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This is the holster and magazine holder that they now use with full dress. I believe they were introduced in 1996 when the RCMP started using an automatic pistol instead of a revolver.

This is the holster and magazine holder that is used since 1996 with service dress.

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The final box of stuff arrived today and it was packed full of belts, holsters and other belt gear. I will try to take photos over the weekend and get them posted here. The oldest item is from 1914 but most of it is 1950s to today. :cheers:

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An interesting bandolier that is dated 1941 with a maker mark for Johannesburg. The RCMP wore a bandolier with service dress from the 1930s to about the 1950s but I suspect that this probably belongs elsewhere and got mixed up in the collection.

Mervyn, have you seen this type of bandolier before in South Africa ?

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Paul, with the late date it shows the pattern continued for a long time. The British had several types of bandoliers in the Boer War - this being one of them - the ends of the cartridges protrude through. The Boers had a similar cross belt, but to fit the Mauser ammo..

I thinke we have one - will photograph and they can be compared. However, I don't want to spoil this valuable post - which I can see becoming the ' go to' for RCMP equipment. It was good that Craig agreed to 'pin' - at least we will be able to find-it.

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As promised, here are the remaining items from the collection.

First up a 1914 dated leather belt which was made in Canada and has the snake type belt hook. This was the pattern worn by the NWMP.

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Up until 1964 Mounted Officers (ie ranks from Inspector and above) wore a whistle on the cross strap of the Sam Browne belt. Here is a nice example of such a belt, with the holster and the officer pattern ammunition case. The officer pattern case has the closing flap coming from below, rather than the constable's pattern in one of the previous posts.

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Here is a close up of the ammunition case and the whistle.

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This is a nice post 1968 Constable and Sergeant's Sam Browne belt with holster, ammunition case and handcuff case. Note the angle of the holster on the belt since this was worn by a mounted trooper.

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