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Mk. 2 Pattn. .303

Mk. 3 Pattn. .303

Aust. Mk. 1 Pattn.
(Khaki) 1945 - 1958

Aust. Mk. 1 Pattn.
(Green) Feb/Jun. 1966

Aust. Mk. 1 Pattn.
(Green) Jun 1966 - Aug 1967

Aust. Mk. 1 Pattn.
(Green) Jun 1967 - Feb 68

 


Mk. 2 Pattern .303 inch Ammunition Bandolier
During the service life of the 7.62 mm ammunition any serviceable bandoleer was used when production runs of stripper clipped / bandoliered ammunition was assembled at the St Marys munition plant.

The general policy of the Australian supply system was if the item was serviceable it was to be used until it wasn't serviceable, thus you will find the re-use of bandoliers originally filled with .303 in. Mk. 7 ammunition dating as far back as World War 2.

Markings: T/|\2 (plus various others)
Colour:
Black.

Material:
Cotton.
Colour: Khaki.

Fasteners: Flat copper hooks.
Markings: None.
Strap connection: Sewn both ends.

Sizes:-
Pocket area:
110 x 461 mm.
Length of shoulder strap: 835 mm (longest side).

No. of Pockets: 5.


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Indian made Mk. 3 .303 inch Ammunition Bandoliers
Recently found amongst the vast quantity of F4 ammunition sent to the USA have been green Mk. 3 bandoliers for .303 in. ammunition. These bandoliers are dated 1967 which means at some stage after 1968 (the year of filling with ammunition) Australia must of purchased a quantity of Indian Mk. 7 .303 in. ammunition.

Once the the ammunition was used the clips and bandoliers would have been returned as "range produce" for re-use. These used bandoliers were refilled in 1983 with F4 ammunition and MBO 1966 marked stripper clips.

Markings: O.C.F.3.1967 and inspectors stamp
Colour:
Black.

Material:
Cotton.
Colour: Green.

Fasteners: Copper wire hooks.
Markings: None.
Strap connection: Sewn both ends.

Sizes:-
Pocket area:
114 x 480 mm.
Length of shoulder strap: 967 mm (longest side).

No. of Pockets: 5.


Bandoleer courtesy of Steve Stillabower

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Australian Mk. 1 Pattern .303 inch Ammunition Bandoliers 1945 - 1958
Just uncovered are these unique and early Mk. 1 Australian pattern bandoliers that date from 1945. This new design of bandolier appears to be the basis of bandoliers to come in Australian service and is fashioned on the Mk. 2 .303 in. bandoleer using a similar material to the Mk. 2 bandoliers. Note the use of two different sized pop studs and the use of a lighter weight material.

Markings: M. TEX. AUST. I 45.
Colour:
Black.

Material:
Cotton.
Colour: Khaki.

Fasteners: Brass pop studs.
Markings:
    
Large: CARR FAST AUSTRALIA.
    
Small: CARR AUST
Strap connection: Double rings.

Sizes:-
Pocket area:
102 x 475 mm.
Length of shoulder strap: 797 mm (longest side to tip).
Length of rings strap: 115 mm (longest side).

No. of Pockets: 5.


Bandoleer courtesy of Wallsend Army Disposal, Newcastle, Australia.

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1955 Australian Mk. 1 Pattern Bandolier
Although of the same basic design as the 1945 example it uses a heavier cloth and improved pocket closing with snap fasteners with the ability to adjust the length of the shoulder strap.

Since it was the standard policy within Australian service to return all "range produce" (clips, bandoliers, brass, ammo cans and packaging) to ordnance to be reused again more time and cost could be given to the manufacture of the bandoliers as their service life was to span many years or even decades, unlike US forces where such items are considered 'expendable".

This new design of bandolier was made by the Commonwealth Government Clothing Factory "C.G.C.F." and the D/|\D is the Australian military acceptance mark.

Markings: C.G.C.F. AUST 1955 D/|\D
Colour: Blue or Green.

Material:
Cotton.
Colour: Khaki.

Fasteners: Brass pop studs.
Markings: CARR FAST AUSTRALIA
Strap connection: Double rings.

Sizes:-
Pocket area:
100 x 485 mm.
Length of shoulder strap: 842 mm (longest side to tip).
Length of rings strap: 138 mm (longest side).

No. of Pockets: 5.

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1956 Australian Mk. 1 Pattern Bandolier

Markings: C.G.C.F. AUST 1956 D/|\D
Colour: Brown, Blue/Green, Green or Red.

Material:
Cotton.
Colour: Khaki.

Fasteners: Brass pop studs.
Markings: CARR FAST AUSTRALIA
Strap connection: Double rings.

Sizes:-
Pocket area:
100 x 480 mm.
Length of shoulder strap: 865 mm (longest side to tip).
Length of rings strap: 144 mm (longest side).

No. of Pockets: 5.

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1957 Australian Mk. 1 Pattern Bandolier

Markings: C.G.C.F. AUST 1957 D/|\D
Colour: Brown, Green or Red.

Material:
Cotton.
Colour: Khaki.

