As I’ve mentioned before, I collect linked ammunition, but I’ve not met another who does. But just in case there are others on this board who also collect linked/belted ammunition, I have some information to share. I’ve been in recent contact with Jean-Luc Bonelli (Chairman and General Manager of Eurolinks in Marseille, France); they specialize in the manufacture of metal links for machine guns and automatic cannons of the world.
They have a very diverse product line, and Mr. Bonelli is currently obtaining prices for me on small lots of links that I want. Certain products of theirs haven’t been manufactured in a while, so they can only sell what they have available in inventory (or if money is no object, they’re happy to start the machines up just for you…). Depending on prices and availability, I’ll be picking up a small quantity of links from them (3-5 each of the majority of their product line); if there’s any interest, I’ll be happy to share the prices/results?
Mr. Bonelli also mentioned that he has approximately 2000 links for an experimental KBB version of an Oerlikon 25mm weapon system that he would sell. He said that such a link “doesn’t exist” anywhere else in the world (and isn’t mentioned in their catalog). I asked for more details about the weapon system and will advise on what I find out. He made mention that I should buy the entire lot and sell them piecemeal to collectors, but I told him that there was no way I could afford the entire lot.
Anyway, just thought I’d share in case anyone else was interested.