This particular carbine ammo pouch is very unique, not only for it's near perfect condition, but for the military unit it was issued to.
Before we dive further into the history and details of this pouch, here is a link to one of my blog pages about my own Swedish Mauser Model 94/14 Carbine.
This pouch is marked with a Single Crown stamp, and Single Crown and G.I.K. stamp on the front flap. The single crown stamp indicates that it was issued prior to 1942, when Sweden switched to the use of the 3 Crowns stamps, and the Single Crown G.I.K. stamp indicates that the pouch was issued to the Göta Ingenjörkår, or Gotland Engineer Corps, I.2.
The I.2 Gotland Engineer Corps traces it's original history back to the 18th century. In 1893 the unit was designated as a battalion. In 1902 it was designated as the Gotland Engineer Corps. It remained a Corps until 1963 when it was designated as a Regiment. This dates my pouch in the 1902 time frame.
The Single Crown, and Single Crown and G.I.K. stamps indicate that this pouch was one of the very early issued pouches, probably when the carbines were first issued to the unit. It is a perfect match for my Swedish M94/14 Carbine!
These Swedish carbine ammo pouches were issued primarily to Engineers and Mounted Cavalry units. They are a very ingenious design, and as far as I know, unique only to the Swedish military. The pouches are constructed from heavy leather, brass, and wood, and are fairly complex, as you will see from the photos in the album. I have examined many different ammo pouches, from many nationalities, and for many different firearms, and none compare to the beauty, function, and construction of these little Swedish Carbine Ammo Pouches!
One of the most unique features of the pouches is the spring-loaded ammo retaining tabs and metal clip separating rod.
The pouch is designed to hold four stripper clips of ammo. A block of wood separates the two sides and a metal rod holds each stripper clip in place when it's neighboring clip is removed. As you can imagine, these pouches would be perfect for a mounted soldier reloading his carbine from horseback.
In fact, the Swedish Royal Mounted Palace Guards still cary the M94/14 Carbine with a white leather version of this ammo pouch.
If you have one of the Swedish Carbines, and don't already have one of these pouches, then you need to start looking for one! They are not extremely rare (yet), but they are definitely not plentiful. You will see these pouches pop up sporadically for sale (usually on eBay) when you start your hunt. However, finding one as well marked and in this condition, is not common. It was a real celebration when I finally picked up this perfect little gem!
With all of that said, here is the album of this beautiful Swedish M94 Carbine Ammo Pouch