Cheap reusable target ammo for the SMG-60!

Cheap reusable target ammo for the SMG-60!

Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

January 10th, 2017, 1:58 am #1

For those of you that have an old Tippmann SMG-60 floating around, but can't find ammo for it (rare .62 cal paint as opposed to the standard .68 cal) our team of scientists here at Doc's Machine have developed a revolutionary new cheap, reusable, environmentally friendly target-range ammo for you!

Manufacturing it yourself at home is simple. You just need a flat-bottomed plastic tray or pan, some SMG clips, and some water.



Place the clips in the tray open end up, and fill it with water. Don't fill it all the way! You have to leave about 1/8" or so below the level of the clip plastic.



Then, if you live in Alaska, just set it outside for a few minutes.



If you don't live in Alaska, we would like to offer our sincerest condolences, and suggest you can use a common household freezer.

Once the tray is solidly frozen, flex the tray and pop the block out, and just smack it against something solid.



Tap off any fragments sticking to the outside of the clip. If your tray wasn't quite perfectly flat, you'll get some excess ice, like so:



This won't fit into the SMG magazine, so we need to take that off. Which is easy- take the clip inside, and just press it against a countertop or other flat surface for a few seconds- the room-temperature surface will melt off the excess ice.

Here I used the edge of my welding table- the steel had plenty of thermal mass to finish the job. Do NOT let the extra clips rest on anything warm!



And that's it! You're done! Keep the filled strips cold and they're ready any time. I also recommend leaving the SMG outside (or in the freezer, if you have a tolerant spouse) to let it cool off, else the clips could start to melt too soon.

Remember the bit about leaving the clips only mostly full? You have to load them into the SMG with that low side facing towards the rear- this way, the clip-advance rocker has a place to catch the clip in order for it to feed properly.



After that, it's a simple matter of loading it up and letting 'er rip.



WARNING! Do NOT shoot these at other players! This trick is for TARGET PRACTICE ONLY! Shoot at soda bottles or empty cans or cardboard targets, or just into the trees behind the house. DO NOT SHOOT AT PEOPLE OR ANIMALS!

Also: After you're done screwing around, spray down the magazine and barrel with some WD-40, so any remaining ice or moisture doesn't go on to rust the steel barrel, magazine housing or spring.

None of those parts are easily replaceable, and we don't want to see 'em ruined just for a few minutes of fun.

Doc.
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January 10th, 2017, 1:45 pm #2

The question this raises in my mid is, would a dense Jello mix work, too? I doubt that a solid gelatin mix dense enough to be shot out of a paintball gun without just spraying everywhere would be soft enough to use against people, but for those of us in warmer climates, perhaps unflavored Bulk Barn gelatin mix might be a suitable alternative.

Anyone want to try this out? If I had an SMG-60, I would give it a go myself, alas, my collection of old-school paintball gear doesn't run that deep...
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Joined: October 12th, 2015, 1:54 pm

January 10th, 2017, 3:38 pm #3

For those of you that have an old Tippmann SMG-60 floating around, but can't find ammo for it (rare .62 cal paint as opposed to the standard .68 cal) our team of scientists here at Doc's Machine have developed a revolutionary new cheap, reusable, environmentally friendly target-range ammo for you!

Manufacturing it yourself at home is simple. You just need a flat-bottomed plastic tray or pan, some SMG clips, and some water.



Place the clips in the tray open end up, and fill it with water. Don't fill it all the way! You have to leave about 1/8" or so below the level of the clip plastic.



Then, if you live in Alaska, just set it outside for a few minutes.



If you don't live in Alaska, we would like to offer our sincerest condolences, and suggest you can use a common household freezer.

Once the tray is solidly frozen, flex the tray and pop the block out, and just smack it against something solid.



Tap off any fragments sticking to the outside of the clip. If your tray wasn't quite perfectly flat, you'll get some excess ice, like so:



This won't fit into the SMG magazine, so we need to take that off. Which is easy- take the clip inside, and just press it against a countertop or other flat surface for a few seconds- the room-temperature surface will melt off the excess ice.

Here I used the edge of my welding table- the steel had plenty of thermal mass to finish the job. Do NOT let the extra clips rest on anything warm!



And that's it! You're done! Keep the filled strips cold and they're ready any time. I also recommend leaving the SMG outside (or in the freezer, if you have a tolerant spouse) to let it cool off, else the clips could start to melt too soon.

Remember the bit about leaving the clips only mostly full? You have to load them into the SMG with that low side facing towards the rear- this way, the clip-advance rocker has a place to catch the clip in order for it to feed properly.



After that, it's a simple matter of loading it up and letting 'er rip.



WARNING! Do NOT shoot these at other players! This trick is for TARGET PRACTICE ONLY! Shoot at soda bottles or empty cans or cardboard targets, or just into the trees behind the house. DO NOT SHOOT AT PEOPLE OR ANIMALS!

Also: After you're done screwing around, spray down the magazine and barrel with some WD-40, so any remaining ice or moisture doesn't go on to rust the steel barrel, magazine housing or spring.

None of those parts are easily replaceable, and we don't want to see 'em ruined just for a few minutes of fun.

Doc.
So I tried out your procedure and it works like a charm. However being a fallible human I tested it on my neighbor's cat. How was I supposed to know that ice slugs where dangerous? So after rereading your post I found the warnings at the bottom of the post. In today's society how can you reasonably expect me to have the patience and time, much less the personal responsibility to actually read down to the bottom of a post? My conclusion is that you need to ship a new cat (preferably cardboard, not card stock) to my neighbor.

