MG-42 Linked 8mm Mauser (MG34/42) – Snap Caps Dummy Rounds

(29 customer reviews)


MG42 belt sections of 8×57 Mauser dummy rounds / snap caps / fake bullets.

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This listing is 8mm Mauser (8×57) dummy rounds / snap caps / fake bullets in sections of metal belt links for the MG-42, MG34, and MG3 machine guns.  They were made in 50 round sections with a tab at the end which could be hooked together to make a longer belt.  During WWII these were generally used in 50, or 100 round sections by the German Wehrmacht (Army).  A starter tab was used in order to quickly reload the rapid firing (1200 round per minute) MG42s without having to open the top cover like a US 1919 Browning.  They were used quite effectively in the hands of the German military, who’s MG-42 gained the nickname “Hitler’s buzzsaw” due to its extremely high rate of fire.

The same belt design was used after the war by the Yugoslavians in their MG53, and by the West German designed MG3 (7.62 NATO) both of which are almost identical to the MG42.  This design is still in service with multiple countries throughout Europe with the MG3.

Looks and feels just like what the German Army used during WWII.

Properly sized, seated, and crimped. Available with spent primers in, empty primer pockets, or holes drilled in the cases.  *One hundred round sections come with a starter tab*

Great for reenactors, airsoft players, costumes, museums, films, or just display.

Thanks for looking!

Also available with 7.62 NATO (.308 Win) dummy rounds here.

The Best Tool for Firearms Training, Safely Function Checking, and Historically Accurate!

  • SAME WEIGHT and FEEL as live rounds***, but completely INERT. J&M Spec Snap Caps are made from real brass cartridge cases and real bullets, just no powder or primer.
  • Historical Accuracy – We go to great lengths to ensure all of our vintage and historical cartridges are period correct and still function flawlessly.  There’s no reason to do something unless you do it right, and make it look good too!
  • We stand behind our products – 100% Satisfaction Guaranty! Our training rounds are designed to withstand thousands of dry-fires.  If there is ever an issue, we will make it right.
  • Practice and train SAFELY – We use our products too for training classes and personal use.  You can’t beat the muscle memory gained by dry-firing and clearing jams.
  • Customizable to fit your needs – Whether you are function checking or reenacting, we have the configuration you need for dummy ammunition.  We offer a selection of options including spent primers, orange rubber primers, rattling cartridges, all black cases, and more!
  • Industry leading quality and customer service – Please call or email us if you ever have problem or question about one of our products.
  • Our products go by many names: dummy rounds, snap caps, fake bullets, inert ammunition, inert ammo, dummy ammunition, dummy ammo, etc. All mean the same thing, cartridges that don’t go bang!

*** Non-clear plastic hulled shotgun shells are lighter than live rounds in order to distinguish them from live rounds. For weighted shotgun shells, purchase ones with “INERT” or components showing options.***

Proudly Made in Alabama, USA!

At J&M Spec (, we offer the highest quality and largest selection of Dummy Rounds / Inert Rounds / Training Rounds in the world.  With hundreds of thousands of snap caps sold in many hundred different calibers and gauges, no one beats J&M Spec in reliability, value, and shear number of cartridge types available!

Our Snap Caps are used for reenacting, film props, dry-fire training, tactical training by military and police, function testing by large firearms manufacturers, displays, and many others!  Don’t settle for anything less than the best when it comes to your dummy round / training round needs!

All of our dummy rounds are INERT and not capable of being made into live ammunition. We are not responsible for any damage to firearms from misuse or otherwise. It is your responsibility to keep these rounds separate and distinguished from live rounds and we take no responsibility for personal injury or property damage that occurs by the user.

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We also offer BLANKS for Films and Reenacting at J&M Spec.

J&M Spec Blanks .45 ACP
J&M Spec Blanks .45 ACP

Additional information

Weight 4 oz
Dimensions 9 × 6 × 1 in

Empty Primer Pockets, Holes Drilled in Cases, Spent Primers Remain


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Black, Brass, Nickel

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29 reviews for MG-42 Linked 8mm Mauser (MG34/42) – Snap Caps Dummy Rounds

  1. Barry (verified owner)

    Just what I was looking for for my WW2 militaria display and to pair with my dummy MG34.

  2. Anonymous (verified owner)

  3. Shannon R. (verified owner)

    Great addition to my Denix MG-34.

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  4. John R. (verified owner)

    They look great with my dummy MG34 and I highly recommend J&M Spec. LLC.

  5. Anonymous (verified owner)

  6. Timothy Rotroff (verified owner)

    Great product. No issues or concerns.

  7. Johnny B. (verified owner)

  8. Tony Parsons (verified owner)

    It really is a very cool piece.

  9. John Lindermuth (verified owner)

    Great, very happy!!

  10. Ardalan Rafiei (verified owner)

    Excellent communication and great packaging. ♠️ Thank you 🙏

  11. Michael S. (verified owner)

    product perfect as before. thank you.

  12. Ed Meagher (verified owner)

  13. Brian (verified owner)

    only wish it came with starter tab, but it did not say it did – so i wasn’t expecting one.

  14. Michael S. (verified owner)

    perfect, looks great displayed.

  15. john Long (verified owner)

    Looked everywhere for these and finally hit the right place…look forward to further business with them.

  16. Brian (verified owner)

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  18. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Great product! Very happy with the quality. Pleased to receive the correct bullet diameter and not a smaller (more readily available) bullet crimped to to a 8mm case. They look great and will hold their value for decades to come. Wish I had purchased sooner. Also, great communication from J&M.

  19. Kenneth Knowles (verified owner)

    Perfect! It goes with my MG42 perfectly

  20. John Sharp (verified owner)

  21. Michael (verified owner)

    Looks amazing – Looks real

  22. Timothy Rotroff (verified owner)

    great product exactly as advertised.

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  25. Hakan K. (verified owner)

    high quality product will complement my MG34 replica – wish I could have gotten starter strip without having to order a 100 round belt

  26. Holly DeFilippo (verified owner)

    Excellent service and Products.

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  27. George Howard (verified owner)

  28. Dennis Wolf

    Great ammo for reenacting! I purchased a 100 round belt and it is fantastic. The starter tab and free shipping were a great added bonus.

  29. George Krug (verified owner)

    GREAT! MG34 ammo belt with 100 rounds of 8mm. Arrived just as described and NO CHARGE for shipping. Inert 8mm is difficult to find. I thank you for your product and service. My MG will look so much better, when mounted on my Dnepr, with an ammo belt hanging off the side.

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