looking for 5.56 x 45 mags for an M76


January 23, 2008, 10:14 PM
Well I'm still trying to locate some mags for this rifle (valmet M76 in .223) for my father in law. He has the gun, but no mags, so if you have any insight of where I should keep an eye out for these mags, please let me know.


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January 23, 2008, 10:17 PM
Uhhh, that's .223. Thousands of magazines fit that...

Any particular rifle in mind?

Or did you mean 5.56x39

January 23, 2008, 10:19 PM
Yeah, I don't know so much about these, they're for my father in law

its for a M76 rifle

January 23, 2008, 10:21 PM
Well we might have to dig deeper :)

The M76 doesn't shoot 5.56, it shoots 7.62x51 (.308) and 7.62x54R. 8mm Mauser too I think.

Maybe Valmet made a rifle they called an M76 in 5.56 too. Lots to choose from :)

Does it look like this:


Or this:


January 23, 2008, 10:24 PM
OK, he has an M76 that shoots .223, pretty rare I'm geussing ??:confused:

Also, I'm not sure what it looks like for sure, but I believe the front site is mounted on the barrel like your bottom picture.

January 23, 2008, 10:26 PM
OK it's probably the top one I am guessing, the Valmet clone.

If it looks like the top picture then you should ask over at:


Maybe someone else has a vendor that's selling mags for that but I don't remember seeing any in a long while.
They have not been imported in many years. I believe they were a casualty of Mr Klinton, maybe Bush I....

More like this maybe?


January 23, 2008, 10:32 PM
I'll see if I can post a pic, but it may be a few days

January 26, 2008, 02:48 PM
BTT, now have pic...FWIW

January 26, 2008, 03:12 PM
They turn up every now and then. This one sold on Gunbroker for $92.

January 26, 2008, 03:45 PM
Will Galil mags works? EDIT: Apparently not. Could even cause a Kaboom (supposedly). EDIT2: Apparently the rounds hit something on the way in, and can set the bullets back in the case.

Try asking here maybe.

January 26, 2008, 07:14 PM
None of the pictures posted are of a Valmet M76S.

As sold in the US the M76S was a .223 available with 15 or 30 round magazines. Itslayout was more AK like than the pictured rifles. Rather than the peep sights on the dust cover the M76s Valmet had a open notch tangent sight right were most AKs have one and the front sight was mounted just behind the flass suppressor.

SOme were used in an episode of the "Magnum, P.I." TV show to simulate AKs as few AKs were available to TV production companies at the time. Styer had not even begun importing the Maadi AKM yet much less the COmblock flood.

Perhaps the rifle OP shows is an M76, But it does not look like the M76S I handled or appears in the firearms section of gun annuals from 1979 or so.

I think some are confusing the Finnish M76 with the Yugo M76, not the same gun.

-Bob Hollingsworth

January 26, 2008, 08:12 PM
None of the pictures posted are of a Valmet M76S

Not sure of the S variant, but this picture comes straight from Valmet, and it sure looks like the one the OP put up....


January 26, 2008, 11:37 PM

Ah the dangers of becomming an old fart. When the M76S came in it was the only .223 AK other than the Galil and much lusted after by myself.

I shot one a little bit in Germany in 1982 and came close to buying it. Even though it was imported in trade at the time I was not sure (and not even the customs folks in my community could say yea or nay)a returning serviceman could get it in on a Form 6A or tax free if it was importable by an individual.

The rifle you and the OP posted looks like the old M62 that was in 7.62x39, but if Valmet modified the .223 rifle to look like the Finn service rifle I guess that explains it.

I especially hated not buying the M76S when a year and months later I handled the first of the Chinese .223 AKs. Rough those were and many had issues unless magazines were selected for the particular gun.

At the time I wanted to see if I could make up a faux AK74 that could use USGI blanks in training situations as there were absolutely no AK74s in the US at the time. Now folks can go out and buy an AK74.

-Bob Hollingsworth

May 6, 2008, 11:03 AM
OP check your email and PM:)

May 6, 2008, 12:43 PM
had a m76, it was a pita to get mags for.people have been altering other types of mags to fit,i have seen polymer ones for sale that looked promising...and were pretty reasonable iirc.

May 6, 2008, 03:53 PM
Modified Yugo .223 magazines...

don't know this guy.. but give him a an email


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