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Old 08-01-2013, 15:14   #1
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WTF is a "battle pack"?

Since the panic I've seen ammo being sold as "battle packs."

Can someone tell me just what a "battle pack" is?

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Old 08-01-2013, 15:22   #2
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When I bought 7.62x39 "battle packs" it was a vacuum sealed heavy duty plastic container with a number of individually packaged cardboard containers holding IIRC 20 rounds each, 400 rounds total, presumably for issue to troops in the field.
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Old 08-01-2013, 15:38   #3
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Usually a sealed pack of ammo meant to withstand rough handling like being tossed out of a helicopter or the back of a truck to troops who need it and who then have to carry it to where it will be used in mud, sand, rain or snow without breaking their backs. So you are not going to find battle packs that weigh more than someone can carry or so small that that same someone has to carry several to sustain them for a day of shooting. IIRC we used to get cases of .223 that were in stripper clips packed in cloth bandoleers with so many stripper clip guides per pack. I think M60 ammo came in packs of two belts of 150 ea? Hard to remember, the M60 was not my thing, I only carried one full time for one exersize. I just remember the little cloth bag with the shoulder strap and how narrow that strap was. And that an M60 with a blank firing device mades a dandy fence post.
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Old 08-01-2013, 15:50   #4
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Old 08-01-2013, 16:35   #5
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BTW before the panic they called them battle packs too.
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Old 08-01-2013, 16:51   #6
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Yup, we got them issued in military as "battle packs" also this was way back in 1987 so not a new thing or new term. We carried 2 battle packs of 90 in each LBE pack/pouch and then the 30 round mag in the gun when we were on patrol. Ours were sealed in magazines pre loaded ready to go.

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Old 08-01-2013, 17:02   #7
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You must not have been looking hard "Before The Panic" .

Surplus ammo has been sold in "Battle packs" for decades. I have some South African 7.62 Nato over 10 years old sold in BPs and some 7.62 X 39 on stripper clips in battlepacks. M-1 carbine surplus used to come in giant "spam" cans in on stripper clips in bandoliers called "battle packs".

It's not some new tactical anti-zombie term you need to fret about.
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Old 08-01-2013, 18:46   #8
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I am pretty certain the first .308 I bought was in a battle pack. Back when they were cheap.
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Old 08-01-2013, 20:18   #9
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You must not have been looking hard "Before The Panic" .

Surplus ammo has been sold in "Battle packs" for decades. I have some South African 7.62 Nato over 10 years old sold in BPs and some 7.62 X 39 on stripper clips in battlepacks. M-1 carbine surplus used to come in giant "spam" cans in on stripper clips in bandoliers called "battle packs".

It's not some new tactical anti-zombie term you need to fret about.
I have a bunch of the South African packs from the days when it was cheap. Good stuff.
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Old 08-01-2013, 20:28   #10
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I have a couple of South African .308 battle packs that I bought like ten years ago.

It's one of those items that the term "I wish I'd bought more" certainly applies too. Good for long term storage.
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Old 08-01-2013, 20:39   #11
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I have a couple of South African .308 battle packs that I bought like ten years ago.

It's one of those items that the term "I wish I'd bought more" certainly applies too. Good for long term storage.
Yeah, I wish I bought more in the good old days. I remember buying British 7.62 120 round packs for $12. That's all I ran in my FAL. I can't afford to shoot like that anymore.

Edit looking at the above packs, they could have been 140 rounds.... Can't remember......

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Old 08-01-2013, 21:52   #12
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Since the panic I've seen ammo being sold as "battle packs."

Can someone tell me just what a "battle pack" is?

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It's a marketing tool for selling ammo at higher prices to people who are in a panic about the ammo supply. It appeals to the ninja/survivalist type because it looks "military" even though the military doesn't issue ammo in "battle packs."
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Not our Military but I have seen them issued to the Israeli and Italian forces.
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Old 08-02-2013, 08:59   #14
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I have a couple of South African .308 battle packs that I bought like ten years ago.
I recently found a couple 350 round South African .223 battle packs I didn't know I had.
Seems to me the stuff sold for about $37.

Decent ammo but it's Berdan primed. Can't reload the brass.
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It's a marketing tool for selling ammo at higher prices to people who are in a panic about the ammo supply. It appeals to the ninja/survivalist type because it looks "military" even though the military doesn't issue ammo in "battle packs."
I have to disagree. I bought a bunch of the S African packs in the days of plentiful 7.62x51, when they were something like $24 a pop for 140 rounds.

I'm not entirely sure, but if I had to wager a guess, it would be that these things were intended to be a full ammo resupply for a soldier's standard ammo load, sealed into a durable vinyl-type bag.
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Old 08-02-2013, 18:39   #19
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Battle packs are what I should have invested in about 13 years ago. If you had a tractor trailer load of the SA battle packs you could sure make a killing on it now.
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I have to disagree. I bought a bunch of the S African packs in the days of plentiful 7.62x51, when they were something like $24 a pop for 140 rounds.

I'm not entirely sure, but if I had to wager a guess, it would be that these things were intended to be a full ammo resupply for a soldier's standard ammo load, sealed into a durable vinyl-type bag.
yup, like I said thats what we were issued every day for work 2 of those sealed with 3 30 round preloaded mags inside and 1 in the gun ..this was in the late 1980's..this was of course the US Army not S African
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