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Heavy-Duty Poncho

  • FSN
  • 8405-290-0550
  • Specification
  • MIL-P-3003
The plastic coated nylon poncho had a permanently attached hood, waist draw-cord tabs and snap fasteners down both sides. It was designed to be used as a rain cape, but could also be used as a blanket, sleeping bag cover or shelter half. A liner could also be tied inside the poncho to create a hybrid lightweight sleeping bag.

The standard poncho proved unsatisfactory for use in Vietnam because it was too heavy when wet and the shiny coating gleamed in the rain. These deficiencies were resolved with the introduction of the lightweight poncho.

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