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Original U.S. WWII USMC Field Gear Set: M1923 Garand Belt, M1941 Lower Bag & Thompson Mag Pouch

Item Description

Original Item: One only. This is a 1942 dated original US Army issue OD Green canvas 10-Pocket ammunition belt for use with both Springfield and Garand Rifles. Officially designated the "Belt, Cartridge, Cal .30, Dismounted, M-1923", it was originally adopted when stocks of the M-1910 belt were exhausted after World War I. The belt was designed as part of the infantryman's load carrying system, anchoring the M-1910 haversack and later the M-1928 infantry pack. It has ten pockets for clips of .30-caliber ammunition for the M1903 Springfield, M-1917 Enfield, and later M1 Garand rifle. The M1903 and M1917 rifles using 5 round stripper clips (two per pocket, total of 100 rounds) while the M1 Garand used a single eight shot clip per pocket (total 80 rounds).

This version of the belt has an additional securing strap inside each pocket, which provides additional security for Garand En Bloc clips, or in the case of stripper clips, prevents the second stripper clip from falling out when the first one is removed.

Three part construction, with belt sizing strap in center of back, originals are very hard to find on the market today. This belt saw service in the war, and possibly post war, but overall is still in excellent condition and does no show any major wear or damage. It is manufacturer marked BURLINGTON MILLS Inc. over a 1942 date.

Also included is a U.S. WWII M-1941 USMC 2nd Pattern Haversack - Lower Bag, which is in nearly unissued condition. It does not have any maker markings on it, but is definitely WWII OD Green #3, and completely correct. It just has some light staining from storage, with all straps and buckles intact and functional.

The final part of this set is an excellent unissued condition triple magazine pouch for 30 round Thompson M1928A1, M1, and M1A1 Submachine Guns. The back is marked U.S.M.C on the top, with maker R. M. CO. on the bottom, over U.S.M.C. stock NOm -45412. Under this is a clear 1944 date.

Overall a fine excellent condition United States Marine Corps set, not often encountered!

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