The GBRS Group Assaulter Belt takes a format common in competition shooting circles, and with the use of Tegris, produces in a lightweigh
The GBRS Group Assaulter Belt takes a format common in competition shooting circles, and with the use of Tegris, produces in a lightweight but structurally sound platform. War belts/battle belts have followed a trajectory over the last decade, getting lighter, and reducing their profile through new materials and loadouts. Indicative of the types of missions that modern special operators have engaged with over the last 20 years of war, veterans and those still active continue to apply their knowledge and experience in the form of new gear.
London Bridge Trading introduced MAS Grey in 2009, after the Captian Phillips rescue mission with the objective of producing gear in a color that blends into the maritime environments where VBSS (Vehicle Boarding Search and Seizure) and OTB (Over the Beach) operations take place. MAS Grey blends into a broad swath of both natural and man-made environments by contrasting very little with much of the spectrum. Although initially fielded for maritime operations, Navy SEALs eventually started using it in nighttime operations as well.
So when GBRS Group started working with LBT in the production of their belts, given their history, they had the perfect opportunity to make a special edition of their Assaulter Belt that gives a nod to the past while outfitting the future. Built for performance first, the function begets the form, and for 2022, a limited run of MAS Grey Assaulter Belts will be available to the public.
The Assaulter Belt System consists of three parts: an inner belt, a protective sheath, and the outer belt. Competition belts that started using the two-belt system typically used velcro to attach the inner and outer layers, with the “hard side” of the hook and loop fastener on the inside of the outer belt. However, when dealing with time sensitive targets, military personal do not always have the time to secure the outer layer to the inner, opting instead to throw a belt on over their clothing.
The GBRS Group Assaulter Belt reverses the placement of the velcro, with the soft side facing the body. Add together all the factors that go into a night raid, preventing the hard side from rubbing against the body. In the event that the belt must be quickly thrown on over one’s clothing, the wearer doesn’t need to worry about rubbing through their skin.
The foundation of the belt is its Tegris core, a newer thermoplastic that gives the belt Y-axis rigidity, while maintaining X- and Z-axis flexibility at a weight of 12.8 ounces. For reference, many riggers belts common to the military come in at 8-10 ounces.
For those interested, recently, GBRS Group load tested their belts, and that information is available upon request.
In addition to the limited release of MAS Grey GBRS Group Assualter Belt colorways, they currently come in Multicam, Multicam Black, Coyote Brown, Ranger Green, and Black. The sizing is true to what is listed on the website, with a fair amount of “tail” in case the end user prefers to trim the slack to their specific size.
This special nod to the history of the SEALs releases on the 29th of January, 2022, and with limited availability, those interested can stay tuned to GBRS Group’s announcements on their Instagram at @gbrsgroup.
GBRS Group Assaulter Belt
Sizes: S/M (30-35), and L/XL (36-42)
Colors: Multicam, Multicam Black, Ranger Green, Coyote Brown, Solid Black, and (Limited) MAS Grey.
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