And Figure 3 from manual
And Figure 3 from manual
Hey Len, what is the price on the shuttle conversion parts?Apparently no one has noticed......the diagram shows the 'shuttle type' system and not the more common 'needle type' of feed. I also have the entire 'shuttle type' assembly for sale without the permenant modification that was originally made to the machine. In other words...both systems can be interchanged and used on your machine.....
I think that is a good idea, I'll send for a manual first.The arm screw that attaches the upper wheel arm to the casting arm. Always gets confusing...that's why I made the numbering system and the nomenclature system to reflect the proper name and function. Everything is spelled out in the manual I produce...only one of its type...for the 1918 Browning Belt loader....$10.00 shipped. If you need several parts,print out the parts list/price list and verify each part you need. Don't worry...any mistakes about your order are covered. I take back any parts you do not need for consideration on other parts needed.
A little history,a little conjecture. The Browning Belt loader,1st. model 1895 Colt,was designed for the 'potato digger' Colt MG. With the development of the 1917 WC,Browning up-dated the 1895 model,made more steel parts than were in the 1895 and the 1918 belt loader was introduced and continued using needles to open the pocket in cloth belts. The 1918 loader was to re-load the used cloth belts in combat. WW1 combat troops never saw 'new' cloth belts,as it would have been a waste of space and logistics to carry unloaded belts. When 1919 air-cooled guns were developed,they were also fed with cloth belts. In WW2, a mixture of new and used belts were encountered and it was difficult to load new belts. In 1942,a new system... the 'shuttle-type' was introduced that eliminated about a dozen parts and made a modification to the needle-bar lever arm. This mod destroyed the end of the lever and the 1918 loader was unable to use the needle system again. The 'shuttle' proved very reliable,was adjustable and loaded 'new' belts much better than the needle set-up. My belief is that these modified 1918 loaders were used at depot level to ready and load new belts and were seldom seen in the field. When the 1919's were given to the Isrelies,they decided to use the 'shuttle' system exclusively and modified almost all the 1918 belt loaders they were given. Most of these 1918 loaders were never seen again. I have only seen (2) original Izzy modified 1918 loaders and was able to borrow one to make the 'shuttle assembly' available for the first time since WW2. The development was helped by BainMo (Brian) who worked out the system and helped provide pics and a modification that did not destroy any parts. Both systems are therefore useable. There is no better way to load new cloth belts than a 'shuttle assembly' mod to the 1918 Browning Belt loader.