|High Standard speed loader|
Recently I spent a day at the shooting range with my wife. She had a fun time shooting a couple hundred rounds through a .22 High Standard Supermatic Trophy pistol. But we probably spent more time reloading the magazines than shooting. And holding that little follower button down on the magazine became uncomfortable pretty quickly.
|Volquartsen MagLatch for Ruger MK pistols|
A day or two later I came across this MagLatch for the Ruger MK pistols from Volquartsen. Since the Ruger magazine is similar to the High Standard, I figured I could make one to fit the High Standard magazines. Of course I could have machined one out of nylon but I have been looking for projects for a supply of ShapeLock that I have. This seemed like a good one.
ShapeLock is an ultra-high molecular weight low temperature thermoplastic. What that means is when it gets hot it becomes very pliable, almost like clay. But when it cools and sets it is a very hard plastic, almost like high density polyethylene (i.e. plastic cutting boards). It is great for quickly making prototypes, molds, tooling, custom parts, joints, mounts, etc.
|Disassembled the magazine|
|Magazine without spring.|
|Warm ShapeLock wrapped around magazine|
|Test fit. It works!|
The final step was making this unsightly hunk of plastic look presentable. I cut it down to size on my scroll saw. I used a relatively course wood blade at the slowest speed. Then I smoothed it up on the belt sander. It sands OK if you keep the pressure low and let it cool every so often. I removed any last bits with a high speed cutter in my Dremel tool.
It looks much better in person than it does in these pictures. More important, it works perfectly! Slide it on, lock it in place, and just drop your ammo in. No more sore thumbs!