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#1 Tiz

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Posted 25 January 2020 - 01:18 PM

I had a lot of magazines that would not feed properly, jam etc. After seeing a thread on Glen Whittenberger’s "mag anvil" and discovering that Glen had unfortunately passed away, I embarked on a project to make a tool to fix my mags. After a lot of trial and error I believe I have come up with an improved version of Glen's tool, at least it worked for me. I used several magazines that were gauged and adjusted by PK to get the dimensions correct. As can be seen in the pictures I added an alignment bolt through the magazine catch hole to secure the tool to the correct height and made the tool thick enough that it fits snugly inside the magazine body to correct any potential dents in the sides of the magazine. I made the tool long enough to work on both 20 & 30 round mags and about 21/2 inches longer than a 30 round mag so it could be held in a vise. Once inserted with the alignment bolt in place some gentle tapping with a nylon faced gunsmith hammer brought the feed lips back where they belong. I hate to call it a "mag anvil" since that congers up visions of using a 4 pound hammer on the magazines, gentle persuasion works better.

 

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Edited by Tiz, 26 January 2020 - 09:28 AM.

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Posted 25 January 2020 - 01:28 PM

Well done. Do you plan on selling any?


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Posted 25 January 2020 - 01:54 PM

I would be interested in one.


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Posted 25 January 2020 - 02:06 PM

Excellent improvements. 


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Posted 25 January 2020 - 02:15 PM

Very nice.


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Posted 25 January 2020 - 03:36 PM

Well done. Do you plan on selling any?

Well, I hadn't really thought about it, I just needed something to fix all my magazines and got the inspiration from seeing pictures of Glen's creation. I suppose I could fabricate more but I would have no idea what to charge. Any suggestions from the community?


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Posted 25 January 2020 - 03:43 PM

Looks like it should do the job.  i think you did a great job on the tool.


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Posted 25 January 2020 - 06:57 PM

You did it the right way, indexing from the mag release hole. That was always my issue with Glen's.

 

Have you tried it out yet?


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Posted 25 January 2020 - 07:59 PM

You did it the right way, indexing from the mag release hole. That was always my issue with Glen's.

 

Have you tried it out yet?

Yes I have. It worked on the mags that I had issues with. They work fine now.


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Posted 26 January 2020 - 01:17 AM

I would be interested in one also.  Thanks. Glen


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Posted 26 January 2020 - 09:57 AM

It appears there a growing interest in the repair tool. I guess I need to come up with a catchy name. I may have to get to work in the shop. I would also have to determine a price as well, figuring the cost of the materials etc. Any suggestions on what is a fair price ?  I know in 2003 Glen was charging about $50.00 for his mag anvil.


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Posted 26 January 2020 - 03:04 PM

Put me in for 2 please thanks
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Posted 26 January 2020 - 06:44 PM

I am interested as well.


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Posted 26 January 2020 - 06:47 PM

I would buy one also.


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Posted 27 January 2020 - 09:55 AM

Put me down for one as well.

I was about to start a thread asking if anyone had such a tool that they could bring to Tracie’s shoot in August so I could fix two of my magazines that had feed issues.
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Posted 27 January 2020 - 01:14 PM

I can see needing 2, one for the house and one for the shop.

 

If you are thinking about a production run, I would like to talk about having these to sell on the APEX web site.

Richard


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Posted 27 January 2020 - 02:23 PM

I'd be interested in one if the price can be kept to around $100.


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Posted 27 January 2020 - 05:44 PM

I'd be interested in one if the price can be kept to around $100.

I am thinking that would probably be about where I would be at, with material and time. I just wonder how much interest there would be at that price. 


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Posted 27 January 2020 - 05:47 PM

I can see needing 2, one for the house and one for the shop.

 

If you are thinking about a production run, I would like to talk about having these to sell on the APEX web site.

Richard

Thanks Richard. That is a real complement. We will see how it goes and keep the offer in mind. At the present time it's  a one off, but making more is certainly possible if there is a real interest.


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Posted 27 January 2020 - 06:13 PM

I'd be interested in one if the price can be kept to around $100.

I am thinking that would probably be about where I would be at, with material and time. I just wonder how much interest there would be at that price. 


If the original tool was $50, accounting for inflation, I guessed at $100.  It would be a once in a lifetime purchase and pay for itself after a few uses.


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