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kristian
03-28-2007, 12:50 PM
Hey all,

When I recently purchased my TM m16VN, I also purchased two STAR M16 low-cap mags. The gun also came with one Tokyo Marui Hi-Cap, winding, short m16 clip.

The TM Hi-cap works fine, but the two low caps misfeed at least every other round, sometimes worse.

I was wondering if anyone has advice on reliable brands of magazines, for any types of AEGs (my roomate has a CA MP5SD5, and his STAR lowcaps misfeed badly as well.)

Kristian

otang
03-28-2007, 01:33 PM
MAG mid cap mags works good. TM Hi caps work good as well. Others have their own suggestion on mags.

AustinWolv
03-28-2007, 02:41 PM
TM hi-caps
TM standards
MAG midcaps

The STAR ones should feed well. Try cycling BBs through them a couple times, along with some silicone oil. I've got a full loadout of their M16 ones and 1 of their MP5 mags, and they all feed acceptably.

shakman
03-28-2007, 05:14 PM
AustinWolv will disagree with me, but I have the best luck with CA hicaps. Then again, I also have CA guns, so that's probably a big reason for it. The CA hicap magazines do seem to have a weaker spring in them which might account for the general dissatisfaction with them amongst other players. I just make sure I keep it wound when in a firefight as much as possible, and I rarely have a problem.

The MAG brand of non-winding magazines are a good choice also. However, I've found they *really* like a lot of silicone lubricant beforehand.

kristian
03-28-2007, 05:27 PM
Thanks for the input thus far.

When referring to putting silicone lube on/in the mags, where exactly does the lube go? From where the BBs are fed?

I've also noticed that the STAR plastic magazines wobble alot more than the metal TM hicap. However, when I apply pressure on the STAR mags upward, I get no misfeeds.

Dark Paladin
03-28-2007, 05:37 PM
From where the BBs are fed?

Yes. If you have a silicone spray, stick the nozzle into that feed tube. Spray for a couple of seconds, then load BBs into the mag to ensure equal distribution of lube within the mag. Fully load and unload BBs a couple of times before moving on to the next mag.

HammerHead
03-28-2007, 06:27 PM
I'm disappointed with how well the King Arms standard capacity magazine I purchased fits into my Armalite replicas. It doesn't fit one of my Escort SP M16s at all, has to be forced into place in the other, doesn't fit my HK416 receiver set and barely fits my LR300.

AustinWolv
03-28-2007, 06:54 PM
I have the best luck with CA hicaps. Then again, I also have CA guns, so that's probably a big reason for it. The CA hicap magazines do seem to have a weaker spring in them which might account for the general dissatisfaction with them amongst other players
I disagree based on the bold part. It isn't "seem", it is just plain "do". CA hi-caps are junk compared to TM. The CA G36 mags I had a while back were quite simply the worst mags I've had for any gun in airsoft.
The CA249 box mag feeds poorly compared to other electric-winding box mags I've had.
The CA M16 mags I've used fed poorly compared to other brands I've used as the CA ones had to be wound after just a short burst. (Easy Co., TM, G&G).


When referring to putting silicone lube on/in the mags, where exactly does the lube go? From where the BBs are fed?
If you don't have spray as DP outlined, you can put a couple BBs in, then apply a few drops of silicone oil on the top BB, and then load the mag the rest of the way. Release the BBs into a Ziploc bag, then load them up again into the same mag. Repeat that a couple times, and then move on to the next mag.

kristian
03-28-2007, 10:07 PM
Outstanding guys, thanks. Problem solved. I'm getting that beautiful stream of BBs out of all 3 mags, STAR lowcaps and TM hicap with no misfeeds.

Thanks again for the help.

otang
03-29-2007, 11:03 AM
Like Shak, I had accepttable performance from my CA hi cap mags. Maybe I was lucky. *shrugs* Either way, its good that you solved your feeding problem.

Dirus
03-29-2007, 02:19 PM
I was having trouble with my G&G GR-25 hi-cap not feeding (jamming up). Lube didn't help, so I took the internals out of an unused Airsoft Elite M16 hi-cap and swapped them into the GR-25 housing. Works flawlessly now.