requires over 120 steps
    just to install hardware.
    This is what the little black marks
    on US gear are for- to show the
    workers where to make
    each fold so the pockets
    are the correct size and all parts align properly.

    Sub-assemblies ready to be joined.

    Sewing the main panels together.
    Pocket size is checked repeatedly.

    Belts ready for grommets.

    Checking each and every pocket
    with a charger clip.
  • Combat Suspenders

    ATF Combat Suspenders
    Aside from the "imported" model, all of our US equipment suspenders are made by us in the USA with the best materials available. Our hardware and webbing are military grade and will not pull apart the first time you put it to the test. The 100% cotton webbing is made on 1920's shuttles (not modern needle looms) and is identical to the original. The hardware is a mix of original US WWII and new made milspec. There are no reproductions that compare.
  • Medic & First Aid Items

    The US WWII Medical Research Center has an excellent reference page on the medic equipment. Click Here to visit the page.
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