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Posted: 10/21/2008 12:36:50 AM EDT
Hi folks.

I had posted this up on a different site before, but now that I have access to ARFCOM, I figured it would be good to share it here as well.  This is a magpul design I came up with that gives you a solid, good looking paracord magpul, which has the additional function of being a nifty way of storing ~5 feet of paracord per magazine.  I hope you enjoy.



Here's what you're going to need in terms of supplies.

1) 7 Feet of paracord 550 per magazine you're wrapping(do not use the monostrand crap they have at Wal-Mart. Part of the usefulness of this modification is the fact that you have a convenient and useful way to store ~5 feet of paracord, one of the most useful substances in the world next to duct tape, bailing wire, and JB weld). You only use about 5 feet of it, but the extra bit that you'll cut off is going to make tying it off at the end MUCH easier.

2) A pair of scissors

3) A lighter

4) Either a crochet hood or a pointed knife


The fist step of this is to melt the ends of your paracord so that the nylon lines inside the sheath stay inline with the sheath itself. Don't burn yourself. Next, lay the magazine in front of you as pictured. Tuck the paracord under the spine of the magazine that should be on your left and run it in an arch of appropriate size diagonally to the top of the magazine on the right hand side (on the typical surplus magazine, you'll see a nice line and corner for where this part should be positioned).



Now we begin wrapping the cord around the magazine. On typical surplus AK mags, there's usually a set of grooves at the base. I use the upper most groove as the starting point for my uppermost wrap, which helps to keep them straight. This process is a bit tricky to get started. Make sure your wraps go to the left as pictured and keep them as tight as possible (the tighter it is, the harder it is for it to get loose later). Something that could help in this process is a small piece of scotch tape on the left end of the paracord as well as at the location of the beginning of the first wrap to help hold in place until you get enough wraps on that it holds itself.


At this point, it becomes much easier to wrap and maintain good tension (keep that line TAUGHT as you wrap!)


Alright, so you've wrapped it up to the butt of the magazine. Way to go. This usually is accomplished with ~6 full wraps of the magazine. While maintain the tension on the paracord, go ahead and push the wraps up against the butt and keep them nice and straight on both sides.



If you look at the picture, you'll notice a nice litle gap on one side of the magazine between the paracord and the magazine itself on the spine side. What we're going to do here is tuck the right end of the paracord down this gap. I typically use the tip of a knife and work it down it, however, a crochet hook of appropriate size could be stuck up the opposite end of this gap, then pull the cord through if you have one handy.


Working the paracord down the gap with a knife point is a bit tedious. Don't cut yourself if you're using a knife.


When you've gotten the paracord through the gap, it should look something like this.



Now we're going to tie the wrap off. Take the two ends of the paracord and tie two overhand knots? (think like your shoe laces, cross the lines then loop one under the cross and pull ight)where the two cords come from underneath the wraps. These knots should be one right on top of the other. Be careful not to pull the wraps while you tighten these (left end pulls the loop, right end pulls the other side).



Many people would think that at this point, you're done right? Unfortunately, Paracord, with it's round shape and semi smooth surface, has a tendancy to come loose when knotted. To ensure that it doesn't, what we're now going to do with the two ends is wrap them around the "pull" part of our magpul. Once you've done that, take the ends and run them through the loop you just made. I believe this knot is just another overhand knot, with two lines being run parallel for you Boy Scouts out there. Once you've got this knot made, go ahead and tighten it. Make sure it is at the base of the "pull" part of the magpul. The reason for this knot and it's placement is that whenever the magpul is pulled on, it will tension itself against this knot.


The knot should look something like this if done properly.



Now go ahead and cut the excess ends of the paracord off, leaving ~1/2 inch on each end.


Once again, to prevent fraying, melt the two ends of the paracord with your lighter.



You now have a cheap (paracord can be had for about $5 for 100 feet) tacticool magpul!

While this is my own original idea, I would like to give my thanks to m40 for inspiration (he wraps knife handles/sheaths), who runs the following website:


Okay,  so outside of the tutorial, I was wondering if I could get some feedback.  Personally, I only own the usual comm block steel mags.  If anyone has any other mags and wants to try this, could you please post pics and let us all know how it turned out?


Link Posted: 10/21/2008 5:16:38 AM EDT
Link Posted: 10/21/2008 7:26:55 AM EDT
nice work

Link Posted: 10/21/2008 9:39:33 AM EDT
Ummm, Tac this bad boy  Good job
Link Posted: 10/21/2008 1:06:26 PM EDT
Tack this.
Link Posted: 10/21/2008 1:40:02 PM EDT
Umm.. Naked playing with AK mags...
Tack it..

