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Has there ever been a CS95 version of the Para Smock?, Would it have just been a CS95 jacket but with press studs/jump flap and velcro/press stud/elasticated cuffs?.

No. Production of the DPM Para Smock continued between 1995-2010. (Although IIRC CS-95 was authorised for parachute jumps) You can however spot CS-95 era Para Smocks by such things as the style of the DPM print and the presence of a Union Jack badge on the left arm.

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Has there ever been a CS95 version of the Para Smock?, Would it have just been a CS95 jacket but with press studs/jump flap and velcro/press stud/elasticated cuffs?.

 

Aside from variations in shades of DPM, types of snapper studs and the introduction of the field dressing pocket on the left tricep, the DPM Para Smock hasn't changed since it was introduced in the 1970s.

 

There was at least one short run in a different weave of fabric and some were made in the original 1980s 3 or 4 colour (from memory) Desert DPM. The current Smocks in MTP look identical in cut to their DPM predecessors of the late 1980s.

 

There are a few countries that use/used British DPM - outside of the Commonwealth, Holland comes to mind. If you have a jacket you're trying to identify, does it have a label?

 

If you have a 95 Patt GS Jacket with woollen cuffs, it may have been a customised jacket. The cuffs on the original Para Smocks ("Denison Smocks") came about because wartime Paras often sewed the hose part of socks onto their Smock cuffs.

 

Military tailors will often customise clothing/kit to customer specification - and to a high, professional (obviously) standard. Shops like SASS used to make their own versions of Para Smocks and SAS Windproofs. I've seen a few mass-produced copies of Brit kit made with woollen cuffs, etc, with fake Brit labels.

 

Snapper stud sets can be bought. I once fitted some to a customised 95 Patt Shirt: if you get too used to wearing a Para Smock, you might sometimes ping a button or two...

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