View Full Version : Magazines for tracer BBs
04-23-2006, 07:05 PM
Posted this on the Houston site in response to a topic there, but forgot to post it here.
Basically, 2AAA batteries in the mag that power a light when charges the BBs. There appears to be a pressure switch at the top of the mag so that the light is only activated when the mag is in the magwell (or pressed against something in your gear pouch). ;)
05-10-2006, 09:11 AM
Available for pre-order at RedWolf: G&P Illuminated Mag (http://redwolfairsoft.com/redwolf/product/product_detail.jsp?prodID=20318)
06-13-2006, 05:10 PM
Available here (http://airsoftglobal.com/product_info.php?products_id=4086)
06-13-2006, 06:42 PM
Light system in the magazine - now that's an innovative idea! Of course if you consider purchasing more than three of these mags you'd be better off buying the TM tracer unit and using existing low and mid-cap magazines.
Is there a reliable method to load non-wound magazines with a balanced mix of tracer and non-tracer BBs?
06-13-2006, 07:40 PM
Mix the tracer and regular BBs in a bag to the ratio you want, and then use click loaders to load the mags. It isn't as reliable as something like every 6th BB is a guaranteed tracer like on real-steel belts, but good enough. I've used 3:1 ratio of regular to tracer BBs in the past fairly well, but 2:1 ratio is more fun.
06-13-2006, 09:15 PM
I used a 2:1 ratio tracer/regular BB mix during the November night game and it worked really well. To give an even more interesting effect, I mixed green and orange tracer BB's.
06-14-2006, 07:59 AM
One of the downsides I saw was that you had to have batteries for every mag. At least they include them, as noted here (http://www.wgcshop.com/pcart/shopper.php?itm=GP-AMAG-521_srch_1)
A nifty idea, but a more robust tracer unit would be a nice addition to the field instead. The positive of these mags is that there is not the "muzzle flash" that the tracer units have for every BB fired.
06-26-2006, 07:59 PM
06-27-2006, 03:20 AM
Wait a minute, what is keeping you from installing a white LED in the feed tube of your gun and running it off a low voltage low amp tap into the gun's main circuit? Just install a slider switch in an inconspicuous place and then you have a tracer-enabled AEG on-demand. By installing the LED in the gun's feed tube, you could alleviate the problem of 'dark' BBs in the initial stack as noted in Arnie's review. I'm going to have to get on that..
06-27-2006, 03:39 AM
Good idea. Location would need to be unique to each gun type and likely located on the top-side of the hopup chamber, above the feed tube, flush to the inside surface of the hopup chamber.
Just thinking aloud so that any extra room is not created that could create double-feeds.
06-27-2006, 12:32 PM
Ah, yeah I like the idea of mounting on the top-side of the hop-up. I was initally thinking of tapping into the side of the feed tube. Also, I agree the original internal profile of the feed tube shouldn't be disturbed. I'm thinking of epoxy gluing a piece from the shaft of of clear-barrel ball point pen into the feed tube and then sanding smooth with a rubbing compound. The LED would then mount outside of the new window so as not to disturb the feed path.
The circuit for the LED should be built on a proto board with cpu fan type connectors. You'd have to hack up your trigger circuit, but with a clean and modular wiring job the LED circuit could be zip-tied to the barrel inside the fore-end and quickly disconnected from the main circuit for field stripping. You could take it even one step further for highly-upgraded guns by integrating a MOSFET switch and tracer circuit into the new wiring harness.
06-27-2006, 01:33 PM
Maybe create a diagram and show the internal set up say for something common like an M4. :D
I think it's a great idea.
06-06-2007, 09:21 AM
According to Airsoft-EU this morning, AK magazines by G&P are in the works:
http://airsoft-news.eu/e107_images/icons/razmak-tran.gif (http://airsoft-news.eu/news.php?cat.1)A rather interesting news from LA Gunshop: SIIS (Japanese distributor) announced G&P Illuminated magazine (aka "tracer magazine") for AK replicas. Capacity is 130 BBs, MSRP is listed as 5,229 YEN (31.82 EUR). We tested G&P M16 illuminated magazines (expect a detailed review really soon) and we are very happy with their quality- no doubt that this product will be much the same.
That would be nice if you could find a good quality, clear hop-up system. Cause then for the M15's all you would have to do is put an LED in the ejection port area.
The problem is, is that if there were any room to put an LED so that an can see the BB, it's either at the end of the barrle (TM Silencer Tracer Kit) or in the mag. Now MAYBE there is room in the mag whell, but I'm almost positive there isn't.
So I think if I needed aTracer kit, I would go with the silencer one Becasue I'm not going to by a whole bunch of more mags. And if the enemy can see where the tracers are coming out, then the "mussle flash" doesn't matter. But that's just my opinion. Pick which ever you want. :D
Thanks for the post AustinWolv!
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