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Bandolier Markings, Saint Louis Ordnance Plant

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I have a bandolier with six 8 round clips of 30/06 ammo. Ammo is marked in the rim D M 4. The mags are if gifferent manufacture ie SA and IS3. The bandioler itself on the front shows CAL 30 AP M2, 5 round clips, SL 97231. On the back is HARIAN Co., June 1955. Any info would be appriciated and any thoughts on aprox value. I know I can ID the clips on the website.

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I have a bandolier with six 8 round clips of 30/06 ammo. Ammo is marked in the rim D M 4. The mags are if gifferent manufacture ie SA and IS3. The bandioler itself on the front shows CAL 30 AP M2, 5 round clips, SL 97231. On the back is HARIAN Co., June 1955. Any info would be appriciated and any thoughts on aprox value. I know I can ID the clips on the website.

Thanks

OK, figured out the ammo...Des Moines Ordance Plant 1944. I guess placed in a 1955 bandolier. :D

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You have already figured out the ammo.

 

The bandolier is for different ammo than the .30 cal. 8-round Garand clips you have. It is marked M2 AP, meaning armor piercing. You probably have ball. The 5-round clips refer to the ammo being loaded, 2 clips per pocket, in the 5-round clips designed for use in the M1903 Springfield. I believe the reference to "SL 97231" refers to the source of the ammo, the St. Louis Ordnance Plant. In addition to WW2 production St. Louis manufactured .30 ammo from 1952 to 1958, so the 1955 marking would be squarely in the middle of that time frame. I suggest that your ammo in the Garand clips was placed into the bandolier at a date later than the original production of each item. That is no big deal except to purists.

 

Hope this helps you.

 

Regards,

Charlie Flick


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