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Old June 22nd, 2006, 20:27   #1
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Review: STAR "S-MAG" Series

Alright, let me start off by saying that I don't normally write reviews, nor am I normally any good at writting. So I will appoligize up front for any spelling or grammer mistakes.

I have just aquired my brand new STAR S-MAG for the G36 Series. Like most C-Mags, It has a pretty decent look and feel to it. My first thought was how sturdy and how much of beating could it take? As I am not quite willing to risk breaking such an investment this early in the day, I will save that for later.

Like most Star products, it does have a bit of a plasticy feel to it, but its not that bad.

The biggest seller of this product for me was the fact that it automaticaly winds up without the need to hit a button or hold a switch down. Simply load up the mag, turn the power switch on for it and hear it wind up and stop. Soon as you start to fire, this mag will keep on winding so you never have to worry about winding.

It takes 2 AA batteries that are placed inside the left drum. The bbs are loaded through the top of the mag like any other hi-cap. To me this seems a bit of a downer and a pain.

Now I have yet to give it a pratical test, and will be doing so on Saturday and will update you afterwards, it should be very Interesting.

So the pros and cons:
Pro:
- At the Price of 95.00 USD (UNCompany) its hard to beat compared to other electric c-mags which start anywhere from 150.00 USD to 200.00 USD. That price is for entire series (G36, M16/M4, and L86)
- Automatically winds while you fire

Cons:
- Loading is a bit of pain, as the capacity is 2500 rnds.
- Has a bit of a plastic feel to it.
- When dropped the batteries will come out.

I will post up some pictures of it later, but for now here is the one picture of it in my G36 KE.











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Old June 22nd, 2006, 21:43   #2
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1. Does it require a not-included highcap for installation?

2. How loud is it when it feeds?

3. Any experiences with misfeeds at all?
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1. Does it require a not-included highcap for installation?

2. How loud is it when it feeds?

3. Any experiences with misfeeds at all?
1. It comes with everything you need. I will take some pics later of just the mag.

2. Its not that loud, to say that in perfect quiet its somewhat anoying, but since it only feeds while you shoot, you probably wont hear it over the mechbox. Since I have had a chance to actually use it since my batteries for my G36 haven't arrived yet, I will be posting more info on Saturday Night.

3. See above post.
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updated with pics of the S-MAG
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Old June 23rd, 2006, 01:18   #6
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Thanks for the reply. How's the balance on it? Is it a heavy to one side? It seems like that could get pretty annoying if it was...
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I found it to be fairly balanced.
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I found it to be fairly balanced.
Loaded or unloaded (the bb's go in the right drum, correct)?

Also, is it noisy to carry around, like a highcap is?
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I havent filled it up all the way, as my local field rules prohibit that much ammo, but with about a 1000 rnds in it it was pretty nosiey, but all C-Mags are going to be like that.
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What upgrades/battery will you be testing with your G36?
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The testing will be on a stock G36, with .25 bbs.
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Nice review
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After being able to use it for a bit today, I have found it be a fairly decent C-Mag providing you follow the instructions. If you do not do it like they say in the instructions you are asking for problems as I found out the hard way.

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Old June 25th, 2006, 15:33   #14
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So how many rounds could it feed continuously? Any misfeeding?
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I didnt have any issues with it misfeeding untill i started to tinker with it. I am very happy with this c-mag.
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