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Magazine Versions:

The magazine is made up of two halves.  The right half (the half that can only be purchased in black) contains all the moving parts of the magazine.  This includes the chain, sprocket, tensioners, guides, etc.  The right half of the magazine is identical in every model of magazine that ATS sells.  The left half of the magazine is what distinguishes the various magazine types from one another.  Each half of the magazine can be purchased separately directly from ATS.  Click here and then click on the "Order & Pricing" link at the bottom of the page to see prices on the ATS site.

Because each half can be purchased separately, it is not necessary to buy two or three entire magazines in order to get the functionality of multiple types of magazines.  This can save you money!  For example, if you are a player who uses an AT-85 and sometimes likes to use the forward loaders and sometimes likes to use a hopper adapter, try buying a standard magazine and the left half of a standard magazine with hopper adapter.

Having stated good reasons for not buying multiple magazines, let me now say that next to an extra guide plate, an extra magazine will go a long way to ensure you always have good day of play.  Although none of us intend on damaging our magazines, bent pins happen to all of us.  Bent pins are repairable, but not at the field.  It takes too long and there are too many small parts in the magazine that can be easily lost.  Repairing a magazine is best done at home, at the end of the day, not at the field.  A second magazine will allow you to continue playing the rest of the day when you accidentally bend your magazine pins (my experience has shown that bent pins are almost always the result of operator error).

 
Standard
Magazine

The standard magazine uses the clear right half.  I prefer that the right half of the magazine is clear because it helps me see if balls are feeding correctly.  For those that like the all black look the tactical magazine is for you.  The unobstructed oval opening in the front of the magazine means that this magazine is intended to be used with a forward loader.

   
Standard
Magazine
w/Mylar

This magazine is exactly the same as the one above, except the oval opening is now blocked by a flexible piece of mylar.  This mylar tab obstructs the oval opening and will not permit balls to flow from the forward loader to the magazine.  As such, this magazine was not intended to be used with a forward loader.  This magazine was designed to fly solo and is for the player who likes to use just magazines.  The mylar tab allows balls to be pushed into the magazine at the time of loading, but does not allow the balls to fall out of the magazine while being carried on the field or loaded into the gun.

   
Tactical
Magazine

This magazine is exactly like the Standard Magazine except both halves are black.  The black plastic is slightly stronger than the clear so this magazine is slightly stronger than the Standard Magazine.

   
Tactical
Magazine
w/Mylar

This magazine is exactly like the Standard Magazine w/Mylar except both halves are black.  This magazine is slightly stronger than the Standard Magazine because the black plastic is slightly stronger than the clear plastic.

   
Standard
Magazine
w/Hopper Adapter

This magazine is a Standard Magazine that has been modified at the factory so that a conventional paintball hopper can be attached to it.  This comes in real handy when playing speedball with an AT-10.  Because it is not possible to use both a hopper and forward loader at the same time, the oval opening on the front of the magazine has been closed so as not to let any balls through.  Any paintball hopper can be connected to this magazine by using a hopper elbow.

   
Forward
Loader

This is not really a magazine but it is similar in purpose.  The forward loader is only used on the AT-85.  Click here to see how it works.  It has a sliding door that keeps the balls from falling out when it is not connected to the gun.  When it is slid into place on the gun, the sliding door automatically opens allowing balls to flow from the forward loader to the magazine.

Theses forward loaders will fit into most paintball harnesses.  I carry two to five extra forward loaders with me depending on the game I'm playing.