M1967 Web Gear

The M1967 Individual Load Carrying Equipment was a modernized version of the M1956, designed specially for Vietnam. The M1967 LCE did not entirely replace the M1956 equipment. Often M1956 and M1967 equipment were mixed together to form composite webbing, since both types were fully compatible with each other. The new equipment was essentially the same but replaced canvas for nylon, and metal for plastic, which unlike the canvas, was mildew resistant.

M1967 Davis Belt

The same as a pistol belt but it has the quick release Davis buckle, quick release buckle, it had the tendency to come undone at annoying times.

M1967 Ammo Pouches

Similar to the small version of the M1956 Universal Ammo Pouch, but made of nylon and with a quick release closure.

Additional photos showing M1967 M16 30 rounds magazine pouch. Date is 1969. But there are limited war time photos showing the use of this pouch during Vietnam War.

M1967 Buttpack

One difference between M1956 butt pack with M1967 butt pack is that M1967 butt pack has 2 straps with snap under the slide keeper on each side.  On the M1967 version, you don’t need to use butt pack adaptor to move up the butt pack to your back shoulder.  Because there are 2 hooks on the M1967 harness to hold the M1967 buttpack. And the 2 snap straps on the M1967 butt pack will then secure the pack to the H-harness.

M1967 Suspenders

Similar to the M1956 Suspenders with the H-shape system on the back.  Made of padded nylon, there are metal loops on each suspender front for the attachments of small items.

M1967 Compass Pouch

Identical pattern to the M1956 Compass Pouch accept made of nylon.

M1967 Canteen Cover

The cover is made of nylon and has a small pocket on the right hand side for water purification tablets. This example has plastic snaps.

M1967 Tri-folding E-Tool & Case

This tool had a hollow triangular shaped handle and a shovel blade with one edge sharpened for cutting, the other serrated for digging. The blade could be adjusted to different angles in the same way as the M1951 E-Tool. It folded twice for carrying and was stored in a nylon pouch.  My studies have yet to show a picture of a troop in Vietnam with one of these.  If you have a picture, please share it and I will post it here on the web page. 

M1967 Sleeping Carrier

The sleeping gear carrier is not a nylon version of the M1956 but is a rectangular piece of nylon with 2 long straps and D-rings.

19 responses to “M1967 Web Gear

  1. James Garrity

    Im putting together a late war M-67 set up,but havent been able to find the following:
    M-67 BUTT PACK

    I have M-56 items which I want to use in an M-56 set up,but right now its a mix of the M-67 and M-56,any idea as to whgere I can find these items?I would like to have a “compleat”M-67 rig.
    Thank you.

  2. kev

    Re tri fold tool in theatre….another one last pic on page on lightweight ruck on right of pic

  3. Finding a genuine m67 butt-pack is a tough one, they cost a lot.
    Anyone knows of some good copies that could do for airsoft stylization?

    • m151dave

      They are not that hard to come by. EBay has lots of them and if you check carefully the prices can be very reasonable. I have 4, each one a different pattern or year and got them all off of EBay.

  4. Larry

    Can you tell me if a poncho and poncho liner was carried as part of the web gear ?, and what type of pouch was used to carry them ?. If they were not part of the web gear, how were they carried ?.



    • m151dave

      If they took the poncho liner, and it just depends on weather and such, they would roll the liner up inside the poncho and hang it off the straps on the butt pack. They would also put them under the flap of the butt pack, rolled and hanging out the sides, not down in the bag. The liner had thermal value and many would use it instead of packing a big assed sleeping bag. You could also get out of it quicker than a mummy bag.

  5. Larry

    Is ok to use M1956 suspenders in place of M1967 suspenders on my web gear ?. I found some M1956 suspenders for a great price, but one of the belt hooks is broken, but its something I can repair.

    Sorry for all the questions, im new to this and want to find and use the right gear.


    • m151dave

      You can mix the gear, but remember that the M1967 equipment did not appear in Vietnam until 1969. So your impression would need to be mid 1969 or later if you mix the gear.
      Sorry for the delay in answering, been very busy with work and family illness.

  6. Blake

    anyone ever figure out how to use the rifle carry sling thing that came with the M-67 gear?

  7. Robert Williamson

    The tri fold e-tool didnt come about till mid to late 1970’s so you wont find any picks of it in Vietnam. What was used was the wooden handle floding shovel.

  8. Robert Williamson

    Wow ok cool i stand corrected my bad about the tri fold etool.

  9. Rick miles

    I’m looking for a web pouch that held the snake bite kit for pilots . It’s about 5×3 made from web with a triangle flap as the front cover with a push thru snap. Need bad if one out there I will pay up for it. Era from end of Korea to beginning of Vietnam . Holds the blue case snakebite kit

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  11. Brandon

    I have a question about the XM3 bipod. Where were they commonly worn? I have seen an artist rendering of one being worn on the side of what appeared to be a m52 mountain rucksack but that seems like it would be difficult to access if it was one of the canvas pouches. They are a much tighter fit than nylon cases and it seems you would need to use two hands to remove it. I found a photo of a man wearing one on his type 56 E tool pouch but I was hoping maybe a veteran would mention where they were typically attached.

    • m151dave

      Brandon, the nylon carriers were not issued until very late, near the end of the conflict. I have not heard of anybody in the field having one. The bipods were not used much in the bush. It was cumbersome and deemed to be not worth the hassle and weight. Being of one height, they seldom benefited the shooter in combat. You could not pull the thing out of a pouch fast enough to be of any use in a firefight. The worth o anything taken to the field was judged by weight and contribution to surviving the mission., was it worth the weight or hassle of humping it. The bipods failed in both regards. That being said, the decision to carry it ion a patrol was up to the individual. Like most anything, I am sure some folks were willing to pack it along.

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