[Repost] Terry Baldwin – Random Gear Thoughts

Saturday November 26th, 2016 admin

Source: Soldier Systems Daily Author: LTC Terry Baldwin Based on comments made recently about photos of some earnest but not necessarily squared away individuals I thought it might be an appropriate time to share some “Random Gear Thoughts”. Much of this was originally something I wrote to a friend about to […]

Load Carrying Suspenders Collection 1942 – 1974

Saturday April 23rd, 2016 admin

Stock Number Reference (left to right): Name Stock Number Suspenders, Belt, M1936 (crica 1942) 74-S-389 Suspenders, M1941, USMC (circa 1967) 8465-382-7968 Suspenders, Pack, Combat, Cargo, M1945 (circa 1951) 74-S-392-300 Suspenders, Pack, Field, Cargo and Combat, M1951 (circa 1952) 74-S-392-300 Suspenders, Individual Equipment Belt, M-1956 (circa 1967) 8465-577-4922 (regular size) Suspenders, Field Pack, M1967 […]

M1937 BAR Magazine Belt (WWII era)

Wednesday April 20th, 2016 admin

The old WWI BAR belts had a major problem that mad the belt uncomfortable to wear, and almost impossible for thin man. It was exceptionally wide and had a large buckle; this resticted movement, and in some cases prevented the wearer from bending forward against the bulk of the loaded […]

M1917 Dismounted Cartridge Belt

Wednesday April 20th, 2016 admin

Shown one circa 1918, economic version. Had capacity for 20 five-round clip for M1903 rifle.   Belt, Cartridge, Dismounted, M1917 no available stock number.

M1918 BAR Rifleman’s Magazine Belt

Sunday April 17th, 2016 admin

Shown one circa 1918. Holds 6 BAR magazines, 1 leather box for spare part and accessory and two M1911 magazines. There was a steel rifle butt cup settled on the right piece of the belt, which used for “walking fire” (or hip fire).   BAR magazines were carried in special belts […]

M-1967 USMC Load-Carrying Equipment

Tuesday March 15th, 2016 admin

Stock Number Reference: Name FSN Assign Date Suspenders, Combat Equip. (Nylon) USMC 8465-078-4581 Unknown Field Pack; Cargo; Nylon; (M-1967 USMC) 8465-860-0314 Unknown Field Pack; Cargo; Combat; (M-1967 USMC) 8465-860-0337 Unknown Pocket, Ammunition, Magazine, Nylon Duck 8465-860-0259 1967-10-11 Field Pack; Combat; (M-1967 USMC) Suspenders, Combat Equip. (Nylon) USMC   Field Pack; […]

M1936 Suspenders and Belt

Saturday January 23rd, 2016 admin

The “Belt, Pistol or Revolver, M1936” was essentially the same as the M1912 belt, but had a buckle with smaller “T”-closure. Early version belt had a pair of smooth-faced brass belt keepers with brazed ends. This kind of belt was issued to all ranks armed forces with handgun or carbine […]

[Repost] The Baldwin Articles – Buttpacks

Wednesday January 20th, 2016 admin

Source: Soldier Systems Daily Author: LTC Terry Baldwin I’m sure most everyone knows that the US Military once developed and issued load carrying accessories officially called Field Packs. “Buttpacks” is the more familiar nickname they immediately acquired. Here are some additional facts. Field Packs attach to the USGI web belt with […]

Load Carrying Belts Collection 1942 – 1995

Wednesday November 25th, 2015 admin

Stock Number Reference (from top to bottom, all in medium size): Name Stock Number Belt, Pistol or Revolver M1936 (crica 1942) 74-B-265 Belt, Pistol or Revolver M1936 (crica 1945) 74-B-265 Belt, Individual Equipment M1956 (crica 1969, vertical weave) 8465-577-4925 Belt, Cartridge, M1961 (crica 1967) 8465-823-6937 Belt, Individual Equipment M1956 (crica […]

M1961 Marine Load-Carrying Equipment

Monday November 16th, 2015 admin

Use with M1941 Backpack System.   Stock Number Reference: Name FSN Pocket, Ammunition, Magazine, M-14 Rifle 8465-823-6936 Belt, Cartridge, M-1961 Size Medium 8465-823-6937 Belt, Cartridge, M-1961 Size Large 8465-823-6938

All-purpose Lightweight Individual Carrying Equipment (ALICE)

Friday November 13th, 2015 admin

Also named “M1972” before 1974, consists of load-carrying system and rucksacks. Stock Number Reference: Name NSN Assigned Date Belt, Individual Equipment, M-1972 Belt, Individual Equipment, LC-1 Belt, Individual Equipment, LC-2 (M-1956 type brass buckle) 8465-00-001-6488 (Medium) 8465-00-001-6487 (Large) 1972-09-24 Belt, Individual Equipment, LC-1 Belt, Individual Equipment, LC-2 (Gray flat plastic […]

M-1967 Lightweight Load-Carrying Equipment

Thursday November 12th, 2015 admin

Stock number reference: Name FSN Assign Date Suspenders, Field Pack 8465-935-6830 1968-04-24 Belt, Individual Equipment, Medium 8465-935-6815 1968-04-24 Belt, Individual Equipment, Large 8465-935-6816 1968-04-24 Case, Ammunition ,M16 20 Round Magazine 8465-935-6780 Unknown Cover, Water Canteen Cover, Water Canteen, M1967 8465-860-0256 1967-10-11 Field Pack, Nylon, M1967 8465-935-6825 1967-07-01 Carrier, Intrenching Tool, […]

M-1956 Load-Carrying Equipment

Thursday November 12th, 2015 admin

Stock number reference: Name FSN Belt, Individual Equipment, M-1956, Medium 8465-577-4925 Belt, Individual Equipment, M-1956, Long 8465-577-4924 Suspenders, Individual Equipment Belt, M-1956, Regular 8465-577-4922 Suspenders, Individual Equipment Belt, M-1956, Long 8465-577-4923 Suspenders, Individual Equipment Belt, M-1956, X-Long 8465-823-7231 Pouch, Small Arms, Ammunition, M-1956 Case, Small Arms, Ammunition, M-1956 8465-647-0852 Case, […]