While I was a LRRP going on local ambushes I carried:
20 mag’s of 7.62 duplex in 3 collapsible canteen pouch’s and bandoliers
1 white phosphorous grenade
6 or more fragmentation grenades.
1-2 claymore mines (varied)
1 old style Canteen of water
Panel marker in my hat
All of above +
Water in collapsible canteens
Pancho (if needed)
Socks (if needed.)
I never carried a smoke grenade or anything I considered excess baggage. Usually I had more ammo and grenades than any other two guy’s on the team combined. The extra weight going from 5.56 ammo to 7.64 (duplex) just meant that the chronic pain in my shoulders got there quicker. In the end it probably saved my life when I got shot because at least one pouch took a hit.
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