Here we give you some cartridge holder options so you can keep track of your ammunition. Who knew there was more than one way to store ammo? Well there is, and not one way is the “right way.”
There’s not much of a history to tell of the cartridge holder. Guns that require a cartridge holder are those that need to be reloaded frequently. In the early days of the gun, such as during the American Revolutionary War, soldiers usually carried their cartridges in a pouch at their side. But as time went on, convenience and safety was a must, so new ways were developed to carry cartridges.
One such way was the cartridge belt. This allows the soldier to retrieve ammo one cartridge at a time in a quick fashion. The belt is still used as a cartridge holder in the military.
Another cartridge holder design goes over the shoulder like a sling. It looks basically the same as a cartridge belt and is popular among Rambo fans.
A recent cartridge holder design is the wrist cartridge holder. This has the benefit of not forcing the shooter to reach far to get more ammo. A drawback to this design is that it has a very limited cartridge capacity compared to the previous two holder designs. Another negative is that it has the potential to get in the way of the shooter properly firing the weapon.
The final design we’ll cover is probably the least known of all cartridge holders. It goes on the actual gun, fitting over the buttstock of the weapon. Like the wrist holder, this holder has a somewhat limited capacity for cartridges, and it can also get in the way of the shooter during operation. But this holder makes for a quick re-loading process for the shooter since the cartridges are located so close to the gun chamber. This cartridge holder can only be used with certain guns — those that have a butt big enough to wrap the holder around.
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Written by Craig Kent, member of the Best Military Surplus team.