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Posted: 2/19/2001 4:36:53 PM EST
Just picked up a couple of bandoleer kits from a gun show.  Each containing:

14 stripper clips
7 cardboard silencers
1 cotton canvas 7 pouch bandoleer "Nov 1974"
1 stripper clip guide

Any history or significance behind these? Are they true USGI surplus or just a modern marketing gimmick?
Link Posted: 2/19/2001 4:46:26 PM EST
[#1]
If that came packed in a clear plastic bag all neatly folded then I saw the same thing at the last gun show, about 2 weeks ago.

It caught my attention because I have never seen
the package before. Looked brand new.
Link Posted: 2/19/2001 5:10:55 PM EST
[#2]
Sounds like they've been put together in the bags like that for resale. Never seen 'em like that in the field, although that don't make it impossible but I just never seen it.
We always got 'em full and then made 'em empty, usually then just rolling the bandoleer up and tying it with the strap. I still find it hard to believe how much the "kits" sell for considering how many I've tossed in the past.
Link Posted: 2/19/2001 5:11:27 PM EST
[#3]
Sounds like they've been put together in the bags like that for resale. Never seen 'em like that in the field, although that don't make it impossible but I just never seen it.
We always got 'em full and then made 'em empty, usually then just rolling the bandoleer up and tying it with the strap. I still find it hard to believe how much the "kits" sell for considering how many I've tossed in the past.
Link Posted: 2/19/2001 5:49:30 PM EST
[#4]
Don't forget the black safety pin to keep the bandoleer on your shoulder. Not authentic without it!
Link Posted: 2/19/2001 9:30:21 PM EST
[#5]
Damn, I've been had!  Mine came with a brass safety pin!
Link Posted: 2/20/2001 4:05:29 AM EST
[#6]
The brass safety pin is to mark which pocket on the bandoleer holds the stripper clip guild.

Kharn
Link Posted: 2/21/2001 11:36:24 AM EST
[#7]
Anyone know where I can get some of these bandoleer kits, preferably online?
Link Posted: 2/21/2001 12:52:13 PM EST
[#8]
Quoted:
The brass safety pin is to mark which pocket on the bandoleer holds the stripper clip guild.

Kharn
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Really?  I've wondered about the old "what the heck is the safety pin for?" question.  Now you've given a third answer (pin the guide, shorten the strap, mark the guide's location).  ARGGHH!

Chuck Rupe has been selling them this way for a while now, and has the best prices and excellent service.  His wife irons the cotton bandoleers, apparently.  Nice people!

He can be reached at [email][email protected][/email] - has a website but I can't access it right now...
Link Posted: 2/22/2001 4:50:12 AM EST
[#9]
Now here is the silly question of the day.  The cardboard silencer.  Are we talking a silencer for a rifle, or is it for silencing your movements, or what?  I am former Navy, so we did not get to play with such things much.
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