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Old 11-16-2013, 11:29 AM   #1
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1980s US army Sniper

how would a US Army Sniper in the 1980s carry his M14 mags? would he simply use M16 pouches, or would he use the old M1956 pouches?

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Old 11-17-2013, 09:55 AM   #2
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I couldn't tell you for certain but I think they would have just used the M16 pouches because they were standard issue.

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Old 11-17-2013, 03:33 PM   #3
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Would those even fit?
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Old 11-17-2013, 04:28 PM   #4
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Yes they do. My first rig had some 1980 m16 pouches that I used for my m14.
I agree with bushmaster.

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On Magazine Carrying Pouches:

The earliest issue pouch for the M14 was the olive drab ("O.D."). canvas "Universal" magazine pouch. It fits two 20s. It has grenade straps on the sides. The dangling strap is designed to hook up to the suspenders.

The Marine Corps issues a dark O.D. canvas single magazine pouch. The same style pouch has been made for civilian market sales in black nylon, and with and/or without the grenade straps.

A later (and scarce) pouch was an O.D. double 20 round nylon magazine pouch. It featured an internal divider between the magazines. This keeps the magazines from rattling together or scratching each other up. The prime contractor for these was A-1 Sewing Products of St. Louis, Missouri. These have no grenade straps, a large black plastic buckle in the front (like the M16 pouch), and a large riveted drainage hole in the bottom. The contractor also made a small quantity of these for the civilian market without the "US marking. They also made some in black nylon, also for the civilian market.
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