1925 Pattern Pistol Ammunition Pouch

The 1925 pattern RAF webbing set reused a number of components from the earlier 1919 pattern set, just re-colouring them from khaki to blue grey for use by the RAF. Amongst these pieces was the ammunition pouch for the pistol set, which was a direct copy of the earlier design, as a set of fitting instructions for the 1925 pattern set does not appear to exist, this description comes from the earlier 1919 set manual but applies equally to both:

Ammunition Pouch– This is a woven box-shaped pocket of substantial weave.  imageIt is provided with a covering flap having a snap fastener. imageA double-hook is attached to each end of the pocket to engage the flat loops on the inside of the belt.  imageAcross the top corners of the pocket, small flaps are provided to prevent ammunition working out.imageThis particular pouch is dated 1941 under the top flap, along with the maker’s name ‘Bagcraft Ltd’:imageBagcraft had been a London branch of a German leather goods manufacturers until the outbreak of the Second World War when it became an independent company in its own right and had substantial factories in Airedale Mill in Keighley. The company reverted to making handbags after the war and survived until 1968 when it went into voluntary liquidation. Throughout the war the firm seems to have looked after its staff well, with Agnes Taylor, a machinist, saying she ‘spent a very happy time at Bagcraft as a machinist’. There were a number of trips arranged for staff, including this staff outing to Blackpool in 1940 or 1941:MemLane28Mar12_jpg_galleryThe pistol ammunition pouch was adopted into the RAF with a stores code of 23/101 under Air Ministry Order No523/1938. Examples can be found both integrally woven and of folded construction. As well as being used for pistol ammunition, the pouch was also adopted to carry a Sten loader with the 37 pattern blue grey webbing as there was not provision for these on the basic pouches of this set.


  1. Ed,

    I thoroughly enjoy your blog, especially the articles on the Pattern 25 Webbing used by the RAF and RCAF. In fact, it was your blog that gave me the push I needed to start adding Pattern 25 gear to my RCAF uniform collection.

    I was able to acquire an Officer’s version waist belt in excellent condition from a source in the UK; I’m across the pond in the States. What’s unique about this belt is the finer material it’s made of and it has a sword hanger on the left side.

    If interested, I would be happy to provide you photos of my belt just let me know.

    Thanks for what you do,


  2. Hi Gary, that sounds very interesting- I wonder if it might be a privately purchased officer’s belt, Mills certainly made a myriad of designs in the 1920s and 1930s. Please feel free to send over some photographs and I will take a look.


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