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Pouches for Beretta smg mags
Old 06-26-2018, 04:06 PM   #1
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Default Pouches for Beretta smg mags

Hi,
I'm wondering what kind of pouches were the Germans using for Beretta smg mags. I know there were different kinds of mags: 10, 20, 30 and 40 round mags. I've seen also on WAF threads about the shortened MP 38/40 pouches that would fit Beretta 20 round mags. I guess that they could possibly use normal MP 38/40 pouches for 30 rounds mags. What about the 10 and 40 rounds mags? Are there any photos that could sheed some new light on this matter?
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Old 06-26-2018, 04:41 PM   #2
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Actualy I think that the 40 rounds mags were also carried in MP 38u40 pouches, as see quite a lot MP pouches with extra holes made in front straps , or simply tear drop holes cut in the bottom to made bigger/longer hole.

The 20 rounds mags could been used with MP28 pouches.
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Old 07-15-2018, 09:23 AM   #3
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I managed to find this photo made in 1945 in or near Bautzen in Germany. First guy from the left is armed in Beretta m38/42 (or its derivative) and has no mag pouch visible.



I also read an account by the former 9.FjgDiv member. He claimed that he got his Beretta m 38/42 with only one mag! I guess he didn't bother to get a mag pouch for it...

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Found what seems to be a pouch on this image of mine of a Police trooper of one of the Volkdeutsche Police units recruited from the Tirol and serving on the Pola Peninsula in 1944. The units were equipped primarily with Italian weapons. It appears the extra mags are in a double mag pouch with no flap/lid.
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Old 07-15-2018, 04:20 PM   #5
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German Police unit I believe Bozen appears to be carrying a MAB with two cell ammo pouches .
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Italian SS unit "Debica" wearing German pattern Camo smocks and German Stahelm hanging from his waist . My Bet for his MAB ...note pouches.
Technically a German unit but issued large amounts of Italian equipment and only some German .
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Here another shot where you can see the MAB
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Are those two mag pouches an italian stuff?

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[QUOTE=fanatyk6;8214899]Are those two mag pouches an italian stuff?



Personally I've never seen double cell pouches with a single leather closure . I have seen triple but with triple leather flaps (closures) . I have also observerd Italian made ones triple with triple cloth/canvas closures as the italian SS guy is wearing.

During the RSI period 1943-45 four cell with single cloth closure are most often observed being worn by Italians . There are also double four cell that are attached to the MAB para carry case and doubles as a waist belt with pouches .



Weird thing is most pre 1943 armistice photos of Italians with MABs have no pouches unless wearing a "samurai " assault vest.



I am not an expert on Italian field gear but most two cell italian MAB pouches I've seen are all leather and post war.



I'll post a photo of italian pouches worn by RSI troops later.



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Italian RSI para with three cell pouch
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Mixed unit if RSI bersaglieri and Germans on a to partisan patrol . Italian NCO appears to have dual cell pouch across his chest.
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two Decima Mas marines wearing six cell banjo para case strapped across there waist.
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Old 07-16-2018, 09:50 PM   #13
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In this photo you can see the case wrapped around his waist . It had a belt and buckle attaching system
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In this photo is a RSI para wearing a German camo smock and boots along with a single flap three cell pouch
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In this photo you can see smock attired RSI paras wearing two types of pouches the Samuria vest in forground and a three cell with separate closures down the line
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