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Bandolier with metal strips (top left), charger  (center), cardboard insert (right)

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Bandoliers for the M-16 Rifle

 

The above bandoliers were used for the M-16 rifles and  were distributed specifically containing 5.56 cal. ammunition.  Referring to the photo on the right, the ammunition was packaged in the metal strips.  Each strip contained 10 rounds.  Two strips of ammunition were placed in the cardboard inserts and these inserts were then placed into each of the 7 pockets in the bandolier.  One charger was placed in the bandolier.  The charger was in inserted on the top of the magazine and then a strip of ammo was added to the charger.  Pushing down on the top round in the metal strip would load all ten rounds into the magazine.  Magazines were either issued or scrounged separately.  Soldiers would then take the bandoliers and put their magazines into the pockets as shown in the first picture.  This is how the majority of soldiers carried their ammunition into the field.  On a personal note, I cut the strap one bandolier and tied it around my waist with the magazines to the front for easy access.  My other bandoliers remained intact and were tied to my pack frame.  I carried three bandoliers.

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