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Discussion Starter · #1 · (Edited)
Edit: Linkers are now for sale! The easiest way for me to accept orders is through the GunBroker listing, here: L1 Pocket Linker for M1919 30 Caliber Machine Guns 7.62x51 30-06 .308 - Gunsmithing Tools & Gunsmith Supplies at GunBroker.com : 916568850

(Mods, if gunbroker listing violates the rules please let me know. This is just until our website goes live)

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Here is a linker for 308 that I just cobbled together:


It only does one round at a time, which honestly I don't think is a bad thing. In lean manufacturing, single piece flow is usually more efficient than batch work anyway. Also being this small means you can easily toss it into a range bag, and it cheaper to make and ship.

This one is very rough around the edges, but works great. If I were to clean this up a bit, is this something you guys would be interested in buying? I would consider doing a small run of these if there is enough interest.
 

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I like it ,very simple and efficient the only thing i would add is a rounded piece of rubber ball to push surface to pad and fit the palm more comfortably .
Thanks, I do have a few improvements that I would like to make. I would like to add a flat spot for an optional c-clamp so you can securely attach it to a table. I would also like to add a rubber bumper on the "pusher" just to reduce the chance of setting off a primer. And yeah, a palm cushion of sorts would be nice.

ETA: I forgot the mention, the linker is symmetrical so you can set it up for left or right handed usage. You can feed the belt from either side, and the "pusher" can be flipped to either the left or right side of the linker.
 

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Here's an updated version with some improvements:


I used a longer rod with a larger diameter that fits in the tube better. This keeps everything aligned nicely, and it's less likely to fall out during use. I also added two spots where you can use a c-clamp, and I made the palm pad larger to distribute the pressure on your palm. Oh, and I added a rubber bumper on the pusher so you don't accidentally set off a primer.

This thing works really smooth and is a pleasure to operate. I'll try to get a new video up.
 

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Sweet! How much are you selling them for? 😉
I did the math and a decent amount of cost/effort goes into making each one...If I get them parkerized I'll have to do around $100 shipped to make it worthwhile. Still about 1/3 the cost of a standard loader. What would the interest be at that price?
 

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I think this is just as fast as a 20rd linker , and has the basics of a loader that could load both links and cloth if a little more time and effort was put into it...I also think that if you are able to make this happen , it would be worth 3x what your asking...Look at the JJ loader...Not much more then you have here....I think this is a great product and would be happy to spend the $100 if I had the need to.
I like it. Let me see if I can make a version that works for both 30-06 and 308 with links or cloth belts. I have some ideas.

Are there any over insertion issues with cloth belts, or do you just seat the rounds fully until they stop? I have some cloth belts but I've never tried loading them myself.
 

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Well I tested it with 30-06 for links and cloth belts. Links work perfectly, but cloth belts dont. And my idea to make it work with cloth belts didn't work. I'm sure I could come up with a solution, but not without adding substantial cost. For now I'm going to stick to the original plan.

I'm planning to make a batch of these in the next few weeks, I'll keep you all updated. Thanks for all the feedback!
 

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Here's an updated version that is simpler. Notice I removed the top tube and replaced with with an edge flange that's part of the base plate:


For everyone who is interested, please hang in there while I get everything sorted out, I'm actually planning to put up a web store where you can click to buy these and the optics mounts I'm working on.
 

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I feel the price would go up too much if he added a second plunger, then it would be a tough decision between his item and a slab loader.
Not only that but I don't think it would be any faster. If you watch the video, I spend 95% of the time just grabbing and orienting the rounds and links. The only time you would save with a double linker is the time spent pushing the plunger, which is only a split second.

Also, during the process you'll notice that I use my left hand to hold the round and link in place, this may become cumbersome if I had to hold two rounds and two links.
 

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Just wanted to give everyone a quick update. The first batch of these is currently in production, and we are working on getting a webstore up and running. It will probably be a few weeks before I have any more updates, but this is moving forward.
 

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Here is what the Brits did for a linker/de-linker. I'm thinking this idea tool could be updated to work with a bunch of different cartridges and links. Unfortunately, I gave this tool to Dolf and he misplaced it. What a surprise.









That's interesting! We thought about doing something handheld like that...but I think the workbench mounted approach makes it easier, because you can let gravity help you and just lay everything down flat. But I haven't used the above tool so who knows.

Also we all have delinkers already, they are called 1919's 😁
 

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When will they be ready for sale
Still a few weeks out, the bases are all welded up but I still need to weld the plunger assemblies, then send them out for engraving and parkerizing. Meanwhile we are still working on the webstore...if these are done before the webstore is ready I can probably just take a paypal payment and sell them on the forum.
 

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Just for fun I tried parkerizing one myself. I dont have the right equipment so I acid etched the part instead of sandblasting, and made a park tank out of a stainless spackle tray and a camp stove. Dont worry, the real ones will be perkerized by a professional :)

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The first run of 25 will be available soon, and there are more on the way. I'm starting a list so we can make sure that people who asked first can get in on the first run. You will not have to send payment until they are actually ready to ship. Here is everyone who has expressed interest:

1. @Red57
2. @1BigGuy
3. @Badger
4. @GUNNER 50 (not sure if you are interested or not based on your post)
5. @Bones8625
6. @tacreload
7. @RMGO

There were a few other people who posted in the thread but didn't indicate if they were interested in purchasing. If you want to be added (or removed) from the list please just post in this thread.

If you are on the list I will hold one for you for a week after they go up for sale.

Thanks everyone for the interest!
 

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Alright folks, first batch is ready to ship! Anyone on the list has a week from today to send payment and I will save your place in line. If you are not on the list and want to buy one, please send me a pm.

Price is $100 even, and that includes flat rate shipping to CONUS. Payments should go paypal friends and family (or add 3%) to [email protected]

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Thanks everyone! I got all of the paid orders shipped today, they will be picked up by USPS tomorrow. If you provided an email address you should receive tracking info. I will try to respond to all the PM's as well, just really slammed right now.
 
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