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I recently had the good fortune to acquire one of the early
Rock Island Arsenal (RIA) produced cavalry bandoleers (also
bandolier) manufactured for the cavalry board for evaluation
to be accepted as part of the 1912 new cavalry equipments.
Between 1910 and 1912, a few types were produced in small
numbers for field trials. The earliest type I have seen was
a c.1910; the company WPG (What Price Glory) produces a
fascimilie (photo below) for re-enactors.
The belt has 12 pockets for 30.-06 (7.62x63mm) on clips,
two per pocket. The central pocket is pouch-like and is
meant for the .45LC cartridge of the M1909 Colt Revolver.
This bandoleer buckles like a trouser belt, as observed
in the photo.
On Feb 15th 2000, Ebay seller Pahaskabooks sold an original