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WW1 unknown rifle bandolier


Thatww1pigeon
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Hi everyone. Here I have some sort of a bandolier that I believe is ww1 era. I believe it might be American, but I am unsure. It has no markings or dates on it, so it would be helpful if anyone could provide any insight on it. Thanks, Elliot. 

 

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Looks similar to a Spanish-American War US bandolier, to hold 30-40 Krag ammo. The Krag did not use stripper clips or magazines, so the bandolier had  holders for individual rounds. The straps and buckles are different than the US bandolier I am familiar with. 

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Thanks Hickman. I also presumed it might be pre-ww1 but I wasn’t sure. The straps and buckles might be German perhaps??

 

Or maybe they were just added as modifications, both ends of the belt look to be torn a bit

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I doubt that it is German. Check the buckles for any stamped markings. The Germans stamped every bit and piece of equipment with inspection stamps! If there is nothing stamped on the cloth part, then it could be a civilian piece.

 

This type of bandolier would be useful to a soldier using a single shot rifle, like the Remington Rolling block series. Remington made these in many calibers for militaries around the world. 

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Sadly, I checked on the buckles and straps and there doesn’t appear to be any markings/dates on them. 

 

Leaning more more and more towards civilian or pre-ww1 for this, still very unsure. Thanks-Elliot

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