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BAR Magazine Belt

: $124.99


Product Description
New M-1937 WWII pattern magazine belt for the Browning Automatic Rifle (B.A.R.) with 6 pockets which holds a total of twelve 20 rd. magazines. We manufacture these belts in our own shop in in Kentucky with 100% cotton canvas and shuttle loomed webbing. Our hardware is identical to original and is made by Scovil, Stimpson and Anchor- all companies that made it during the War.
Thread is cotton wrapped poly core for extra strength.

How do they look? The quality is outstanding. These can be easily mistaken for originals. They are that good. You buy the crappy belts from India and China and save 50-70%, but they won't last very long...

Fit: These are made for (and tested with) 20 round magazines for the Browning Automatic Rifle. These mags are 5.75" tall and there is little room to spare once two are in each pouch. We get frequent "what else fits in these?" queries. They are not made for M14 magazines, which are slightly taller.

The internet is full of "answers" as to whether or not 20rd. M14 mags fit in BAR belts- the vast majority being "I hear blah, blah" with next to none of them written by someone who has actually tried it. Here's the latter:

The M14 magazine is only about .25" taller, but it makes a world of difference. I have 3 original BAR belts on hand- so 18 pouches total. It is a very near miss thing- two M14 mags fit relatively easily in 2 of those 18 pouches. The rest range from very tight but if one pulls up in the Lift the dot post hard, one can just get it to close to hell-no-it-ain't-gonna-go (without ripping out a snap). We measured them seven ways to Sunday and really couldn't find a clear culprit. Our pouches behave similarly.

Next, since we were in the midst of making BAR belts, we tried to find an easy fix. The only way we got them to consistently fit, was to add 1/2" to the flaps on each pouch. However, that led to the BAR mags being loose and rattling in the pouch. So, the only way to make belts that certainly fit M14 mags is to create a purpose made one- it appears that making one to fit both magazines easily is not in the cards. This was actually a surprise but that's where it stands.

Care: Hand clean & air dry only! Machine washing and/ or dryers will cause shrinkage and damage to hardware.

Made in the USA with US materials.
If it fails, we can repair it.

Size: Our belts will adjust large enough to fit a 43" waist. If you are larger, check the cartridge belt page for our extender belts.
Approx. size of an individual pouch 5'' x 3'' x 2''