Wednesday, December 30, 2009
I'm looking into these items for my Garand. I wanted your opinion as to which you would prefer and whether one has more advantages than the other. This or this?
The question is should I go with the belt, seeing is how its combat proven or the versatility of the shoulder bag?
Thanks man, love your blog
TOR here: I added the pic myself, just couldn't resist.
In one word: Pouch.
In a sentence: You would be better served by purchasing the pouch.
In long form: Without buying both of these, waiting to get them delivered and fiddling with them a bunch here are my thoughts. I wrote about these buttstock and 'grab and go' pouches awhile ago. I believe they will serve someone who plans to use a Garand for practical purposes and doesn't care about historical accuracy. The leather belt setup is proven but do keep in mind that they were fielded during WWII means they were the most durable, reasonably priced option available during that era. We live in a different era and lots of advances in gear have been made since the big one. I think heavy belts tend to slide down and also the ammunition is poorly placed. Instead of being all in one place it is spread around your body. That inhibits the muscle memory necessary for quick fluid reloads from developing. With the pouch all of your ammo is in the same place which is a good thing. Also the combination of a nice tab and velcro make for very fast access.
Personally I would purchase the buttstock pouch and the 'grab and go' pouch for practical use and if the mood later strikes you get the belt for coolness and historical correctness. FWIW I would seek to wear the grab and go pouch in a manner that keeps it secure in one place on your body instead of flopping around hanging by the strap. Looking to attach it to your belt or using some cord to just tie it around your stomach would be prudent. I see it being secure either smack dab in the middle of your stomach/ chest or at stomach level offset somewhat to the weak side. YMMV.
Joshua, You are welcome and I hope this helps.
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