Hey all just thought I'd share my B.A.R magazine conversion. The sole problem I had with my beautiful B.A.R was the mags Everytime it felt when I needed the gun to work the most the damned thing would missfeed. I noticed that veteran poster "2nd bat" made midcap conversions which look fantastic but I was also frustrated that the mags couldn't hold more rounds, I mean...it is a support gun right? And if you have buddies next to you with Thompsons with 3-400 round mags firing away you feel as though you'd be better off using one of them instead!
Anyway here is a video of my conversion, (pardon my language) and I hope it helped youtu.be/1FGIrc976B4
It seems as it is only a study and not an accomplisment.... the winding mag sticks out of the original one significantly....
If you are worried that you buddies use thompson then buy an AK - it hold 450 rds in the mag....
you ll never the same difference between MG and SMG in airsoft....
m16 short hicap or SR25 - they both could fit... and if you are worried about the correct angle and positioning - cut the feeding tube in the magazine in the middle and replace the missing part with a 6mm m249 style bowden.. it will allow you to feed the BBs anywhere you want (and extend or shorten the mag anyhow you want to) aint so difficult you can still keep your nice looking mags.....
I did mention in the video that they do work and have been very reliable. They hold 400 rounds per mag. I have made 4 and the other 8 I have will be converted from SR 25 or m14 midcaps.
As for the trimming of the mags so they are flush with the bottom, that will be an easy fix. Again just thought I'd share what I have done.
Rullow, I get what you mean somewhat...only why would I if I have a B.A.R that holds 450 rounds instead?
Thanks for the info on the mags as well, will give it a try and yes they're still not the final result in what I want, just thought I'd share my progress
Hi caps are seen as a forbidden thing in the ww2 airsoft community, I get that but I just thought it would be a practical thing to have in a moment where suppression is needed and that can require a fair few rounds sometimes 😉
the logic is that if you dont care about how it looks then you can have an AK.... easy fix means one cut -or similar... in your case "the fix" means that you have to recut and reweld the parts together to reshape the form.... the angle on the bottom of sr25 and BAR mag are not quite the same and to prevent your hicap mag from sticking out - you ll have to sacrifice a little bit of the capacity as well...
Interesting thought process. So that implies you would rather wear American ww2 kit and use an RPK over a BAR with a magazine that has 10mm of plastic sticking out the bottom? I can see your DIY work is very intricate so your advice is appreciated, yeah the modification for it to sit flush will take a bit of effort but I guess that's the fun of it right?
that doest imply anything in relation to me.... its just that I cant get your logic - i have something that looks good + fits my kit and instead of working out the flaws I start with ruining the design... maybe that I am not so much open minded since the biggest portion of my work is to try to get as close to the original as possible - and sometimes its done thanks to sacrifice of battery, mag capacity and so on... so I may have trouble to understand somebody going the opposite way.....
If I take your approach ad absurdum - you could use SR25 mag straight away just with some spacers here and there to fit the mag well... On the other hand Id completely understand your presentation if you could place your modified mag alonside with an original lowcap - and I couldnt tell the difference... (maybe just the winding wheel sticking out)
I like things being done to 100% and here I definetely see the way how to improve it to the desired finish....
Completely understandable, each to their own. Not 100% done and will post updates, I'm pretty new to customization so there's lots to learn. I'm not familiar with this M249 Bowden thing you mentioned? What is that?
in your case you can easily cut the hicap in the middle - drill 8mm round hole (5mm deep)to both cut sections feeding channel - and insert desired lentgh of the bowden inbetween. I use quite often - for example when I need to replace the feeding hole on the mag to the middle of the mag (from front side or the back side) or when I need to change an angle, or when I need to extend the original mag.... its quite universal....
its really straight away modification and you need only 8mm drillbit and some ducktape to secure it a tiny bit....
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