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First off, I didn’t do this one but I had to share.
I gave my father in law “Nick,” a picture of an old one. 2 days later he say come and pick it up, it’s done. I am so impressed it’s almost an exact copy, but no Frenchman ever had one this nice.
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Neat assembly - I like the brass covered parts. I recently found a use for the export model Hotchkiss loader I have. Works perfectly for the 7.7x58 Japanese ammo for the type 92 strips. These loadrs don't work on the rimmed 8mm lebel, and the Portative loader will not work either . Is he planning on making these ? I will PM on some suggested re-engineering -
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...by hand...

And I've been loading all my strips by hand....(sigh). I'd also be interested in one of these if they are to be a viable product/project. Let us know...!!!
 

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Funny how the tapered, rimmed cartridges present challenges. This is the feed mechanism for a 1895 Gatling built for the French military. Considerably more complex than the simple box magazines possible with a more cylindrical cartridge.

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Funny how the tapered, rimmed cartridges present challenges. This is the feed mechanism for a 1895 Gatling built for the French military. Considerably more complex than the simple box magazines possible with a more cylindrical cartridge.

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I have a Russian 54R belt loader - not linker, and it has some issues with the rim - you have to be careful how you load the hopper. It is very typical of the belt loaders of the time and much like the vickers belt loader. I found a picture or two of the 303 Portative strip loader
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I like those loaders, definitely more fancy than mine. I didn’t have plans on making a run. I will ask Nick if he will make more.
 

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Mike - I have a handfull of those brass door kick plates if your FIL wants to make more loaders - I know we discussed, but He DOES need a hobby-
 
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