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November 15, 2006

The Whatziss, revealed!

The question is here, if you need to catch up.

Al and MajMike were correct, it's a linker-delinker for disintegrating link machine gun belts. The markings are frankly not conclusive as to origin. They are not Brit nor US.

The three-pronged side links:

Machinegun belt-linking tool

The two-pronged side de-links. It really doesn't make linking any faster, but it sure reduces the stress on arthritic hands... Werekitten noted that it was a spreader - it actually does both - part of what I like about the cleverness of the gizmo. It squeezes to link, but flip it over, and it spreads to de-link. I shudder to think where you all might go with this.

Regardless - Bragging rights to Al and MajMike (though MajMike has some scale issues, not unusual with guys who have spent time running about in panzers).

Comments on The Whatziss, revealed!
WereKitten briefed on November 15, 2006 07:15 AM

I at least got a little bit right. That's more than I've ever done before!

Oh, I can die happy now.

al briefed on November 15, 2006 08:01 AM

My wife says I have some scale issues too, but we'll save that for some other post.

MajMike briefed on November 15, 2006 03:25 PM

not a scale problem once ya showed it in a palm grip.

J.M. Heinrichs briefed on November 15, 2006 04:57 PM

Once upon a time ...
... we received a resupply of rounds for our C1s, a box of 7.62 Blank, linked. So we enjoyed of period of rest, delinking the rounds and filling our mags. The links were carefully collected and returned to our Supply Cpl for disposal.
The next day, we were given the opportunity to include a Browning M1919 in our defenses. And our Supply Cpl handed us a can of 7.62 Blanks, clipped, and a box of links with which to assemble a belt ...


Trias briefed on November 15, 2006 11:16 PM

Nice, much smaller than I had estimated.