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Two minute tactical upgrade: Velcro magazine system

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You are in the Airsoft field, frantically firing your bolt-action M1 rifle at approaching enemies. All of a sudden, you hear the flat THUNK of your gun dry-firing. Your magazine is empty! You quickly duck into cover and eject, reaching into your tactical vest for another magazine. By the time you finish opening the pocket, removing and orienting the magazine, loading it, and re-cocking your rifle, a BB snaps off your mask and you are out.

That used to happen to me a lot. 

Don't you wish you had a faster way to reload your clips? Are you thinking of going and buying some hi-cap mags? Maybe you should try this first for a few dollars before you shell out big bucks for hi-cap mags. 

For some reason, despite the cheapness and all-over noob appearance of the TSD M1 Airsoft rifle, I have used it for ever. I just like it's realistic action and versatility, I guess, plus the fact that it is easily worked on and modified. 

The only thing that annoys me is the fact that the 25 round magazines seem to take an eternity to change. 

Using some Velcro tape and two minutes, here is how I made a faster reloading system that can be operated by feel, without even having to take your eyes away from the sights. Given a few minutes of practice, one can get the movements required memorized, enabling them to go from empty magazine to shooting again in five seconds. 

Velcro tape is available in pretty much any hardware store, home center, or housewares store. It comes in a pack or roll, part hook-side, and part loop-side. I got my pack ages ago for $4.00 (US) at my local Ace hardware.

The pictures do an excellent job of explaining where to put the Velcro to make this system work.

The pictures also show the ordered steps involved in this reload process.
Happy shooting and be safe!
Ilpug

Update: Feel free to post pictures of how you have adapted this system to your guns! 
Nice idea. I'm gonna try it and I will post pictures of mine when it's done. 
Rambo5561 year ago
good idea, great 'ible! the only thing wrong is that an m1 rifle is semi automatic.
ilpug (author)  Rambo5561 year ago
This one isn't.

In general they are, and any airsoft m1 that's really worth it is, but this one's just a cheap plastic gun
coolkidtn1 year ago
any idea how to do this on an m4 stock?
ilpug (author)  coolkidtn1 year ago
Hmm, yeah, it would be pretty hard with the tube stock configuration.... you'd need a mounting surface
That is one cheap looking gun. o0
How much it cost?
ilpug (author)  Crimson-Deity2 years ago
Oh, it is. Like 40$ on hobbytron or at Big 5 stores. It's a very cheap gun that is durable and strong, but structurally weak. Both mine are trashed and broken now. At some point I will get an AEG m14, for sure.
I have the WE M14 EBR GBB and I can tell you it's the most delicious Airsoft you will EVER lay your hands on.
It does costs a fair bit and requires some maintanence but it shoots straighter than any other short-barreled sniper I've ever tried.

I'd scrape together and save for this gun! =)

Great instructable btw!
ilpug (author)  Crimson-Deity2 years ago
I was thinking about one of those, they look so sexy ::

lots of other stuff going on right now though, so Airsoft is on the proverbial back burner.
de05092 years ago
actually im a bit distracted by the fact that you need velcro for it. what if you duct tape two magazines side by side but leave a bit so it can go into the gun. imagine.

release magazine, rotate 180 degrees, put back into gun. continue shooting.

rather than

remove magazine, stick to stock, take magazine from stock, put into gun, continue shooting.
ilpug (author)  de05092 years ago
That is a good solution too and I should have mentioned it. I have seen people do that, and have done it myself with MP5 mags. However, on most square-shaped mags, I have found that the duct tape method usually leads to something hitting the little release switch and vomiting ammo all over me and the ground. Your idea is fully valid if you don't have issues with the release of ammo like I do.
jiangpanda2 years ago
No offense but thats why you get a tactical vest. Or even a dump bag. Or a fanny pack.
ilpug (author)  jiangpanda2 years ago
I have one of each of those things. When I am using my MP5 and pistol, I have all of my magazines in chest packs, and a larger pouch on my belt I can just drop the empty mags in. It works fine, especially for CQB. However, In the more sniper-oriented environment that I use this gun in, this method is simply a lot faster than the chest-pouch set up, at least for me.
great 'ible!

ilpug (author)  sniperHunted3 years ago
Thanks.
Very clever.
ilpug (author)  blueghostsyl3 years ago
Thank you!
thing 23 years ago
What kind of m14 is that?
ilpug (author)  thing 23 years ago
It says in the text, but it is a TSD SDM100 Rifle (that is the name it was sold under). Obviously, that is a misnomer, because it is definitely an M14. i have bought two at Big 5 Sporting Goods over the years, but I don't know if they still make them. they are pretty cheap, and need upkeep. Definitely not a pro gun, more of a beginner to intermediate weapon. I just love the design, the accuracy, and the low replacement cost, plus they are easily repaired. Check the internet and expect to pay at least 60$. Hobbytron.com would be a good place to look.
thing 2 ilpug3 years ago
Thanks, for replying quickly! I didn't see where it said the first time.
cam.dav323 years ago
I believe you have found a cheap effective solution to a problem that plagues any airsofter, good job and nice ible
ilpug (author)  cam.dav323 years ago
Thanks. it certainly helps me.