View Full Version : So I HAVE to buy a 1919 now (aka look what I found)

01-06-2007, 5:39 PM
So my family purchased the processing plant we use for our ranches about 20 years ago. While my grandfather was still alive (he died early 90s) he let a fellow rancher/worker/somethingorother/etc park two trailers on our property for temperary keeping. Well before he died the fellow basically said take the trucks because he wasn't coming back for them. We opened them up and they were filled with garbage and we realized we had been duped by a fellow 'friend'. Since the trailer units were not useable outsid eof storage, and we weren't hurting for storage, we left them alone. After he died I inheritted part ownership of the ranches and all property that belongs to them, including the processing plant and everything on it (do you see where this is going?).

So it was decided to get rid of the eye sores once and for all (and because we need storage space now) so we spent all afternoon cleaning them out. Low and behold what do I find that has been in my possession for almost 15 years? Take a look...


Prettiest 100 links of .308 I ever did see. And as a testament to their age:


Looks like a good bead blasting and parking and I will have a darn tootin' rip roaring good time with these. Of course I had to call finder's keepers on my brother, since they are legally partially his also, but for now they will stay with me.

So looks like I just HAVE to buy a 1919 now...oh well, who needs food anyways.:D

01-06-2007, 6:02 PM
What a fortuitous find!
Can you legally break that into multiple 11+ round ammuntion feeding devices, or is that only one ammunition feeding device?

01-06-2007, 6:02 PM
I wouldn't even bead blast them. Soak them in CLP and let them rip :D

01-06-2007, 6:08 PM
I wouldn't even bead blast them. Soak them in CLP and let them rip :D

Honestly, I know EXACTLY what you mean. The two 'extra' rounds in the first picture are a .30-06 with a very funny nose (looks almost like a nipple in a shallow hollow point) and the pistol round is a .357 mag that were also found in one of the trailers. I am just going to clean off the surface rust on the .30-06 shell and let it fly from one of ym 1903s. The .357 I dont know....maybe throw it down range or borrow someone's .357 mag...

My point being I would run them if I had a belt fed .308 right now. In the mean time, I figure a good cleaning will help keep my excited about my mandatory 1919. Now the question is should I get it in .308 or .30-06? I am leaning towards .30-06 just to stay original.

01-06-2007, 6:12 PM
Well that depends on how much 308 / 30/06 you happen to have around. and or which you feel would be better economically to feed it in the future.

01-06-2007, 6:17 PM
Will 30-06 links run in a 308 gun? Are they any different?

01-06-2007, 6:18 PM
So how many guns did you find? :D

01-06-2007, 6:19 PM
Are those M60 links?

If so, forget using them on the 1919.

01-06-2007, 6:20 PM
yes 30-06 links are different than 308 links

01-06-2007, 6:26 PM
I thought they were M60 links also but they lack the little hole in the back side of the link that the M60 links have. The M1919A4 as I recall also used cloth belts.

Below see the little hole in the link this is a california legal M60 belted section of ammo.

Below these are M1919 links.
Loose link pics are from this website http://www.ammunitionstore.com/

01-06-2007, 6:28 PM
Yup, no hole.

And is there a reason .30-06 won't work in .308? I tried a .30-06 in one of the open link ends and it fit and stayed tight. Just curious...

01-06-2007, 6:31 PM
There are different 1919 links out there.But 30-06 links will work for 30-06, 308 and 8mm. Make sure you do not shoot your belted link below 11 rounds. That way you can reload the links.

01-06-2007, 8:06 PM
so u went from im broke and i have to sell all my crap to i found some ammo and now i have to buy a 1919:D hehe

01-06-2007, 8:29 PM
Hey man sorry to add to the bad news but those are nato style .308 links, they won't run in a 1919 unless you convert it over to the canadian C5 style (which is rare and expensive)

If anyone wants to give it a try I have 2500 of these dang links that I can't use in my 1919, I bought them without reading the fine print. got a great deal on them however...

01-06-2007, 11:04 PM
Those look like NATO links; M60, HK21, etc. Yeah, they have the rim finger on them. There is still good news, build the Canadian version of the 1919; 1919 C5. It uses NATO links but prepare to spend, I mean SPEND on it.

01-08-2007, 4:36 PM
Not neccessarily. The law only states that the links must still function in their original firearm. So if I can find a belt fed weapon that uses NATO and 1919 links then I can cenvert them over to 1919 links and use them in a 1919 since they would still function in their original firearm.

I'd just replace them one by one to ensure I always have a high capacity magazine that functions in the 'original' weapon. :D

As for being broke, I am still broke and still trying to find stuff to sell. I did just land a job, more or less (haven't gotten confirmation, but it's basically a sure thing at this point) with a machine shop that will pay better than my current job and I'll get overtime (stupid ranch doesn't pay overtime since I'm family). The result will be a 50% larger check, of course I'll be covering two in a couple months so I need to live up the added income while I have it.

01-08-2007, 6:07 PM
(stupid ranch doesn't pay overtime since I'm family)

Same here. Only I work in a welding shop :(

01-08-2007, 6:31 PM
Maybe you'll find the 1919 in the other trailer?

01-08-2007, 9:55 PM
I found 30 round AR Mags in my garage. Turns out my dad was a bit of a gun nut.

01-11-2007, 12:29 PM