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AK47 and 74 Magazines

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by 686+, Mar 16, 2008.

  1. 686+

    686+ Well-Known Member

    Which ones form the former east block are goood? Which are better then others?
  2. Evil Monkey

    Evil Monkey member

    While there are differences in materials used, etc, if they're brand new then they are all good magazines. You have to remember that if it came from a former warsaw pact country, you can bet they were designed for the military and that they need to be as reliable as possible, and they are. This is assuming they are new because like everything used, there can be problems.

    If you are shopping for surplus, look for mags that have the least wear. It's up to you to decide if you like steel, polymer, bakelite, etc.
  3. dfariswheel

    dfariswheel Well-Known Member

    That pretty well covers it.

    The reason why AK magazines are uniformly good, is because they were over-engineered to start with.
    The magazines are made of thick steel with heavy-duty steel feed lips.
    The magazine is longer than necessary to allow a "reserve" space for the spring.
    Since the spring has extra room it isn't over-compressed.

    All this makes for a magazine that's pretty well bullet proof and seldom gives trouble unless rusty or badly abused.
  4. harbingerm

    harbingerm member

    I don't know about the "extra reserve space". My AK-74 mags stop taking rounds when the spring stacks up fully. On another note, all the 74 mags I have can only take 28 rounds. I've left them fully loaded for a long time, so it's not the spring taking a set that's the issue. I wonder why they aren't 30 rounders like the 47 mags.
  5. stubbicatt

    stubbicatt Well-Known Member

    harbingerm, are you shooting 5.45 or 5.56 in those magazines? Mine will hold 30 rounds, and there is a little window or hole along the spine which shows a case head on the 30th round so there is no mistake.

    I've never heard of that issue before in the 5.45 magazines.
  6. harbingerm

    harbingerm member

    5.45. I do see a case head through that hole that's about 1/4 the way up from the bottom. I only have three mags right now. A black poly one that came with it and two brown bakelite mags.
  7. 000Buck

    000Buck Well-Known Member

    The new East German ones at whatacountry are very nice and reliable.
  8. buck00

    buck00 Well-Known Member


    As far as the AK74, I was just going to say go to Ohio Rapid Fire for Russian Izhevsk mags, they had four packs for $55, but that window is gone. The price just shot up to $90.

    Even East German mags, which used to be $6 a pop are now $$$. :(

    AK-47 mags are pretty cheap. I personally like the steel surplus mags, I'm not a fan of polymer or waffle mags for 7.62 x 39. Cope's has a huge selection of AK-47 mags:

  9. HorseSoldier

    HorseSoldier Well-Known Member

    Strange. I've got some of the Russian bakelites, Bulgarian plastic, and one Romanian or Polish (not sure which) steel 74 mag, and all of them will take 30 rounds without much fuss.
  10. sefus

    sefus Well-Known Member

    All my bakelites are great (and hold 30 too:neener:)

    Boy, I sure cannot find 74 mags for anything less than $20 a pop.

  11. Halo

    Halo Well-Known Member

    My favorites are the Bulgarian waffle mags.
  12. LeibstandarteAdH

    LeibstandarteAdH Well-Known Member

    No, it stops taking rounds when the extended follower bottoms out, not the spring. And there are none that dont take at least 29 unless they are impropperly assembled or broken ect.. that i have ever had or heard of, which is a pretty good ammount.

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