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Just purchased a Polish AK74 Tantal: General questions

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by DontBurnMyFlag, Feb 16, 2009.

  1. DontBurnMyFlag

    DontBurnMyFlag Well-Known Member

    Hey everyone

    Upon my moving out of NJ and into a free state, I had to celebrate. I recently purchased an AK74.

    To my dismay, I have found that magazines and ammo are hard to come by when compared to its cousin the 47. However, I am in the process of stocking up its food.

    So my basic questions are mainly about the mags.

    I see that "pro-mag" AK74 magazines are readily available. I ordered a few that were labeled as Polish Tantal Mags. There were others listed as plain ole 74 mags. Does this mean that the Polish Tantal 74 only accepts a certain type of magazine? Would it be interchangable with the bulgarian, romanian and east german varities of magazines?

    Also. If anyone has had experience with this gun, I would like to hear your thoughts.

    Wish me luck!

  2. Travis Bickle

    Travis Bickle member

    Don't know about mags, but in my experience, 5.45x39mm ammo is quite common and usually easy to find. However, everything is in short supply right now, due to fears over possible new gun legislation. People are buying up everything they can and it's hard to find many common calibers. However, I'm sure supply will catch up soon.
  3. nalioth

    nalioth Well-Known Member

    All 5.45 AKs use the same magazine type.
  4. wally

    wally Well-Known Member

    Yup, but make sure you and your dealer know the difference between .223 mags and 5.45x39 mags. While they fit the guns, they don't generally work reliably with the close but incorrect ammo.

    Don't waste your money on Pro Mags (aka PMI).

    Be aware that the cheap spam can surplus 5.45x39 ammo is almost always corrosive.

  5. ramis

    ramis Well-Known Member

  6. HorseSoldier

    HorseSoldier Well-Known Member

    +1 on getting good, honest ex-Communist issue mags for the AK-74. There's not any US manufacturer making 74 magazines I'd spend money on even for range mags.
  7. wyocarp

    wyocarp Well-Known Member

    Also be aware that some us like to see pictures of new purchases.
  8. DontBurnMyFlag

    DontBurnMyFlag Well-Known Member

    thank you kindly for the replies. now its just a matter of getting the free time to shoot it.

    and in regards to the photos. where were my manners


    sorry for the poor quality camera phone shot
  9. Odnar

    Odnar Well-Known Member

    Purdy. I've always liked wire stocks.

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