Link Posted: 10/21/2008 2:32:20 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/23/2008 8:47:16 PM EDT
260+ views and no commentary?  Has anyone else tried this/planning on trying this with a different style of magazines?  It would be good to know what all it works on, since all I have are ribbed comm blocks.
Link Posted: 1/11/2009 3:36:31 PM EDT
good how-to

Link Posted: 1/19/2009 3:52:05 PM EDT
Looks good,

Thanks for taking the time to make a tutorial omegis13
Link Posted: 5/6/2009 11:10:58 PM EDT
Your's looks way cooler, but I like my way. I do it the same way you do old school paracord "magpuls" for AR mags, just sideways.

Link Posted: 7/24/2009 6:09:38 PM EDT
Nicely done.

My question is: Are magazine pulls really worth it?
Link Posted: 7/24/2009 6:14:29 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/8/2009 8:38:48 AM EDT
I just did this to some of my Chinese 30rd mags.  They do not have a rib, so I modified how you finish it.  They seem to work well.  I like this idea because I store my loaded mags in a pouch with the bottoms up.  Since I store them upside down I can't identify what kind of ammunition is in the magazine.  I color coded the cord so I know what kind of ammunition I am pulling out.  Having a loop on the magazines makes it easier to pull them out of pouches.
Link Posted: 4/29/2010 11:50:38 AM EDT
omegis13  Do you have pictures that go with your steps?
Link Posted: 5/30/2010 12:46:50 PM EDT
Yes, where are the pictures?
Link Posted: 6/3/2010 11:07:43 PM EDT
Well, this is pretty worthless without pictures...I just tried.
Link Posted: 10/22/2010 12:15:16 AM EDT
well , the thread certainly is 56k friendly now

OP , please fix your pics .
Link Posted: 11/20/2010 9:46:04 PM EDT
Yeah...the OP is MIA, so I tried to figure this out myself.  Extensive internet searching revealed pictures that probably go with those instructions and...honestly, it looked terrible. Like a rats nest of paracord lumped at the bottom of the magazine and then a tied loop at the end. Seemed like a mess to me.

So I searched some more and finally I stumbled on this:

I can't take credit for the pictures...I'm just glad I found them. It works for most magazines and is ridiculously simple. For some magazines, it just doesn't work because the little bump on the interior bottom plate doesn't hold the exterior bottom plate on anymore with the paracord in the way...it's a clearance issue.  Out of the 15 or so magazines I've attempted this with (thus far) - I only had that problem with two or three.  I test them when done to make sure the plate will lock into place. It's pretty easy to tell.

You have to gut the paracord for it to work right (pull out the strings inside). Otherwise, it's just too thick. I also made sure the paracord was knotted tight and once installed, didn't interfere with the magazine's operation or cause the bottom plate to be loose (as noted above). Anyway...it definitely allows me to get mags out of pouches a lot faster/easier.

Plus, you could use different color paracord or put different color electrical/duct tape on the paracord to signify different types of ammo (i.e.: HP, FMJ, steel core, blanks, etc.).

Link Posted: 11/26/2010 7:25:06 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/7/2010 10:01:03 PM EDT

Yeah...that's what I posted directly above you.
Link Posted: 12/7/2010 10:27:53 PM EDT
I made one just for the hell of it.

Link Posted: 12/13/2010 10:59:50 AM EDT
Would you mind snapping some pictures of each step, so I can see how this is done?
Link Posted: 12/13/2010 5:00:00 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/14/2010 11:51:51 AM EDT
Would you mind snapping some pictures of each step, so I can see how this is done?

I'm doing a couple for a friend this weekend and I will snap some pics. I didn't follow these directions. I just cut the small piece that loops under and taped it to the mag with black electrical tape really tight and centered on the spine of the mag. The outer wrap is just there to hide the tape. It's wrapped from the bottom up. Then I just tucked the loose end under the gap between the para cord and the spine on the mag (shown in pic). I melted it a little so it wouldn't come unraveled, and it hasn't yet. I can pull the mag-pull pretty hard and it won't come out.

I used a small screwdriver to push the cut end of the cord between the steel spine and the outer wrap.

****All the para cord is gutted/hollow******
Link Posted: 12/19/2010 9:38:05 AM EDT
Here is one I came up with, it uses a 2 wrap turks head on the mag and then the "survival bracelet" for the pull. Take 7' of cord do the Turks Head where you have 2 equal lengths of cord located at the end of your mag, loop them through the Turks Head on the other end making the loop the length of the pull you want then start the knotting of the survival bracelet and cut the ends when done.
Sorry for the bad photos, camera is not working so these are from the phone

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