Carrying Thompson Ammo
Posted 01 September 2004 - 09:49 PM
Posted 02 September 2004 - 12:32 AM
I have a three-pocket pouch that was produced as a test item for the US Army shortly after the first MP40s were captured in North Africa. It resembles the German pouch right down to the color and the leather tabs used for closing. A small pocket is sewn on that holds the oiler. XX mags fit with room left over, but the pockets will not quite close over XXX mags. This test item was never produced in any numbers. The Army kept the now familiar five pocket pouch for XX mags. These proved to be less than practical as they were heavy, held only 100 rounds, and took up quite a lot of room on the standard M1936 pistol belt. GIs took to carrying the magazines stuffed in pockets or anywhere else that they could find room. With the advent of XXX mags for the M1 and M1A1 TSMGs, an ammo bag was developed, and this was the most practical solution.
I have a khaki British-produced, US-marked three-pocket mag pouch for XXX mags as well, but have only seen these with USMC markings otherwise, produced in 1944.
I head for the range with XXX mags loose or in a three-pocket reproduction pouch from Gun Parts. For busting jack rabbits, I use a reproduction mag bag from http://www.atthefront.com These are in stock now for $39.95. It is correct right down to the markings, khaki color, hardware, and weight and weave of the fabric used for both the bag and straps. The only give away is that the quality is considerably better than the originals. Look under US field gear.
Of course, Frank's book covers this subject exhaustively, and has photos to boot!
Posted 02 September 2004 - 12:08 PM
Posted 02 September 2004 - 02:40 PM
You can fit six 30rd mags into both a thompson bag or pouch.
I own both and suggest you either buy a rigger made pouch from Herb Zamar - http://pg.photos.yah...1&.dnm=5179.jpg
Or a Boyt Thompson Ammo Bag made by APG (American Patrol Gear). APG makes the best Thompson bag on the market, and if you buy it from JMurray or directly from APG, you can get it for $45. It is an excellent repro. You can tell gear made by APG by the "A.P. Co. 1943". - Looks like JMurray is sold out currently - http://www.jmurrayin...ar/DSC00008.jpg http://www.jmurrayin...ar/DSC00009.jpg
APG is a Husband/Wife operation, great people. Here is there number - 801-568-9189.
Hope this helps,
Posted 02 September 2004 - 09:29 PM
Wouldn't the shoulder slung ammo bag be prone to bouncing around and getting snagged on things?
Posted 02 September 2004 - 11:49 PM