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1903 Pattern Equipment
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1937 Pattern Web Equipment

1942 Battle Jerkin

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1982 Pattern

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Edged Tools
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Sewing Kit
Weapon Cleaning Kits

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Weapon Cleaning Kits

One of the most consistent activities for modern soldiers, especially among front line combat troops, is weapons maintenance. A variety of tools evolved in the 20th Century to help the soldier achieve the aim of keeping their service weapons in working order.

Service Rifles/Pistols

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Artifacts courtesy the Calgary Highlanders Museum

A selection of Second World War cleaning kit is shown above, including two pistol cleaning rods (with a slotted tip for inserting a cleaning rag), metal oil bottles, two pull throughs (with a loop on one end and a brass weight on another - the brass end was dropped through the barrel, and then used to pull the looped end (with cleaning rag inserted) through the barrel after it.)  The items are resting on a khaki carrying bag with drawstring closure

At right, a funnel, used during the Second World War for pouring hot water down rifle barrels. funnel.jpg (12481 bytes)

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Above, a rifle pull through - essential just a length of cord with hole for cleaning rags, and a weighted brass end to drop down through the barrel.  The Lee Enfield rifle had a trapdoor on the end of the butt; the pullthrough - as well as a bakelite or brass oil bottle - could be carried inside a hollowed out portion of the buttstock.

The FNC1 and C7/C7A1 rifles also had these trapdoors.

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Photo courtesy Ed Storey

The C7 cleaning kit - which could be folded and stored in the buttstock - contains a three-piece cleaning rod (with folding handle at one end), a bore brush, a slotted tip, and a bottle of "Break-Free" oil.  The contents were kept in a small olive-green nylon holdall.

The cleaning kit could also be stored in the C8 Cleaning Kit Carrier as shown below.

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Photos courtesy Ed Storey

Support Weapons

Larger weapons required more extensive cleaning and maintenance materials.  Se the page on BREN GUNS under WEAPONS for a look at Bren Gun associated equipment.

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Cleaning rod for a Vickers Machine Gun. 1999-present