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WWII Airborne Rigger Pouches


Ronny67
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Hi from France... :)

I can not resist to share with you this duo that I finally met after more than 10 years of research ... the large pouch was found last week on a flea market near Paris.
This is not "rigger" but it's here, right?

Regards

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These pouches could be ordered from the Quartermaster Supply Manual or catalog. I think they were listed as an AAF item but I could easily be wrong on that.

Ronnie

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These are aircorps contract pouches, due to the numbers on the back which correspond with the lists in the catalogs member Dustin posted earlier on.

 

However, these pouches appear to have different snaps than documented examples used by Airborne in WWII.

 

While this is an Aircorps pouch, I suspect it may be a later contract after a switch was made from "Lift the Dot" snaps to these press snaps.

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  • 2 months later...

Sorry to resurrect an old thread, but I'm curious - any tips on identifying an original rigger pouch vs a reproduction? I just picked up a BUNCH of stuff from an older local 1st ID reenactor that was getting out of the game, and the lot included a ton of both repro and original gear. In the lot was a rigger pouch that, to me, has the look and feel of an original (snaps have some green corrosion, fabric feels like a correct weight, the sewing is not too perfect), but it's hard to tell without any markings at all on it. Chances are it's a repro, but I guess if it gets passed from reenactor to reenactor over the years, ya' never know...

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Just to add to the thread, here are some pics of a pouch from my collection. Based on what I read from the thread, the side seam and lack of markings would put it in the "rigger made", rather than USAAF contract, category - correct? I included some details on construction and stitching for documentation purposes. I don't believe it to be a reproduction as it came from an estate and was the only military item amongst a bunch of firearm/hunting items (i.e., "the bottom drawer of a gun cabinet"). Plus it just smells old!

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The one posted above looks a lot like a Herb Zamar replica. Herb is a member here on the forum and makes rigger pouches out of original canvas and thread.

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I didn't make the one shown by TAMU97. The pouches I make are a little larger and fit 5 carbine mags. Also, I don't have a bar tack sewing machine and that one is bar tacked. It's a nice looking pouch and has the correct WWII ridged bottom part of the female lift the dot.

Herb

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