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Re: Infantry belt ( For Stephen)
Posted by Stephen B, McCartney on Monday, 11 July 2011, at 10:25 p.m., in response to Re: Infantry belt ( For Stephen), posted by Ken Smith on Sunday, 10 July 2011, at 2:41 p.m.
A friend, Martin Kinney actually made it for me while I was driving us from Fort Laramie NHS, in 1979, while we were being loaned for a few days to Fort Karned NHS. It has canvas loops sewn over an issue leather belt and uses the M1851 beltplate. Miles, in one of his memoirs, mentions Fifth Infantry vets making thimble belts in 1876 out of their suspenders (non elastic, in those days) while on the way up the Missouri. Google General Miles Marching and Chowder Society for an infantry oriented group. Infantry is so much cheaper than cavalry impressions and just as historic. And shooting a period rifle can be just as much fun as a carbine (and, certainly cheaper than buying a carbine!).
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