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I've heard of First Aid pouches modified to carry something different but this one, caught on ebay Italy, is quite an oddity. They unstitched a side and did a cut on the bottom adding a reinforcement to carry a hatchet.

 

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The question you have to ask is was the modification done while in military service or years later by a civilian making do with a surplus item.

 

Here's a good example of a do it yourself modification. It started out as a USMC pistol magazine pocket marked "R M CO 1941". It was rigged into a single large pocket instead of two tubes to carry .45 pistol magazines. It baffled me for months until Carter Rila aka "webcat" suggested it might be an adaption to carry the lensatic compass. And guess what? the compass fits perfectly. Be typical of the frugal Marines to do this since they were always at the bottom of the supply chain.

 

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The original hand ax covers were reinforced along the edge where the blade is. It will cut through the edge of that FA pouch fairly quickly as it is bumped and moves about in the pouch. Since the pouch isn't contured to the shape of the blade it allows more movement than normal too. If a GI shop did the modification I think they would have also reinforced the left edge as well.

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Rob: If the ones at the surplus store are all identical to this one, they are worth something. There is no "U.S." stamp on the flap, indicating a Marine Corps item.

Support our troops...abandoning the War on Terror is not an affordable luxury.

I'm so old, I still call W.W.II U.S. militaria "war surplus".

 

God's blessings in the Name of our Lord Jesus- Jim Robertson

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Rob is talking about the modded first aid kits, not the .45 ammo pouches.

RIP Private Lester H. Scheaffer, 1913 - 1944. 29th Infantry Division, 175th Infantry Regiment, Company F. Killed In Action September 12th, 1944 in France

 

RIP Sergeant Elwood F. Schaeffer, 1919 - 2001. 21st Engineer Regiment (Aviation) and 824th Engineer Aviation Battalion, attached to the Army Air Force in Iceland

 

 

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