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7.62 mm x 51 mm Ammunition Bandolier
Until recently the only Canadian bandoliers seen were a copy of the standard American M14 bandolier.  But recently a stock of early Canadian ammunition in bandoliers has been put into circulation.  What's great about this ammunition is the fact it's in the early vinyl and rubber bandoliers that I have only read about in the RSC minutes.  Because of these being found I'm now able to add them to the website for reference.

Pearls of wisdom from the minutes of the Rifle Steering Committee (RSC).
Dated 14 - 15 November 1960 :-
34.2.1 Canada - It was requested that Canada give information on the recent design of the bandolier. Increase in size of pull tabs, better sealing, and stronger tapes have been the subjects of recent modifications.  The tracer round pouch is differentiated from the ball round pouch by a rectangular embossing.
34.2.2

Australia - Australia tested the Canadian bandolier and found several weaknesses in tapes and tearing of the backing when pouches were being opened.  In addition, some pouches became detached from the belt rather then opening when pulled. Australia would like to see some arrangement providing for release of five rounds, leaving the remaining rounds protected.  C.A.L. will provide samples of filled bandoliers to the Army Design Establishment at Melbourne.

Australia requested a quantity of 960 rounds.

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Early Canadian Designed Bandolier
These vinyl and rubber bandoliers were the first version made by Canada and are designed that when you pull the tab on a pocket it pulls the pouch off the vinyl backing exposing the ammunition.  Unfortunately you cannot just remove 5 rounds as the each pouch holds 10 rounds and once open the other 5 round clip cannot be positively retained afterwards as part of the bandolier.  These bandoleers have an unusual smell of peanut or vegetable oil as the cardboard on the inside of each pouch is coated with the oil to stop the brass from tarnishing.

Markings:

D.A.Q: 471

 D.A.Q: 494


Colour:
None, markings are made by punching holes in the material.

Material:
Vinyl backing with rubber pouches.
Colour: Green.

Fasteners: None.
Markings: None.
Strap connection: Heat welded.

Sizes:-
Pocket area:
97 x 580 mm.
Length of shoulder strap: 500 mm. (each side)

No. of Pockets: 6.


Bandoleer courtesy of Gene Garland.

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US M14 Type Bandolier

At some stage possibly with the change between DAQ to IVI the vinyl and rubber bandolier was replaced by the standard M14 style bandolier.  Another reason is during the Vietnam war Canada manufactured ammunition for American service, part of this would of required it to conform to the US 'standard' which also included the bandolier.

These are constructed from light weight olive green cotton and are designed to accept to 60 rounds on 12 stripper clips.  Like with US made bandoliers each pocket holds 2 stripper clips sheathed in a cardboard outer.  Also part of this kit is a black safety pin, supplied with the bandolier and attached to the shoulder strap to help secure the bandolier to the soldiers clothing.

Unlike Australian and British bandoliers the openings of the pouches are not secured by fasteners.  Instead they have a flap of material which is retained in place by the stitching.

Markings:

7.62 MM, NATO
BALL, C 21A1
5rd CLIPS
Lot: 723   IVI   78

7.62 MM
BALL, C 21
5rd CLIPS
Lot:  749   IVI   79

7.62 MM
BALL, C 21
5rd CLIPS
Lot:  785   IVI   81

7.62 MM
BALL, C 21
5rd CLIPS
Lot:  788   IVI   81

   

Colour: Purple.

Material: Light weight cotton.
Colour: Olive green.

Fasteners: None.
Markings: None.
Strap connection: Sewn both ends.

Sizes:-
Pocket area:
105 x 610 mm.
Length of shoulder strap: 958 mm. (longest side)

No. of Pockets: 6.

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