DPM Second Pattern PLCE Rifle Grenade Pouch

Today we are used to the idea of an underslung grenade launcher for the SA80, this has been used very successfully in conflicts for the past fifteen years. Before this was introduced though, the SA80 was issued with a rifle grenade that fitted over the muzzle of the rifle and was fired by a cartridge from the breach of the gun itself:imageTo accompany this grenade, a special pouch was created as part of the PLCE webbing systems. Originally in olive green, this carrier was later produced in DPM:imageThe original design was a full pouch, this DPM version though is just a skeleton pouch. Two white plastic cups in the base of the carrier hold the noses of the grenades:imageTwo little lids are provided, one for each grenade:imageStraps underneath the lid help hold the tails of the rifle grenades secure:imageThe pouches are designed to be used in a number of ways and so the back of them is very ‘busy’:imageA flap is provided on the back for a belt to pass through so the pouch can be worn on the belt:imageUnder the flap are a pair of ‘T’ bar fasteners that lock into the belt of the PLCE system:imagePrimarily however it was expected that a pair of pouches would be zipped to a bergan in place of one of the standard side pouches. In order to do this a heavy duty zip is fitted round the outside rear of the pouch:imageFastex clips are also fitted to allow a shoulder strap to be fitted or to attach the pouches to the day sack yoke:imageThis particular pouch dates back to 1997:imageThe muzzle launched rifle grenade was only a short lived concept, the much smaller and more effective underslung launcher replacing it and rendering these pouches obsolete. As such they are readily available on the surplus market and a cheap addition to the collection.

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