I read a thread about our Men in Iraq carrying an inordintate amount of ammuntion. Flat out, there is no such thing as carrying too much ammunition. When I first went across the pond, my unit was ordered to carry 10 magazines of 20 rounds each. Having learned something, we loaded them 2 rounds light. After a firefight, in which one of our platoon's almost got over run because of lack of ammunition, we were ordered to carry 700 rounds of M-16 ammunition, a one hundred round belt of M-60 ammunition, and either a claymore mine or an 81MM Mortar round, plus four fragmentation grenades. Since our pouches,(the old canvas M-14 ones) could only hold four 20 rounder's, field expedient's were in order. Some chose canvas canteen covers, they hold seven magazines each, and can be attached to the web belt. Others used the bandoleers that the ammunition came in and loaded the magazines into them. I used a claymore mine pouch which held 17 magazines. When I went into Law Enforcement, we were ordered to carry 60 rounds of Ammunition. I liked that.