The end bullet slides out and then back in to enable fastening. Measures about 1m (3ft 3'') long and easily adjustable by removing one or several cartridges in the ammo belt.
A unique piece of Genuine Military Equipment for the militaria collector as well as the fancy dress party.
A belt is a device that holds cartridges adjacent to each other in a single row for feeding into a firearm,
typically a machine gun. The belt itself only serves to link the cartridges together so that
they may be fired in a uniform manner; it does not perform the feeding of the firearm.
In general, the belt is either permanently linked, fed through the weapon, and subsequently pushed out the other side of the chamber, or the links themselves 'disintegrate', or break apart after firing, as the cartridges are integral to the design of the belt. The latter is called a 'disintegrating belt'. The main advantage of the non-disintegrating belt is that it is refillable. The advantages of the disintegrating belt are that it is lighter and the expended links do not dangle from the other side of the gun. Permanently linked belts are often made of cloth while disintegrating links are generally metal.
Belts are useful in that long sequences of ammunition can be run through a weapon with little to no interaction from the individual firing it. As machine guns in the 20th century evolved with higher rates of fire, the traditional sprung magazine was found to be insufficient for two reasons: first, a magazine of reasonable size (typically 70 rounds or fewer) would require too-frequent changing during sustained fire. Secondly, the spring used to feed cartridges often cannot deliver them quickly enough to match the weapon's firing rate and this would result in jams.
Belts are often stored in a transportation box, which can be attached under the firearm. This allows mobile infantry troops equipped with light and medium machine guns to carry a large amount of ammunition with ease of transportation that would not be allowed by a loose belt.