Those belt links look a sort of light grey on my screen, are they zinc plated or black parkerised? Are the links marked in any way? Where is the starter tab?
I notice that the 4AP has reduced to 3AP in one place on the top row, somebody should be fired!
It is a nice box.
They are actually a dark gray/black park…the starter tab is there, its just folded under in that pic…I will try to pull it out again and get some better pics, I took these in a hurry as I was sorting through my ammo. I assumed its the original ammo, since all the ammo is Lake City headstamped, and all the same year production (early 50’s IIRC, I will have to pull it out to look again) I did notice the one short AP in the pic, I’ll also look to see if there are any more screw ups. I should return it to Lake City and demand a fresh box and ammo!
As far as how much hit the surplus market, I don’t know, but I have 3 full cans of cal .30 ammo, all 4 AP, 1 Tracer I picked up locally. I custom built a semi-auto 1919A4 with an original all USGI WWII kit in .30-06. More expensive to shoot (at the time at least) and more difficult to find ammo for than the 7.62 NATO conversions, but I wanted it true to WWII. My buddy Dan who used to live down the road in Angola (Angola Armory) let me cherry pick through his vast stock of 1919 parts to put together an almost all Buffalo Arms parts gun, and we had our sideplates custom engraved to replicate Buffalo Arms guns. I drove past the old Buffalo Arms plant every day for 5 years going back and forth to work. Most people don’t even realize how many .30 and .50 cal MG’s were built right here in Buffalo.