USAAF Rigger Pouches
Paratroopers have always done things a little differently. In the summer of 1942 the Airborne Command decided the by ditching the cartridge belt and equipping their men with a pistol belt and pouches, a paratrooper could carry far more ammunition. The original "rigger pouches" were actually procured under USAAF contract in 1942, and thus marked with the AAF drawing number (just like parachutes, and other parachute-specific items). However, when AAF procurement discontinued, undaunted parachute riggers were soon cranking out their own versions.
Crudely built, true "rigger pouches" are not like reproductions currently on the market - which look factory made. These pouches were made with the materials available at the parachute lofts - parachute cotton duck, thread, etc, generally not the same canvas used in the manufacture of other common field gear. Most of the early pouches were fastened by means of a Lift The Dot fastener, with a nickel plated female socket and connecting blackened stud. By Normandy, many still retained the nickel socket, although a complete blackened snap was also in use by this time.
Another fastening variation was a short length of parachute cord, which help secure grenades. The opening shock tended to pop the LTD snap on grenades.
We offer a selection of authentically reproduced rigger pouches. They are made from WWII parachute pack canvas, extra heavy stitching, and genuine Lift the Dot snaps. Warning: these are crudely built just like originals, with extra heavy, sloppy stitching. Guaranteed to throw stitch Nazis into instant panic while warming the heart of true airborne collectors.