DARIVS ARCHITECTVS wrote:Many reenactors don't use the starter tabs at all, just like the German soldiers did, because the starter tab can get stuck in the feed mechanism and break off the first link in the belt even if it does not cause a jam. Fishing the end of the feed tab under the feed cover is a pain you can do without. All you need to know is how to correctly load the gun without them, which is faster anyway. The only time you need a feed tab is if you are using feed drums.
If you leave the first two links of a 50 round belt empty, and hook the empty first link over the right edge of the feed tray, you don't need a feed tab. You just lay the belt on the feed tray in the position as described, pull the feedpawl positioning track under the feed cover to the right with your thumb as you close it (the bolt should be already cocked to the rear), push the safety off, and fire.
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