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M14 Rifle Ammunition Bandoleer, M2
The US has used a standardised design since World War 2 supplying ammunition in 5 round stripper clips for the M1903 and the 8 round clips for the M1 Garand, hence it was natural progression to create the 7.62 x 51 mm bandolier in the same form. The use of a lightweight olive green cotton with interracial sewn shoulder strap, incorporated material pocket flaps, cardboard outer's and safety clip fasteners. This form of bandolier has continued to be used with the M16 for stripper clipped ammunition.

Due to the ingenious way the material is sewn there's a flap of material which is retained in place by the stitching that covers the openings to the pockets and can be easily pulled aside to access the clips. By doing this it requires no fasteners or hooks.

I have found two versions of bandoliers one is for the M14 the other is for the converted M1 Garand and therefore the use of the en bloc clip has been retained.

From Douglas K Wozny :-
The official name of the bandoleer used to package 7.62 MM NATO rounds is Bandoleer, M2. The military specification that covers this item is MIL-B-46367 and the drawing detailing this item is F8594723.

The paste board insert is called Carton (Point Protector) Cartridges, NATO, 7.62MM and is made in accordance with drawing 8594722.


Markings:

MANUFACTURERS MARKINGS

 

 

 
 

 

 
 

    NOV PROD CO
    APR      67
 

 NOV PROD CO
JUL 66
 

 NOV PROD
JUL 67
 

 CHASE BAG CO.
9-67
 

 NOV
JAN 68
 

  NOV
APR 69

         

K.P.I. 2-67
         

MARKING

MANUFACTURER
CHASE BAG CO  Case bag Company,
NOV PROD CO  Novelty Products Company, New York, NY
NOV  Novelty Products Company, New York, NY
K.P.I.  Kings Point Industries, Fayetteville, NC

AMMUNITION LOADING MARKINGS
NATO 7.62 MM
BALL M80
5RD CLIPS
WRA 22812
  NATO 7.62 MM
BALL M80
5RD CLIPS
WRA 22889
  NATO 7.62 MM
BALL M80
5RD CLIPS
WRA 22796
  NATO 7.62 MM
BALL M80
5RD CLIPS
WRA 22801
 

7.62 MM NATO
BALL M80
5RD CLIPS
WCC 6353
  NATO 7.62 MM
BALL M80
8RD CLIP
LOT LC 12484

Thank you to Ronnie O'Neal for new examples of bandolier markings.
Thank you to
Douglas K Wozny for new information.
Thank you to Bill Ricca for new bandolier makers markings K.P.I. and NPC Apr 67.

Production Years:

Maker

1966

1967

1968

1969

1970

1971
 Chase Bag Co  

Y
       
 Nov Prod Co

Y

Y
       
 Nov    

Y

Y
   
 K.P.I.  

Y
       

Colour: Black.

Material: Light weight cotton.
Colour: Olive green.

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

Sizes:-
Pocket area:
102 x 608 mm.
Length of shoulder strap: 903 mm. (longest side)

No. of Pockets: 6.

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Markings:

MANUFACTURERS
MARKINGS

SEMCO
10/89

AMMUNITION LOADING MARKINGS

7.62MM NATO
BALL M80
5RD CLIPS
LC-90 E103-814

Colour: Black.

Material:
Light weight cotton.
Colour: Olive green.

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

Sizes:-
Pocket area:
110 x 632 mm.
Length of shoulder strap: 963 mm. (longest side)

No. of Pockets: 6.

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7.62 MM M1 Rifle Ammunition Bandolier

Markings:

MANUFACTURERS
MARKINGS

None

AMMUNITION LOADING MARKINGS
NATO 7.62 MM
BALL M80
8RD CLIP
LOT LC 12484

Colour:
Black.

Material:
Light weight cotton.
Colour: Khaki green.

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

Sizes:-
Pocket area:
115 x 555 mm.
Length of shoulder strap: 933 mm. (longest side)

No. of Pockets: 6.

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