SA80 Magazine

#1
Anyone know where i might be able to buy an SA80 magazine from? I've checked all the usual suspects and drawn a blank.

I think i read somewhere that M16 ones are the same so one of those might do instead.

Its just so we can practice loading them as being in a specialist unit we don't have drill nights.
 
#2
For that purpose, any STANAG magazine will do, e.g. M-16, AR 15, crappy old RG L85A1 magazine, etc.

The Web has thousands of places you can buy one from.
 
#4
Rockhopperst4 said:
Anyone know where i might be able to buy an SA80 magazine from? I've checked all the usual suspects and drawn a blank.

I think i read somewhere that M16 ones are the same so one of those might do instead.

Its just so we can practice loading them as being in a specialist unit we don't have drill nights.
Ooooooooookay....... :plotting:

By practising loading them do you mean slotting it into the rifle (in which case I'd have thought that if you can get your hands on the rifle then the mags should be in the same armoury) or do you mean (as I sadly suspect) that you want to practice filling the mag with rounds (in which case, seriously, no need to practice. All you do is pop them in :scratch: )?

Either way, please step away from the keyboard and get back to your cell, please try to ignore any sharp objects that you might take a fancy to on the way....
 
#5
Very good!

We need to practice filling the mag. One of our MATTS tests (sorry but I'm TA) is filling the mag in 75 seconds.

I know it does sound really sad but a few of the guys who were away this weekend found it quite difficult as they only had a couple of attempts before the timed run.
 
#9
Rockhopperst4 said:
Very good!

We need to practice filling the mag. One of our MATTS tests (sorry but I'm TA) is filling the mag in 75 seconds.

I know it does sound really sad but a few of the guys who were away this weekend found it quite difficult as they only had a couple of attempts before the timed run.
Do they have fat little fingers and access to an unlimited supply of icecream ?
 
#10
Rockhopperst4 said:
Very good!

We need to practice filling the mag. One of our MATTS tests (sorry but I'm TA) is filling the mag in 75 seconds.

I know it does sound really sad but a few of the guys who were away this weekend found it quite difficult as they only had a couple of attempts before the timed run.
30 Rounds in 75 seconds can be done with your eyes closed, you do not need to practise that.
 
#11
30 Rounds in 75 seconds can be done with your eyes closed, you do not need to practise that.[/quote]

You are my HERO - everyone needs practice so cut him some slack. :plotting:
 
#12
If you don't have drill nights, were do you expect to get the rounds to fill the mags with? Kind of defeats the object if you have one without t'other.
 
#14
Not sure if mags with a capacity of over 10 rounds can be sold or legally owned. I could be wrong though.

Anyway, if your instructors are worth their salt they should be able to put aside enough time to practice before the test.

Good luck in your quest.
 
#15
Not exactly hard to load a mag in under 70 seconds. i hadnt done it in over a year until last week so you must be seriously special if you need practise.
 
#16
General Melchett said:
Not sure if mags with a capacity of over 10 rounds can be sold or legally owned. I could be wrong though.
Why yes, yes you are wrong...
 
#19
KnifeFightingMonkey said:
You are my HERO - everyone needs practice so cut him some slack. :plotting:
You are of course quite right. Given the calibre of the people he is dealing with might I recommend that he starts them off with something a bit easier.

 
#20
Inert rounds are easy to come by, 35p each last time i checked.

Thanks for the PM CC_TA.

The initial question was prompted by a colleague who has just come back from a Part 1B training weekend where they had their first session with the SA80. They had to fill a magazine in under 75 seconds with only a couple of practice runs. Quite a few only just managed it.

We don't have drill nights, we do a 15 day camp plus two weekends a year so we get very little chance to get our hands on stuff like this before our MATTS weekends. For all you guys who are using this kit every day then of course its easy to do, for people like me who might not even touch an SA80 for 346 days of the year then its perhaps not so easy.

Good Google link but unfortunatly they are all American companies. I don't think my chances of importing a machine gun magazine into the UK are very good!!
 

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