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Sam Browne belt was invented on this day in 1858. Sam Browne belts are a combination of a pistol belt or garrison belt and a shoulder strap (and D-rings). The Sam Browne belt was named after General Sir Sam Browne VC, GCB, KCSI, (1849-98) of the British Army in India. The strap was intended to help carry the weight of a heavy pistol or sword. It is an item on issue to `Warrant and Commissioned Officers only` as a general rule in most Armies throughout the world including Australia. Read more