1. Stormcrow85's Avatar
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    Oct 2015
    Jan 28, 2016, 10:17 PM - How to make a functional Ammo Belt. #1

    I recently made my ammo belt with functional pouches, and after I was done I thought I could make them better. So I made 2 prototypes tonight. Some thoughts on it, always save your templates that you print don't throw them away put them in a binder if you need to use them later.

    Here is what I used.

    - Hot Glue Gun and Hot Glue
    - Dremel Cutoff disc
    - Scissors
    - Ruler
    - Sharpie
    - Graph Paper (for Template Making)
    - Plastic Sheet from Hobby Lobby
    - Vinyl from Joann's Fabrics

    So I originally got the idea to make the pouches out of the same stuff that deck boxes like the one linked below are made of (polypropylene) Ultra Pro Magic/Pokemon/YuGiOh Cards Deck Boxes, Set of 5 (Red, Blue, Green, Black and White)): Toys & Games

    But making it out of a poly file folder, alas today was one of my very few slow days and Walmart didn't have any file folders, and JoAnn's Fabrics didn't have the vinyl. I did swing by Hobby Lobby and found that plastic sheeting it worked OK, but I will still try to make one of the next pouches out of the other material.

    Step 1: Make the Template: Thanks to Rafal and Batninja and Strum these are always available out there.

    Step 2: Transfer Template to poster board it is much easier to use and not destroy

    Step 3: (should be skipped to Step 5) Cut out the Plastic, originally I wanted to use a product that could be cut easily with scissors to make this easier for people who don't have Dremels, unfortunately for today there were none available

    Step 4: (Should be skipped to Step 5) Heat and Bend into shape (this did not work)
    - I originally tried to do one piece and heat it and bend it. Perhaps with more patience I could have but the results were less than stellar

    Step 5: Change template from 1 piece into 5 separate pieces
    Step 6: Transfer those onto plastic sheet

    Step 7: Cut out. I am still going to attempt this with polypropylene sheets but with this plastic sheet from Hobby Lobby it cannot be cut with scissors or it will splinter and crack!
    Step 8: Hot glue pieces together, and compare to failed prototype, and to template. I would say very close!

    Step 8: Turn old template into a new template for the vinvyl.
    - I ended up not using the bottom tab piece
    - I added about 20mm to the bottom edge and back edges
    - I added about 10mm to the pieces getting folded into the pouch

    Step 9: Cut out the template, trace onto vinyl, cut out vinyl

    Step 10: Glue to "pouch"
    - I started at the center section and folded how I thought appropriate I will leave it up to you to figure it out
    - The best news is that this thing is LIGHT and fairly sturdy. I do not think it would make it through getting stepped on

    Tune in next time when I try out ways to get a clean sewing line on the vinyl for the outer strap. Bonus this will fit a 9V or other batteries.

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  3. Rogermaximus's Avatar
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    Oct 2015
    Jan 28, 2016, 10:38 PM - Re: How to make a functional Ammo Belt. #2

    Looking good, yeah I agree hang on to templates it will save you time lol

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    Forgot to mention take a look at delta13mike, his belts are functional also
  4. Jan 29, 2016, 10:16 AM - Re: How to make a functional Ammo Belt. #3

    wow nice write-up! i love my functional ammo belt too. I can put my nothing in there. jk jk jk
  5. Gregory's Avatar
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    Oct 2015
    Jan 29, 2016, 2:13 PM - Re: How to make a functional Ammo Belt. #4

    I just did the same thing, using 3mm sintra. I decided that the 2 pouches with snaps could easily be changed into useful pouches, and subbed them in for the wood block ones.

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    Before wrapping with vinyl, I could fit two 9V batteries in there! Now it's too tight for two.

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