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Various bandoleers

 

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I received this update on bandoleers from KILROY on AUG 31, 2009:

 

Marking on bandoleers for rifle ammunition.

 

Based on surviving specimens, WWI-vintage M1906 bandoleers were both stamped with the ammunition lot number outside one of their pockets and carried a reference card inside one pocket with factory, ammunition type, and ammunition lot number information.

 

The outside stamping of bandoleers was omitted at some time during the interwar years, but I do not have info on the exact date the change was implemented.

 

Thus, at the start of WWII both M1906 and M1 bandoleers were unmarked, and only carried a reference card inside one pocket.

 

Effective February 1, 1945, Ordnance reverted to the outside stamping of the ammunition type and lot number, at the same time omiting reference cards.

 

It is doubtful such late-packed ammo ever reached the frontlines in number, so for all practical purposes wartime bandoleers were all unmarked.


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Pre WW2 30-06 Ball ammo

 

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The box of 30-06 shown is the Model of 1906 round used in WW1. In the late '20's this was replaced by the .30 M1 Ball round for better performance in machine guns. But there was some issue with it which I've now forgotten so the .30 M2 Ball round was developed right at the start of WW2.

 

Here's a bandoleer of Frankfurt Arms (FA) 1930 production M1 Ball in stripper clips for the Springfield M1903 rifle. The black color of the bullets is a result of oxidation to the plating that was used on these rounds.

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Greg Robinson "marine-kabar"

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