ak guys. what mags do you use?


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uspJ
April 8, 2010, 02:14 AM
i want to buy some spare mags for my ak and the only brands sold around my area are the pro mag and tapco. i've never used tapco and never really heard much about them. pro mag have left a bad taste for me, it seems like one in ten of their mags works 50% of the time.

i have a couple old milsurp metal mags that work great but they have no markings for me to try to find spares of the same kind.

so long story short what brands of ak mags do you guys use?

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CosmicGrooves
April 8, 2010, 02:34 AM
I like the Bulgarian Circle 10 mags and the surplus steel mags. Those are the ones I stick with. I probably wont' get any more Circle 10's though because they're too expensive.

RP88
April 8, 2010, 02:41 AM
Romanian and Hungarian steel surplus mags.

The Hungarians are usually in superb, usually unissued shape. The Romanians are usually beat to all hell and back, but function perfectly fine. I have two tapcos, and those both help Tapco live up to its "crapco" nickname.

DMK
April 8, 2010, 07:39 AM
the only brands sold around my area are the pro mag and tapco.Not these. Use Commie mags only.

I use Bulgarian Circle 10 Waffle mags, Hungarian 20 rd tanker mags and various surplus 30 rd steel mags, probably mostly Romanian, no way of knowing for sure.

Avoid the Yugoslavians with the bolt hold open follower (they will probably be more expensive anyway). All the other European and Chinese steel mags are about the same.

Zack
April 8, 2010, 07:42 AM
I just posted about this a few days ago. I got mine from aimsurplus. They are metal mags.

nalioth
April 8, 2010, 09:14 AM
You don't need markings on your mags.

Just make sure they were used by a communist military before you buy them - you can't go wrong.

Babarsac
April 8, 2010, 09:21 AM
The only bad experience I've had is with ProMag's. Anything else and you're good to go.

EdLaver
April 8, 2010, 09:24 AM
I use the Tapco's, they are lighter and function perfect. Never had a problem out of any of them. I have 10.

GunsBeerFreedom
April 8, 2010, 09:41 AM
I have a couple Tapco, but try and only get either the 20rnd Hungarian, or any other metal body commie mag. My reasoning is, if I some how run out of ammo and am still threatened, I can use the mag as a bludgeon. Or that I like the originality of it, take your pick. :)

REAPER4206969
April 8, 2010, 09:44 AM
Avoid the Yugoslavians with the bolt hold open follower
Why?

rangerruck
April 8, 2010, 09:45 AM
E. german weiger type mags; heaviest, yet thickest and most indestructible...

Ohio Gun Guy
April 8, 2010, 09:46 AM
Not that I have used the us "plastic" mags, but my steel surplus mags work flawlessly.

benEzra
April 8, 2010, 10:09 AM
Old ex-Warsaw-Pact steel mags, exclusively (country of origin doesn't matter, as long as they're European). All combloc steel mags work great and will still be functioning fine centuries from now; just find some that look pretty much like the ones you have, if that's important to you. Most American-made mags for the AK seem to be crap.


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Avoid the Yugoslavians with the bolt hold open follower

Why?
I avoid them because (1) it doesn't make mag chances one millisecond faster, since the bolt slams home when you hit the release, (2) it makes mag changes annoyingly noisy, and (3) there's no point. Even on a shooting range when you have to lock the bolt back, are you going to suddenly empty the magazine when the RO calls a cease-fire in order to lock the bolt back, or are you going to eject the mag and use a chamber flag?

aka108
April 8, 2010, 10:42 AM
I use Bulgarian circle 10's, made out of some sort molded plastic material with a waffle pattern exterior. Work really well in the Arsenal SAM 7S I bought earlier on. K-Var Corp was the supplier and still list them in 5, 10 and 30 rd capacities. Only problem is they are about 3x the price they were a few years ago. So much for the value of the U.S. dollar.

Jeremy2171
April 8, 2010, 10:51 AM
I only use Russian Bakelite mags...

http://i236.photobucket.com/albums/ff36/jeremy2171/homea.jpg

sarduy
April 8, 2010, 11:01 AM
trythis link.

http://www.aimsurplus.com/product.aspx?item=MAK47E30&groupid=15

http://www.aimsurplus.com/product.aspx?item=MAK47H20&groupid=15

spartanpride
April 8, 2010, 12:23 PM
http://www.sgammo.com/product_info.php/cPath/72/products_id/473

http://www.royaltigerimports.com/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage-ask.tpl&product_id=235&category_id=3&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=2


Both good prices and good mags, just the top one is new in the wrapper.

spriz
April 8, 2010, 02:39 PM
I use tapco, never had a problem with it yet. Works for me...

zoom6zoom
April 8, 2010, 02:51 PM
Only surplus mags for me. Work great, cheap,got a ton of them.

privateidaho
April 8, 2010, 02:55 PM
Add another one for Tapco plastic mags - so far that's all I have used, and no problems so far.

