WWI era Model 1917 hand drawn machine gun ammunition cart. Oval metal plate marked MACHINE GUN CART / MODEL OF 1917 / AMMUNITION CART ' No. 108602 / AMMUNITION DEPT. USA. Mechanically, much of the cart remains original. The US Army designed and built these carts during WWI to ease transportation of machine guns, tools, and extra ammunition using horses. Three different versions were made, all on the same basic chassis but with different storage racking. The basic gun cart held a machine gun, tripod, pioneer tools (shovel, pick mattock, and hatchet), and seven ammo cans. The ammo cart carried the same sets of tools, but 14 ammo cans and no gun. Finally, the spare gun cart carried two guns and two tripods, to be used as reserve guns in case of damage to guns on the line.
Condition: Very good.