HEADGEAR

Preferred

  • NVA style cotton boonie hat
  • NVA pith helmet, with or without camouflage net

NOT Accepted

  • US-style boonie hat
  • Non-Combat Exception – “Rice farmer” conical hat (NOT TO BE WORN DURING COMBAT OPERATIONS) used to blend in with populace.

UNIFORM

Preferred

  • Vietnamese Civilian Garb long sleeve “Black Pajamas” (available on ebay and vendors)

Accepted

  • Dickie’s brand “scrubs” pants – black with Dickie’s brand black long sleeve work shirt

NOT Accepted

  • Black-colored tactical or civilian clothes

It is encouraged (but not required) to wear a checkered black colored Vietcong-style identification scarf (can be found on ebay).

UNDERSHIRT

Preferred

  • No undershirt

Accepted

  • Plain cotton T-shirt in black, grey, white, or olive drab color
  • Plain cotton tank top in black, grey, white, or olive drab color

NOT Accepted

  • Underarmor or other modern undershirts
  • Any shirts with patterns, labels, or designs printed on them

FOOTWEAR

Preferred

  • Chinese type 65 “liberation” boots, high cut (available on ebay)

Accepted

  • Canvas Palladium brand “pallabrouse” ankle boots, high cut
  • USGI jungle boots, olive drab color

NOT Accepted

  • Modern combat or hiking boots

WEAPON

Preferred

  • AKM or AKMS rifle
  • Type 56 or Type 56-1 rifle
  • PPSh-41 or PPS-43 submachine gun
  • Mosin Nagant rifle
  • SKS rifle
  • RPD machine gun
  • Browning 1919 machine gun
  • Browning M1918 BAR machine gun
  • RPG-2 rocket launcher
  • RPG-7 rocket launcher

Accepted

  • Any AK with: Wood handguards, wood or stamped metal stock, stamped metal style mags, no muzzle device, no attachments (scope, bipod, light, etc)
  • M16A1 rifle
  • M60 machine gun
  • M1 Garand
  • M1 or M2 Carbine
  • M3 Grease Gun
  • M1 Thompson submachine gun
  • K98
  • MP44
  • MP40
  • Tokarev TT-33 Pistol
  • M1911A1 Pistol (in correct USGI Vietnam-era configuration)

NOT Accepted

  • ANY AK variant that does not fit the above requirements
  • ANY AR-15 variant that is not an M16A1 or that has any attachments
  • Dragunov SVD rifle
  • RPK or RPK-74 machine gun
  • PK or PKM machine gun
  • M60E3 or M60E4 machine gun

Other AK variants will be accepted ONLY under the following conditions:

  • The stock is either wood, or steel underfolding
  • The pistol grip is either wood or bakelite
  • The handguards are wood
  • No muzzle device other than an AK-47 muzzle nut or AKM slant brake
  • No optics, side or top rails, or any accessories
  • AK-47 style stamped steel mags are used

BELT (Not mandatory with “Pajamas”)

Preferred

  • Chicom-style trouser belt (available on Moore’s Militaria or KeepShooting)
  • Vietnamese copy of USGI pistol belt (available on Ebay)

Accepted

  • USGI M1936 or M1956 pistol belt

NOT Accepted

  • ALICE pistol belt

CANTEEN

Preferred

  • NVA/Chicom-style canteen with canvas yoke (no painted pictures on the side)

Accepted

  • USGI M1910 aluminum canteen in an M1936 or M1956 canteen cover
  • USGI 2-quart canteen in USGI M1910 “meat can” mess kit pouch

NOT Accepted

  • Camelbaks
  • Nalgene bottles
  • Disposable PET bottles

AMMUNITION CARRYING EQUIPMENT

Preferred

  • 3 pocket chicom AK chest rig
  • 10 pocket chicom SKS chest rig
  • Chicom SMG shoulder pouch
  • Chicom type 53 mosin nagant pouch
  • Chicom stick grenade pouch
  • USGI M1928 Garand or BAR cartridge belt
  • USGI 3 or 5 cell Thompson magazine pouch

Accepted

  • 4 pocket chicom AK chest rig
  • USGI M1928 general purpose pouch

NOT Accepted

  • Vietnam-era USGI load bearing equipment

RUCKSACK

Preferred

  • Basket Carrier (Homemade)
  • NVA rucksack (available from sampan imports or Ebay) (no painted flags or pictures on it)

Accepted

  • Soviet veshmeshok (available on Ebay)
  • USGI M1936 musette bag
  • USGI Mountain rucksack
  • Czech M60 rucksack (available on KeepShooting)

RELUCTANTLY Accepted

  • USGI lightweight or tropical rucksack
  • USGI Medium ALICE rucksack with frame removed, olive drab color
  • ARVN rucksack

SLEEPING GEAR

Preferred

  • USGI jungle hammock
  • Generic olive drab colored hammock
  • USGI silk parachute blanket
  • USGI wool blanket, olive drab color
  • Soviet Plash Palatka

Accepted

  • USGI pup tent
  • USGI rubber poncho
  • OD or ERDL USGI poncho liner
  • USGI M1949 sleeping bag
  • Generic brown or grey wool blanket

RELUCTANTLY Accepted

  • Modern sleeping bag inside of a USGI olive drab sleeping bag cover

NOT Accepted

  • Modern sleeping bags
  • Modern tents

COLD/WET WEATHER GEAR

Preferred

  • NVA quilted warming vest
  • USGI parachute silk scarf or cape
  • Checkered black colored Vietcong-style identification scarf (available from sampan imports)
  • Soviet Plash Palatka

Accepted

  • USGI rubber poncho
  • USGI wool field shirt
  • USGI wool sweater
  • 1960s or earlier civilian sweater in a solid, subdued color

NOT Accepted

  • Modern poncho
  • Modern rain suit

MESSKIT

Preferred

  • Ceramic or enameled metal bowl
  • Ceramic or enameled metal cup or mug
  • Wooden or metal chopsticks
  • Wooden or metal spoon
  • Cotton “elephant trunk” tube for carrying rice
  • Metal cooking pot

Accepted

  • USGI M1910 mess kit
  • Soviet or German mess kit
  • Generic metal utensils