Alternative formsEdit


From earlier form bandollier, from Middle French bandoulliere, from Catalan bandolera - feminine derivative of bandoler (member of a band of men), from Catalan bàndol (faction, party), from Old Spanish bando.



bandoleer (plural bandoleers)

  1. A pocketed belt for holding ammunition, worn over the shoulder.
    • 1967, Infantry, page 57:
      The ammunition bandoleer, containing 100 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, is placed in this bracket. But a problem arose in this operation because the canvas and metal magazine requires zipping and unzipping to effect a change of bandoleers, a manual act which consumes too much time at a critical moment: during the assault, a gunner must avoid lulls in firing and maintain his proper alignment and firepower.
    • 2006, Paul Deal, Hard Truths: Five Science Fiction Stories, →ISBN, page 132:
      Hastily Pak wrapped his poncho around his waist, tied it, then emptied the pouches of the bandoleer, scattering the last of their food on the ground. He emptied his water bottle and shoved it into a pouch in the bandoleer, then plunged the bandoleer into the river.
    • 2012, Kevin Dockery, The M60 Machine Gun, →ISBN:
      The original T4 bandoleer could not be fitted to the weapon directly.

Usage notesEdit

  • Originally, a bandoleer was used for supporting the musket and twelve cases for charges of powder; it was only later used as a cartridge belt. The term also formerly referred to any of the leather or wooden cases in which the charges of powder were carried.


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