(FYI I'm kidding of course)
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January 10th, 2017, 5:43 pm #4

For those of you that have an old Tippmann SMG-60 floating around, but can't find ammo for it (rare .62 cal paint as opposed to the standard .68 cal) our team of scientists here at Doc's Machine have developed a revolutionary new cheap, reusable, environmentally friendly target-range ammo for you!

Manufacturing it yourself at home is simple. You just need a flat-bottomed plastic tray or pan, some SMG clips, and some water.



Place the clips in the tray open end up, and fill it with water. Don't fill it all the way! You have to leave about 1/8" or so below the level of the clip plastic.



Then, if you live in Alaska, just set it outside for a few minutes.



If you don't live in Alaska, we would like to offer our sincerest condolences, and suggest you can use a common household freezer.

Once the tray is solidly frozen, flex the tray and pop the block out, and just smack it against something solid.



Tap off any fragments sticking to the outside of the clip. If your tray wasn't quite perfectly flat, you'll get some excess ice, like so:



This won't fit into the SMG magazine, so we need to take that off. Which is easy- take the clip inside, and just press it against a countertop or other flat surface for a few seconds- the room-temperature surface will melt off the excess ice.

Here I used the edge of my welding table- the steel had plenty of thermal mass to finish the job. Do NOT let the extra clips rest on anything warm!



And that's it! You're done! Keep the filled strips cold and they're ready any time. I also recommend leaving the SMG outside (or in the freezer, if you have a tolerant spouse) to let it cool off, else the clips could start to melt too soon.

Remember the bit about leaving the clips only mostly full? You have to load them into the SMG with that low side facing towards the rear- this way, the clip-advance rocker has a place to catch the clip in order for it to feed properly.



After that, it's a simple matter of loading it up and letting 'er rip.



WARNING! Do NOT shoot these at other players! This trick is for TARGET PRACTICE ONLY! Shoot at soda bottles or empty cans or cardboard targets, or just into the trees behind the house. DO NOT SHOOT AT PEOPLE OR ANIMALS!

Also: After you're done screwing around, spray down the magazine and barrel with some WD-40, so any remaining ice or moisture doesn't go on to rust the steel barrel, magazine housing or spring.

None of those parts are easily replaceable, and we don't want to see 'em ruined just for a few minutes of fun.

Doc.
Bee's wax would probably be much to hard, unless the temperature was in the 90's and up. But surely there are some paraffin type wax's that have a fairly low melting temperature to make them soft enough for possible use?
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Joined: October 8th, 2014, 2:05 pm

January 10th, 2017, 6:02 pm #5

The question this raises in my mid is, would a dense Jello mix work, too? I doubt that a solid gelatin mix dense enough to be shot out of a paintball gun without just spraying everywhere would be soft enough to use against people, but for those of us in warmer climates, perhaps unflavored Bulk Barn gelatin mix might be a suitable alternative.

Anyone want to try this out? If I had an SMG-60, I would give it a go myself, alas, my collection of old-school paintball gear doesn't run that deep...
Commercially made marshmallows are made from gelatin.

And if you get a bit packish on the field, you could snack on a few.
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Joined: October 8th, 2014, 2:05 pm

January 10th, 2017, 6:03 pm #6

...that would be "peckish."
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January 10th, 2017, 6:05 pm #7

So I tried out your procedure and it works like a charm. However being a fallible human I tested it on my neighbor's cat. How was I supposed to know that ice slugs where dangerous? So after rereading your post I found the warnings at the bottom of the post. In today's society how can you reasonably expect me to have the patience and time, much less the personal responsibility to actually read down to the bottom of a post? My conclusion is that you need to ship a new cat (preferably cardboard, not card stock) to my neighbor.

(FYI I'm kidding of course)
Didn't somebody complain about putting the warnings after the procedure in Dr. Strange?
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Joined: December 17th, 2014, 7:03 pm

January 10th, 2017, 6:52 pm #8

In a book of magic, where things are followed step by step it makes sense to have a warning under the category, but it shoudl really be before the proceedure that can end the world.
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Joined: January 10th, 2017, 6:53 pm

January 10th, 2017, 6:58 pm #9

Didn't somebody complain about putting the warnings after the procedure in Dr. Strange?
In an early season, Hawkeye and Trapper are convinced to disarm an unexploded shell in the compound while Blake yells instructions though a bullhorn. At one point they are told to cut a wire, then Blake reads, "But before you do that..."
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Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

January 10th, 2017, 8:35 pm #10

...that would be "peckish."
While I hadn't thought of marshmallows or jello, both those cost more- and I'm not sure jello can get rigid enough to stand up to being fired.

Might have to buy a bag of miniature marshmallows and give that a try, though.

However, the ice is solid enough to actually target practice with- it has enough energy to knock down pop bottles or cans. I'm not sure marshmallows or jello shots ( ) would do it.

(There's actually a YouTube video where a guy shoots a slug of ballistic gelatin at a block of ballistic gelatin. Let's just say it doesn't make a very good projectile. )

There's also the issue of residue in the barrel- on the SMG, since the barrel isn't easily removable, it's tough to clean out any gunk, like smears of marshmallow or gelatin.

Water isn't all that good for it either, but actually, I could see the ice slugs cleaning out old paintball shell gelatin, and as long as you hit it with some WD-40 afterwards, should wind up cleaner than before.

Doc.
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