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Excuse me Mr MG42, I might have found your belt !

Article about: Hello Chaps Another "find" at a local auction. The seller claims the belt below is for a WW2 German MG42. I have had excellent service from him previously so I have no reason to do

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    Default Excuse me Mr MG42, I might have found your belt !

    Hello Chaps

    Another "find" at a local auction. The seller claims the belt below is for a WW2 German MG42. I have had excellent service from him previously so I have no reason to doubt his sencerity. However, I am skeptical of this item as it seems in (perhaps) too good a condition, I don't see any German WW2 markings that I am familiar with and I know that the MG42 was widley used after the war by various countries (I believe some are still in use).

    The starting bid is around $28 ... is this item legit or would it be better to pass on it ?

    Looking forward to your input.

    Warm regards

    Andrew
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    Default Re: Excuse me Mr MG42, I might have found your belt !

    Hi

    These belts (MG34 btw) can be found here in europe in large ammounts.... not too long ago I paid aprox 5 euro a piece, and they were all dated....

    I don't know how easy they are obtainable these days, but I wouldn't pay more then 10-15 euro (15 - 20 $) for a belt

    And... yes, they are in unused condition (the ones I got were full of grease)

    Tom
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    Hi Tom

    Thank-you for your input. MG34, now that is intresting :-) Wha identifies a belt as 34 or 42 ? Also, any idea why there are so many in unused condition ? Lastly, is there anything to the belt that would identify it is a German belt from WW2 ... not sure if other countires used the MG34.

    Thanks in advance,

    Yours

    Andrew

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    The belts after the war have a different color, because of the protection. And during the war you hahe the date like here. In France we have people collecting all markings on the belts, starting belts...

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    Default Re: Excuse me Mr MG42, I might have found your belt !

    Hi Andrew, the belts were interchangeable between the two guns.


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    Default Re: Excuse me Mr MG42, I might have found your belt !

    The belts were indeed interchangeable.... but a 1940 dated belt clearly was not produced for the MG42

    The belts are identified by the stamps (maker marks, dates and sometime (not allways) waffenamt stamps

    Tom
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    Hi all

    Thank-you once again for the input. So just for my own understanding does the "40" stamped into the belt definitely denote the year of manufacture ? Also, is $28 a realistic price and would you be comfortable buying this as a "genuine" piece of WW2 German kit ? I haven't seen anything on the forums regarding "faked" ammo belts and I assume this is because the value is so low ? I'm aiming more for peace of mind rather than loosing money :-)

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    Hi Andrew, 40 is indeed the year of manufacture.

    $28 would be top price here in the UK for me to pay.

    They are not faked per se, but post war examples do get sold as wartime.

    Cheers, Ade.
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    Default Re: Excuse me Mr MG42, I might have found your belt !

    Hello Chaps

    I gave the item a miss at auction as it just seemed "too new" to be displayed with my few other WW2 items. Silly reason I know but hey, I saved $25 :-) Thank-you for your input, much appreciated.

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