Some guns will run the belts either way with either loop leading, but two loops first is per the manual.
Just in case, I wanted to toss in the next step for you...how to properly load the belt in the gun and charge it.
With some guns it doesn't matter how you slap the belt in there and charge it and some are finicky and have to be done "by the book". The field manual says to lay the first two rounds straddling the belt holding pawl and then close the top cover. Cycling the charging handle once moves the first round to the right and under the extractor arm into battery. Cycling the charging handle the second time moves the first round down the T slot and into the chamber while simultaneously moving the second round over into battery.
Many guys load the belt and go ahead and pull it over to the right and place the first round under the extractor arm, close the top cover and cycle the bolt just once. That's okay, but for some reason the field manual says to cycle it twice to chamber the first round and some guns prefer it.
Try it any way you like and see what works for you.
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