Cartridges can be either packed in Cartons, Clips and Bandoleers and/or in Machine Gun Belts . Wherever there is a possibility that cartridges may be jumbled together during transportation, they are packed first in Cartons . Cartons are made of single, manila-lined chipboard . After packing, the Carton is sealed by pasting a label over the top and sides. Some types have tearing strips or strings, but generally a small semicircular recess in the chipboard (at top of side) is left as a means for opening the Carton .
Carton, Caliber .30 (Rifle) Ammunition : this type of chipboard Carton is designed to contain 20 cartridges . 75 Cartons are packed to the standard wooden box .
Carton, Caliber .30 (Carbine) Ammunition : this type of chipboard Carton is designed to contain 50 Cartridges , 16 Cartons are packed in the standard metal can, while 3 Cans are packed in a wooden box .
Carton, Caliber .45 Ammunition : this type of Carton is designed to contain 20 cartridges . 100 Cartons are packed per wooden box .
Carton, Caliber .50 Ammunition : this type of Carton contains 10 cartridges only; there are 35 Cartons per wooden box (previously only 30 Cartons) .
5-rd Clip Caliber .30 Ball M1 Cartridges for M1903 Springfield Rifle|
20 Caliber .30 Dummy M1906 Cartridges for M1903/M1 Rifle, packed in Carton (Frankford Arsenal)
50 Caliber .45 Ball M1911 Cartridges for M1911/M1911A1 Automatic Pistol, packed in Carton (Repacked Lot)
600 Caliber .30 Dummy M1921 Cartridges for M1/M1A1 Carbine, in Cartons, and packed in sealed Metal Container
20 20 Caliber .30 Dummy M1906 Cartridges for M1903/M1 Rifle, packed in Cartons (Frankford Arsenal)
50 Caliber .30 M1Cartridges for M1/M1A1 Carbine, packed in Carton (Kings Mills Ordnance Plant)
50 Caliber .45 Dummy M1921 Cartridges for M1911/M1911A1 Automatic Pistol, packed in Carton (Evansville Ordnance Plant)
20 Caliber .30 Ball M2 Alternative Cartridges for M1903 Rifle, packed in Carton (St. Louis Ordnance Plant)
5-rd Clip 5-rd Caliber .30 Dummy M1906 Cartridges for M1903/M1 Rifle
50 Caliber .30 M1 Cartridges for M1/M1A1 Carbine, in Carton (Western Cartridge Company)
50 Caliber .45 Ball M1911 Cartridges for M1911/M1911A1 Automatic Pistol, in Carton (Evansville Ordnance Plant)
Remarks : the number of Cartons (as well as the total number of cartridges per wooden box) varies as per the specific type of caliber .30 ammunition ! (min. total cal .30 cartridges is 1,200 per box, while max. total is 2,000; for cal .45 cartridges min. is 2,000 and max. is 5,760, and for caliber .50 ammunition min. reads 300 while max. is 450) . During WWII, further modifications and/or changes occured thereby influencing packing of subject ammunition . For caliber .45 M1911 ball ammo following variations existed : 50 cartridges per carton, 18 cartons per waxed container, 2 waxed containers per wooden ammo box i.e. total contents 1,800 cartridges – or – 50 cartridges per carton, 12 cartons per metal can, 2 metal cans per wooden ammo box i.e. total contents 1,200 cartridges – or – 50 cartridges per carton, 20 cartons per waxed container, 2 waxed containers per wooden ammo box i.e. total contents 2,000 cartridges …
Please note additional data for cal .30, cal. 45 and cal .50 cartridge cartons :
Caliber .30 cartridges for general use in service Rifles are held together in clips . They not only facilitate loading and use of ammunition in general, but also help protect and hold together the cartridges . Clips are packed in Bandoleers, which are further packed in standard wooden packing boxes .
5-Round Ammo Clip : caliber .30 cartridges for use in the M1903 (Springfield) and M1917 (Enfield) service Rifles, or for both Rifle and Machine Gun use, are assembled and held in 5-round clips . The 5-round clip consists of a body and spring, both made of brass . Stop lugs on the exterior sides of the body seat the clip in its slots in the rifle receiver . The top edges of the sides are folded inward and form flanges which fit into the grooves in the cartridge case heads, thus holding the cartridge in place . The spring is provided with narrow tongues which, when the clip is filled, are pressed into the grooves of the outside cartridges, holding them securely in the clip .
8-Round Ammo Clip : caliber .30 cartridges for use in the M1 (Garand) service Rifle are assembled in 8-round clips . The 8-round clip consists only of a steel case . It is indented near the base along the sides to form an inner rib which engages the extractor groove in the cartridges . The sides are sufficiently inclined to clamp the cartridges firmly in place . The cartridges are held in 2 staggered rows of four . Experience in the field shows that it is preferable to have the uppermost cartridge in the right side of the clip . The sides are curved at the ends to hold all cartridges securely in the clip .
Belt, Magazine for B.A.R., M-1937
(for 12 x cal..30 20-rd Magazines for B.A.R. M1918A2)
from Top to Bottom :
from Top to Bottom :
Remarks : 5-rd clips are normally carried in the Belt, Cartridge,
Cal .30, Mounted, M1923 (capacity 2 x 5-rd clips per pocket i.e. a total of 18
clips or 90 cartridges), in the Belt, Cartridge, Cal .30, Dismounted, M1923
(capacity 2 x 5-rd clips per pocket i.e. a total of 20 clips or 100
cartridges); they can be further carried in a Bandoleer, M1906 (capacity 2 x
5-rd clips per pocket i.e. a total of 12 clips or 60 extra cartridges) . The
8-rd clips can be carried in the same Cartridge Belts and Bandoleers . The
capacity however is different; the Mounted Cartridge Belt holds a total
capacity of 9 x 8-rd clips or 72 cartridges; the Dismounted version 10 x 8-rd
clips or 80 cartridges, while the M1 Bandoleer contains 6 x 8-rd clips or 48
extra cartridges . During WWII no Bandoleers were used for the M1/M1A1 Carbine.
Throughout WWII a number of variations also occured in packing methods and contents . For instance, cal .30 ball ammo 5-rd clips were packed 12 per bandoleer, 25 bandoleers per wooden ammo box i.e. total contents were 1,500 cartridges . Following variations also existed for 8-rd ammo clips; cal .30 ball ammo and AP ammo clips were packed 6 per bandoleer, 28 bandoleers per wooden ammo box i.e. total contents amounted to 1,344 cartridges – or – cal .30 ball ammo clips were packed 6 per bandoleer, 30 bandoleers per wooden ammo box i.e. total contents reached 1,440 cartridges – or still – cal .30 tracer ammo clips were packed 6 per bandoleer, 5 bandoleers per metal can, 2 metal cans per wooden ammo box, i.e. with total contents of 480 cartridges …