this is going to sound a little stupid, but I'm unfamiliar with the AK platform and have a Bulgarian Ak-47. I can't remember whether the mags are supposed to drop free or not. They don't currently. When the release is pressed forward properly, they need to be helped out. It doesn't take a lot of effort.
Is this normal for an Ak?
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May 30, 2010, 06:51 PM
No, they are not.
May 30, 2010, 06:56 PM
Thanks. I didn't know whether or not they need the "brush out" from the rear that I see in these "tactical mag change videos" I see on youtube or if they'll drop free of their own accord. For some reason it seemed like the mags did in fact drop free in the past but I'm probably remembering incorrectly.
May 30, 2010, 07:18 PM
Well, on many AK's, if you pull the release with the AK held level or angled downwards, they'll drop free of their own accord. If you want them to move a little more freely, you could apply some oil to the rear locking nub or even file it some. As the gun breaks in, they should also drop more freely. A tactical mag change with an AK typically involves using the new mag to press the release lever and sweep the old magazine out in one smooth motion. This also places your hand in a good forward position to rock the new mag home.
I had a similar situation with my Saiga 12's mags. The Saiga 12 is an AK-based shotgun, and uses the same mag release design. The top rear corners of the polymer Surefire mags were catching on the magazine well, resulting in them not dropping free and sometimes requiring a bit of effort to extract. I filed the corners where it was catching, and now the mags drop free under gravity when the release is pressed.
May 30, 2010, 07:50 PM
This guy is pretty squared-away on his demo.
May 30, 2010, 10:02 PM
Here's another good AK manual-of-arms video, covering some of the same but also chamber checks, malfunction clearance drills, transitions to the sidearm, etc., by another guy who really knows what he's doing.
And just for fun, the same guy shooting an El Presidente in 7.4 seconds with the same rifle, which is pretty darn good for a 7.62x39mm AK. Getting splits that quick with a 7.62 AK is not as easy as he makes it look.