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Old 17 Aug 17, 08:02
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Also, left-feed guns allow your #2 to use his firearm more easily if needed. That's because he will have his left shoulder towards the enemy while feeding the belts.
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If you want to have some fun during practice mount two right-hand feeds and have a boot do your loading. It's like that old trick of putting a banana in a hole to catch a monkey, they don't really understand what's going on.
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Originally Posted by panther3485 View Post
I guess there must be a number of reasons why MG designers would go one way or the other.
However, I can think of at least one reason why left feed/right eject makes some sense for most users.
During my own service, the two MG types I used were the .30 cal Browning and the GPMG M60. Both were left feed/right eject.
With the M60 in particular, when firing from the shoulder and being right-handed, the spent casings would be ejected away from my body, to the right and pretty much over/behind my right shoulder.
One of my best mates, being left-handed, would see the casings being ejected kind of across his face/body.
One time when firing from the lying position, and on a very hot day, he had the top couple of buttons on his shirt undone.
He soon changed his mind about that button option when a couple of very hot spent casings when down inside the front of his shirt!
If I really look.. I think I still have a couple of burn marks from that........When it happened...... burning shell casings going down my shirt were secondary thoughts.......
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