Fasteners: Brass pop studs.
Markings: CARR FAST AUSTRALIA
Strap connection: Double rings.

Sizes:-
Pocket area:
106 x 485 mm.
Length of shoulder strap: 857 mm (longest side to tip).
Length of rings strap: 162 mm (longest side).

No. of Pockets: 5.


Bandoleer courtesy of Dean Hall

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1958 Australian Mk. 1 Pattern Bandolier
In 1958 the bandolier seems to of been changed slightly. The width of the pockets has been reduced by 6 mm and the width of the long strap has been reduced from 30 mm to 27 mm, so far I have only seen red markings.

Markings: C.G.C.F. AUST 1958 D/|\D
Colour: Red.

Material:
Cotton.
Colour: Khaki.

Fasteners: Brass pop studs.
Markings: CARR FAST AUSTRALIA
Strap connection: Double rings.

Sizes:-
Pocket area:
100 x 485 mm.
Length of shoulder strap: 840 mm (longest side to tip).
Length of rings strap: 140 mm (longest side).

No. of Pockets: 5.

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Australian Mk. 1 Pattern Bandolier February and June 1966
This bandolier is dated February 1966 and has been made 37 mm shorter, yet 6 mm wider then the previous version. They have incorporated the use of a light weight olive green dyed cotton which is fitted with the standard brass pop studs.

Alternative 6/66 bandoliers:-
Version 1;
has green pop-studs instead of bass.
Version 2; has green pop-studs instead of bass and heavy weight material straps.

 


Markings:
 AUST/MK1 VQ 2/66
                       
V

 AUST/MK1 VQ 6/66
                       
V

Colour: Black.

Material:
Light weight cotton.
Colour: Olive green.

Fasteners: Brass pop studs.
Markings: CARR FAST AUSTRALIA
Strap connection: Double rings.

Sizes:-
Pocket area:
106 x 472 mm.
Length of shoulder strap: 760 mm (longest side to tip).
Length of rings strap: 95 mm (longest side).

No. of Pockets: 5.


2/66 and 6/66 dated Bandoliers


Alternative 6/66 bandolier Version 1
Bandoleer courtesy of Wallsend Army Disposal, Newcastle, Australia.


Alternative 6/66 bandolier Version 2
Bandoleer courtesy of Wallsend Army Disposal, Newcastle, Australia.

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Australian Mk. 1 Pattern Bandolier June 1966 - August 1967
This style of bandolier has been found dated between 6/66 to 8/67 and is made to a similar pattern to the previous two versions. The bandolier has been lengthened by 37 mm back to the original length of the 1958 version. The cotton material has also been changed to a heavier product and the use of blackened and green fasteners might indicate that these changes where required due to combat experience in South Vietnam.

Markings:
 AUST/MK1 VQ 6/66
                       
V
   AUST/MK1 VQ 5/67
                       
V

 AUST/MK1 VQ 10/66
                       
V

   AUST/
          MK1
 
VQ     8/67
  
V

Colour: Black.

Material:
Cotton (same weight as the 1958 version).
Colour: Green.

Fasteners: Black backed, green front pop studs.
Markings: CARR FAST AUSTRALIA.
Strap connection: Double rings.

Sizes:-
Pocket area:
102 x 508 mm.
Length of shoulder strap: 815 mm (longest side to tip).
Length of rings strap: 102 mm (longest side).

No. of Pockets: 5.

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Australian Mk. 1 Pattern Bandolier June 1967 - February 1968
Examples of this bandolier have been dated between 6/67 and 2/68 and are made to a very similar pattern and size to the previous version. The bandolier has been shortened again this time by 18 mm, they have retained the same weight of material and style of fasteners. The slight changes might be due to the change in manufacturer.

Markings:
 AUST /MK I CPI 6/67
                        
N
 AUST /MK I CPI 11/67
                        
N

 AUST /MK I CPI 7/67
                        
N
 AUST /MK I CPI 12/67
                        
N

 AUST /MK I CPI 8/67
                        
N
 AUST /MK I CPI 1/68
                        
N

 AUST /MK I CPI 9/67
                        
N

 AUST /MK I CPI 2/68
                        
N
 AUST /MK I CPI 10/67
                        
N

   

Colour: Black.

Material:
Cotton (same weight as the 1958 version).
Colour: Green.

Fasteners: Black backed, green front pop studs.
Markings: CARR FAST AUSTRALIA
Strap connection: Double rings.

Sizes:-
Pocket area:
102 x 490 mm.
Length of shoulder strap: 790 mm (longest side to tip).
Length of rings strap: 136 mm (longest side).

No. of Pockets: 5.

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Mk. 2 Pattn. .303

Mk. 3 Pattn. .303

Aust. Mk. 1 Pattn.
(Khaki) 1945 - 1958

Aust. Mk. 1 Pattn.
(Green) Feb/Jun. 1966

Aust. Mk. 1 Pattn.
(Green) Jun 1966 - Aug 1967

Aust. Mk. 1 Pattn.
(Green) Jun 1967 - Feb 68

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