Operator Combat Smock

Posted by Yosser H On Monday, December 16, 2013

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Operator Combat Smock
- Reviewed by Yosser



Leo Köhler Combat Smock
As the weather closes in airsofters turn to their kit to help protect them from the cold inclement weather we are often exposed to in Northern Europe, especially at this time of year. So pack away the summer gear (it’s well gone!) and get out the heavy weight kit.

The Operator Combat Smock in ATACS FG by Leo Köehler GmbH will make a great addition to any cold weather loadout for airsofters, hunters or outdoorsman. For those of you that don’t know Leo Köehler GmbH are a German company that has been producing and contracting to the military and other specialist clothing requirements since 1927 and still produce for the German Military forces to this day. Production and quality is highly controlled and the company does not contract out work to subcontractors, thus maintaining a consistent and high standard. This means YOU will get a quality product.

The Operator Combat Smock is based upon a highly successful field uniform jacket which was first produced for the KSK Kommando Spezialkräfte in Germany and has now been produced in ATACS FG and Pencott Green Zone patterns.



Operator Smock FrontOperator Smock BackOperator Smock InsideOperator Smock RHS Sleeve PocketOperator Smock Hood
Leo Köhler Operator Combat Smock in A-TACS FG click for larger pictures

The jacket itself is made from high grade materials and includes NYCO (50% Nylon & 50% Cotton) ripstop fabric with reinforcements at the elbows featuring 600D Cordura and contains replaceable padding via a Velcro closed pocket. Talking of pockets you won’t go short of them on this field jacket! The chest features one pocket on both left and right sides whilst along the waist you have four pockets, two on each side. Each pocket is large and bulging and is closed by a slotted button with each containing a D ring should you want to attach anything. The centre line is closed by a two way zipper (and covered by a generous storm flap to keep out the elements) also situated here are two centre line slot style zipped pockets useful for maps and paper work, or even just wallets or mobile phones. Interestingly enough to the right of the zip is another vertical zip (next to one of the centre line slot pockets and under the storm flap) which gives easy access to the zippered internal pockets on both the left and right hand sides. One the front of the field jacket located just above the chest pockets are Velcro name tape strips.

Yosser in Operator SmockOperator Smock Under ArmOperator Smock Padded Elbow ProtectionOperator Smock Rear PocketOperator Smock Hood side view
Leo Köhler Operator Combat Smock in A-TACS FG click for larger pictures

Internally the jacket is only partially lined with only the upper back and sleeves not containing any. The lower rear section even contains 2 pouch like compartments. The waist & hem on this field jacket both tighten with drawstrings, with each finished with a sprung style toggle making it easily adjustable to keep out those drafts. The wired hood also tightens with a toggle drawstring and has a high collar to prevent draughts from entering from the neck area. The hood even features a Velcro strip on the back of the head which can be used to secure the hood from dropping over the operators eyes whilst lying prone.

The sleeves are closed by Velcro at the cuffs, which is handy I find when wearing gloves. The right hand sleeve has a bulging style pocket suitable for a field dressing or something, again closed by a slotted button. The Velcro here is situated above the pocket and is approx. inch and half wide by 4 inches and is mirrored on the left side sleeve as well. Whilst the left sleeve has a flatter pocket, again with a slotted button flap but also with the addition of a side zip, handy for a small note book possibly. This pocket also has a much wider Velcro section on the pocket itself, better suited for those morale and unit patches. Each arm features long two way zippers in the armpit areas that will allow the wearer some quick ventilation should it be required.

If you go into the field with this you shouldn’t even need a tac vest as this field jacket has it all, with enough pockets, and in a good configuration to hold your mags, batteries and a radio even for most skirmish, milsim events. It may have been made for real world events but airsofters will love it!


Yosser says: It should be pointed out that the jacket isn’t waterproof and should be treated with a light waterproofing solution where possible. When wet, the jacket does get heavier but then it’s no light weight dry either. Its construction and stitching are well done and I like the number of pockets it has been given, which I feel goes to show the thought put into this fine piece of kit, even down the construction of the right hand chest pocket having a slightly offset pocket flap to accommodate a pen sticking out!

A big shout out & thanks to Flecktarn who supply this gear in the UK and ship internationally.


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