Many owners of M1 Garand rifles have
built little collections of accessories around their
guns. One of the first things that most people consider
obtaining is a vintage 10 pocket Garand Cartridge
belt. Obviously the belts were used to transport
This is an example
of a typical W.W.II ten pocket cartridge belt. This
particular belt was manufactured early in the war.
The early belts like this one were produced with
an extra strap coming from within the ammunition
pocket. This was because Springfield bolt action
rifles were still being issued and the belt was
also used to hold the Springfield Rifle 'stripper'
clips in place. Later models of the ammo belt eliminated
From time to time you
will see 10 pocket belts that are ' crinkled ' on
the bottom. These crinkles look a bit like elastic.
Most of the time those belts of World War One vintage.
Of note there are also
10 pocket belts that have eagle's on their snaps
instead of the 'lift-dot' that you see here. Those
are getting very rare and again are from W.W.I.
Many of these 'eagle-snap' belts sell in excess
of 100 dollars!
page was last updated on: March 14, 2002