The AGM Sten comes with a hex head screw to attach the stock, which also contains the battery compartment.
This has three disadvantages:
- It looks appalling
- You require a tool to remove the stock/change the battery
- It really looks diabolical
That’s right, it looks so bad it is worth mentioning twice. Fortunately this is easily fixed! The fix Vintage Airsoft offers also means that you can change the battery without any tools at all.
This piece is all-steel in construction. The edges are knurled for grip, meaning that the replacement screw can be fitted very tightly with just finger strength.
The corners are taken off for comfort of use.
The whole piece is oil blacked, which means it has an extremely wear-resistant finish that nicely matches the original painted surface of the gun.
You can buy this very handy piece on the Vintage Airsoft Etsy page For a very reasonable price.
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I got a chance to test my loop stock prototype at the WWII game at Combat South this month, I needed something a bit more comfortable than the T-stock (and frankly better looking!). I took some photos before I had chance to clean the gun after use.
This prototype is made of flat bar mild steel, I’m working on a way to source and bend some C/U section steel but if it isn’t possible the flat steel doesn’t look bad and is easily stiff enough for use.
As ever, skirmishability comes tied with authenticity on the priority scale. I have provided a plastic brown clip to take the standard stick battery which is concealed in a canvas ‘sock’.
Although painting the connectors black makes the battery arrangement less visible, I plan to conceal the wires/connectors a bit better in a production version as they are a little unsightly. The problem is that the battery wires are actually a little too long but I will find a solution!
For production I will probably leave the canvas sock plain and allow people to colour them to match webbing or uniform as desired.
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As part of the MG08/15 build, my customer asked for a box magazine for use in fixed positions, as I am waiting to pick up the components of the gun itself from the laser cutters I though I may as well get started on this!
I started by getting an MG42 ammunition box from Ebay, although the MG08/15 used wooden ammunition crates in the Great War, in the context this gun is going to be used (WWII airsoft) this is perfectly correct. Many of these guns used in the second world war were adapted to take the chain belts of the MG34/42 instead of the cloth belts they were originally used with, so my next search was for some ammunition belt length and some inert rounds!
Having found some belt and enough rounds for the snail drum magazine, I set to work building the magazine. I am using the internals of an M249 magazine to automatically feed the BBs into the feed tube. I am mounting this unit into a plywood box that will be able to be pushed down to switch the motor on and off. BBs can be poured in the top of the hop to top up once ammunition has run down.
The beauty of this unit is that there is still plenty of space in the ammunition can for spare BBs, tools or any miscellaneous bits that the user would find handy.
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