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 Post subject: Left hand and right hand feed Hughes .50 cal ammo tracking.
PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2014 7:10 pm 
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Hughes tracking orientation?

I have received conflicting reports on these tracking chutes?

A gun dealer with over 40 years knowledge on the M2's Tells me that the chutes are left hand feed and right hand feed orientated?

Another well equally qualified person tells me that they aren't?

Could it be that the wartime Hughes tracking was not handed? And the lets say modern stuff is?

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 Post subject: Re: Left hand and right hand feed Hughes .50 cal ammo tracking.
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Is he the guy who has left & right handed 50 cal cleaning rods & the handed 50 cal cooling jackets?

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 Post subject: Re: Left hand and right hand feed Hughes .50 cal ammo tracking.
PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2015 10:19 pm 
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Let's bring my question back into play.

Just recently bought some bits of tracking and adapters and they still signify left and right feed.

One end of the chute says gun end and the other box end. I also have a very short piece stating the same but the middle open part is opposite way around to the other? Both chutes orientate left or right with the open bit upwards. Any ideas? Photos to follow.

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 Post subject: Re: Left hand and right hand feed Hughes .50 cal ammo tracking.
PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2015 8:52 pm 
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Mike are these the same as the one I had at Military Odyssey last year?

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 Post subject: Re: Left hand and right hand feed Hughes .50 cal ammo tracking.
PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2015 7:28 pm 
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Lucky wrote:
Mike are these the same as the one I had at Military Odyssey last year?


Would need to take another look at it.

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 Post subject: Re: Left hand and right hand feed Hughes .50 cal ammo tracking.
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Wartime flexi ammo tracking wasn't handed for flexible mounted guns, it is all homogeneous & interchangeable. It can be lengthened, shortened & the Hughes adapter refitted to the appropriate end with little effort along with the box connection.

For fixed wing gun bays in pursuit aircraft will be different obviously, each section is specific for each gun as the lengths have to reach from the ammo pannier to each gun & are almost exclusively made from a beefed up stainless steel wire skeleton as opposed to the Lobster shell type in a heavy. The wired type is more robust in dealing with high G forces not experienced in a bomber.

Post war aircraft using .50 cal continued using the wired type, most of the Cold War Jet era digs have produced evidence of this & some of it was marked with orientation & gun number to speed up refitting by armorers & rule any chance of fitting the wrong section back to a different gun.

Bear in mind that a lot of Vietnam Helos were using the .50 cal rigged up on pylons fed from the fuselage tracking out to the gun & it's still used today on door guns for the Pavehawk although the tracking is a modern design.

From you description of the tracking you have I would expect it to be post war & this is probably why you are having problems trying to figure out how it all goes together.

I plan on putting up some pictures to end the confusion relating to modern & WWII tracking.

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