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Eclair ACL light leaks and mag maintenance
Never had a leak to speak of. I always tape my mags though. Force of
One thing I like about the English mags over the French variety is the
way the mag doors fit to the mag body. It uses a 3 point latch system
rather than the tongue and groove of the French models. The English
jobbers also include a rubber O-ring around the door for a better seal.
While we are on the subject of mags, I would suggest people check a
couple of things.
First the small screws that secure the mag throat to the body can work
loose over time. I had a mag bought off ebay and the screws were quite
loose (with a loose throat). On a hunch I went and checked my other
mags and sure enough every one had at least one or two loose screws.
Thankfully the throats weren't loose or it could have caused big
problems. It pays to check. (Word of caution: Don't overtighten the
screws. They are tiny and probably easily stripped. A bit of Locktite
might help keep 'em tight.)
Second, check the O-ring seal around the pressure plate. Every 200' mag
I own had dried out, cracked seals. I don't know if this will
contribute to light leak but it can't help things. I found some
off-the-shelf O-rings at the local hardware store that I was able to fit
into the groove around the pressure plate. Getting it in there is
tricky. I have posted on this subject before. If anyone is interested
in the size I used or how I got it to work, let me know and I will dig
up my original posting. Others have found different methods for fixing
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