I have had two "rigger pouches" since the early 1980s. I do not know if they are repros or originals -- for sure.
But whereas I found them in heap of mostly-USAAF/USAF gear at a gun show with the vendor making no effort to identify them or make any claims for them, AND because they were CHEAP ($[email protected]
), I tend to think they are -- lucky break -- original. They are dark green in color and the type of canvas used in duffle bags and maybe parachute packs, etc. Their condition is, other than scuffing and shelf wear, VG.
One thing that has long puzzled me about "rigger pouches" is why have none survived and reached collecdtordom that are FACTORY-MADE and MARKED, with the USAAF PART NUMBERS? Per USAAF supply catalog for Class 13, the "HOLDER -- Rifle Clip (Short)" ought to be marked 42B15006. If made in 1943, then 43B.... Were there none made by factories after 1942, all being fabricated locally??? Surely Griswold bags ("HOLSTER ASSEMBLY -- Parachutist's Rifle") continued to be procured through supply channels, made by contractors and marked. Or did the USAAF give up paying civilian industry to make such simple things, once USAAF riggers showed they could make any and all required? And then GROUND FORCES riggers followed suit, "rolling their own"?