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M16 VN Mags in an L85?

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As the title, I'm wondering, as the midcaps hold about the same number of bbs but are much smaller could I get away with a few VN mags? Is it sacrilege or a genius brainwave?!

 

Will it just look stupid?

 

Does anyone have an L85 and VN mags and wouldn't mind uploading a photo before I commit to buying.

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It's definitely sacrilege.

I will hurt you.

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Cant answer the question, but as I pointed out the other day on the Facebook group, I bought a VN16 mag as a tester because I like them but then it doesn't fit on my 416 which I thought was M4/M16 real steel compatible.

 

Does it look silly?

 

No, I dont think so.

 

Do you want to look realistic ?? its not realistic.

 

Will it fit ?

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One of my mates asked the same question a couple of weeks back, we stuck one of my p-mag LR20's in and although not looking at all realistic did work perfectly and didn't look that bad

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L85s and VNs - due to the fact that the original magazines the MoD bought in the 1980s were surplus US mags, there's likely to have been a few - but we're talking a very small number. Hell, one of the pre-production (but post-prototype) trial L85s (XL85E...something) was tested using them.

So, you could - providing you had an A1, with SUSAT. It looks odd, but not a complete WTF moment.

 

Do any fit in airsoft? Well, W.E. VNs fit do in the W.E L85. TM VNs do not fit in the ICS L85.

 

As for 416s - AFAIK, the real ones can't use PMAGs, only EMAGs. Like the L85, the magazine well on the 416 is slightly the wrong shape for PMAGs.

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The real steel 416s work with EMAGs but the G&G airsoft version doesn't.

 

 

 

 

As for 416s - AFAIK, the real ones can't use PMAGs, only EMAGs. Like the L85, the magazine well on the 416 is slightly the wrong shape for PMAGs.

 

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Haha I knew Ed would be the first to comment on this!

Personally if you don't mind yourself, go for it. I guess they should, I mean, they're just the same but shorter...right? As long as your using the magazines by brands that are usually compatible then I see no reason why they should be any different and not work.

For example if you have an ICS L85 and you usually use KA AR-15/STANAG mags, King Arms VN ones should work. (Sorry I don't own an L85 myself so I don't actually know which are going to work with which)

Hope this helps.

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Well i've bitten the bullet and bought a vn and a tan stanag from hk. I'll take a photo and post it but I have a feeling you are right with the sacrilege thing as I have an a2. But my other primary is a solid stock m4 and I think I can pull it off in that one. Will see if it works which is more important as they can be backups.

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