Original U.S. Vietnam War Special Forces Modified M1937 BAR Belt Magazine Pouches With Suspenders

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. The M1937 BAR belt was capable of carrying twelve magazines for the Browning Automatic Rifle. The belt had an upper row of eyelets that could accommodate suspender snaps and a lower row for attaching hook fixture equipment.

The BAR belt was favored by the Special Forces operating in Vietnam due to the fact that this setup was capable of carrying a larger amount of magazines for the standard issue M16 rifle.

The pouches were modified with what appears to be harness rigging with the original closure flaps removed and replaced. This method would have been easier to get to the much needed magazines during a firefight in the harsh jungles of Southeast Asia.

For a Soldier, equipment is a matter of survival. Even something as simple as a button
can make the difference between victory and defeat if it fails to function properly at the wrong time. For this reason Soldiers have a strong tendency to become attached to equipment they like, and to modify or discard equipment they find unreliable or useless. Among the Infantry, who have to carry their equipment wherever they go, this tendency is even stronger.

This is a wonderful example on modified equipment. While there may have been nothing wrong with the ammo belts worn, these soldiers found a method and set up that worked better in their favor.

Comes more than ready for further research and display!

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