1958 PATTERN NORTHERN IRELAND
RIFLE BUTT POUCH
The butt pouch is made from heavy duty green canvas. It has two metal hook on the back from attachment to the 58 Pattern webbing belt. It is stamped on the inside with the makers name and date – “M.W.&S 1972”. (I have tried to photograph the markings but it is difficult with them on the inside of the pouch).
These pouches where issued in Northern Ireland for use at checkpoints and static duties where soldiers had to stand over long periods ~ hence the “Northern Ireland issue butt pouch” name. The idea was that the pouch was worn on the right side of the body with the butt of the SLR rifle placed inside. (SEE LAST PICTURE). The soldier was then able to hold the rifle by the pistol grip with the rifle at port leaving one hand free to check documents at checkpoints etc. but with the rifle in his right hand always ready for immediate use.