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LC-1 M-16 Magazine Pouch Question

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I have a question in regards to the material and weave difference on suspender attachment tabs on LC-1 M-16 mag pouches.

 

I have two of these pouches on my Desert Storm impression. Recently, the suspender attachment tabs on the one broke (there is literally a tear straight through the tab and the eyelet remains on the suspender hook). Upon inspecting said suspender attachment tab, I noticed a difference between the one that broke and the one on the other pouch on my belt. The one that broke is made of a single layer of loose weave nylon (same weave pattern as on the LC-1 and 2 pistol belts, but much more loose), while the other one is made of a 3 layer folded piece of tightly woven nylon duck (much like on the rest of the pouch). I will include photos below.

 

My Question: Was there a certain time when the change in materials and weaves on these tabs was carried out, or did it vary between manufacturers?

 

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Above: The unbroken tab. The material and weave is basically the same as the rest of the pouch construction.

 

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Above: The broken tab. As you can see, the material and weave pattern is sort of like on the belt, but it is a looser weave.

 

I guess I'm on the lookout for a new pouch ?. Thanks in advance!


Dedicated to my great grandfather, Pvt. Harry E. Stevenson, of Detachment 6, 166th Signal Photographic Company, 5th Infantry Division, 3rd Army.

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"Hard times create strong men, strong men create easy times, easy times create weak men, weak men create hard times" -Unknown

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I've been through hundreds of these and noticed the same thing. Usually the 'looser weave' tabs I've seen are on aftermarket/ Rothco pouches, but a few are on GI ones. No idea when they changed the material, although it's possible individual contractors just did it on their own.

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I've been through hundreds of these and noticed the same thing. Usually the 'looser weave' tabs I've seen are on aftermarket/ Rothco pouches, but a few are on GI ones. No idea when they changed the material, although it's possible individual contractors just did it on their own.

 

Thanks for the response! I'm not real big on Rothco and repro ALICE gear. I like original stuff, so this I did not know. The pouch that broke is original. It has a 1988 date.


Dedicated to my great grandfather, Pvt. Harry E. Stevenson, of Detachment 6, 166th Signal Photographic Company, 5th Infantry Division, 3rd Army.

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"Hard times create strong men, strong men create easy times, easy times create weak men, weak men create hard times" -Unknown

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