Canadian 82 Pattern C1 SMG Pouch

The British Army never had an official pouch for Sterling SMG magazines, soldiers just placed them in the standard 58 pattern. The Canadians did things rather differently and issued a dedicated pouch that could take three magazines for their version of the gun, the C1. Tonight we are looking at one of these pouches, designed to work with the 82 pattern webbing set. The pouch is designed to hold three magazines and is made from a dark green nylon fabric:The top flap is secured with a plastic quick release buckle and webbing tab:The back of the flap has two plastic fasteners to attach it to the 82 belt, with Velcro to help secure them:Each individual pocket has a loop of nylon webbing inside that helps draw out the magazine:You pull these upwards and they draw the base of the magazines vertically up so they can be gripped and pulled out:As is usual with these sort of pouches, drainage holes are fitted at the base of the pouch:The C1 SMG used different magazines to the British Sterling, so British magazines do not fit into these pouches. There were a number of differences between British guns and Canadian examples:

  • C1 had a one piece bolt, the UK one had a two piece
  • different recoil springs
  • Canadian magazines had a basic follower (10 and 30 round capacity), UK ones a roller which was far more reliable.
  • trigger groups and shape of the trigger gurards are different
  • rear butts are slightly different (the UK one is lighter with more holes in the strut)
  • mag releases are different
  • front and rear sights are different (C1 SMG used the same front sight as the FN C1 and C2 family of small arms, and the front sight adjusting screw was the same as the arctic trigger guard retaining screw on the C1 and C2.
  • different bayonets are used (FNC1 on Canadain guns and the No5 jungle carbine bayonet on the UK ones)
  • end caps are different
  • on some UK versions the protective surfaces were painted, while the C1 SMG was phosphated
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2 thoughts on “Canadian 82 Pattern C1 SMG Pouch

  1. Tim

    A few minor points, the magazines were interchangeable between Canadian and british SMS so the pouch would have been useful, the British did issue an SMG pouch in very limited numbers to RAC personnel. The British bayonet for the smg wasn’t the jungle carbine one, it didn’t fit properly, I have both the JC and the SMG one which is similar to the L1A1 but it has a larger muzzle ring.

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    1. hatchfive Post author

      Hi Tim, thanks for the comments. the C1 and Sterling magazines might have been interchangeable, but they were not the same external shape. I have three Sterling mags available to me- I did try and they would not fit into the Canadian pouch. The Australian SMG mag pouch does hold Sterling mags very nicely however.

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