Vietnam Shooter’s Short Brim Olive Drab Boonie Cover


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This Shooter’s Short Brim Olive Drab Boonie Cover is made from a durable cotton ripstop material that protects you from the sun. The 2″ brim blocks sunlight from your eyes and the material keeps you cool on hot days.

There are branch loops made of a tough nylon webbing along the crown for durability. There are also bellowed drain holes on the crown for ventilation and a breathable interior. A keeper holds the hat in place when you sweat or are in motion and the adjustable chin cord allows for easy size customization. It also lets the hat be taken off and carried around the neck.

The 2″ brim on this cover is narrower than most boonie covers.

Vietnam Short Brim OD Bucket Hat Features

  • Shooter’s Short Brim Olive Drab Boonie Cover
  • Color: Olive Drab
  • 4 Screened Side Vents
  • 50/50 Nylon and Cotton Ripstop
  • Adjustable Chin Strap For Secure Comfort
  • Hot Weather, Type II Hat
  • Brim Length: 2″ Inches
  • Branch Loops Around Hat For Camouflage (Leaves & Branches)
  • Made in USA to Military Specifications

The Short Brim Boonie Cover

The boonie hat, aka sun hat or jungle hat, is a versatile cover initially designed for military personnel in hot, tropical climates. Particularly favored by the US military, including the Marine Corps, this durable hat offers essential protection from both the sun and rain. 

Boonies have distinctive branch loops for effective camouflage and a chin strap for secure fit in windy conditions. Originating from military use, the boonie cover has gained widespread popularity for activities such as fishing, hunting, hiking, and backpacking, thanks to its adaptability, lightweight packability, and functionality in various outdoor conditions. 

A notable variation is the “short brim” or “shooter’s brim” style, which emerged during the Vietnam era. This design modification involved trimming the brim to a shorter length, a practice adopted by soldiers for better visibility and convenience during combat. The shorter brim proved advantageous for tasks requiring improved sight lines, such as shooting and archery, while still maintaining the boonie hat’s core functionality. This practical adaptation underscores the boonie hat’s ability to evolve to meet specific needs, enhancing its appeal in both military and civilian applications.

About Military Olive Drab

Olive drab as a US military color goes way back. In 1902, the US Army made it standard issue, and the Marines adopted a similar forest green uniform in 1912. 

The classic version of OD green, OG-107, was a prominent color pattern used by the US Marine Corps from 1952 to 1989. This dark green hue was central to the standard utility uniform of all US Armed Forces branches like the Army, Air Force, and Navy. 

OG-107 stands for Olive Green 107 and was fundamental in various settings, from the Korean War to the Vietnam War. In combat scenarios, particularly in Vietnam, Marines often transitioned to the Tropical Combat Uniform, better suited for jungle environments. Despite this, Olive Drab remained a staple for non-combat attire and stateside service. 

The transition to the woodland-patterned Battle Dress Uniform (BDU) began in 1981, gradually phasing out olive drab by 1989. This color, synonymous with the US military for decades, symbolized the standard appearance of Marines during this era.

Additional information

Weight .4 lbs
Dimensions 8 × 3 × 3 in
Hat sizes

7 1/2-Large, 7 1/4-Medium, 7 3/4-XL, 7-Small

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