The Type II MP44 pouches are the most widely recognized variant. Production appears to have begun sometime in 1944 and continued until the end of the War. These are characterized by tan fabric with the woven red lines. Numerous manufacturing variations of straps, closures and reinforcements exist.
Our Type II's are made using 100% linen canvas, with woven red stripes. We had the material made in Belgium, copied from an original sample.
The leather is US made, colored with specially mixed dye to match the golden tan of the originals and all hardware is exact reproduction. The flap sides are "Presstoff"- a mix of pigskin, split leather and compressed paper we make here. It's a major pain to make- it will eventually start to separate and look crappy just like the real material. Finally, all are assembled using 100% linen or cotton thread. The double-wire snaps (like Pryms) are "sterile" meaning they are unmarked.
In short, these look just like the real thing, minus 60 years of age. There are no reproductions in this ballpark- even the "Czech Specials" aren't like this.
Issue: No style of MP44 pouch is specific to any particular service or unit. By 1944, such luxuries were long gone. Many troops only received one pouch or mis-matched pairs. Original reports indicate that there was always an acute shortage of pouches (and magazines) so troops were lucky to get any at all.
Sold only in Pairs.
1. Price: These were astronomically expensive to get made. Everyone wants the woven red stripes and the correct webbing, etc, etc.. All of this had to be custom woven in the US and Europe. One can't just order a few dozen yards of these things- we paid enough for the raw materials to buy a new car. A nice one. These cost half the price of one original magazine. Get over it.
2. Markings: All pouches are marked "adf 44" on the belt loop. We will not mark them with original maker codes, nor are any "sterile".
3. Stripes: All pouches are cut randomly just like originals. That said, we know customers want them to be visible, so some will be- but they may be horizontal, vertical or both.
4. Fit: The flaps on original pouches are meant to close firmly- ours do too. Tight is right! If they are easy to close, then they are also liable to open just as easily which can result in lost magazines. The "Press stoff" flap backings are also rather stiff and unwieldy when new. I have unissued originals and they are even tighter. These pouches are correct and they do work.