Paracord Magazine Pulls (Tactical Magazine Extractors)...on the Cheap!





Introduction: Paracord Magazine Pulls (Tactical Magazine Extractors)...on the Cheap!

How to make cheap tactical magazine extractors. Mag pouch have an annoying tendency of holding mag to tight, making it hard to remove mags when needed. This method of making so called "magazine pulls" has been around for awhile, and I don't claim to have invented this, but it wasn't on instructables yet, so I thought I'd put it up.

This article is pend with 30 round aluminum USGI AR-15/M-16/M-4 magazines in mind, but it can be made to work for most any magazine.

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Step 1: What You Need

1. A Magazine, for this demo, we'll use a Bushmaster aluminum 30 round AR magazine.

2. Paracord, aka 550 cord. 6"-6.5" per magazine

3. 100mph tape, duck tape works to, gaff doesn't hold up well.

4. A cutting tool. for paracord.

4. FIRE! lighter works just fine.

Step 2: Prep

Pic1. Make sure the mag is unloaded.

Pic2. Cut 6" to 6.5" of paracord.

Pic3. Melt the ends of the paracord with the lighter. Because the paracord is made of nylon (a form of plastic) it melts (rather than burns) when exposed to flame. Hold the flame to the paracord until a decent blob of molten plastic forms. Remove fire and allow to cool for a few moments.

Step 3: Attach

Pic1. Lay the paracord in the center grove on the side of the magazine near the bottom.

Pic2. Cover with tape.

Pic3. Loop paracord over the bottom of the magazine, cover with tape to form the loop. I like the loops on my mags to be of a decent size, so no matter what gloves I am wearing, I can still "hook" the loop and pull the mag free of the mag pouch.

Wrap the mag with the 100mph tape a couple of times, not to much, or the mag will be fat, and even tigher in the mag pouch, but not so little that you pull the paracord out instead of the mag.

Pic4. Make sure the blob of melted paracord sits outside the tape, acting sorta like an anchor.

Pic5. Finished product.

Look at you with your fancy high-speed-low-drag home made mag puls. Time to kick ass and chew bubble gum, to bad we're all out of gum.
Shoot safe.



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    I second the besplate/zip-tie method. Even 100mph tape will eventually give out. Tie a fat knot at each end of your 550 cord with the stuffing replaced with zip-tie then just reattach the base plate with only the knots inside tha mag. Works well enough. Or just buy some MagPuls...

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    The best part about this is it's the kind of thing a soldier would actually use - 100mph/Duct tape and paracord are all standard surival kit components ;)

    I would just pull off the end plate about 1/2 inch and the add the 550 cord and close the base plate. but if you're not worried about using it often then it should work.

    Realy useful instructable. In Poland ASG shops made great interest on magpuls. They buy 3 pack for 10 bucks and sell single magpul for 10$ - stupidnes. So cheaper option is welcome :)

    Wow! so someone on this site (not sight.........) actually has an ar-15 rifle.

    I do mine a little different. I gut the paracord by pulling out the inner strands and then insert a short length of zip tie with the ratchet end clipped off. The springy plastic will always hold the loop open so you can find it under stress. I also tie knots in the ends of the paracord and use my magazine floorplates to hold them instead of using duck tape.

    Hey Hodge-Podge Good instructable, but I'm not a huge fan of this method. Like you said, this has been around for a while, and there are more than a few ways to do it. I like to strip the center out of the cord, cord put a thin zip tie in the center, tie off the ends, and then tuck them under the floorplate. I still wrap tape around the mag to keep the battle rattle down, but the zip tie will keep the cord standing up. I'll post some pics on flickr, got some highspeed mags from cproducts. SMASHY

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    I would like to see that, especially because I was under the impression that you shouldn't put anything inside of the magazine anywhere near the spring and that includes clogging up the drain hole at the bottom. Cool idea about the zip tie.

    LOL at first i thought it was some sort of magazine holder that some magazine sends it in and i thoguth you were making something that'll pull them out of the case they send it in... -_- HAHAHAH. that's a good idea...but won't the paracord slip if the magazines in there too tight?

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    Use a longer section of cord, and start the ends of the cord at the bottom of the magazine, running upwards. Wrap one layer of tape around the magazine and tape, then fold the cord back over the tape and tape-covered section of cord and wrap with another layer or two of tape. This will prevent the cord from pulling out.

    Holy i dont need to buy magpulls for my ar-15's magazines!!! Why didnt i think of this before?! I might use black or real tree cammo [even though it wouldnt match the gun] too.


    11 years ago

    Make sure mag is unloaded? What, like the tape is going to ignite the primers? :)

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    I know, I know. But if I hadn't put that in there, someone would haw posted a comment freaking out about firearms safety.

    yeah, i have airsoft too but my P-90 mag is weird, it won't work too well :( oh well

    This works great for Airsoft too. I did these to my Armalite mags when magpuls were still too expensive. You can use olive drab or black tape for that tactical look.