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 Post subject: BAR Magazine Belts
PostPosted: Sat Feb 12, 2011 0:18 am 
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I used to have a fair number of pictures of the Gunners or even their Assistants with 2 sets of Suspenders on to hold the weight but cant seem to find them. Any help would be appreciated.

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 Post subject: Re: BAR Magazine Belts
PostPosted: Fri Nov 25, 2016 20:05 pm 
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Reactivating an old thread -

So WW1 - most belts produced with socket for rifle butt for 'marching fire' and a pouch for 1911 magazines. Plan is gunner carries this & BAR, 1st Assistant carries same belt, no rifle, but a 1911, and maybe bandoliers. 2nd Assistant carries '2nd Assistants belt' with a mixture of BAR mag and rifle clip pouches and a rifle.

WW2 - surviving belts are converted to 6 BAR mag pouches (saw one at Malvern last weekend), and new belts have 6 pouches, as the concept of marching fire is thought less important than firing from the ground, and the rifle butt is altered anyhow.

So, why are there so many surviving belts with the socket and 1911 pouch? And why are some with the socket dated 1942? (So I am told).


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 Post subject: Re: BAR Magazine Belts
PostPosted: Sat Nov 26, 2016 9:53 am 
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Andy there are many pictures of BAR men utilising the medics yoke to support the weight of a loaded BAR belt too

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In thr book Doughboy to GI there is a picture of a belt with 4 pockets for Springfield clips, 2 on each side and 4 pockets for BAR ammo 2 on each side.

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 Post subject: Re: BAR Magazine Belts
PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2016 20:03 pm 
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arnhem44mad wrote:
In thr book Doughboy to GI there is a picture of a belt with 4 pockets for Springfield clips, 2 on each side and 4 pockets for BAR ammo 2 on each side.

Scott


M1918 2nd Assistants belt and supposedly only WW1 use, and some modified to standard 6 pocket pattern for WW2?


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 Post subject: Re: BAR Magazine Belts
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I actually was lucky enough to pick one of these belts up at war and peace with a British made musette bag for £170!

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