Do you play Airsoft? Do you have an awesome gun? Have you ever tried making it even more awesome? Perhaps you went through the following scenario:
*sees awesome gun attachment*
*buys it and goes home excited to try it out*
*realizes it doesn't fit*
*go back to store*
*see that rail kit parts required are 30$*
I know I have. Then I discovered a cheap, effective, and good-looking alternative. Why not use zip-ties? Obviously they wouldn't work for things that need to be ultra-stable, like optics, but do work for other things.
Since my gun is an MP5 variant, it is best suited for close-quarters. I thought I would attach a flashlight to give myself an edge in the dark. I got a bargain flashlight at a discount store, modified it to use LEDs (to save 4$, because I'm that cheap), and zip-tied it to the front right hand rail on my gun. I don't remember the exact size of the tie I used, but it shouldn't matter. Basically I just looped the ties under the rail, slipped the light into the loops, tightened it a bit, adjusted it, and then tightened it all the way. I then snipped off the tails of the Zip-ties with scissors. The whole process took me like two minutes from Inspiration to Completion.
For people wanting to do something like this, here is a list of more attachments you could attach in this way:
-flashlight (like I did)
-grip (possible, but you might have to use extra ties)
-laser sight (maybe not for high accuracy things like assault rifles, but definitely for pistols and smaller guns)
-you could probably attach a red-dot sight using this method, but unless you have no alternative, I cant guarantee reliable accuracy.
This method is perfect for beginning Airsofters or those with a very tight budget. For a pro playing in competition, its probably not a good idea. Great for repairs too. I recommend taking a few zip-ties along in your kit bag when you play. They weigh nothing, and have millions of uses.