Sample 1: L1A1 Snap Closure Double Pouch

Cotton canvas material. Each side of the pouch holds a single SLR (L1A1; British FN FAL rifle) magazines for a total of two.


Stamp says “CN/X/11871 LPG 4338”. “X” could mean “experimental” and “LPG” could mean “Local Pattern Germany” (source: although many of these and similar pouches were used far away in Borneo (1963 – 1966) and the Falklands (April – June 1982), possibly even in Aden (Yemen). Kharkee Web’s quoted information about a pouch with the same stamp indicates it might have been in circulation as early as the Malayan Emergency (1954 [when L1A1 was adopted] – 1960) (source:

Similar pouches have been found with “Singapore” written on a manufacturer’s tag (source:

Pouches Opened:


“Tiger AHK” on inside of female side of snap.

Belt Loop:

The upper part of the pouch is meant to slide over the belt. This was so that the pouches would not get in the way of a loaded vest or pack worn above the waist for carrying supplies on long range patrols, a feature that was carried over to the later Pattern 58 SAS drop loop pouches (source:

Usage Photos:

L1A1 Snap Closure Double Pouch:

British SAS:

The most famous users were the British SAS, particularly in Borneo.

Royal Marines Commando:

These pouches also appeared in a few photos of Royal Marines from the 1970’s and during the Falklands War (April – June 1982).