I'm just an old retired guy with too much time on my hands and not enough skills to build anything, but it occurred to me the other day that the commercial M1 producers goofed with their M1 magazines. What they shoulda done (I'm just throwing this out for discussion and if anyone in Japan/Taiwan/China reads this, help yourself, I declare it a public domain idea) is emulate the way the real M1 worked. Instead of having a detachable magazine, they should have built an internal magazine, with a port for loading it with a speedloader device. If they really wanted to be clever, the last BB (or the last loadable BB) would have triggered the bolt to run back and stay open, exposing the loading port. The speedloader could be spring loaded and shaped and size about the dimension of an M1 clip, so it would fit in the cartridge belt. Shove the nozzle into the loading port, the spring (stronger than the mag spring) pushes the BB's into the mag. Release the bolt and you're going again.
I'm sure there's all kinds of technical difficulties with doing this, but that's what engineers are paid to figure out, right?
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I had the same thoughts and even with the mech box in the way, one would think there might be room for a suitable sized channel that could top feed a reasonable number of rounds (30-40 or so). The speed loaders could in fact be sized and shaped similar to an enblock clip with rounds. I am pleased with the ICS set up but a top loader would be cooler still.
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Dracul: It looks like it lost a lot of steam and I now feel bad for randomly dropping off.
Jun 15, 2018 14:58:17 GMT -5
stuka: I mean it's not your fault. It is interesting though that things are falling off as we are finally getting our ww2 guns with the type 38/96 and the enfield as well as it recieving a new loading system, it's kind of unfortunate
Jun 16, 2018 3:30:04 GMT -5
Dracul: I don't know, maybe its because all the guns are becoming available, there is a decreasing need for the forums.
Jun 16, 2018 16:29:26 GMT -5
Dracul: Most of the talk was about making guns, as all the uniform info was already out there, but now the weapons are out there and are usually decent quality.
Jun 16, 2018 16:33:32 GMT -5
stuka: well the forum is and should still be useful for updates on guns, creating groups/events and building kits
Jun 18, 2018 1:33:29 GMT -5
Cpl. Hicks: I haven't been here in years, but I'm glad to see this forum is still kicking! So much great info on here.
Jun 22, 2018 14:00:12 GMT -5
savoy6: anyone know if anyone still carries the enfield?
Jul 15, 2018 18:47:08 GMT -5
Dracul: I think Redwolf has a Enfield. If not or not longer, then not until G&G releases theirs. The old gas Iron Airsoft brand SMLE isn't carried by anyone anymore and was such piece of crap. Not worth trying to track one down.
Jul 19, 2018 5:55:35 GMT -5