RPD belt question
could you make your own out of webbing like for the 1919 US belt fed or do you have to use factory? I have never owned one. And, I have no idea of how they work so I guess thats why I ask this question. If I could, I will just make my own belts out of thick cotton belt style stuff just like the older things. That is, if its possible.
Probably would not work with an RPD as they push the round forward into the chamber. Most that use a cloth belt will pull the round from the back and drop it down ala the 1919.
The RPD use a non-disintegrating metallic belt. I doubt that the feed pawl would work with a " thick cotton belt style stuff". The RPD belt is made of thin stampings with wire connectors. It barely increases the outer diameter of the cartridge casings.
British Vickers belts or old Russian Maxim cloth bets might work (they are relatively thin cotton tape / herringbone tape), but they are for .303 or 7.62x54R instead of 7.62x39mm, might be too wide, and might cost as much won't work as the mechanism pulls the the cartridge back and then drops it down..
You might compare a PKM / Maxim metallic non-disintegrating Soviet belt, as they have similar construction, but the calibers are different (and the cartridges are shaped differently). won't work as the mechanism pulls the the cartridge back and then drops it down..