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Ground dug 50 cals

Article about: Great looking belt Steve. Those links are definitely a bargain.........!

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    Great looking belt Steve. Those links are definitely a bargain.........!
    Regards,


    Steve.

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    Nice work Steve.

    Looks like you got the same Metal Box Co. Browning Mk.II M9-style links from them as I did.

    [Pedant]You either need to add a link or remove a round. .50 BMG feeds with the double loops in first.[/Pedant]

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    Thanks PB.

    I did originally calculate the number of rounds needed for the links, WITH the double loop leading, but cleaned one too many rounds. I didn't want to waste the cleaned round so ignored my own pedantic tendencies and thought no-one would pick up on the, albeit deliberate, error. Git.


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    I suppose I could always let you have a matching link.

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    I'm looking forward to the 20mm belt!

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    PB - thanks but I can put up with it like this for now if you can

    CB - only problem is the 20mm projectiles. Rather more difficult to come across than 50s

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    I'll sort one out, along with my .50 cal tip regulation painting jig.
    You don't want them to have too much paint on them after all...

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    Quote by Paul B View Post
    I'll sort one out, along with my .50 cal tip regulation painting jig.
    You don't want them to have too much paint on them after all...
    LOL! Yes, too much paint would be a terrible crime

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    It would indeed, and would result in a liberal application of a scouring pad to the paint and the painter...

    To give a basic guide, these are the types likely to have been used by the USAAF in the UK:

    Armor Piercing:
    AP M1: 7/16" Black tip. Standardised in 1931, Limited Standard in 1939, unlikely to see ETO use.
    AP M2: 7/16" Black tip. Standardised in 1939, replacing the AP M1.

    Tracer:
    TR M1: 7/16" Red tip.
    TR M2: 7/16" Red tip. Intended to replace the TR M1 in 1942, but quickly superceded by later designs.
    TR M10: 7/16" Orange tip. 1600yds trace. Introduced during 1942-44.
    TR M17: 7/16" Maroon tip. 3000yds trace. Introduced during 1942-44.
    TR M21: 7/16" Red tip. AKA the "Headlight" round, with a triple-brightness trace. Introduced 1944, discontinued post-war due to false trace.

    Incendiary:
    INC M1: 7/16" Light Blue tip. Standardised in 1941.
    INC T-48: Blue halfway over 7/16" Light Blue tip. Used in ETO from Winter 1944.
    Standardised as INC M23 in May 1945.

    Armor Piercing Incendiary:
    API M8: 7/16" Silver tip. Used in ETO from March/April 1944 onwards.

    Armor Piercing Incendiary - Tracer:
    API-T T-28: Red halfway over 7/16" Silver tip. Used in ETO from Spring 1944, designed to ignite German kerosene-based aircraft fuel.
    Standardised as API-T M20 in March 1945.

    PB

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    Thanks PB. I am a little disappointed though that you can't give me the exact RAL numbers. One man's light blue can be another's aquamarine.


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