Original Unissued German WWII 1944 dated Matched Pair of Texled MP 44 Triple Magazine Pouches with Ink Stamps - STG 44
Original Items: One of a Kind Set. This is fantastic! This is a wonderful unissued matched set of German WWII Triple magazine pouches for the MP 44 / STG 44 Sturmgewehr Machine gun. These were never made in large quantities, being produced late in the war, and often soldiers would only receive one pouch, or a pair that was mismatched.
This type of pouch are known as "Texled" pouches, and they come in many different variations with regards to material components. Some might have leather closure flaps for the pouches, while others have web. Some had the bottoms of the pouches made of leather, while others used reinforced canvas. Some had genuine leather for the pouch lids, while others would use "Prestoff" pressed paper faux leather. Just about every combination was seen.
One thing they all had in common was construction using late war tan canvas, which had red or pink lines woven into it. These were to indicate the length of the fabric during production. While earlier in the war these lines would probably have been cut out, during the late war period, every last bit of fabric was used.
This excellent set of pouches completely match in style and materials, with green canvas closure straps with lux marked steel ends, which slide under rivet retained leather straps. They also feature genuine leather pouch lids covered with canvas, and reinforced canvas bottom portions. They both have white canvas connecting straps, used to maintain the spacing when attached to the belt and Y-straps. There is even a small black inner bag inside one of the side pockets for holding tools and/or spare parts.
Both pouches are dated 1944 on the belt loops on the back, though unfortunately we cannot read the three letter maker codes stamped above them. Both have the number 13 stamped on the back, and have Ink Waffen Inspection stamps on the belt loops as well. There are various other markings and production measuring marks in places as well.
As an interesting bit of history and provenance for these pouches, we found inside one of the pouches the ORIGINAL RECEIPT from 1971 when these were purchased from INTRIGUE IMPORT LTD. in Virginia. They are marked simply as "Pair MP-44 mag pouches". Since then they have remained in storage, and are now fresh to the market.
This is a fantastic opportunity that will almost certainly not be repeated. We have had trouble tracking down single pouches, so a matched left/right pair in the same style is almost unheard of. Ready to be the crown jewel of your German magazine pouch collection!
History of the Stg 44-
MP 43, MP 44, and StG 44 were different designations for what was essentially the same rifle, with minor updates in production. The variety in nomenclatures resulted from the complicated bureaucracy in NSDAP Germany. Developed from the Mkb 42(H) "machine carbine", the StG44 combined the characteristics of a carbine, submachine gun and automatic rifle. StG is an abbreviation of Sturmgewehr. The name was chosen personally by Adolf AH for propaganda reasons and literally means "storm rifle" as in "to storm (i.e. "assault") an enemy position". After the adoption of the StG 44, the English translation "assault rifle" became the accepted designation for this type of infantry small arm.
The rifle was chambered for the 7.92×33mm Kurz cartridge. This shorter version of the German standard (7.92x57mm) rifle round, in combination with the weapon's selective-fire design, provided a compromise between the controllable firepower of a submachine gun at close quarters with the accuracy and power of a Karabiner 98k bolt action rifle at intermediate ranges. While the StG44 had less range and power than the more powerful infantry rifles of the day, Wehrmacht studies had shown that most combat engagements occurred at less than 300 m, with the majority within 200 m. Full-power rifle cartridges were excessive for the vast majority of uses for the average soldier. Only a trained specialist, such as a sniper, could make full use of the standard rifle round's range and power.
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