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I have a Clark Bullseye pistol and the magazine had a lead weight in the bottom. While it restricts the number of rounds one can load, it seems to be made of lead, as well.









I'm old, but there are some things I've never seen before, and this is one of them.

Anyone have information about this? Was this common on Bullseye guns? Is it still common in BE guns?

Any info will be more than I currently have!

Thanks for any schooling.
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Mag Pack made lead weighted magazines years ago. Donít know what happened to them. There are companies that make aluminum base pads.
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Here are a couple low quality cell phone snaps of what I'm talking about.


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Possibly a plug to limit magazine capacity to 5 rounds for a shooting game that had rules limiting magazine capacity to this number. From the color it is not lead, but may be a high tin content alloy such as one of the type metal alloys. Other than this, who knows?


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I have a few brass base pads from the 80's, to fit Wilson mags. Idea was for a faster more positive drop clear for reloads shooting USPSA/IPSC. They did not fit internally,and did not decrease the capacity.
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If I remember correctly from back in my dim dark bullseye match days , we fired 10 rounds. I wonder if the weight limited the capacity to 5 rounds and insured the empty mag would drop free for a faster reload of the other magazine loaded with 5 more.
It seemed this was only needed in the rapid fire leg and maybe the timed fire leg...
To this day , at the range , I still load 5 and shoot groups of 10.
I don't remember anyone having them in our shooting group in the 70's but that doesn't mean they weren't used....I simply didn't notice anyone using one.
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Many years back I took a old not working well magazine, gutted it and filled it with lead. Made my 1911 much heavier and did a good job of strengthening my arm. That cut down on the wiggle factor big time.

As a plumber I had plenty of lead, heated it and poured it into the mag. A little cleaning of where the magnetize latched and cut the excess out of the reference holes on the sides.
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They are to add weight to the pistol in the hand to aid in a steady hold and at the same time limit the magazine capacity to 5 rds for the Bullseye Course.

Not everyone likes the feel of the extra weight back in the hand, but for those that do, this was (is) one way to get it.

The 'pads' were available in different weights as the shooter may desire. The difference was the amt of mtr'l that extended down below the magazine itself. The amt inside remained the same as it was the limiting factor to the capacity of the magazine.
IIRC these were cast of Tin or an alloy close to it as they always seemed to stay quite shiny and not darken like cast lead.

Most shooters simply made their own version out of cast bullet lead, being reloaders, casters and tinker'rs anyway.

The course is fired in 2 relays of 5rds each in Timed & Rapid fire, so a quick reload, magazine drop isn't a need in Bullseye.
Slow Fire is yawningly slow. Most could single load your 10rds and still have time for a smoke, though I don't recall that the rules would allow such,,probably not!.

Plenty of time betw the 5rd relays to reload the pistol,,even if you are not using a second magazine and have to reload the one and only you have like I did when I first started!,,but no dawdling!

..With 5 rounds,, Load..
...Is the Line Ready..?
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