The first thing I'd like to say as you start reading
this review is that though I wrote it for the 240th Hi-Cap
Mag for the MP5, it's still a helpful read for all those
who wonder the difference between the hi-cap and the standard
Every AEG out there comes with a standard magazine that
would normally hold anywhere between 30 to 68 rounds, and
though some AEGs may come with standard magazines with bigger
capacities, in my opinion, they shouldn't even be called
"standard" magazines in the first place...
This special 240 round magazine was made for the MP5 series.
I tested it on a Tokyo Marui MP5SD5 which comes with a standard
50rd magazine, so I'll be making comparisons along the way.
At first glance I didn't like the plastic material,
but the fake bullets sticking out were pretty neat... Also,
the coupler is made out of metal and you can pull it out
should you ever need to take the magazine apart. So, when
you take into consideration the metal coupler, the fake
bullets, and the way it looks on the gun, you forget about
the plastic material and end up liking the looks very much.
Depending on the scenario you're playing, as in low ammo
CQB, the standard 50th Mag would DEFINITELY be your favorite
choice. It won't jam or make any noise that would alert
enemies of your presence. But when you're in a tight spot,
you WILL want to have the firepower. The length of time
that you can hunt unseen is ALWAYS very limited and when
you DO find your foe, it's better to have ammo to waste,
than ammo to save. All in all, I'd always start each game
with the hi-cap magazine loaded... the standard 50th magazine
would be a backup and I'd most probably never need to use
As shown in the picture above, this magazine is about half
as long as the standard type, but it will hold 4 times as
much ammo... yep, 4 times as much. What? The math doesn't
add up? You think 240 rounds are almost 5 times as much
as 50 rounds? Not with this magazine, it ain't. As I tested
it for the first time, I loaded a handful of BBs and no
matter what I did, I wasn't able to get the gun to shoot
them. I tried switching fire rate modes, shaking the gun
around, cleaning the inside of the barrel, checking for
BBs locked inside the gun... nothing. Then
a little angel appeared wearing camo wings and a kevlar
helmet and told me that I should check the magazine instead
of the gun... I know what you're thinking, and
the answer is NO, it wasn't Gazoo. Gazoo did have a helmet,
his face was green, and also appeared with advise at times,
BUT he only appeared to Fred Flinstone and last time I checked,
my name wasn't Fred.
Moving on... as I look inside the magazine, I notice that
the BBs were there, but down at the bottom. After having
run out of will, and even thinking the magazine was defective,
I asked the retailer for advise. Roberto, Campobase's representative,
quickly replied back telling me to fill up the magazine.
So I did, and voilà, every single BB came out. The
lesson? Make sure the magazine is full as the spring mechanism
may not push far enough to shoot the last couple of dozen
BB's. A couple of pros from the Hellas Airsoft Team (Angelo
and Jim) have experience modifying hi-cap magazines to fix
this problem by streching out the spring to make it push
up all the way. Children, don't try that out home.
The picture below shows where you can fill in the magazine.
Slide out the bullets, or flip up the cap that fits into
the gun. As time passes, I think the bullet cap will wear
off and slide off and on by its own, forcing you to have
to glue it in place. Maybe that's why they added the extra
Important Note About Hi-Cap Magazines:
If you find yourself shooting blanks, GO SEE A DOCTOR...
but if you find your AEG shooting empty with a Hi-Cap magazine
installed, make sure that you have cocked the spring usually
by turning a wheel of some sort outside the magazine.
Loaded, this magazine has an approximate weight of 350gr.
If you care how much it would weigh empty, then you do the
math and subtract the weight of 240 BBs... and thought it
doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure it out, I'll even
help you out with the formula... "(350)-(.20x240)=approximate
As opposed to the standard magazine, this one fits kind
of loose, but it doesn't look as if it were going to fall.
At least it didn't when I tested it. I ran, shot, ran some
more, shook the gun around, changed positions, etc... it
always stayed in place.
Should you want to take this magazine apart, all you
have to do is uninstall the coupler by pushing the pry down
as shown below, and unscrew the bottom.
High capacity magazines have several advantages,
the most obvious being firepower, but you should also take
into consideration the advantages of the standard magazine
which should not go unnoticed. I've drawn out a chart to
help make this point clear.
| Comparison Chart
||Plastic w/ metal coupler
||A little loose
|Loading without tools
||Free (included with gun)
As you can see, depending on which type of magazine you
pick, you win big in some areas, but also lose big in others.
Though I like the 1000rd Metal Drum Magazine by ICS a lot
more (which a team buddy was kind enough to lend me), I'm
still glad I bought my 240th mag. The drum magazines are
difficult to find and you'll only have use for them if you're
a support gunner. Since I mostly play as sniper or fire
lead, 200 BBs are enough to last me 2 or more games without
having to reload. Though I haven't had to reload during
a game, if I ever do, I can just plug my standard size magazine
and stay alive. After all, 250 rounds is about twice as
much ammo as real operatives ever carry. Unless you're Takleberry,
trust me, you won't need that much.
This review was brought to you
by this website's administrator, Alex Alvarez (aka TripleA).
July 7, 2005. Athens, Greece.