Hizzie
April 8, 2010, 05:01 PM
I use 20 round Hungarian mags in my AMD-65 and a mix of Bugarian and Romanian 30 round steel surplus mags for my other AK's.

RyanM
April 8, 2010, 05:09 PM
Commie mags are definitely the strongest and most reliable.

Quick question, why do people often not like Chinese mags? IIRC they're thinner gauge, and the front locking lug is stamped rather than solid steel, but the much-loved Bulgarian mags are the same. Bulgarians use Chinese-style tooling.

grimjaw
April 8, 2010, 05:12 PM
I liked the Hungarian 20-round versions. When I had AKs, the Hungarian mags were easy to find in good condition for reasonable prices.

ScratchnDent
April 8, 2010, 06:15 PM
I had one pro-mag. It repeatedly gave me feeding issues, so I placed it on the backstop, loaded up a cheap, reliable commie surplus mag, and shot the pro-mag 30 times.

Quentin
April 8, 2010, 06:53 PM
steel surplus mags, they're heavy but work great

giggitygiggity
April 8, 2010, 11:15 PM
I use the 30rd European steel mags from AIM Surplus. They are about $10 a piece and are built like tanks. They are allegedly used although all five of mine appear completely new.

John Parker
April 9, 2010, 01:23 AM
I've also stuck with the quality Commie garbage out of Europe. Works flawlessly, inexpensive, and seems like they'll last forever.

tkopp
April 9, 2010, 02:19 AM
Some steel surplus mags, origin unknown. Work great.

Tapco 20-rounders. Also work great. Gives me a good grip on my *ahem* foregrip-less Draco pistol.

Arsenal 5-rounder. Came with the rifle, great for the range. Works flawlessly.

Only mag I ever had trouble with was a Korean 75-round drum. Wouldn't load the last 5 rounds, jammed constantly, follower broke on the first range trip.

possum
April 9, 2010, 02:41 AM
i have som tapco mags, some surplus 30 and 40rd mags, and i can't complain with any of them.

frankge
April 9, 2010, 09:06 AM
I have 4 tapcos and 2 steel, like the tapcos much better, look cool too. I use ak for action shooting and drop the mags all the time during changes and they get no damage. If you have a WASR they will not wobble like the steel ones do.

carlrodd
September 7, 2010, 10:36 PM
6 tapcos and one korean steel. No problems with either so far.

musick
September 8, 2010, 12:01 AM
Commie mags are definitely the strongest and most reliable.

Quick question, why do people often not like Chinese mags? IIRC they're thinner gauge, and the front locking lug is stamped rather than solid steel, but the much-loved Bulgarian mags are the same. Bulgarians use Chinese-style tooling.


Origin perhaps???

Ive got many, MANY Chicom mags, and must say they have never failed me. At the time, they were the same price as a follower, so I decided to get whole mags instead of replacement parts.

Chinese drums have been flawless as well. Only thing is they are heavy and the winding thing gets old after a while. Fun to have regardless.

Never problems with E. German either. It was only promag that (in my experience) were not worth ANY price. No experience with tapco personally, but word on the street is they are subpar to surplus mags.

musick
September 8, 2010, 12:02 AM
Arsenal 5-rounder. Came with the rifle, great for the range. Works flawlessly...
Not sure if you know (or care) but you can remove the follower, trim down the stop and make them into 10 rounders.

If legal in your area, of course.

Just an FYI.

Rxmig7
September 9, 2010, 05:42 AM
I use 4 Tapco 30rd mags and a Romanian 75rd drum. All purchased a while back from Aimsurplus with my WASR 10/63 AK. Magazines are built tough and feed properly. Same goes with the drum (and I do NOT shoot 1 round every 5 seconds). I put my AK to work!

WaywardAce
September 10, 2010, 10:17 AM
For some reason my WASR 10-63 works flawlessly with Tapco Mags and jams on the first round with steel mags when the magazine is not jammed hard into the magwell. My GP 1975 feeds Tapcos and steel mags flawlessly. I you go polymer, go Tapco.

porterdog
September 10, 2010, 12:38 PM
Com-block steel; at around $9 each for used but still working copies, why go with anything else?

ScratchnDent
September 10, 2010, 12:46 PM
I also use mostly the steel surplus mags. I do have a couple of the Tapco mags, and they have been 100% reliable, so far.

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