Belted Ammunition - just images

20 mm recolvercanon for a…?

I don’t have the answer, but should be fairly easy to narrow it down–only a couple (few) of the early aircraft systems were “linked” feed systems as shown in the post. Also the early “towed” AA Vulcan was a linked feed system. By the time of the F-4s and B-52Hs, the M61A1 was a “linkless” feed system. So look at the later models of F105s e.g. Gs, etc. for a linked feed M61. Wish I could be more help.

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Here are two belts of cartridges. The first is a cloth belt with aluminum Dardick Tround .22 adapter cartridges which are 34.25mm/ 1.348 inches long and 13.16mm/ 0.5175 inch from the bottom of a side to its opposite apex.

The second is a plastic belt of 5.6x57mm triple-bore Trounds for the H&R SPIW candidate. A full load was a belt holding 20 triplex cartridges for a total of 60 flechettes in a drum magazine under the gun. The rounds are 57mm/ 2.244 inches long and 17.16mm/ 0.675 inch from the bottom of a side to its opposite apex.

This is the H&R SPIW:


Here some more.

20x102 loading links for the Phalanx CIWS as we were discussing before. These were used only for loading the linkless magazine and here we see the process.

Here US 30x113B M788 TP loads linked for the M230LF whcih is the belt fed version of the M230 whcih is used with the AH-64.

Chinese 30x165. Remember belted ammo rule #1: an ammo belt can never be too long!

German 7.92x57 Dreyse MG.

Here a Soviet 7.62x54R DS-39 in German Service. Notice the cloth belt!

Soviet 7.62x54R ShKAS being laoded into a fighter aircraft.
ShKAS loading_Russia

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20mm M61 Vulcan - used in US aircraft and some ground vehicles.

I do not think so as these are the above said loading lkinks for the Phalanx CIWS.

A couple more that popped up today during internet image searches;

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Here 7.7x56R (.303) being belted in Finland.

Here US 7.62x51 blanks in a M60 in some test fixture at a NASA facility. What ever they were doing there.

German 13x64B MG131 in a Me210 or Me410.

German 13x64B MG131 in a ring mount.

Image source: internet.

Were both fabric belts & disintegrating link used in the .30cal Browning MG during WWII? Most images I have seen the guns were using fabric belts!

I read somewhere that fabric belts were for ground forces while disintegrating belts were for the air force.
Same with 12.7x99 / .50.
Maybe somebody better informed can shed more light on this.

Some really good images from the Vietnam days.

Here a US service man in 1967 in Bien Hoa with 40x53SR belts for the MK19.

40x53SR_HE_Bien Hoa 1967 Vietnam_USA (2)

US 7.62x51 for the M60 being dried. Looks almost like laundry! Never forget: keep your powder dry!

US 7.62x51 for the M60. There is no such thing like too much ammo!

Image source: internet.


Yugoslav 23x115 API and HEI in what is likely to be GSh-23 links

Soviet 37x155 N-37 HEI-T-SD (or respective dummies) in a lowered gun station of a MiG-15

Soviet 37x195 NS-37 in what appears to be a non-disintegrating belt. So far the only images known of this special variant. Supposedly in an engine mount of a LaGG-3 fighter.

Soviet 37x195 NS-37 in the commonly known disintegrating belt links.

Soviet 37x195 NS-37 being maintained/prepared.

Soviet 37x195 NS-37 being loaded into what appears to be an IL-2 heavily armored ground attack/fighter aircraft.