64 Pattern Grenade Pouch

Having spent the last couple of weeks taking an overview of the post war Canadian 64 pattern and 82 pattern sets, tonight we start looking at the individual components in more detail with the 1964 pattern grenade pouch. The pouch is a simple box shape, made of green cotton webbing with a plastic coating to waterproof it:imageThis plastic coating was notorious for flaking off in use, so this example is in particularly nice condition. The pouch has a box lid, secured with a plastic post and loop and a webbing quick release tab:imageThe back of the pouch has a large belt loop:imageThis is secured with Velcro so it is particularly easy to add and remove the pouch from the rest of the set:imageNote also the extra loop of Velcro on the base of the pouch, this was designed to carry the grenade launcher for the FN C1 rifle. The pouch is marked inside the flap with a date of September1982 and a manufacturer’s name of Manta:imageThe pouch was designed to carry two M26 or M67 (C13) fragmentation grenades:m-67grenade

However it was too small fopr this and they were an incredibly tight fit. It was far better holding V40 ‘mini frag’ grenades, five fitting into the pouch:replica_v40_mini_frag_hand_grenade_600-500x400The pouch was also frequently used to carry a cleaning kit for the wearer’s weapon rather than for its intended purpose.

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