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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