Mar 17, 2014: ZMAG Production Tooling Nearing Completion

Happy St. Patrick’s Day. We are approximately three weeks out on the ZMAG at this point—if everything goes to plan. Here are some pics of the work in progress:


Body blanking and initial piercing progressive tool is 100% complete:


Body second piercing and initial forming transfer tool is 100% complete (partially disassembled in pics):


Feedlip forming transfer tool is 100% complete:


Feedlip forming tool with formed mag body in place:


Body final forming transfer tool is 75% complete:


Insert and floorplate blanking and forming progressive tool is 25% complete—and where all efforts are currently focused:


An overview of the complete tooling set in progress:


Artwork for marking stamps:


Things left to do:

  • Get the marking stamps in and installed in the body blanking tool. (These stamps are still 7 business days out.)
  • In the meantime, complete the insert and floorplate blanking and forming progressive tool. (This tool still needs more than a week of work to complete.)
  • Once the tools are built and finalized, it will take approximately three days to run the first 1,000 units.
  • Then the parts will have to be black zinc plated. That will take most of a week.
  • Lastly, we will assemble the mags and start shipping them to those who have pre-ordered.

Thank you to everyone hanging in there with us. Just a few more weeks at this point. 🙂


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