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Old August 6, 2012, 03:09 PM   #1
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M60, M13 Link Question

Which of these types of M13 links are the US Military currently using the ones with or without the hole in it?

M13 Link With Hole

M13 Link Without Hole
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Old August 6, 2012, 10:42 PM   #2
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links with holes were the standard when I was in, back in the 70s. Can't tell you what the official standard is today, or even if there is one. But I can tell you that its highly likely whichever one is in inventory is the one that will be used.

And by that I mean that as long as the ammo is considered servicable, it will be issued for use, holes or no holes. We were fed the "last" of the Korean war era C rations in the mid 1970s. They were still "servicable" (officially) and were issued, and ...eaten. In fact, most of us actually preferred them to the new "Vietnam" era C-rats...the older ones had smokes in them!
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Old August 7, 2012, 09:23 PM   #3
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6 years in the marines and I've only ever saw the ones without holes.

Edit: that was with the m240. Never saw an m60.
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Old August 8, 2012, 05:53 PM   #4
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Shot a lot of M60 but never seen links without the holes. Are they US or foreign?
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Old August 8, 2012, 07:59 PM   #5
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AFAIK, the holes are for weight reduction and have no functional purpose.

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Old August 10, 2012, 07:24 PM   #6
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current US 7.62 belts have no hole.
but some of the other nato ammo does. (British I THINK?)
5.56mm link DOES have a hole,

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Old August 11, 2012, 02:20 PM   #7
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current US 7.62 belts have no hole.
but some of the other nato ammo does. (British I THINK?)
5.56mm link DOES have a hole,
This has been my experience as well. I just was at a M240 qual range about 2 weeks ago so the info's pretty current.
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