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Posted: 8/11/2005 5:00:17 PM EDT
*I apologize if this has been addressed previously, a search turned up nothing.*

One of my AR 30 round magazines (a no-name) has popped the spot weld on one side. When you get about 4 rounds loaded into it now, they suddenly spring out all over the floor.

I have a small wire welder and was wondering if I could hit it with a couple of beads, then Dremel down the excess weld???

Any of you had to do this? Couldn't find much on Google or rec.guns either on the subject. Hate to trash the mag (I do have other name brand mags in addition).

Thanks for any replies.

Link Posted: 8/11/2005 5:08:36 PM EDT
new mags are pretty cheap right now, $15-$20. What i would do is toss what u have and get a new mag. The headaches of trying to fix a broken mag are not worth it.
Link Posted: 8/11/2005 7:24:02 PM EDT
I think you could MIG it OK. Turn the amps down to one of the lowest settings so you don't 'burn through'. Sand off the paint in the area of the weld and then grind off the excess when you're done. A little paint and you'll never know. Just make sure you remove the spring and follower before you 'heat it up'. Yes, mags are pretty cheap but what the heck...it'll make a good spare. Good luck.
Link Posted: 8/11/2005 11:52:46 PM EDT
If it is an aluminum magazine I would not try to weld it with your small wire feed welder as you probably don't have the proper gas or aluminum wire. It is one of those setups that if you have to ask if you can weld it, wou probaly shouldn't be welding on it. Does any of your friends have a TIG machine? THat would be the best way to go. Of course if it is a steel magazine your small wire feed welder should work like a champ. Or you could just buy some new teflon D&H and be done with it.

Andy
Link Posted: 8/12/2005 12:27:33 AM EDT
Get a new mag body at Brownells.
Link Posted: 8/12/2005 12:04:40 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/13/2005 6:15:34 AM EDT
Its a cheap no name mag. Just use it for what it's intended purpose is. A target
Link Posted: 8/13/2005 1:13:40 PM EDT
Thanks for the excellent replies. It appears to be made of steel, not aluminum - so I am going to attempt to weld it. What do I have to lose at this point?? :)
Link Posted: 8/13/2005 3:56:39 PM EDT

Originally Posted By topknot:
Thanks for the excellent replies. It appears to be made of steel, not aluminum - so I am going to attempt to weld it. What do I have to lose at this point?? :)



You're time. The mag is crap and belongs in the trash.
Link Posted: 8/13/2005 6:50:05 PM EDT
make it a tool,fill the body up with a piece of wood and have a free vise block.
Link Posted: 8/13/2005 8:46:58 PM EDT

Originally Posted By mrrick:
make it a tool,fill the body up with a piece of wood and have a free vise block.



good advise
Link Posted: 8/28/2005 11:18:54 PM EDT
Trash the mag...get a new one.
Link Posted: 8/29/2005 1:24:26 AM EDT
Throw it away. Nothing worth saving if it is a cheap USA or Pro-mag.
Link Posted: 9/2/2005 10:39:13 PM EDT
If a magnet sticks to it....then weld away dude!

or some clamps and a little JB weld.

Or mail it to me, i'd be happy to take it off your hands for ya



Link Posted: 9/4/2005 7:44:54 AM EDT
It's like trying to Refill a Dispoasable Bic Lighter......Why bother.
I do like the advice of using it as a tool. That's a good idea.

Replace it with a NIW GI Spec Mag for $12 ya Cheap Bastard....
Link Posted: 9/11/2005 11:46:55 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/11/2005 11:47:39 AM EDT by cmm]
Step 1. JB Weld. If it works, paint it something obnoxious (orange?) and reserve it for the range.

Step 2. If it doesn't work, turn it into a vise block. Or make a decorative rifle stand out of it
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