Loading the M-1 Rifle with the 8-round en bloc clip.
With the increased availability of M-1 Garand rifles and Greek military ammunition in bandoleers and en bloc clips to feed them, more modern day militiamen are looking to combat carry the little "tingers full of stingers" as a Korean War veteran I once knew called them. (So called because of the distinctive "ting!" the empty clip makes when it is ejected from the weapon.)
M-1 Garand en bloc clip.
Spam Can of Greek .30-06 available from CMP.
Bandoleer of Greek M-1 fodder.
Now carrying the rifle and bandoleers is perfectly acceptable but many fellows, especially recent veterans, who cut their military teeth on the MOLLE load bearing system, find the old modified M1910 style cartridge belt that soldiered through two world wars and Korea to be hopelessly antiquated.
An M1923 belt, a slightly updated version of the M1910.
Thus, I was interested to receive an email today suggesting a modern fix for the Garand-toter.
Woodland MOLLE Grenade Pouch.
Irregular Brian forwards this discovery:
Mike, here's a little tip you might use on one of your "praxis" posts:
I have found that two full enblocs for my Garand fit very nicely into a MOLLE single hand grenade pouch.
Snug enough not to rattle, loose enough that you can grab the first one and leave the other.
The GI bandoliers are swell for an easily handled, portable and tossable hunk of firepower, but the MOLLE grenade pouch is faster and easier to dig from.
Works especially well with black or silver tip rounds, but maybe that's just psychological.
A MOLLE vest in ACU. Infinitely adaptable.