The Airgun Designs LVL 5 Automag premiered at the 1990 Masters in October 1990 and was likely released for sale in late 1990 or early 1991.
Early models are designated as Level 5 markers and originally featured a press in sear pin, push in breech, brass on off bottom and a few other designs that were eliminated in subsequent upgrades (lvl 6 and 6.5).
This video looks at these portions of the early LVL 5 Automag.
Serial on the side of this Airgun Designs Automag is CF00249 and it originally came from the collection of Dave Rudig, who ran Paintball Dave’s in Wisconsin.
I purchased it from Stephen Welch who writes, “This gun came from Paintball Dave’s (Dave Rudig) in Milwaukee it closed last year when Dave retired. He had a auction to clear out the 30 years of stuff. He was selling boxes of stuff. You didn’t really know what was in them until you looked through it later. I’m sure he got it from Tom Kaye back in the day since they were friends. He just never sent it in to get updated for whatever reason. Until we took it apart it just looked like any other old standard feed Automag.”
Looking at the Lvl 5 AGD Automag rail in the awful video above you can see the thicker corse thread breech screw sticking out. No sear pin notch is visible because search pin is placed / pinned into the rail from the side.
Other details include the brass on off bottom, square cut quick strip screw hole, no welded screw nut on the base of the body (front receiver screws goes directly on to breech), no sear pin drop slot in rail (sear pin screws in from the side).
Level 5 Automags originally started at cf0100 or cf0101 so this is technically the 150 or 151st Automag produced.