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In our collection we have the belt loader for the 1917 and an unusual box of belted ammunition.

Loader, which appears to function just fine-











Ammunition belt in a formerly sealed tin. It looks like it's galvanized in the iside. In fact, it reminds me if the container I received a bunch of steel case .308 in from China many years ago. Container was sealed, has a pull away handle to open it. It almost looks like it was designed to hang of of something and feed from the container, as there is a wooden spindle inside that the belt is wrapped around-









































 

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This is worthy of a referral to Gatekeeper from the RIA Arsenal museum. Wonder if this was part of the 1919a2 cav gun experiments.

There were 2 ammo boxes for the tank guns but they were 100 rndrs and square. There was an experimental 3 gun mount on towed trailer of A2s that had round ammo feed devices on top Dolf has pictured on p278, courtesy Bob Faros
 

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Looks like those legs were for staking it invthe ground beside the gun.
 

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Are there any stenciled markings on the belt itself?

It is an unusual ammo container for sure
 

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Wrong thread
 

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Dolf's book refers to the round ammo box as the "Mark 2 Roll Type Box". It held 200 rounds was experimental, expendable and was never placed in service..
 

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What time frame for this? Page number?
 

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The belt appears to be a standard 250 round belt with 50 rounds removed from it. There are no marking anywhere on the ammo can, inside or out. Unfortunately the ammo has corrosion on the exterior and the belt is very dry and stuck to the cartridges.
 

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Thanks, appreciate it
 
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