Metallic belt link weights


#1

Hello

I’m looking for weights of the 7.62mm M13, 5.56mm M27 and .50cal metallic links, as well as weights for non-desintegrating belts for MG34/42, rigid strips for Hotchkiss and Jananese Type 03 and Type 92 MGs etc
Weights of empty canvas belts also will be appreciated

Thanks


#2

DearMax,
We have all the named Links and belts/strips, and I can get you the masses in grammes in the next few days; (Wednesday at the earliest).

WE even have some Canvas belts US .30cal cotton, Vickers stripless 250, Soviet Maxim M1910, steel tabs, ditto, mixed steel and brass tabs,
SGM/SG43 flex steel link, RPD flex steel link, MG3/MG42/34 50 rnd Belts; Also Fiat Revelli M1935 belt ( but full of M35 8x59RB) and ZB53 (Vz37) 7,9mm belt. Also have a Poor-condition Maxim 08 canvas belt ( steel tabs, late WW I).

regards,
Doc AV
AV Ballistics
Brisbane Australia


#3

[quote=“DocAV”]DearMax,
We have all the named Links and belts/strips, and I can get you the masses in grammes in the next few days; (Wednesday at the earliest).

WE even have some Canvas belts US .30cal cotton, Vickers stripless 250, Soviet Maxim M1910, steel tabs, ditto, mixed steel and brass tabs,
SGM/SG43 flex steel link, RPD flex steel link, MG3/MG42/34 50 rnd Belts; Also Fiat Revelli M1935 belt ( but full of M35 8x59RB) and ZB53 (Vz37) 7,9mm belt. Also have a Poor-condition Maxim 08 canvas belt ( steel tabs, late WW I).

regards,
Doc AV
AV Ballistics
Brisbane Australia[/quote]

Doc, thank you. Any help will be appreciated, and there’s absolutely no hurry.
What I’m trying to get in the end is the ‘dead’ weight of various belts per single round or per 100 rounds, to compare various belts and magazines for MG’s


#4

Weights are in grams:

M9 50 BMG link - 17.5 gm
M27 (5.56) link - 1.95 gm
M13 (7.62) link - 4.2 gm
M1 (.30) link - 4.3 gm
Vickers Prideaux links (.303) - 8.2 gm
.50 Vickers links (Italian) - 24.3 gm

appears all the links are +/- .3 grams


#5

MissingSomething, thank you very much!


#6

More questions.

I’m looking for weights of rigid strips for Japanese Type 03 and Type 92 MG’s, as well as for Hotchkiss M1914 and Breda M37.


#7

Some more weights for you:

Japanese Type 92 (03) - 138 gm (brass)
I weighed the loaded strip (30 Rd’s AP) - 918 gm and 1 round weighs 26 gm.
(I did the math.)

US M1919 cloth belt with steel tabs - 183 gm
Swedish M1919 cloth belt (small tab) - 180 gm

US M28 - 25mm Bradley link - 84 gm
Russian 14.5x114 belt (10 round section) - 333 gm
Russian 12.7x107 belt (10 round section) - 203 gm
German MG-42 belt (50 round section) - 139 gm
Vickers belt (stripless) 277 gm
Vickers belt (striped) - 1022 gm


#8

MissingSomething, thank you very much!


#9

Are there any sources in the US for a short section of 7.62x39 RPD belt?

Due to the Kalifornia law on 10-rd feed devices, a full-length belt is not an option for me. I’d like to buy a 5-10 link section of RPD belt to use in photo setups.